This is NME’s celebration of the best debut albums from the last 50 years. It's not a countdown. Instead, we've selected one album from each year.

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0The Slim Shady LP (1999)

Driving nine inch nails through your eyelids to force you to watch this overnight rewriting of rap’s rulebook.

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0Parachutes (2000)

It wasn’t all ‘Yellow’, actually – here was a fledgling stadium band delving around in the Big Music and finding shimmering new crevices.

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0Is This It (2001)

Rescued rock’n’roll from the torpor of nu-metal in 36 near-perfect minutes. Not bad.

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0Up the Bracket (2002)

Before The Libertines all the best post-millennial rock’n’roll was being made by Americans, Scandinavians, Antipodeans… anybody but us Brits. ‘Up The Bracket’ changed all that, and its influence remains massive.

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0Boy In Da Corner (2003)

Before the talent show slots, the Calvin Harris hook-ups and the ‘Bonkers’ pop bangers, Dizzee’s debut was the ultimate grime breakthrough, a cranky shiv to the mainstream’s heart.

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0The College Dropout (2004)

It still bounces out of the speakers with freshness and brio: from ‘Jesus Walks’ to ‘The New Workout Plan’, it was evident that Kanye had energy to burn. If only we’d known quite how much…

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0Funeral (2005)

Seldom has sadness sounded so utterly euphoric as on the grand chamber-post-punk gems contained within the Canadian collective’s debut.

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0Whatever People Say I Am... (2006)

The fastest-selling UK debut by a band ever, thanks to the rhymes of the modern urban poet laureate and tunes as wired and scattergun as a misfiring AK.

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0Myths Of the Near Future (2007)

The tribal punk totem of new rave, ‘Myths…’ was an adventurous and imaginative debut; by turns brutal, beatific and making noises like unicorns exploding in an air raid.

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Klaxons - 'Golden Skans'
Video: Klaxons - 'Golden Skans'

0Crystal Castles (2008)

They lied about everything except how gifted they were with pixellated gnashing electro.

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