My friend and long time reader and supporter Bruce H. had this to say on his Facebook page-
"The death of Ric Ocasek (RIP) got me thinking about the greatest rock/pop/R&B/rap debut albums of all time, of which "The Cars" is for sure one. A top 10 of killer debuts? My criteria are one, that the album be pretty much killer all the way through; two, it could arguably be considered the act's best album; and three, that the act have more than one album. Thus, for me, while "Please Please Me" and "My Aim Is True" are great debuts, I wouldn't include them. Ditto for "Never Mind the Bollocks," since that's essentially the Sex Pistols only album. Also, I'm not saying all of the following ARE the act's best album, just that it wouldn't be insane to think so.
"Are You Experienced"- Jimi Hendrix
"Music from Big Pink"- the Band
"First Take" - Roberta Flack
"The Cars" - The Cars
"The Clash"- The Clash
"B-52s,"- The B-52s
"License to Ill"- The Beastie Boys
"Three Feet High and Rising" - De La Soul"
I'm sure there are dozens I'm not thinking of, and examples I'm missing because I'm blinded by my taste and age. What say you?"
Pink Floyd- Piper At The Gates of Dawn, because it's one of my three favorite albums of all time.
Television- Marquee Moon, because on the right day, it's one of my ten favorite albums of all time.
Cheap Trick- Cheap Trick (1977), because see "Marquee Moon."