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Great First Albums

Music is part of my life. It brings me up when I am down, makes me want to dance, and moves my soul. Sometimes artists come on strong, never to make an album as strong again. For others it is just a glimpse of all the greatness to come. Here is my list of the Top Ten Greatest First Albums (in no particular order):

  • The B-52’s — “The B-52’s”
    The band from Athens, GA came on strong with their first album. The music scene didn’t know what to make of them. Were they punk? A comedy group? Were they retro? All I know is this is one fun party album. Classic tracks included: “Rock Lobster,” “Lava” and “Planet Claire.” They would hit the big time finally with “Love Shack.”The B-52's
  • Cyndi Lauper — “She’s So Unusual”
    Benefitting from the early days of MTV, she was a breath of fresh air from the pretty dance queens. This was a girl who definitely marched to the beat of her own drum. Classic tracks included: “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” “Time After Time” and “Money Changes Everything.” She is still a popular artist on the touring circuit, and released a blues album in 2011.
  • Duran Duran — “Duran Duran”
    “Rio” was the band’s breakthrough for sure, but the success of that one brought their first album back in the spotlight when they added “Is There Something I Should Know?” to it and re-released it. Classic tracks included: “Girls on Film,” “Planet Earth” and “Careless Memories.” Another MTV ready band, they also tour regularly and are still going strong.
  • Alicia Keys — “Songs in A Minor”
    The pretty girl who played piano, hit the big time with her debut. In the process, she has inspired plenty of up and coming singers. Classic tracks included: “Fallin,” “How Come You Don’t Call Me” and “A Woman’s Worth.” She has had many more hits in recent years, slowing down to get married and start a family.
  • Culture Club — “Kissing to Be Clever”
    Another great band from MTV’s early days, when they played videos. Boy George may have looked different with his makeup and outfits, but his voice was pure soul. Classic tracks included: “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?,” “Time” and “I’ll Tumble 4 Ya.”
  • Mariah Carey — “Mariah Carey”
    A big voice, and a big debut. With her 5 octave range, Mariah soared onto the pop scene with “Vision of Love.” Classic tracks also included: “Someday,” “I Don’t Wanna Cry” and “Love Takes Time.” She is still a superstar some 20 years into her career.
  • Go-Go’s — “Beauty & the Beat”
    Los Angeles favorite and best-selling girl group took the world by storm with their debut album. This was the one that kept us dancing and singing along for years. Classic tracks included: “Our Lips Are Sealed,” “We Got the Beat” and “Our Town.” Still a favorite on the summer concert scene some 30+ years later.
  • Madonna — “Madonna”
    Nobody could have predicted the run of hits that this incredible woman has had over the last 3 decades. It all started with this album. Classic tracks included: “Holiday,” “Borderline” and “Burning Up.” She is going as strong as ever, headlining a huge world tour this year in support of her latest CD “MDNA.”
  • Maroon 5 — “Songs About Jane”
    Adam Levine and company took clues from R&B, dance, and added in a rock beat. Classic tracks included: “This Love,” “She Will Be Loved” and “Sunday Morning.” Lately Adam has been on TV’s “The Voice” judging new talent, as well as still touring and recording with the band.
  • Lady Antebellum — “Lady Antebellum”
    The Grammy-Award winning trio’s first album had a knack for catchy songs as well as excellent vocals and musicianship. It was clear they were on to bigger things. Classic tracks included: “I Run to You,” “Lookin’ for a Good Time” and “Love’s Lookin’ Good on You.”

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Comments on: "Great First Albums" (1)

  1. Marcelo Castilho Rogedo said:

    Hello Daniel. What’s up? Your list sounds good. But considering the artists….I only know Madonna (of course, our diva!), Mariah Carey, that I have many albums, including this one that you listed…Cyndi Lauper…That I also have many albums, including She’s So Unusual.Used to annoy my neighbours with the song “When U were mine”, her duet with Prince..”This Love” and “She will be loved” by Maroon 5 were certainly greatest hits here too. “Do you really want to hurt me?” played a lot here too. But at least here, I think The Cure was more successful in the 1980’s. Considering 1980’s artists, Morten Harket, the former A-ha vocalist is performing in my city today. Just a comment. First I thought why not take out of your list “Madonna” and put “Like a Virgin”…but you did the right option. “Madonna” launched her to the society…although The Virgin Tour promoted her LAV album….Considering the “Madonna” album, 5/8 songs were performed live during the Virgin Tour. Considering the LAV album, 6 songs were performed live (I am including here Into The Groove that only was included in this album in a later editon because of the movie. So, I agree, “Madonna” was very important to launch ler career. Great choice.

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