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!

RIP David, we will miss you.

I LOVE Ziggy Stardust! Was in England when it was released & it was instant love when I heard Starman on the radio; have loved Bowie ever since.

Favourites: 'Five Years', 'Soul Love', 'Moonage Daydream', 'Starman', 'Lady Stardust', 'Star', 'Ziggy Stardust', 'Suffragette City', 'Rock 'N' Roll Suicide'
Least Favourite: N/A - SoulDestroyer1

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2 Hunky Dory

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

"Ziggy Stardust" is the most overrated album ever. This has far more veriety, quality and entertainment value, and it feels far more like Bowie is singing from his heart. R.I.P

3 Low

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.

Low is best are

4 Blackstar

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

While it might be a close call between Blackstar and Ziggy, Blackstar takes the cake. Bowie conveys the most raw, and at times tearjerking emotions in Blackstar that no album of his or almost anybody else's has really achieved. The title track, Lazarus, Dollar Days, and I Can't Give Everything Away are the true swan songs of the album, while the others (Tis A Pity She Was A Whore, Girl Loves Me, Sue) are there to jazz and rock out the listener. Truly his best for many reasons.

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5 Station to Station

Is there a better album opener?

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

Title song is just amazing

My Favorite Bowie record.

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6 Aladdin Sane

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.

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.

Come on! This album's cover is the most iconic picture of bowie ever!

The very best by a long way

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7 Diamond Dogs

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.

Best Bowie album ever! This is much better than Black Star which is very depressing.

Without question, without equal


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8 Heroes

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


9 The Man Who Sold the World

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.

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

10 Let's Dance

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

Great album, represented the 80s sound perfectly.

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

The Contenders

11 Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)

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

Fashion is my anthem

Best Album. - nicholasf

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.

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

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

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

16 The Next Day

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

Very great album specially since hasn't been in the Studio in 10 years

All songs in this album are amazing.

This would always be in my top 10 along with Heathen

17 Heathen

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

18 Earthling

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

Seriously? I thought this one was great

Great industrial rock album.

19 Reality

So uderrated

20 Labyrinth
21 Outside

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

This album is great!


22 Hours

Bowie is the best.

23 Black Tie White Noise

Just amazing...

24 David Bowie

His only good album.

25 Tonight

I TOOOATALY thought this would be number 1. Best reviews

26 The Buddha of Suburbia
27 Pin Ups
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3. Hunky Dory
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