First impressions count. This could be said about a job interview or meeting someone’s parents. Your first impression is the standard that you are held to, and it can be both a blessing and a curse.
A band's first impression is based on how many albums sold and how much airtime they recieve. The success of a debut album usually gives an idea as to how popular the band or artist will be. While this is a good thing it can also serve as a double-edged sword. High standards are set when an artist's first work is a huge success, and the pressures of creating something similar can be a daunting task, especially for artists looking to experiment with different sounds. It’s a common complaint with music fans, that a group's "older" material is better. While it is true that some artists may decide to move to a new sound, it doesn’t mean that the quality of music is any worse, just different. All that being said, debut works are key to setting up a fan base and making impressions in the music community.
Theses are the top 10 Best Selling Debut Albums in US History.
10 Linkin Park – Hybrid Theory – 10 million copies sold
9 T-8. Jewel – Pieces of You – 12 million copies sold
8 T-8. Matchbox Twenty – Yourself or Someone Like You – 12 million copies sold
7 Pearl Jam – Ten – 13 million copies sold
6 T-5. Backstreet Boys – Backstreet Boys – 14 million copies sold
5 T-5. Britney Spears – ...Baby One More Time – 14 million copies sold
4 Whitney Houston – Whitney Houston – 15 million copies sold
3 Hootie & The Blowfish – Cracked Rear View – 16 million copies sold
2 Boston – Boston – 17 million copies sold
1 Guns N’ Roses – Appetite For Destruction – 18 million copies sold
The album that made Guns N’ Roses a household name, Appetite For Destruction produced a number of hits. With 7 singles, the album spent 147 weeks on the Billboard 200, four of those at #1. "Sweet Child O’ Mine", "Welcome to the Jungle" and "Paradise City" each peaked at #1, #7 and #5 on the Billboard Hot 100, respectively. Appetite is Guns’ most critically acclaimed album, and is greatly responsible for having launched their careers in the music industry. Apart from being the best selling debut album in the states it’s also one of the best selling albums in the world with 30 million copies sold, in the same company as Michael Jackson's Bad, Pink Floyd's The Wall and The Beatles’ Abbey Road, to name just a few.
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