David Bowie

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Performer

Inducted in: 1996

Inducted by: Madonna and David Byrne

Nominated in: 1992   1996

First Eligible: 1992 Ceremony

Snubbed Members: Mick Ronson, Trevor Bolder, Mick "Woody" Woodmansey

Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 1993 (ranked #18) .

Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
Hunky Dory (1971)
The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (1972)
Aladdin Sane (1973)
Station To Station (1976)
Low (1977)
Heroes (1977)
Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) (1980)
Let's Dance (1983)
Heathen (2002)
The Next Day (2013)
Blackstar (2016)

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
Space Oddity (1969)
The Man Who Sold The World (1970)
Changes (1971)
Life on Mars? (1971)
Suffragette City (1972)
Ziggy Stardust (1972)
Starman (1972)
The Jean Genie (1973)
Rebel Rebel (1974)
Rock 'N' Roll Suicide (1974)
Golden Years (1975)
Fame (1975)
Young Americans (1975)
Sound And Vision (1977)
Heroes (1977)
Ashes to Ashes (1980)
Let's Dance (1983)
China Girl (1983)
Modern Love (1983)
Blue Jean (1984)
Lazarus (2015)
Blackstar (2015)

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28 comments so far (post your own)

The only cds I own of Bowie's are a greatest hits and "Let's Dance". I want to get familiar with his 70's body of work, develop a knowledge of his stuff. Anyone have recomendations on what order to follow, which one to get first, how to appreciate Bowie fully (Ziggy Stardust period vs other stages, etc)? I have heard that he had a phase where he worked with Brian Eno.

Posted by Blue on Monday, 01.21.08 @ 12:36pm

Start at the beginning and work your way through his genius. Hunky Dory is especially amazing, although Aladdin Sane is my favorite. His collaboration with Eno was basically a trilogy - Low. Heroes and Lodger. There is a lot of music (40 years worth) - enjoy it !

Posted by Dameon on Monday, 01.21.08 @ 16:52pm

"Young Americans" and "Station To Station" are good LP's to listen to. Bowie's so called Plastic soul. Keep in mind that Bowie has an Eclectic style. Rock, R&B, Pop, and Synth etc.

Posted by Joe-Skee on Tuesday, 01.22.08 @ 12:42pm

"Low" is the best album in the Bowie/Eno trilogy.

Posted by Joe-Skee on Tuesday, 01.22.08 @ 12:51pm

""Low" is the best album in the Bowie/Eno trilogy"

That is what I have heard. What characterizes that Eno trilogy?

So was Ziggy Stardust his first "persona", followed by Alladin Sane, then the Thin White Duke; or are there others and do I have that mixed up? Where does his Plastic Soul period fit in?

Posted by Blue on Tuesday, 01.22.08 @ 16:37pm

Bowie first appeared as David Jones and the Lower Third but had to change his name because of the popularity of the Monkees.

As for Ziggy and Alladin Sane, I never really saw it as the end of one personna and beginning of the next. They morphed into each other quite naturally. Aladdin Sane was a bit harder (Ziggy goes Mad Max). It was after Aladdin Sane that Mick Ronson and the Spiders left Bowie's side, although they do appear on the track Holy, Holy. I think that was the b-side to the Diamond Dogs single. But don't bet the house on that. Mick Ronson arranged all of Bowie's music back then. I don't know if Ziggy works as well as it does without Mick (Ronno) Ronson. You can hear how Bowie missed Ronson when listening to the Diamond Dogs album. Although Diamond Dogs was supposedly a new character (Halloween Jack), you can still see and hear bits of Ziggy in it. You might enjoy this site: http://www.5years.com/spiders.htm

His Thin White Duke Era (plastic soul) which featured songs such as Fame and Young American was his delving into the Philadelphia Soul sound and adding British Pop to it. I thought Station to Station was the best of this time period. TVC15 is a classic song.

As for his collaboration with Eno, I guess some would call it a very progressive change from where he was at artistically; more electronics, self awareness, etc. But I hate attaching the word progressive to his music because he was progressive since day one. I enjoyed it; "Heroes" was my favorite. Robert Fripp actually did some major guitar work on "Heroes". I think it is only considered a trilogy because it was three albums. I don't think they tied in as well with each other as Hunky Dory, Ziggy and Aladdin Sane. But that is just my opinion.

Enjoy it Blue!

Posted by Dameon on Wednesday, 01.23.08 @ 07:17am

Excellent overview Dameon - thanks! I'm off to get Ziggy Stardust and Low. Young Americans is such a cool song, that'll be my third album.

Posted by Blue on Wednesday, 01.23.08 @ 08:09am

No prob! Bowie does have one of the better box sets out there.

Posted by Dameon on Wednesday, 01.23.08 @ 08:30am

"The Man Who Sold The World" is a near classic. This is Bowie's hardest rockin' album. If you like early 70's Rock/Metal. It's also one of his most overlooked. Electric all the way. Very little acoustics.

Posted by Joe-Skee on Wednesday, 01.23.08 @ 11:10am

Good assessment. It is an overlooked album and it shouldn't be. I should have commented more on that recording.

Posted by Dameon on Wednesday, 01.23.08 @ 12:46pm

...I still think that Bowie gets a bit overrated. I love his stuff, but some of his best albums seem to have some weak places. Just my opinion.

Posted by Liam on Wednesday, 02.13.08 @ 15:39pm

I remember when "Lets Dance" came out and hearing Stevie Ray Vaughan playing on it ("who on earth is that guitar player????"). The one thing about Bowie is he's not afraid to reinvent himself...who really knows what this guy is really like...lol!!! Once, on Saturday Night Live, I saw him performing wearing what looked like a women's business suit (complete with skirt!!!) and Klaus Nomi was singing back-up...it was hysterical!!!
If nothing else, following him over the years has certainly not been boring!!!

Posted by Terry on Wednesday, 02.13.08 @ 20:43pm

Don't forget Diamond Dogs, Sweet Thing/Candidate/Sweet Thing are my favourite Bowie songs and must be listened to together, cause hope, boys, is a cheap thing, cheap thing.

Posted by Bastard Squad on Monday, 11.24.08 @ 21:08pm

I just finished checking out some of the Youtube clips they have of Bowie from his Ziggy Days. if you get a chnace, check out the Moonage Daydream clip. Just f'n amazing! I remember seeing it live when I was a teen, but watching it again 30 years later and you have to once again acknowledge the genious that was Bowie and Ronson. And to think I have been chatting up Steve Perry and the BSB's and not talking about true greatness. What was I thinkinkg?

Really, check out some of the clips and then tell me how The Boy Bands deserve to be in the same place as this legend.

Posted by Blah-blah-blah on Monday, 01.5.09 @ 07:24am

The Spiders from Mars should have been inducted with Bowie.

Posted by Dude Man on Wednesday, 07.15.09 @ 21:06pm

They were only with him for two albums, thats like inducting fripp with him.

Posted by GFW on Tuesday, 12.20.11 @ 16:39pm

RIP Spiders from Mars bassist Trevor Bolder.

Posted by DarinRG on Tuesday, 05.21.13 @ 18:41pm

Going to miss your songs Sir. One of the most influential singers & musicians. China Girl,Let's Dance, Heroes, Suffragette City, Changes etc. A KING salute! RIP David Bowie. KING

Posted by KING on Monday, 01.11.16 @ 02:09am

Holy crap. That's a large loss for music, and it's going to hurt.

Rest in Peace, David Bowie.

Posted by SotN on Monday, 01.11.16 @ 03:53am

Wow, this was completely unexpected. I had no idea whatsoever that David was even ill. My most sincere condolences to his family and friends. His passing will definitely send a shockwave throughout the prog community. First Chris, then Lemmy, now David. :-(

Posted by Enigmaticus on Monday, 01.11.16 @ 08:21am

Rest In Peace. David

Posted by brian on Monday, 01.11.16 @ 10:50am

Rest in peace, David. I don't need to say how much you've positively contributed to music and influenced everyone. It is said (don't know by who) that you owned some music genres. I'll accept that.

My regret was that I never saw Bowie live. In fact, I don't think he got around very much the last 20 years. Seems the last real tour he did was the one with Trent Reznor. As recently as two years ago I thought he would be touring and performing at festivals. Turns out things were bad unlike what anyone was thinking. We're glad you are no longer suffering.

Posted by Jason Voigt on Monday, 01.11.16 @ 14:26pm

I forgot David Bowie played the saxophone.

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 01.12.16 @ 20:03pm

I read that it was his first instrument.

Posted by Jason Voigt on Thursday, 01.14.16 @ 22:27pm

Bowie's 25 favorite albums (article from 2013). Some good Album Project contenders here:


Posted by DarinRG on Wednesday, 01.20.16 @ 17:47pm

Tin Machine

David Bowie
Reeves Gabrels
Tony Sales
Hunt Sales

Posted by Roy on Friday, 01.22.16 @ 05:05am

Has anyone purchased Blackstar yet? What do you think of David Bowie's final work? I am still amazed that David Bowie still had that great voice.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 01.23.16 @ 09:31am

Enig - Yeah, I really think Blackstar is some of his best work ever. I first listened to it the day it was released and was rally blown away, then two days later we discovered that he knew it was essentially his self obituary, which made it even more poignant and cast a completely different light on a lot of the songs. His post-70s work could be hit and miss, but between The Next Day (2013) and Blackstar I really think he departed in the wake of two very strong albums.

Posted by DarinRG on Saturday, 01.23.16 @ 17:27pm

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