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The Best David Bowie Albums of All Time 

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David Bowie isn't only one of the best frontmen of all time, but is one of the best art rock artists. In his decades-long career, Bowie released an array of music, spanning across numerous albums. Here, you'll find a list of the best David Bowie albums, including pictures of the album covers when available. This David Bowie discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top David Bowie albums can be found at the top of the list. To make it easy for you, we haven't included David Bowie singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. If you think the greatest David Bowie album isn't high enough on the list, then be sure to vote for it so it receives the credit it deserves. Make sure you don't just vote for critically acclaimed albums; if you have a favorite David Bowie album, then vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

If you want to know, "What is the Best David Bowie album of all time?" or "What are the top David Bowie albums?" then this list will answer your questions. This list contains albums like Hunky Dory, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Next Day.

David Bowie released his 25th and final album Blackstar on Janaury 8, 2016, coinciding with his 69th birthday. Met with critical acclaim and commercial success, Blackstar became David Bowie's only album to top the Billboard 200 in the United States. While recording the album, David Bowie was suffering from liver cancer, which was never disclosed to the public. Two days after the album release, David Bowie passed away. 

This list of popular David Bowie albums has been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order of this list isn't just one person's opinion. 

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The Rise and Fall of Zig... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best David Bowie Albums of All Time
By David Bowie (1972); Tracks: Ziggy Stardust, Rock 'N' Roll Suicide & Hang On To Yourself

Genres (Music): Rock music, Art rock, Glam rock, Concept album

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#6 of 3,542 The Greatest Albums of All-Time #35 of 621 The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time #13 of 403 The Greatest Album Covers of All Time

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Low is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best David Bowie Albums of All Time
By David Bowie (1977); Tracks: Be My Wife, Speed of Life & Warszawa

Label: RCA Records

Genres (Music): Ambient music, Experimental rock, Art rock, Electronic music, Krautrock

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Hunky Dory is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best David Bowie Albums of All Time
By David Bowie (1971); Tracks: Quicksand, The Bewlay Brothers & Kooks

Label: RCA Records

Genres (Music): Rock music, Pop music, Folk rock, Folk music, Pop rock, + more

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Station to Station is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best David Bowie Albums of All Time
By David Bowie (1976); Tracks: Golden Years, Word on a Wing & Station to Station

Genres (Music): Rock music, Soul music, Funk, Krautrock, Blue-eyed soul

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Aladdin Sane is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best David Bowie Albums of All Time
By David Bowie (1973); Tracks: Lady Grinning Soul, Drive-In Saturday & The Prettiest Star

Label: RCA Records

Genres (Music): Rock music, Hard rock, Glam rock

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#112 of 3,542 The Greatest Albums of All-Time #190 of 621 The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time #17 of 403 The Greatest Album Covers of All Time

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"Heroes" is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best David Bowie Albums of All Time
By David Bowie (1977); Tracks: Moss Garden, Beauty and the Beast & Joe the Lion

Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Rock music, Ambient music, Classic rock, Experimental rock, + more

7
Diamond Dogs is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best David Bowie Albums of All Time
By David Bowie (1974); Tracks: Sweet Thing (reprise), We Are the Dead & Candidate

Genres (Music): Rock music, Art rock, Glam rock

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#46 of 3,542 The Greatest Albums of All-Time #224 of 621 The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time #190 of 403 The Greatest Album Covers of All Time

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Scary Monsters (and Supe... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best David Bowie Albums of All Time
By David Bowie (1980); Tracks: Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps), Ashes to Ashes & Up the Hill Backwards

Genres (Music): Rock music, New Wave, Post-punk, Experimental rock, Art rock

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Young Americans is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best David Bowie Albums of All Time
By David Bowie (1975); Tracks: Right, Young Americans & Win

Genres (Music): Rock music, Hard rock, Soul music, Funk, Funk rock, + more

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Blackstar is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best David Bowie Albums of All Time
By YahZarah (2003); Tracks: Cry, Wishing & Nova

Label: Three Keys Music

Genres (Music): Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Neo soul

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The Man Who Sold the Wor... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best David Bowie Albums of All Time
By David Bowie (1970); Tracks: The Man Who Sold the World, The Width of a Circle & Running Gun Blues

Label: Mercury Records

Genres (Music): Heavy metal, Rock music, Hard rock, Folk rock, Glam rock

12
Lodger is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best David Bowie Albums of All Time
By David Bowie (1979); Tracks: African Night Flight, Red Sails & Red Money

Label: RCA Records

Genres (Music): New Wave, World music, Experimental rock, Art rock

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Heathen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best David Bowie Albums of All Time
By David Bowie (2002); Tracks: Slip Away, Everyone Says ‘Hi’ & I Took a Trip on a Gemini Spaceship

Genres (Music): Alternative rock, Rock music, Experimental rock, Art rock, Synth rock

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Outside is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best David Bowie Albums of All Time
DannyDiess added By David Bowie (1995); Tracks: Segue - Baby Grace, Segue: Nathan Adler (II) & Leon Takes Us Outside

Genres (Music): Rock music, Industrial music, Experimental music, Experimental rock, Art rock, + more

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The Next Day is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best David Bowie Albums of All Time
By David Bowie (2013); Tracks: The Stars (Are Out Tonight), Dancing Out in Space & Boss of Me

Genres (Music): Rock music, Experimental rock, Art rock

16
Let's Dance is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best David Bowie Albums of All Time
By David Bowie (1983); Tracks: China Girl, Without You & Shake It

Genres (Music): Rock music, Pop music, New Wave, Pop rock, Dance music, + more

17
Earthling is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best David Bowie Albums of All Time
By David Bowie (1997); Tracks: Telling Lies, Seven Years in Tibet & Little Wonder

Genres (Music): Alternative rock, Rock music, Dance music, Intelligent dance music, Drum and bass, + more

18
Reality is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best David Bowie Albums of All Time
By David Bowie (2003); Tracks: Rebel Rebel (2003), Days & Fall Dog Bombs the Moon

Label: Columbia

Genres (Music): Alternative rock, Rock music, Rock and roll, Ambient music, Art rock

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best David Bowie Albums of All Time
By David Bowie (1969); Tracks: An Occasional Dream, Janine & Space Oddity

Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock, Folk rock, Psychedelic folk

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‘hours…’ is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best David Bowie Albums of All Time
By David Bowie (1999); Tracks: Seven, If I’m Dreaming My Life & Survive

Genres (Music): Alternative rock, Rock music, Adult contemporary music, Hard rock, Soul music, + more

21
Black Tie White Noise is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best David Bowie Albums of All Time
By David Bowie (1993); Tracks: Don’t Let Me Down & Down, I Feel Free & You’ve Been Around

Genres (Music): Rock music, Soul music, Electronic music, Blue-eyed soul

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Pin Ups is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best David Bowie Albums of All Time
By David Bowie (1973); Tracks: Everything’s Alright, Don’t Bring Me Down & Rosalyn

Label: RCA Records

Genres (Music): Rock music, Glam rock, Protopunk

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best David Bowie Albums of All Time
By David Bowie (1967); Tracks: Rubber Band, She’s Got Medals & Join the Gang

Genres (Music): Pop music, Folk rock, Psychedelic folk, Psychedelic pop, Baroque pop, + more

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Tonight is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best David Bowie Albums of All Time
By David Bowie (1984); Tracks: I Keep Forgettin’, Dancing With the Big Boys & Don’t Look Down

Genres (Music): Rock music, Pop music, Pop rock, Dance music

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Never Let Me Down is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best David Bowie Albums of All Time
By David Bowie (1987); Tracks: Day‐In Day‐Out, Glass Spider & Never Let Me Down

Genres (Music): Rock music, Rock and roll, Pop rock