|David Bowie Albums Ranked|
I'm an avid Bowie fan. Why not?
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars
This was a no-brainer for me. Everything that's quintessential about Bowie is here. His sound, his personality, his vibrant instrumental flair, his inventive and odd lyrics, it all combines into this transcendent art-rock experience that doubles as a musical and a narrative journey. An album where every single cut is just absolutely perfect.
Honestly everything I said about the above I could say about this, save for the narrative part. Hunky Dory is more a collection of songs that reflected a state of mind or a uniform feeling. The only reason it isn't as good as Ziggy is honestly that I really don't care for the song 'Kooks'. It's a fine song, but in the context of the album I just wonder what it's doing on here.
This is Bowie at his most depressing, which of course makes for great art. It's sonically fascinating, different from anything he's ever done apart from maybe 'Low' but here the moodiness and bleak imagery is at it's peak. It was a great goodbye record and really showed how versatile he was, even if it wasn't very representative of his sound as a whole.
This is one of those records that I'm in love with that I feel is constantly forgotten about. It's moody, but also loud and insane. There are some real weird dark cuts on this one like 'The Loneliest Guy' or 'Flying' but other tracks like the title track come together in a sort of unified insanity. A personal favorite of mine.
Aside from Ziggy this is probably the album everyone knows Bowie for, and it's one of the albums I feel best represents him as an artist. While everything here is solid, I think overall the only thing that holds it back is that Hunky Dory is just a little bit better in most aspects.
See you Space Cowboy
This one had to grow on me a little bit. Some people put it up there with Ziggy, and I can certainly see why. The instrumentations here are absolutely gorgeous. Lyrically it took it's time to really vibe with me, but that's simply what you get with Bowie, a different personality, a different style and sound, and this is a damn good one.
I like Nine Inch Nails and so does Bowie, apparently
The Man Who Sold the World
I mean the title track alone lands it this high
Black Tie White Noise
This one is just a lot of fun to listen to.
This album is a pleasant listen for being called 'Scary Monsters'
Underrated? I think so.
If you forced me at gunpoint to say which Bowie album is the most overrated it would probably be this one. It's still fantastic though, I just think sonically it's not quite as heavy hitting.
This, for my money, is his weirdest album. Which results in an even mix of songs where I wonder what the hell I'm even listening to, and another crop of songs that are pretty much exactly what you'd want and expect.
I think the blend of straight up Pop with light Rock elements really works here. Catchy as hell.
The Next Day
Kinda feel like this was the 'Blackstar Beta version' still really good, but not quite as committed.
The Buddha of Suburbia
Why is Ian Fish even on here
The first six cuts are fine but the second half of the album is killer. Overall it's good but unfocused.
Station to Station
Has anyone legitimately even listened to this one? It's great, but I never hear anyone talk about it
I cannot for the life of me remember a single song other than 'Thursday's Child' and this album cover sucks
It's fine. It's kinda just 'Let's Dance' but less fun.
A mixed bag with a few decent cuts but nothing super special
Kinda one-note but I don't know I like it
Never Let Me Down
This... is a Bowie album alright
Not a bad album by any stretch. Just... odd. Not really in a super appealing way. It's a whole lot of weird art/pop-rock stuff that sounds a bit dated, but is still pretty solid honestly.