Brett Alan wrote:
Brett Alan wrote:
3. New Edition
4. Tracey Ullman
5. Corey Hart
This looks like your strongest year in the 80s with two hall of fame acts and a strong #3 act.
Well, in terms of the whole of their careers, yes. In terms of the criteria for this list, though, no. Run-DMC only had the one single out in '83, but it was influential enough to reach number two on this list. 1987 does much better in the criteria--Public Enemy was a hugely important debut, and the other four were all really big commercially. 1990 will be even bigger--Mariah Carey, C&C Music Factory, The Black Crowes, and Wilson Phillips all had really big debuts. (And I've realized that C&C ought to be on the Debut Albums list.)
Good point, there's a big difference between the strength of the act's entire career and the strength of their first calendar year.
On the years I did here are the best first years:CHUCK BERRY - 1955
Two huge R&B chart hits including one (Maybellene) that was top five pop and #1 R&B for 11 weeks. Incredible impact and influence of that song on the style of rock and roll from that point on. A third R&B chart hit on the flip of "Maybellene." A song like this making the top 5 of the pop chart then and clobbering all cover attempts was a monumental achievement.BO DIDDLEY - 1955
Greatest doubled sided debut single ever (Bo Diddley / I'm A Man) plus two other R&B chart hits (Pretty Thing - Diddley Daddy) and a 5th song that became a standard done by many UK groups (Bring It To Jerome). Incredible influence of these early songs. Could easily rate higher than Chuck for 1955 but was nosed out because of failure to make pop chart.RICKY NELSON - 1957
Four singles that made the top 5 on the pop charts.
Two other singles that made the top 20
One other single that made the top 30
A number one album - The first #1 rock album aside from Elvis.
A number one EP from that number one albumDEL SHANNON - 1961
Two top 5 singles including one that was #1.
Two other top 40 singles.
Even bigger in the UK with a third top ten single
Decent amount of influenceFOUR SEASONS - 1962
Two number one singles that were each #1 for 5 weeks.
One other single that made the top 25
A top ten album that was on the charts for 6 monthsLESLEY GORE - 1963
Four top 5 singles and a top 25 albumANIMALS - 1964
Four chart singles in the USA including an influential #1 song
A top ten album in the USA that was on the charts for 6 months
A second top ten single in the UK
Album was top ten in the UK also, on the charts for 5 monthsMONKEES - 1966
Two number one singles, including one for 7 weeks
A third top 20 single
A number one album for 13 weeks and on the charts for over a year
Album was also #1 in the UK
One single was also #1 in the UK
Of course the TV showDOORS - 1967
Four classic singles including a #1 chart hit
Two albums that were both top 3 and combined for over 180 weeks on the charts.
Tons of impact and influence from the two albumsLED ZEPPELIN - 1969
Two classic albums that combined for almost 200 weeks on the charts. One of them was #1 for 7 weeks
A top ten single
In the UK the two albums combined for OVER 200 weeks on a smaller chart
Tons of impact and influence from the two albumsBOSTON - 1976
At the time they had the biggest selling debut album ever. Was #1 for 15 weeks and on the charts for 2 and 1/2 years. By 1996 it was 15X Platinum.
Three hit singlesVAN HALEN - 1978
Hugely influential album that was 10X platinum by 1996.