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33 essential debut albums

Updated 10:53 am, Tuesday, March 18, 2014
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  • The Doors, 'The Doors' (1967): The first blast of Jim...
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What do the Beatles, Radiohead and David Bowie have in common? Their debut albums sucked.

For many rock 'n' roll icons, it took more than one try to find their footing and deliver classic releases. But there are a handful of artists who managed to pull it off their first time out.

When Billie Joe Armstrong inducted Guns N' Roses into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year, the singer for Green Day (another band of late bloomers) declared, "Appetite for Destruction" is the best debut album in the history of rock 'n' roll." We pick some other solid contenders.

Click through the slideshow above to see our favorites.

Now we want to hear from you: What do you think is the greatest debut album of all time? Tell us in the comment section.

Aidin Vaziri is The San Francisco Chronicle's pop music critic. E-mail: avaziri@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @MusicSF


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