Lists: Second Albums Better Than The Debut

The criteria for this list is that it has to be LP’s not EP’s. Yes some bands next albums after their debut were EP’s.


1. Pearl Jam- VS
2. Mastodon- Leviathan
3. Alice In Chains- Dirt
4. Metallica- Ride The Lightning
5. Radiohead- The Bends
6. Deftones- Around The Fur
7. Poison The Well- Tear From The Red
8. Nirvana- Nevermind
9. A Perfect Circle- The Thirteenth Step
10. Killswitch Engage- Alive Or Just Breathing
11. Stone Temple Pilots- Purple
12. Nine Inch Nails- The Downward Spiral
13. Pantera- Vulgar Display Of Power
14. Isis- Oceanic
15. Black Sabbath- Paranoid
16. Megadeth- Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying
17. Iron Maiden- Killers
18. Live- Throwing Copper
19. Cold- 13 Ways To Bleed On Stage
20. Slayer- Hell Awaits
21. Brand New- Deja Entendu
22. Incubus- Science
23. White Zombie- La Sexorcisto


  1. Good list! (controversial number 1, but Ten would benefit from warmer production and a bit of tightening up of some of the songs) Being an old duffer, I’d add Living Colour, Time’s Up, and Black Crowes, Southern Harmony and Musical Companion to the pile.
    So which bands’ second albums were let downs after stellar debuts?

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