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25 debut albums everyone should own

  • In this week's NME we're looking at the 50 best debut albums ever. And here are a few of our picks, in no particular order, starting with The XX, ‘The XX’ (2009). Head to NME.COM/blogs to suggest your own favourites.

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  • Joy Division, ‘Unknown Pleasures’ (1979). Standout tracks: ‘Shadow Play’, ‘She’s Lost Control’. Like this? Also try: The Cure, ‘Three Imaginary Boys’. Have your say - vote in our greatest debuts reader poll.

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  • Ramones, ‘Ramones’ (1976). Standout tracks: ‘Blitzkrieg Bop’, ‘I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend’. Like this? Also try: The Stooges, ‘Raw Power’.

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  • The Velvet Underground, ‘The Velvet Underground and Nico’ (1967). Standout tracks: ‘Heroin’, ‘Sunday Morning’. Like this? Also try: Lou Reed, ‘Transformer’.

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  • Oasis, ‘Definitely Maybe’ (1994). Standout tracks: ‘Rock n’ Roll Star’, ‘Slide Away’. Like this? Also try: Blur, ‘Parklife’.

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  • Arctic Monkeys, ‘Whatever People Say I Am…’ (2006). Standout tracks: ‘I Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor’, ‘When The Sun Goes Down’. Like this? Also try: Kasabian, ‘Empire’.

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  • REM, ‘Murmur’ (1983). Standout tracks: ‘Radio Free Europe’. Like this? Also try: U2, ‘War’. Have your say - vote in our greatest debuts reader poll.

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  • Kanye West, ‘The College Dropout’ (2004). Standout tracks: ‘Through The Wire’, ‘All Falls Down’. Like this? Also try: Lupe Fiasco, 'Food & Liquor'.

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  • Guns N Roses, ‘Appetite For Destruction’ (1987). Standout tracks: ‘Paradise City’, ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’. Like this? Also try: AC/DC, ‘Highway To Hell’.

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  • Super Furry Animals, ‘Fuzzy Logic’ (1996). Standout tracks: ‘Something 4 the Weekend’, ‘If You Don’t Want Me to Destroy You’. Like this? Also try: Supergrass, ‘I Should Coco’.

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  • The Stone Roses, ‘The Stone Roses’ (1989). Standout tracks: ‘She Bangs The Drums’, ‘I Wanna Be Adored’. Like this? Also try: Primal Scream, ‘Screamadelica’.

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  • Killing Joke, ‘Killing Joke’ (1980). Standout tracks: ‘Change’, ‘Requiem’. Like this? Also try: Siouxsie And The Banshees, ‘Kaleidoscope’.

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  • The Beatles, ‘Please Please Me’ (1963). Standout tracks: ‘Twist And Shout’, ‘Love Me Do’. Like this? Also try: The Kinks, 'Kinks'.

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  • Sex Pistols, ‘Never Mind The Bollocks’ (1977). Standout tracks: ‘God Save The Queen’, ‘Anarchy In The UK’. Like this? Also try: Buzzcocks, ‘Love Bites’.

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  • Patti Smith, ‘Horses’ (1975). Standout tracks: ‘Gloria’, ‘Land’. Like this? Also try: New York Dolls, ‘New York Dolls’.

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  • The Smiths, ‘The Smiths’ (1984). Standout tracks: ‘What Difference Does It Make?’. Like this? Also try: Aztec Camera, ‘Knife’.

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  • The Strokes, ‘Is This It’ (2001). Standout tracks: ‘Last Nite’, ‘Is This It’. Like this? Also try: White Stripes, ‘White Blood Cells’.

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  • Devo, ‘Are We Not Men? We Are Devo!’ (1978). Standout tracks: ‘Satisfaction’, ‘Uncontrollable Urge’. Like this? Also try: Talking Heads, 'Remain In Light'.

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  • Eminem, ‘The Slim Shady LP’ (1999). Standout tracks: ‘My Name Is’, ‘Guilty Conscience’. Like this? Also try: Dr Dre, ‘2001’. Have your say - vote in our greatest debuts reader poll.

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  • Neu!, ‘Neu!’ (1972). Standout tracks: ‘Hallogallo’, ‘I’m Gluck’. Like this? Also try: Can, ‘Future Days’.

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  • My Bloody Valentine, ‘Isn’t Anything’ (1988). Standout tracks: ‘Feed Me With Your Kiss'. Like this? Also try: The Jesus & Mary Chain, ‘Psychocandy’.

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  • The Stooges, ‘The Stooges’ (1969). Standout tracks: ‘I Wanna Be Your Dog’, ‘No Fun’. Like this? Also try: Iggy Pop, ‘Lust For Life’.

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  • The Who, ‘My Generation’ (1965). Standout tracks: ‘My Generation, ‘Can’t Explain’. Like this? Also try: The Small Faces, ‘Small Faces’.

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  • Bob Dylan, ‘Bob Dylan’ (1962). Standout tracks: ‘See That My Grave is Kept Clean’, ‘Talkin’ New York’. Like this? Also try: Neil Young, ‘Neil Young’.

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