THE GREATEST DEBUT SINGLES:

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May 20, 2020
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"Rolling Stone" put together a list of the 100 greatest debut singlesThey did NOT count solo debuts by already well-known artists, but singles by new bands that happened to include established artists WERE fair game.

 

They also stuck to MAINSTREAM releases . . . so they gave artists a pass if they had previously released local or promotional songs that no one had heard and were not available commercially.

 

Here's the Top 15:


1.  ". . . Baby One More Time", Britney Spears

2.  "I Want You Back", The Jackson 5

3.  "Anarchy in the U.K.", The Sex Pistols

4.  "Sucker M.C.'s / It's Like That", Run-DMC

5.  "Maybellene", Chuck Berry

6.  "Radio Free Europe", R.E.M.

7.  "Good Times Bad Times", Led Zeppelin

8.  "That's All Right", Elvis Presley

9.  "Blitzkrieg Bop", The Ramones

10.  "Hand in Glove", The Smiths

11.  "Tim McGraw", Taylor Swift

12.  "Old Town Road", Lil Nas X

13.  "White Riot", The Clash

14.  "Through the Wire", Kanye West

15.  "Rock Lobster", The B-52's

 

Some other notable songs include:


16.  "Creep", Radiohead

21.  "Love Me Do", The Beatles

25.  "Suzie Q", Creedence Clearwater Revival

33.  "Alive", Pearl Jam

26.  "Take It Easy", Eagles

43.  "Everybody", Madonna

50.  "My Sharona", The Knack

56.  "MMMBop", Hanson

65.  "My Church", Maren Morris

66.  "Ocean Eyes", Billie Eilish

85.  "Undone - The Sweater Song", Weezer

90.  "It's Raining Men", The Weather Girls

100.  "Achy Breaky Heart", Billy Ray Cyrus

 

RollingStone.com has the Top 100.  Here's the direct link to the Top 10.