Beginner’s Luck: The 50 Best-Selling Debut Records In Music History

We’re waiting with baited breath for VH1 You Oughta Know artist Lorde to drop her first album Pure Heroine on Monday! This exclusive stream whetted our appetites, but we’re gonna need a bigger bite of her soulful pop confection. Her first single “Royals” is currently duking it out with heavy hitters Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus for the top of the charts, so we’re expecting big things from her debut disc. In fact, we’re thinking that it’ll measure up to these 50 record breaking freshman releases!

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No matter what, we’ll always have a soft spot for the debut records from our favorite artists. It’s our very first impression, there moment where a new voice cuts above the rest with their own unique sound. Sure, it usually gets played out over the next couple albums, but on that first disc it’s all fresh, exciting, and new…and that’s why they sold like nuts. Head up to the gallery above to count down the 50 highest selling debut discs of all time, ranked by their number of copies sold according to RIAA. Be prepared, you’re about to fall in love all over again with the likes of Britney Spears, Guns N’ Roses, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and so many more!

[Photo: Arista Nashville/Columbia/Jive/Geffen/Interscope]

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