The Album Covers of David Bowie’s Best Music Releases

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David Bowie released “27 studio albums, 9 live albums, 49 compilation albums, 6 extended plays (EPs), 120 singles, including 5 UK number one singles, and 3 soundtracks.” (Wikipedia) The artist was recognized as a legendary rock star worldwide. His songs touched on love, social commentaries, highs and lows of human existence along with memorable music produced for specific films. Bowie influenced artists across genres.

Bowie was always remembered for his glam rock expressions. The album covers represented this aspect of his outgoing artistic personality. Browse the cover art of his best releases and maybe find the right one to hang in your space.

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust

David Bowie Ziggy Stardust Music Cover Art poster

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Music historians consider The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars as one of the greatest albums of all time. Rolling Stone ranked it as the 35th greatest [album] ever, a 1997 British survey placed it as the 20th greatest album, Q magazine graded it as the 24th greatest album and Time magazine listed it as one of the greatest 100 releases ever. Bowie’s inspiration behind his fictional character were the Legendary Stardust Cowboy and Kansai Yamamoto. Kanye West was enamored with the “K. West” sign hanging in the background of the album cover art.


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Low was Bowie’s twelfth album and was renown for showcasing the artist’s experimental and avant-garde personality. Songs that weren’t included in his previous album Station to Station, or within his movie The Man Who Fell to Earth, appeared on this album. Reception of the album was mixed when it was first released, but it has gained pop culture traction over decades and found inclusion in the “best album” lists of Pitchfork Media, Q magazine and Rolling Stone. The album cover art was based on a scene that was dropped from the film he starred in.

Aladdin Sane

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Aladdin Sane was David Bowie’s sixth album and its title was a pun of the phrase “A Lad Insane.” Bowie himself described the concept of the album as “Ziggy [Stardust] goes to America.” Critics believed that this album was an expression of the rock star’s appall and fixation with America. It surged in popularity inside the United States, but disappointed fans in the United Kingdom. Regardless, the release sold 4.6 million copies worldwide and became one of his best-selling music recordings.  

The lightning bolt graphic in the cover art was derived from the concept of schizophrenia. Bowie wanted it to represent the duality of the mind. The teardrop was Brian Duffy’s idea, the designer who illustrated the album cover.


David Bowie Labyrinth Music Soundtrack Film Covert Art T-shirt

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Labyrinth was a soundtrack album released for the movie of the same name, which starred himself. Bowie co-created the album with Trevor Jones and recorded five individual songs for the film: “Underground”, “Magic Dance”, “Chilly Down”, “As the World Falls Down”, and “Within You”. The release earned position #38 on the “UK Albums Chart” and #68 on the “U.S. Billboard 200.” The album art was the same as the film’s and different variations were created.


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Reality reached high positions on global music album charts. The BBC regarded this album and a previous release representative of his best albums since Scary Monsters in 1977. One song on the release, “Bring Me the Disco King,” is based on a musical concept that he attempted for nearly 30 years. David Bowie commented on the album’s title:

I feel that reality has become an abstract for so many people over the last 20 years. Things that they regarded as truths seem to have just melted away, and it’s almost as if we’re thinking post-philosophically now. There’s nothing to rely on any more. No knowledge, only interpretation of those facts that we seem to be inundated with on a daily basis. Knowledge seems to have been left behind and there’s a sense that we are adrift at sea. There’s nothing more to hold on to, and of course political circumstances just push that boat further out.

The artwork for the album cover was created by the artist Rex Ray. Bowie and Ray collaborated on a number of projects in the past. The music star wanted to display an anime version of himself for the cover and asked Rex Ray for any recommended illustrators, but the painter instead submitted his own idea and Bowie used it for the album.

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