12 of the best major label debut albums


Green Day – Dookie

Raise your hand if you owned Dookie, on cassette or CD, in 1995. The fact that most likely every single person reading this who came of age in that era is raising their hand right now (you can put it down by the way, you look silly) is a testament to how successful Green Day’s major label debut was. Dookie made Green Day into huge international stars, and proved punk rock could be a viable driving force in mainstream rock radio. It remains the band’s highest selling album, having moved an astounding 20 million copies.

Green Day – Dookie
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