Best David Bowie Albums


The Top Ten

1 The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

You like David Bowie? His early work was a little too jazzy for my taste, but when Hunky Dory came out in '71, I think he really came into the mainstream, commercially and artistically. The whole album has a clear, crisp sound, and a new sheen of consummate professionalism that really gives the songs a big boost. He's been compared to Freddie Mercury and Alice Cooper, but I think Bowie had a far more flamboyant, androgynous sense of style. In '72, Bowie released this, The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spider From Mars, his most critically acclaimed album. I think his undisputed masterpieces are "Suffragette city" and "Starman." The songs are so catchy, most people probably don't listen to the lyrics. But they should, because they're not just about Bowie's alien alter ego, they're also iconic signature tunes in the world of glam rock!

Great album

Astonishingly good album

RIP David, we will miss you.

2 Low

It may not have any of his greatest songs on it, but as an entire work, it is flawless.

Evocative, groundbreaking and lets face it, influential. Classic album - Bowie at his best!

Yep, better then ziggy, somehow both are amazing by the way along with everything else he made though

This is the one, the closest he ever got to telling us the truth.

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3 Hunky Dory

His best.

His most happy sounding album, yet one that brings me to tears. Hunky Dory is a double edged sword. Providing the feelings of wonder and adventure (which Bowie had when coming to America) but at the same time, stabbing you through the heart with such an unbearable sadness that it even gives "Blackstar" a run for its money. A truly stellar album, thank you Mr. Bowie.

Like with Ziggy Stardust it doesn't really contain any bad or even indifferent song. Am I right?

And I know most people do not like it due to it's not very analyze-friendly text, but Bewley Brothers is one of my absolute favorite songs in the whole world.

Amazing songs in this album

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4 Station to Station

"it's not the side effects of the cocaine, I am thinking that it must be love"

A faultless album. Bowie's true masterpiece and one of the greatest albums of all time

My Favorite Bowie record.

Title song is just amazing

5 Blackstar

Best album ever. - iliekpiez

It might not be his "best" album. But I honestly think it's his magnum opus, his masterpiece. Still can't listen to it without shedding tears. - PetSounds

I think in 10 years or so people will also call this a classic Bowie album.

The emotions that Bowie conveyed through this album in his final months are incredibly powerful. RIP

6 Diamond Dogs

Greatest album ever written, Ziggy comes second to this

Not just my favourite Bowie album but my favourite album, full stop. Quite simply, stunning! An overlooked, underrated classic, from the wailing guitar opening of Diamond Dogs to the haunting anthem of Sweet Thing to the chilling rant of Big Brother - a timeless, matchless album by a true genius.


Blew me away upon first listen

7 Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)

Love this album. Songs like Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps), Ashes to Ashes, Fashion, It's No Game, Scream Like A Baby, all amazing.

(Apart from kingdom come) There are only amazing tracks on this album.

Only great songs. Ashes to ashes and Fashion are my favorites, but also love It's no Game 1 and 2, Up the Hill Backwards, Teenage Wildlife and Because You're young.

Fashion is my anthem

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8 Heroes

Brilliant, as Bowie was. - iliekpiez

Why isn't this in the top 10 at least? Honestly though, this album is, in my opinion, the 3rd best he ever did. It ought to be in the top 10 people, let's be real.

One of the best Bowie albums of all time

Fripp and Eno are a constant on the Berlin Trilogy

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9 Aladdin Sane

Best album ever. I can't stop listening cause it's perfect.

The very best by a long way

Not only some iconic songs, but an album the holds together as an album. And the cover art is so iconic it's exactly what anyone thinks of when you say his name.

A fantastic album. Has some of his best work: Cracked Actor, Drive-In Saturday, Panic In Detroit and Aladdin Sane. Along with Ziggy, I think this is his most well rounded album. An absolute masterpiece.

10 The Man Who Sold the World

By far my favorite Bowie album

You guys see the same album cover I see its like a cowboy caring something its pretty weird well that is all

I love this album. It should be at least in the top 10. It's number 1 for me. The best songs are The Width Of A Circle, All The Madmen, And Black Country Rock

Didn't like it much at first, thought it is inferior to "ziggy" and "aladdin", but then it grew on me more than any other Bowie album.

The Contenders

11 Let's Dance

Great album, represented the 80s sound perfectly.

I like this album because it show how much David Bowie changed styles thru the years and was awesome.

Classic and wery professional topalbum from him that newer will be forgotten, can still be played

12 Space Oddity

Space Oddity, a classic

Contains three of his best S Oddity, Memory of A.. and Cygnet Committee

13 Young Americans

Rock/soul at its best. David Bowie in rare form. This album is a true heavyweight amongst the all of the low card fighters. There is no other imagination that can carry through your meaningless existence but David Bowie.

Why so low? The title track is one of his best songs. - PetSounds

Blue-eyed soul at its best.

I love what his American visit in the mid-70's did to his music.
My top 5 from the album is:
1. "Young Americans"
2. "Fascination"
4. "Win"
5. "Who Can I Be Now"

14 Lodger

Vastly underrated

15 Never Let Me Down

5 great songs in a row.
Zeroes is a gem.

How can this be at #16?! It's the album that destroyed Bowie's career.

16 Outside

Great, bizarre experimentation. Not the most accessible, but something to listen to carefully

His best 90's album, should at least be at spot 10-15, NOT 21

This album is great!


17 Earthling

I Love This Album, Best Thing He Did In The 90's.

I mean, yes, it has Seven Years in Tibet and I'm Afraid of Americans. Outside, though, is more consistent. - PhenomentalOne

Seriously? I thought this one was great

Great industrial rock album.

18 Tonight

I TOOOATALY thought this would be number 1. Best reviews

19 The Next Day

This needs to be way higher up than 18!

Far too low, only like Heroes and Blackstar more. - iliekpiez

This would always be in my top 10 along with Heathen

I LOVE this album so much that I listen to it every single day since its release. I am actually obsessed with these songs, every next day I love the songs even more. Each word that comes out of his mouth strikes deep in my heart. With extra combined this album is... I don't know what to say

20 Heathen

This is where his older voice really shone through.

Should be much higher than 22 - the most complete album Bowie had made since the 70s and with some great individual tracks (‘Slip Away’ is a personal favourite).

Great album with hits such as "Slip Away" and "Slow Burn". Second most underrated album, with Lodger being the first.

Heathen is very underrated should hight.. I like the song Everybody Says Hi

21 Labyrinth
22 Hours

Bowie is the best.

23 Reality

So uderrated

24 Black Tie White Noise

Just amazing...

25 David Bowie

His only good album.

26 The Buddha of Suburbia
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3. Hunky Dory
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