Tuesday, January 18, 2022

David Bowie: Top 100 Songs/Studio Albums Ranked

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David Bowie

Top 100 Songs

Glam-rock singer/songwriter born David Robert Jones 1/8/1947 in Brixton, London, England. Died 1/10/2016 in New York City. He changed his name to David Bowie to avoid confusion with the Monkees’ Davy Jones. (v – Kon-Rads; Reds & Blues; King Bees: 11/63 to 8/64; Manish Boys: 8/64 to 4/65; Davy Jones: 65; Lower Third: 3/65 to 1/66; The Buzz: 2/66 to 12/66; solo: 66-; Tin Machine: 89-92). In 1972, he became a producer for Mott the Hoople (“All the Young Dudes”) and Lou Reed (Transformer). In 1977, he worked with Iggy Pop as a songwriter and producer for Pop’s The Idiot and Lust for Life albums.

Bowie’s 1972 album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars is featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Albums of All Time.

Click here to see other best-of lists from performers and here to see other best-of lists from songwriters and/or producers.


Spotify Podcast:

Check out the two-part Dave’s Music Database podcast The Best of David Bowie, 1964-1979, debuting January 11, 2022, at 7pm CST, and The Best of David Bowie, 1980-2016, debuting January 18, 2022, at 7pm CST. Both are based on this list. Tune in every Tuesday at 7pm for a new episode based on the lists at Dave’s Music Database.

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Top 100 Songs


Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by song’s appearances on best-of lists as well as chart success, sales, radio airplay, streaming, and awards.

DMDB Top 1%:

1. Space Oddity (1969) #1 UK
2. Heroes (1977)
3. Let’s Dance (1983) #1 US, CB, UK, CN
4. Ice Ice Baby (Vanilla Ice, 1990) #1 US, CB, RR, UK, AU)
5. Changes (1971)
6. Under Pressure (with Queen, 1981) #1 UK

DMDB Top 2%:

7. Life on Mars? (1971)
8. Fame (1975) #1 US, CB, HR, RR
9. All the Young Dudes (Mott the Hoople, 1972)
10. Starman (1972)

11. Lust for Life (Iggy Pop, 1977)
12. Ziggy Stardust (1972)
13. Rebel Rebel (1974)
14. Young Americans (1975)
15. Ashes to Ashes (1980) #1 UK
16. The Jean Genie (1972)

DMDB Top 5%:

17. Peace on Earth/The Little Drummer Boy (with Bing Crosby, 1977)
18. Suffragette City (1972)
19. Modern Love (1983)
20. Golden Years (1975)
21. Sound and Vision (1977)
22. China Girl (1983)
23. Dancing in the Street (with Mick Jagger, 1985) #1 UK, CN, AU

DMDB Top 10%:

24. Lazarus (2015)
25. Fashion (1980)
26. Blue Jean (1984)
27. This Is Not America (with Pat Metheny, 1985)
28. Blackstar (2015)
29. John, I’m Only Dancing (1972)
30. Sorrow (1973) #1 AU

31. The Man Who Sold the World (1970)
32. Day-In Day-Out (1987)
33. Absolute Beginners (1986)
34. Diamond Dogs (1974)
35. Rock and Roll Suicide (1972)

DMDB Top 20%:

36. Where Are We Now? (2013)
37. Never Let Me Down (1987)
38. Drive-In Saturday (1973)
39. Scary Monsters and Super Creeps (1980)
40. Heroes (The Wallflowers, 1998)

41. Moonage Daydream (1972)
42. Tonight (with Tina Turner, 1984)
43. Cat People (Putting Out the Fire) (1982)
44. I’m Afraid of Americans (1997)
45. DJ (1979)
46. Boys Keep Swinging (1979)
47. TVC 15 (1976)
48. The Man Who Sold the World (Nirvana, 1993)
49. 1984 (1974)
50. Underground (1986)

51. Jump They Say (1993)
52. Loving the Alien (1984)
53. Time Will Crawl (1987)
54. The Laughing Gnome (1967)
55. Knock on Wood (1974)
56. Hallo Spaceboy (1995)
57. Under the God (Tin Machine, 1989)
58. Wild Is the Wind (1976)
59. Queen Bitch (1971)
60. Beauty and the Beast (1977)

61. Let’s Spend the Night Together (1973)
62. I Can’t Read (1997)
63. When the Wind Blows (1986)
64. Be My Wife (1977)
65. Alabama Song (1980)
66. Time (1973)
67. The Heart’s Filthy Lesson (1995)
68. All the Young Dudes (1973)
69. Panic in Detroit (1973)

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

70. Oh, You Pretty Things (1971)
71. Little Wonder (1997)
72. Bang Bang (1987)
73. Success (Iggy Pop, 1977)
74. Breaking Glass (1977)
75. New Killer Star (2003)
76. My Death (live, 1972)
77. Up the Hill Backwards (1980)
78. Station to Station (1976)
79. Pretty Pink Rose (with Adrian Belew, 1990)
80. Quicksand (1971)

81. Look Back in Anger (1979)
82. Five Years (1972)
83. Black Country Rock (1970)
84. White Light/White Heat (live, 1972)
85. China Girl (Iggy Pop, 1977)
86. Memory of a Free Festival (1969)
87. Buddha of Suburbia (with Lenny Kravitz, 1993)
88. Slow Burn (2002)
89. The Prettiest Star (1970)
90. Seven Years in Tibet (1997)

91. Heaven’s in Here (Tin Machine, 1989)
92. Heroes (We Could Be) (Alesso with Tove Lo, 2014)
93. Outside (1995)
94. Rock and Roll with Me (1974)
95. Andy Warhol (1971)
96. Thursday’s Child (1999)
97. We Are the Dead (1974)
98. Ashes to Ashes (Tears for Fears, 1996)
99. It’s Hard to Be a Saint in the City (1975)
100. Aladdin Sane (1973)


David Bowie: Studio Albums Ranked


Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by album’s appearances on best-of lists as well as chart success, sales, critics’ ratings, and awards. Also factored in are the status of each album’s songs in Dave’s Music Database for songs.

1. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972)
2. Hunky Dory (1971)
3. Low (1977)
4. Blackstar (2016)
5. Station to Station (1976)
6. Heroes (1977)
7. Aladdin Sane (1973)
8. Let’s Dance (1983)
9. Scary Monsters (1980)
10. Diamond Dogs (1974)

11. Young Americans (1975)
12. The Man Who Sold the World (1970)
13. Space Oddity (aka “Man of Words, Man of Music”) (1969)
14. The Next Day (2013)
15. Heathen (2002)
16. Lodger (1979)
17. Pin-Ups (1973)
18. Outside (1995)
19. Earthling (1997)
20. Reality (2003)

21. Hours (1999)
22. Black Tie White Noise (1993)
23. Tonight (1984)
24. Tin Machine Tin Machine (1989)
25. Never Let Me Down (1987)
26. Tin Machine Tin Machine II (1991)
27. Buddha of Suburbia (1993)
28. David Bowie (1967)


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First posted 1/8/2013; last updated 1/18/2022.