12 of the best major label debut albums


Nirvana – Nevermind

Pretty much the… well, the Nirvana – Nevermind of major label debuts. There’s nothing else you can really compare it to, since it’s so rare for an album to come out that completely realigns mainstream rock music, style/fashion, and general pop culture the way Nirvana’s DGC debut did in 1991.

Sometimes lost in the countless words that have been written about the band and its martyred frontman’s influence is the fact that, under the layers of distortion and anguished howling, Cobain was a truly gifted songwriter who would have been a success in pretty much any musical era. In any case, Nevermind, to the surprise of everyone involved in its production, became a monster success the likes of which we may never see again, and that we’re still feeling the effects of over 20 years later.

Nirvana - Nevermind
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