Never Let Me Down (studio album) by David Bowie

Never Let Me Down
Never Let Me Down by David Bowie
Year: 1987
Overall rank: 8,928th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
58/100 (from 186 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top albums of 1987 (116th)
Award Top albums of the 1980s (1,325th)
Award Best albums of all time (8,928th)
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David Bowie CD album (CDLP) Never Let Me Down UK 5218940 EMI 1999
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Time left: 1m 46s
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David Bowie - Never Let Me Down (Digitally Remaster, 1999) EMI
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DAVID BOWIE Vinyl LP Never Let me Down AMLS 3117 1987 NrM/EX/EX
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Time left: 1h 49m 18s
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David Bowie bestography

Never Let Me Down is ranked 28th best out of 81 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 63,709.

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Average Rating: 
58/100 (from 186 votes)
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This album has a Bayesian average rating of 57.6/100, a mean average of 56.8/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 56.8/100. The standard deviation for this album is 19.4.

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From 01/10/2021 06:27
Certainly the weakest Bowie record yet for me. Too poppy, too many electric drums, just not interesting enough for a revisit other than "Time Will Crawl" which I liked quite a bit.
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55/100
From 12/31/2019 19:02
Decent enough.
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From 10/26/2019 06:37
this is useally said a bad bowie album.i saw him on the glass spider tour[Wembley] I didn't like it.too much theatre and the music was not great.my only bowie show.but I be honest this album over the years has grown on me. thereis a newer updated version included on the loving the alien box set which is worth a listen. this is worth another listen too.
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75/100
From 01/28/2019 16:20
Not what Bowie is used to do, but it's a good 80s album. And Time Will Crawl is a masterpiece.
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From 12/09/2018 19:11
The first 4 songs aren't terrible, but the next 6 sure are
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85/100
From 01/28/2018 05:04
This album deserves another look and was one of Bowie’s most successful. This continues in the same vein of Let’s Dance and Tonight. The production needs some getting used to but it was the 80s. If you can look past that there are some great tunes such as Time Will Crawl, Never Let Me Down and Shining Star.
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From 10/08/2016 20:00
Not quite as bad as you might expect, but certainly not very good either. Not as good as, tonight, and it's clear at this period in his career he's creatively burnt out. All in all, never let me down, is probably around about average and just above bearable.
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55/100
From 02/20/2016 14:03
Released during a low period in Mr. Bowies life. This record is not his worst but it comes pretty close.
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60/100
From 01/24/2016 20:36
This... is Bowie's worst? I dunno, I enjoyed it the whole way through.
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From 01/12/2016 21:49
It's pretty bad. Sounds plastic. Much below Bowie's usual standards.
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Best Albums of 1987
1. The Joshua Tree by U2
2. Appetite For Destruction by Guns N' Roses
3. Sign 'O' The Times by Prince
4. Strangeways, Here We Come by The Smiths
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