Young Americans (studio album) by David Bowie

Young Americans by David Bowie
Year: 1975
Overall rank: 939th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
77/100 (from 678 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1975 (15th)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (204th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (939th)
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Young Americans is ranked 13th best out of 88 albums by David Bowie on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by David Bowie is The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars which is ranked number 9 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 57,024.

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Average Rating: 
77/100 (from 678 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 4% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 77.3/100, a mean average of 76.9/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 77.3/100. The standard deviation for this album is 12.7.

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80/100
From 09/06/2022 15:44
Solid record but not my favorite from Bowie
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75/100
From 08/30/2022 12:44
This is such a rollercoaster ride of an album with it having some extremely high highs and some really low lows. The bookends of this record is where it shines with Bowie at his best on Young Americans and Fame. Both songs are simply sensational and they open and close the record perfectly. Instrumentally they are phenomenal and Bowie's vocal performance on both tracks is brilliant. Everything in between these two songs is a bit of mess. You can see the style that they are trying to go for but it just sounds so watered down and falls flat for me. Everything just seems to be inconsistent in the middle of this record. Even the vocal performance can be a bit shaky on tracks such as Across The Universe but then you get greatness scattered amongst them such as the sax work on Can You Hear Me which gives a much needed vibrant edge to an all round dull and boring song. Overall, this is such a confused and messy record that is saved from being a poor album by those random flourishes of greatness and by the starting and closing track being phenomenal.
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65/100
From 06/01/2022 09:35
The cover of Across the Universe is bad, but the rest is ok. Title track and Fame are catchy
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50/100
From 01/07/2022 20:23
Not the greatest Bowie album at some places really bad, the cover of "Across The Universe" is terrible. However "Fame" is great track and "Fascination" is really good. Title track mediocre for me.
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40/100
From 08/03/2021 12:38
I really don't like it. squeaky sax methodical pacing rock
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85/100
From 01/06/2021 22:02
Another great Bowie 70s record. "Fascination" is GOAT
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60/100
From 06/18/2020 17:28
The three stars are for Fame (written with Lennon). The rest is awful. Young Americans sounds like what it is fake white soul music. And then there's Across the Universe! Never has a Beatles' song of such greatness been reduced to such terrible treatment. Guess the coke was skewering Bowie's judgement.
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85/100
From 06/17/2020 03:40
Bowie’s “plastic soul” album not his best but impossible to ignore with the classic tracks Young Americans and Fame. I would also recommend Win and Fascination.
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65/100
From 05/11/2020 10:25
Okay, says the stick thin Bowie, time for a soul album. And as the cultural magpie always does, he achieves it with aplomb. Check out Right along the better known singles. Great stuff, with a young Luther Vandross adding his vocals and influence
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From 12/31/2019 16:56
Cool as ice.
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Best Albums of 1975
1. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
2. Blood On The Tracks by Bob Dylan
3. Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen
4. A Night At The Opera by Queen
5. Physical Graffiti by Led Zeppelin
6. Another Green World by Brian Eno
7. Horses by Patti Smith
8. Tonight's The Night by Neil Young
9. Fleetwood Mac (1975) by Fleetwood Mac
10. Toys In The Attic by Aerosmith
11. Mothership Connection by Parliament
12. The Hissing Of Summer Lawns by Joni Mitchell
13. The Köln Concert by Keith Jarrett
14. Zuma by Neil Young & Crazy Horse
15. Young Americans by David Bowie
16. Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy by Elton John
17. Sabotage by Black Sabbath
18. The Basement Tapes by Bob Dylan & The Band
19. Expensive Shit by Fela Kuti & Africa 70
20. Ommadawn by Mike Oldfield
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