Rolling Stone "discounted" the debut if the artist went on to greater success, and gave extra recognition to debuts where the success was never repeated. They skipped debuts from artists who had left well-known bands.
This explains why Greetings From Asbury Park did not make the top 25, but does not explain why Boston is not in the top ten.
As is the case with most Rolling Stone lists, it suffers from a bit of pandering and political correctness. So while their guidelines were not a bad idea, some of their choices (and the running order) are, in my opinion, missteps.
Here are the final 25 titles in their top 100 debuts...
77. Drake “Thank Me Later”
78. The Stone Roses (S/T)
79. Elvis Presley (S/T)
80. The Byrds “Mr. Tambourine Man”
81. Gang Of Four “Entertainment”
82. The Congos “Heart Of The Congos”
84. Whitney Houston
85. Rage Against The Machine (S/T)
86. Kendrick Lamar “Good Kid M.A.A.D. City”
88. Daft Punk “Homework”
89. Yaz “Upstairs At Eric’s”
90. Big Star “#1 Record”
91. M.I.A. “Arular”
92. Moby Grape (S/T)
93. The Hold Steady “Almost Killed Me”
94. The Who “Sings My Generation”
95. Little Richard “Here’s Little Richard”
96. Madonna (S/T)
98. Joe Jackson “Look Sharp”
99. The Flying Burrito Brothers (S/T)
100. Lady GaGa “The Fame”
I probably have the least problem with this list-I'd have included Madonna, and Whitney Houston. Also The Stone Roses and Big Star. In fairness, I've never actually heard Lady GaGa's debut (saw a video once on MTV-looked like Madonna all over again).
HOW WILL I KNOW
BIG STAR-IN THE STREET
IS SHE REALLY GOING OUT WITH HIM
THE WHO-MY GENERATION