5 Artists Whose Second Albums Top Their Debut Ones

Hi guys! For today's post, I wanted to talk about some musicians who have had some amazing success, but that success has usually come from their second albums instead of their firsts. Now some of these artists I love, and I even love their debut records, but it's also obvious that their second album did way better commercially and in some ways artistically. So here we go.

1. Kelly Clarkson

I guess you could say I got the inspiration for this post the other day when I was listening to Kelly Clarkson. All of a sudden the song "A Moment Like This" came on, and that's when I realized. Clarkson had a complete other album before Breakaway. I genuinely forgot it existed (until I listened to Miss Independent. What a jam.) I couldn't even think of the name of her album, it's called Thankful. When people think of early Kelly Clarkson, they think of "Behind These Hazel Eyes" and "Since You Been Gone." Thankfully Clarkson, continued making music after her debut record, because to me it's pretty forgettable.

2. Taylor Swift

Okay before any fans like kill me for saying this, just listen. Taylor Swift's first album was not that good. Like it was okay. "Teardrops on My Guitar" was one of my self-endulgent sad songs in middle school, but I have to admit that Fearless was the better album. It had better sales, and it had better songs. At that point, Swift was famous, but Fearless really put her over the edge. Without singles like "Love Story" and "You Belong With Me" who know if Swift would be as popular (I didn't say good) as she is.

3. Adele

Again people might fight me for this, but please try to name one song off of Adele's first record that is not "Chasing Pavements". I'll give you a few minutes. Go on...yeah nothing? Exactly. Now I personally I love a lot of songs off of Adele's first album, but the only reason I even knew about Adele in the first place is because I listened to 21. 21 gave us classics like "Rolling in the Deep" and "Someone Like You". Adele's second album is what really put her on the map, and although Adele can do no wrong in my eyes, she definitely had a more popular and better selling follow-up record.

4. Fifth Harmony

I kind of cheated on this one. Sorry. I counted their first EP instead of their first album, but you get the jist. Anyways, Fifth Harmony's first EP was not good, in my opinion. I actually really didn't like them. I thought their music was overproduced and the complete definition of bubblegum pop. But then they released the album Reflection. I loved this record. It was one of my favorites of 2015. It was such a complete change going from hating their music to being obsessed with it. Fifth Harmony showed they had more musical depth than I gave them credit for.

5. Ed Sheeran

I saved the most controversial for last. I debated putting Ed Sheeran on this list mainly because I love his first album so much, but then I began thinking about it, and I realized that I really just love individual songs on the album +. When it comes to Sheeran's second album , X, I can truthfully say that I love the majority of the record. Sheeran also become a great deal more famous when songs like "Thinking Out Loud" and "Don't" were released as singles. Sheeran's second album had many more musical risks on it, and it has obviously paid off for him.


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