Pretenders is the debut studio album by the British New Wave band The Pretenders, released on January 19, 1980 on Real Records (Sire Records in the United States). A combination of rock, punk, and pop music, this album made the band famous. This album, their first, compiles several previously released tracks from their 1979 singles "Stop Your Sobbing"/"The Wait", "Kid"/"Tattooed Love Boys", and "Brass in Pocket"/"Swinging London"/"Nervous But Shy", as well as seven new tracks (and a re-recorded version of "The Wait").
Nick Lowe produced the Pretenders' first single, "Stop Your Sobbing", but decided not to work with them again as he thought the band "wasn't going anywhere". Chris Thomas took over on the subsequent recording sessions.
Pretenders scored number 1 quickly on the UK Albums Chart on the week of its release and stayed there for four consecutive weeks. It also scored the top 10 on the Billboard 200 and was certified Platinum during 1982 by the RIAA. Pretenders has been named one of the best albums of all time by VH1 (#52). In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked the album number 155 on its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, and, in 1989, ranked it the 20th best