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The Best David Bowie Albums of All Time

Updated January 1, 2020 15.4k votes 2.2k voters 22.9k views29 items

List RulesThis list includes studio albums only, so if you add an album make sure it's a proper studio release.

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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  • 1
    The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Sta is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best David Bowie Albums of All Time

    ArtistDavid Bowie

    TracksZiggy Stardust, Rock 'N' Roll Suicide, Hang On To Yourself

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

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    Hunky Dory is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best David Bowie Albums of All Time
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    ArtistDavid Bowie

    TracksQuicksand, The Bewlay Brothers, Kooks

    LabelRCA Records

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Pop music, Folk rock, Folk music, Pop rock

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    "Heroes" is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best David Bowie Albums of All Time
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    ArtistDavid Bowie

    TracksMoss Garden, Beauty and the Beast, Joe the Lion

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

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    Low is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best David Bowie Albums of All Time
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    Low

    1977

    ArtistDavid Bowie

    TracksBe My Wife, Speed of Life, Warszawa

    LabelRCA Records

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

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    Blackstar is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best David Bowie Albums of All Time
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    ArtistYahZarah

    TracksCry, Wishing, Nova

    LabelThree Keys Music

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

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    Aladdin Sane is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best David Bowie Albums of All Time
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    ArtistDavid Bowie

    TracksLady Grinning Soul, Drive-In Saturday, The Prettiest Star

    LabelRCA Records

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

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    Scary Monsters (and Super Cree is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best David Bowie Albums of All Time

    ArtistDavid Bowie

    TracksScary 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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  • 8
    Station to Station is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best David Bowie Albums of All Time

    ArtistDavid Bowie

    TracksGolden Years, Word on a Wing, Station to Station

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

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    Diamond Dogs is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best David Bowie Albums of All Time
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    ArtistDavid Bowie

    TracksSweet Thing (reprise), We Are the Dead, Candidate

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

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    Lodger is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best David Bowie Albums of All Time
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    Lodger

    1979

    ArtistDavid Bowie

    TracksAfrican Night Flight, Red Sails, Red Money

    LabelRCA Records

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

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    Young Americans is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best David Bowie Albums of All Time
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    ArtistDavid Bowie

    TracksRight, Young Americans, Win

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Hard rock, Soul music, Funk, Funk rock

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    The Man Who Sold the World is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best David Bowie Albums of All Time

    ArtistDavid Bowie

    TracksThe Man Who Sold the World, The Width of a Circle, Running Gun Blues

    LabelMercury Records

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

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    The Next Day is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best David Bowie Albums of All Time
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    ArtistDavid Bowie

    TracksThe Stars (Are Out Tonight), Dancing Out in Space, Boss of Me

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

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    Outside is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best David Bowie Albums of All Time
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    ArtistDavid Bowie

    TracksSegue - Baby Grace, Segue: Nathan Adler (II), Leon Takes Us Outside

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

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    Heathen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best David Bowie Albums of All Time
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    ArtistDavid Bowie

    TracksSlip 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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  • 16
    Let's Dance is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best David Bowie Albums of All Time
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    ArtistDavid Bowie

    TracksChina Girl, Without You, Shake It

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

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    Reality is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best David Bowie Albums of All Time
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    ArtistDavid Bowie

    TracksRebel Rebel (2003), Days, Fall Dog Bombs the Moon

    LabelColumbia

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

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    David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best David Bowie Albums of All Time
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    ArtistDavid Bowie

    TracksAn Occasional Dream, Janine, Space Oddity

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

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    Earthling is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best David Bowie Albums of All Time
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    ArtistDavid Bowie

    TracksTelling Lies, Seven Years in Tibet, Little Wonder

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

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    ‘hours…’ is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best David Bowie Albums of All Time
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    ArtistDavid Bowie

    TracksSeven, If I’m Dreaming My Life, Survive

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

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    Black Tie White Noise is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best David Bowie Albums of All Time

    ArtistDavid Bowie

    TracksDon’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
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    ArtistDavid Bowie

    TracksEverything’s Alright, Don’t Bring Me Down, Rosalyn

    LabelRCA 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
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    ArtistDavid Bowie

    TracksRubber Band, She’s Got Medals, Join the Gang

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

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    Tin Machine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best David Bowie Albums of All Time
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    Tin Machine

    1989

    ArtistTin Machine

    TracksAmazing, Under the God, Tin Machine

    LabelEMI International

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Hard rock, Rock and roll

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    Buddha of Suburbia is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best David Bowie Albums of All Time
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    Buddha of Suburbia

    1993

    ArtistDavid Bowiie

    Genres (Music)Soundtrack

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