Remember What These Artists Looked Like When They Released Their First Album?

November 6, 2014  |  
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Remember what Beyonce looked like when she was still in high school? Or when Prince had a ‘fro? Come take a ride with us down Throwback Thursday Lane and remember what all of your favorite artists looked like when they were just starting out.


It’s hard to believe that Aaliyah was just 15 when this album dropped and that once-upon-a-time, no one knew how to pronounce her name. Just a few years later, Aaliyah would take over the industry and have everyone wrapping their hair at night for her classic laid-back look.


Back in 1994, Usher was making all of the teenage girls crazy with his baby face. Can you believe that he was just 16 when his first album dropped?

Destiny’s Child

Can you believe that Beyonce was just 17 when Destiny’s Child’s first single dropped? Boy does time fly.

On a side note, do you think they’ll ever have LaTavia and LeToya back for an OG Destiny’s Child reunion? Probably not? That’s a shame.


Did you know that Prince’s new afro is really a throwback move? The Purple One was just 20 when his debut album dropped in 1977, just a few years before singles like “Soft and Wet” took over the 80s.


Can you believe that Madonna was 25 when she dropped her debut album? She made Madonna just one year after she was discovered singing in downtown New York by Warner Brothers executives in 1982. But it would still be a few years before she became an 80’s style icon. We barely recognize baggy, boy-jeans Madonna on this album’s hit single.


Xscape released their first album in 1993. Can you believe the girls were just 17? Tiny hadn’t yet met TI (and still had brown eyes) and we haven’t seen Kandi Burruss look this tough since NeNe’s slumber party…

Mariah Carey

We don’t know if we’re more nostalgic about Mariah’s 21-year-old baby face or all the jams on this 1993 CD: “Vision of Love,” “I Don’t Wanna Cry,” “Vanishing,” “Someday?” They were all on this album. No wonder Beyonce says this album is the one that made her decide to go pro.

Britney Spears

Remember Britney circa 1999? She was just 18, still wearing pigtails and already singing the songs that get stuck in everyone’s heads. We can’t be the only ones who still remember all the words to …Baby One More Time.

Whitney Houston

It was 1985, Whitney was just 21 and already setting the tone for ’80s sophistication with the classic gelled-back bun — and blowing everyone away with her soulful voice. “You Give Good Love?” “How Will I Know?” they all came from this album.

Janet Jackson

The only thing more adorable than 16-year-old Janet Jackson on the cover of her debut 1982 album is the story behind it. The shot was taken in the Jackson family pool and the shoot was Janet’s idea.

She got the idea from a photo of Elizabeth Taylor in her early years. But she almost didn’t take it because she was too shy to strip down to her bathing suit in front of the camera crew. Luckily Janet found a way to slip in and slip out while everyone was distracted.

Faith Evans

Faith was 22, Biggie was 23 and they had just gotten married. And this album is all about the ups and downs of their newlywed love: “You Used to Love Me,” “Fallin’ in Love” “Soon As I Get Home” and “Come Over?” They were the songs of Hip Hop’s first couple, long before Beyonce and Jay-Z.

Toni Braxton

Remember Toni’s iconic 90’s style? We want to know when the next super star is going to officially bring the pixie cut back in style. Although we’d settle for the next chart topper. “Love Should Have Brought You Home,” “Breathe Again,” “Another Sad Love Song?” All on this album.

Missy Elliot

We never forgot that 1997 Missy was Supa Dupa Fly, but we did forget that she used to be Supa Dupa Trim. Now that’s she’s back to her chart-topping weight, we hope she and Timbaland will get back to changing the sound of Hip Hop. It’s nearly 15 years later and “The Rain” still sounds like it’s straight out of the future.


We had to include at least one rap throwback album. Can you believe this is what Angela and Vanessa Simmons’ dad used to look like back in 1984 (or that this was one of rap’s first albums?)

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