blink-182 are celebrating the 16th anniversary of their scene and world-renowned self-titled (or untitled) album. With that being said, we’re taking a look back at some of the best self-titled albums over the years.
With the self-titled album being a music staple and well more than 10 bands naming albums after their bands, this list is in no particular order, and, of course, some bands have been left out.
We can all remember thinking about our crush while crying to “I Miss You,” but other tracks took their places as blink-182 classics as well. “Feeling This,” “Violence,” “Down” and “Always” cemented this trio as more than just a band about farts and partying. This stylistic shift split some fans, and tensions ultimately grew between members, which caused them to go on hiatus in 2005. Ultimately, the record lived on and changed what punk could be viewed as.
2. twenty one pilots
Released in late 2009, this album marks the beginning of what drew fans to twenty one pilots in the first place. Peaking at No. 139 on the Billboard 200, this record created what would propel 2013’s Vessel to massive success. We described “Addict With A Pen” as “slow, spare and nakedly honest” and “the best representation of what initially drew fans to the band.” The fact that the whole LP was conceptualized and recorded in the house that Tyler Joseph lived in just adds to the impressive nature of this album.
This self-titled is the third and final release by the iconic ska-punk band as well as their most well known. Sporting hits such as “Wrong Way,” “What I Got,” “Santeria,” “Garden Grove” and “Caress Me Down,” there’s no way anyone has gone through life without encountering one of these classic hits. Sounding somewhere between drinking a margarita on the beach and slamming tequila shots in a dirty basement, Sublime’s self-titled was listed by Rolling Stone as one of the most well-regarded albums of the 1990s, and we couldn’t agree more.
4. Joyce Manor
Joyce Manor burst on to the punk scene in 2011 with their debut self-titled album, and “Orange Julius,” “Beach Community” and “Constant Headache” have been stuck in the heads of punks and indie rockers since. Receiving a host of top year-end list accolades, this record deserves to be played loudly over and over again. Joyce Manor are still pumping out great records, with Million Dollars To Kill Me receiving incredible praise in 2018.
Being described as a comeback album, this record (also known as “The Blood Album”) was one of the most highly anticipated albums of 2017. Receiving generally positive reviews, this album showcased some new sounds for the group. Demonstrating post-punk and new-wave proficiency, AFI made their way on to the top lists of many in 2017. The only fault the album received was that it may have been a bit too predictable.
Four years before Demon Days hit “Feel Good Inc.” took over the world, Gorillaz were making hits such as “Clint Eastwood” and “19-2000.” Gorillaz’s self-titled has sold over seven million copies worldwide and reached No. 14 on the Billboard 200. Having received an entry in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die and even a Guinness World Records for most successful virtual band, Gorillaz’s S/T propelled the band to further superstardom, even winning a Grammy with “Feel Good Inc.” in 2006.
7. The Clash
The Clash’s debut album was released in 1977, and it’s widely considered to be one of the greatest punk albums of all time. The entire LP was written and recorded over three weeks in February of that year. The Clash’s S/T has received high marks from nearly everyone who listens to music, and their far-reaching influence on punk, rock and alternative culture is still felt to this day.
More commonly referred to as “The Blue Album,” this self-titled reached No. 16 on the Billboard 200 and is certified triple platinum. If that doesn’t say enough, just remember that this served as Weezer’s debut album and also has the singles “Buddy Holly” and “Say It Ain’t So,” which propelled them to superstardom.
9. The xx
Mashing together R&B, electronica, alternative rock and post-punk, the xx aren’t an unusual choice for this list. Released in 2009, this album was one of the highest-rated critical success of the year. While the album was more of a sleeper hit than an immediate success, the xx slowly gathered a massive following by licensing their songs for television. This grass-roots type of movement allowed the band to thrive in many different scenes. Sparse yet jarring instrumentation and haunting arrangements set this record apart.
While Rancid does officially have two self-titled records and one EP, this debut album by the band is the greatest and most influential. Despite being the only album that doesn’t include Lars Frederiksen, it still rips. This high-energy punk album is a much different feel than Tim Armstrong and Matt Freeman’s previous ska group, Operation Ivy. Stirring up emotions that could make you want to commit property damage or a host of other crimes, this debut full-length brought the band to greatness.