Music from David Bowie

The music from David Bowie was as varied as he was. Whether you’re a fan of his glam rock days or his late-career renaissance, there’s something for everyone on this list:

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David Bowie is a legend. He’s not just a singer, or a songwriter, or even just a musician—he’s all of these things and more. He was an artist with so much to say that he wrote it down on paper and shared it with the world through his music.

With songs like “Space Oddity” and “Heroes”, David Bowie always knew how to capture the attention of his listeners by telling stories through his lyrics. With every album release came new tales from David Bowie’s life experiences that would inspire so many people around the world who love listening to great music

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

  • David Bowie’s first album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, was released in 1972. It became a hit and is considered a masterpiece of glam rock.
  • “Ziggy Stardust” is one of the most famous songs from this album, but many others have become timeless classics as well—including “Moonage Daydream,” “Lady Stardust,” and “Hang on to Yourself.”

Hunky Dory

  • Hunky Dory (1971)
  • Produced by Ken Scott
  • Released on RCA Records
  • Recorded at Trident Studios, London (except “Quicksand” and “Andy Warhol”, recorded at Advision Studios, London)

Aladdin Sane

  • Aladdin Sane (pronounced Aladdin a-nay) is the sixth studio album by David Bowie, released by RCA Records in 1973. The follow-up to his breakthrough The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, it was the first album he wrote and released as a bona fide rock star.
  • The songs on this record were more satirical than those on his previous albums; they covered topics ranging from celebrity culture to drug use to sexual politics with a frankness that was unprecedented at that time in popular music.
  • Many critics consider this one of his best albums—and many fans consider it their favorite–but there are also some who feel that it lacks some of the charm found in its predecessors.

Diamond Dogs

The album was recorded in 1974. It’s a concept album inspired by the works of William Blake and originally intended to be a musical. The album features Bowie’s backing band from 1972-73, The Spiders from Mars (Mick Ronson on guitar, Trevor Bolder on bass guitar, Mike Garson on piano), with Woody Woodmansey replacing Mick Ronson for this album.

The lead single “Rebel Rebel” became Bowie’s first UK number one since “Space Oddity”. This was followed by “Diamond Dogs”, which peaked at number 3 in the UK but reached number 43 in Billboard Hot 100 Singles & Tracks chart; it also provided Bowie with his second nomination for Best British Male Artist at 1975 Brit Awards ceremony.

Young Americans

Young Americans was recorded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at Sigma Sound Studios and produced by Tony Visconti. The album was released on RCA Records in the United States, and on Polydor Records internationally. It features the single “Fame”, which reached number one on both the Billboard Hot 100 chart and UK Singles Chart.


“Heroes” is the second album of the Berlin trilogy by David Bowie, released in 1977. Recording was also done at Berlin’s Hansa Studios, where Bowie had made his previous albums Low (1977). Although it has become one of his most popular albums among fans, Heroes has been criticized for its abstract approach.

As with many of David Bowie’s songs from this period, much of its lyrics are based on science fiction literature: “Neuköln”, in particular refers to Neuromancer by William Gibson; “Some Are” refers to The Space Merchants by Frederik Pohl & Cyril M. Kornbluth; while “Joe The Lion”, about an aging African lion being hunted for sport, seems inspired by George Orwell’s Animal Farm (1945)


The album was released in 1977, produced by David Bowie and John Hughes. This is one of the most influential albums of David Bowie, recorded in France and in Berlin.

Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)

Released in 1980, Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) is the fourteenth studio album by David Bowie. The album was produced by Bowie and Tony Visconti, with Brian Eno serving as executive producer. It features contributions from guitarist Earl Slick, who would remain a regular collaborator throughout the rest of David’s career; Tony Visconti on bass guitar; and Dennis Davis on drums. The title track was released as a single before the album’s release but did not chart anywhere; however it later peaked at number 37 in Australia when it was reissued there in 1983 following “Let’s Dance”. A second single from the album, “Ashes to Ashes”, which had been released in January 1980 reached number one on both sides of the Atlantic and became Bowie’s biggest hit until his collaboration with Mick Jagger for their 1984 duet “Dancing In The Street” reached number four in Britain and number one here (and their joint tour later that year included shows at L A Sports Arena).

Let’s Dance

Let’s Dance is the fifteenth studio album by David Bowie. It was released in 1983 and produced by Nile Rodgers, who helped bring a more commercial sound to Bowie’s music after his career had suffered a downturn in the early 1980s. Three singles were released from the album: “Let’s Dance,” “China Girl” and “Modern Love.” Let’s Dance reached number 1 on both the Billboard 200 and UK Albums Chart, making it Bowie’s first album to reach number 1 on those charts since Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) in 1980. The highest charting single in the UK was “Modern Love.” The album also won two Grammy Awards for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance – 1983 for “Lets Dance” (Nile Rodgers) & 1984 for Best Music Video – Short Form – 1984 for ‘China Girl’ (Bowie).


Tonight was a commercial success and reached number one in the UK Albums Chart for three weeks. The album produced three UK top ten singles, including “Blue Jean” and “Loving the Alien”.

david bowie is a legend.

The music from David Bowie is timeless and will live on forever. He was an incredible performer, artist and person who has inspired many people.

It’s clear that David Bowie was a musical genius. His ability to create beautiful music and make it interesting for people of all ages is what makes him so unique. There are many other musicians out there who have created some amazing music over the years, but they aren’t quite like David Bowie. He was an innovator in every sense of the word; he wasn’t afraid to take risks with his music or try something different from time-to-time. If you love pop/rock music then there is no doubt that you will love listening to David Bowie as well!