David Bowie Albums Ranked From Best to Worst

This article is biased. I grew up listening to David Bowie, watching Labyrinth dozens of times, and feeling comforted that someone on the TV was as strange in appearance as I felt inside. Growing up in a small, conservative town, I wasn’t exposed to many people who could relate to my odd, not so straight–not so sure what–feelings. I pretty much had David Bowie and Richard Simmons. I didn’t want to be like Richard Simmons. I wanted to be like David Bowie.

Now I want to take a look back at his music and share my personal opinion on it. You may not agree, and that’s ok. This is my opinion and you clicked this link to read it. If you do disagree, I welcome you to say your opinion in the comments, and I will read your opinion just as you have read mine. This does not include compilation, singles, or live albums. It does, however, include motion picture sound tracks by Bowie.

First, coming in at the top, we have:

#1: Space Oddity (1969)

Space Oddity

#1: Hunky Dory (1971)

Hunky Dory

#1: Outside (1995)


#1: David Bowie’s Self Titled Premier Album (1967)


#1: ‘Hours…’ (1999)


#1: The Man Who Sold The World (1970)

The man who sold the world

#1: Young Americans (1975)

Young Americans

#1: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972)

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

#1: Earthling (1997)


#1: Pin Ups (1973)


#1: Diamond Dogs (1974)

Diamond Dogs

#1: Black Tie White Noise (1993)

Black tie

#1: Aladdin Sane (1973)


#1: Heathen (2002)


#1: Station to Station (1976)

Station to Station

In 1977 two great Bowie albums were released.

#1: Low (1977)



#1: Heroes (1977)


#1: Tin Machine II (1991)

Tin Machine 2

#1: Lodger (1979)


#1: Reality (2003)


#1: Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (1980)

Scary Monsters

#1: The Next Day (2013)


#1: Never Let Me Down (1987)

Never let me down

#1: Let’s Dance (1983)


#1: Tonight (1984)


#1: Tin Machine (1989)

Tin Machine

#1: Labyrinth (1986)


#1: Christine F. (1981)


#1: The Buddha of Suburbia (1993)


And finally, coming in at #1:

#1: Blackstar (2016)



In the case that you had not realized this on your own: I placed all of the albums at #1 intentionally.

David Bowie leaves us with one final masterpiece. Buy it, listen to it, and celebrate this and a lifetime of music from a very talented person.

Blackstar on iTunes

David Bowie on iTunes

Blackstar on Amazon Music

David Bowie on Amazon Music

Enjoy a sample below:


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