In order to qualify for this list, a title must meet the following criteria:
• It must be the artist's first full-length album widely commercially available in the United States (i.e. previously released mixtapes or projects only released exclusively abroad wouldn't be grounds for disqualification)
• Debut albums by solo artists who previously released music with a group count
• Likewise, debut albums from groups containing members who have recorded solo also count
• Of course, our editors exercise their judgment regarding quality and/or historical significance. If you disagree with our choices (and there's a good chance you will), let us know in the customer discussions at the bottom of the page.