Taste in music is as different as the people that listen to it, but there are certain albums that have changed the face of music and launched individuals and groups into stardom. Some albums have changed the scene of music and some just make you feel good, but no matter what you prefer to listen too, several debut albums have made a huge impact in the entertainment industry and the way the public views the music scene.
1967 Jimi Hendrix released the Jimi Hendrix Experience and it changed the face of music. Hendrix made the guitar sing and made people feel what he was playing. Two of the most powerful tracks, 'Manic Depression' and 'The Wind Cries Mary' made listeners use their imagination and brought psychedelic soul music into the mainstream. The use of a guitar to sing was not new, but Hendrix made it feel that way with his playing style and it changed the way the public listened to songs.
Guns N' Roses released Appetite for Destruction in 1987 and it brought hard rock back into the public’s eye. Front man Axl Rose and lead guitarist Slash, made listeners feel they were taken back in time, but with a very modern sound. This album was the highest selling debut album of the 1980's and made a huge impression on youngsters, much like Led Zeppelin achieved in the late Sixties. 'Paradise City and 'Sweet Child of Mine' showed the band could play very different styles of rock, but still hit a chord with the listening public.
N.W.A hit the rap scene in 1988 with 'Straight Outta Compton' and it brought gangster rap into middle America. Ice Cube and Dr. Dre brought a raw and vulgarity laced rap the middle class and while its still an anthem to young African Americans, it also changed white suburbia and made being a 'Thug' and dissing authority part of life for youngsters growing up at the time.
Before Nirvana made young people look deep at themselves and express frustration, The Ramones 1976 self titled debut album was the first music album to change a generation and expressed what all young adults feel when not 'Normal'. The bands music was very fast beat and made being anti-social part of everyday life. Songs like “Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue” and “Beat on the Brat” defined a young generation in the 70's and changed the way songs were written up until present time.
1986 had three young men from New York City change music forever with their blend of rock, rap, and hip hop. The Beastie Boys released 'Licensed to Ill' and it changed middle America and young peoples view on what was mainstream music. The group used hard charging beats with hard rock guitars and created a rap style that has never been duplicated, even by the band themselves. Songs like 'Fight for Your Right' and 'Rhymin & Stealin' mixed the sounds of AC/DC and Run-DMC and created a generation of hell raising youngsters and changed the face of music with groups today still trying to find that same magical combination of sounds.