Editor's Note: This is Classic Rock's list of 150 greatest debut album. The other 149 are included in the PDF, which is about 35 pages.
The 150 Greatest Debut Albums Of All Time
Classic Rock - October 2010
TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS | TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS | Shelter, 1976
Who leaves a song as enduring as American Girl to be the last track on their debut album? Well, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, for one. American Girl might be the album's best known song, but TP&HB is packed full of rootsy, anthemic numbers such as The Wild One, Forever and Breakdown. Unusually, considering how all-American this debut sounds, it was successful on this side of the Atlantic first.