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The Best Debut Albums Of 2019

Here are 14 arresting albums by new artists who broke through in 2019.
Source: Jim Bennett

Who made a big noise — or cast an intoxicating spell — with a debut album in 2019? There are many more answers to that rhetorical than we could compile here. And let's state for the record that while Lil Nas X might have had the biggest breakout year, that was on the strength of an unignorable single, much more than his mixed-bag debut EP. (Anyway, "Old Town Road," technically a 2018 release, gets its due elsewhere in this year-end package.) With no further preamble, here are 14 arresting albums by artists who broke through the din.


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