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Join us as we take a closer look at some of the most memorable, biggest debut albums of the 2000s.

Artist: Coldplay
Album: Parachutes
Released: 2000
Top Track: Yellow

‘Yellow’ was the second single to come from the album after ‘Shiver’ and reached No.4 in the UK Singles Chart.

Artist: The Strokes
Album: Is This It
Released: 2001
Top Track: Last Night

‘Last Night’ was one of three tracks on the album that originally featured on the band’s debut EP ‘The Modern Age’ and were tweaked and re-recorded for ‘Is This It’.

Artist: The Libertines
Album: Up The Bracket
Released: 2002
Top Track: Time For Heroes

Doherty’s experience of the May Day riots of 2001 forms the basis of ‘Time For Heroes’, which was penned in former manager Banny Pootschi’s Islington flat and produced by Mick Jones of The Clash.

Artist: 50 Cent
Album: Get Rich or Die Tryin’
Released: 2003
Top Track: In Da Club

The Queens rapper’s debut single from the legendary album is still his most iconic hit and to this day remains the hip-hop birthday anthem of choice.

Artist: Kanye West
Album: The College Dropout
Released: 2004
Top Track: Through The Wire

The innovative rapper took home Best Rap Album at the 2005 Grammy Awards for the record, which features numerous track highlights including Twista collab ‘Slow Jamz’, ‘Jesus Walks’, ‘All Falls Down’ ft Syleena Johnson and the Chaka Khan-sampling single ‘Through The Wire’.

Artist: John Legend
Album: Get Lifted
Released: 2004
Top Track: Ordinary People

Legend’s studio debut was released on Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music label. The album won the 2006 Grammys for Best R&B Album, Best New Artist and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for the hit single ‘Ordinary People’.

Artist: Dizzee Rascal
Album: Boy in da Corner
Released: 2004
Top Track: I Luv U

The East London MC brought grime to the mainstream with this benchmark album that went on to win Britain’s coveted Mercury Prize.

Artist: Arcade Fire
Album: Funeral
Top Track: Wake Up

The anthemic single was one of five to be lifted from the Grammy nominated album that went Platinum in the UK, Canada and the US.

Artist: Franz Ferdinand
Album: Franz Ferdinand
Released: 2004
Top Track: Take Me Out

The single earned the band a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and is still undeniably their signature song.

Artist: Kaiser Chiefs
Album: Employment
Released: 2005
Top Track: Oh My God

The British indie rockers didn’t disappoint when it came to delivering a debut album packed full of catchy tunes, from ‘Everyday I Love You Less And Less’ to ‘I Predict a Riot’ and ‘Oh My God’, which was also famously covered by Mark Ronson and Lily Allen.

Artist: Bloc Party
Album: Silent Alarm
Released: 2005
Top Track: Helicopter

Breakthrough hit ‘Helicopter’ was without a doubt the album’s defining track. ‘Silent Alarm’ was nominated for the 2005 Mercury Music Prize as well as named NME’s Best Album that same year.

Artist: Arctic Monkeys
Album: ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’
Released: 2006
Top Track: ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’

The release became the fastest selling debut album by a British band, shifting over than 360,000 copies in its first week.

Artist: Lady Gaga
Album: The Fame
Released: 2008
Top Track: Poker Face

The follow-up to hugely successful lead single ‘Just Dance’, ‘Poker Face’ scored Gaga her second UK No.1 and was the best-selling single of 2009.

Artist: Florence And Machine
Album: Lungs
Released: 2009
Top Track: Dog Days Are Over

The album’s opening track not only caught everyone’s attention, but set the tone for the rest of the album, which topped the UK charts as well as collected the award for the British album of the year at the 2010 BRITs.