Looks like the ‘difficult second album’ really is a thing!

We looked at the best debut albums of all time to find out how the artists’ second albums compared to the first. Click the artists to see the critics’ scores.


Sources: First & Second Album ratings.

To create this piece, we took the artists whose albums featured in Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Best Debut Albums of All Time.

We then compared their first and second albums using the critics' scores from

We excluded 20 artists for whom the critics' score was not available.

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