Music 101: debut singles

Everybody starts somewhere. 

The debut single is just as it sounds – it’s the first single released by a musician. Some musicians knocked it out of the park and others took longer to find their footing.

In this brand-new episode, Music 101 host Margot shares a selection of debut singles from some notable artists including David Bowie, Patti Smith, the Pretenders, De La Soul, Wilco, and R.E.M. 


Music 101: Debut Singles playlist:

“Liza Jane” Davie Jones & The King Bees

“Do Anything You Say” David Bowie

“I’ve Been Loving You” Elton John

“Blitzkrieg Bop” Ramones

“Hey Joe” Jimi Hendrix Experience

“Hey Joe” Patti Smith

“You Really Got Me” Van Halen

“Stop Your Sobbing” Pretenders

“Love Buzz” (original Sub Pop version) Nirvana

“We Got The Beat” (original Stiff Records version) Go-Go’s

“Radio Free Europe (original Hib-Tone version) R.E.M.

“Plug Tunin” (original 12” version) De La Soul

“Box Full Of Letters” Wilco

“11 O’clock Tick Tock” U2

In each episode of Music 101, your host Margot highlights a different chapter in music history, bringing you songs you love and the stories behind them.

Listen to Music 101 on the Colorado Sound every Sunday at 10am MT, with the same episode repeated Wednesday at 8pm MT.

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