Hunky Dory (studio album) by David Bowie

Hunky Dory by David Bowie
Year: 1971
Overall rank: 46th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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87/100 (from 2,278 votes)
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Award Top 5 albums of 1971 (3rd)
Award Top 20 albums of the 1970s (13th)
Award Top 50 albums of all time (46th)
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Hunky Dory is ranked 2nd 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 57,889.

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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 87.2/100, a mean average of 86.3/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 87.3/100. The standard deviation for this album is 13.0.

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85/100
From 06/01/2022 09:20
Changes is for me a near perfect song. Love it. The best in this album, just ahead of Life on Mars. The latter half makes this the 3. best Bowie imo, but that isn't a bad achievement.

Best: Changes, LOM

Worst: Andy Warhol, Fill your heart
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From 04/27/2022 12:42
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ suuuperb stuff - top 3 Bowie LP's for me
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From 04/22/2022 18:48
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From 04/11/2022 22:23
David Bowie often showed his sparkling best throughout his career but I believe this is his magnum opus. The first half is loaded with brilliant hits that rank among his best and 'Life On Mars' stands as one of the greatest songs of all time. The second half adds a lot of depth and shows off his songwriting prowess to create one of the finest albums of all time..
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95/100
From 04/11/2022 08:51
I'm really not fond of Changes, but most of the songs are really great, well, in terms of vocal melodies and compositions at least. Life on Mars, Quicksand and Bewlay Brothers are my favorites.
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From 02/08/2022 21:37
Found this a bit inconsistent. Half of the tracks are great (Changes, Oh You Pretty Things, Life On Mars, Kooks, Andy Warhol and Queen Bitch) but the others are very forgettable. Certainly worth a listen though on the whole.
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From 01/29/2022 15:14
Great Bowie record showing his versatility and strong voice. I am not a huge Changes fan but I really like Oh you Pretty Things and Life On Mars? is just awesome, one of best ever made. Kooks and Fill Your Heart are average for me and I don't care for Andy Warhol. I kinda enjoy Song For Bob Dylan. Queen B*tch sounds very punk for 1971 - revolutionary in some way. The Bawley Brothers is excellent ending. The only track I don't like at all is Eight Line Poem.
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From 12/25/2021 18:53
Easily the best Bowie album. There are though some average tracks (Song For Bob Dylan is what I'm not kind of, also Kooks and Fill Your Heart aren't the biggest tracks here), but the best tracks carry out some weaknesses. Life On Mars? is my favourite song ever, Quicksand and The Bewlay Brothers are outstanding tracks with certain mood each. The first two tracks are light and have that very british piano sound. Andy Warhol may be considered one of the low points here by one, but for me this crazy lo-fi sounding shit is awesome. Queen Bitch is also a great track, but Suffragette City I think is his best hard rock thing
This is really worth listening album. It may be not as big sounding as his next albums, but Hunky Dory is a wonderful music-hall disk.
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70/100
From 12/17/2021 06:40
There are four top numbers carrying this album the rest are average really.
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From 11/02/2021 23:25
I live in a strange headspace where I consider THIS, not Ziggy Stardust, to be Bowie's Magnum Opus.
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Best Albums of 1971
1. Untitled (Led Zeppelin IV) by Led Zeppelin
2. Who's Next by The Who
3. Hunky Dory by David Bowie
4. Sticky Fingers by The Rolling Stones
5. What's Going On by Marvin Gaye
6. Blue by Joni Mitchell
7. Meddle by Pink Floyd
8. Tago Mago by Can
9. L.A. Woman by The Doors
10. Fragile by Yes
11. Tapestry by Carole King
12. Bryter Layter by Nick Drake
13. Aqualung by Jethro Tull
14. Master Of Reality by Black Sabbath
15. Imagine by John Lennon
16. Electric Warrior by T. Rex
17. Ram by Paul & Linda McCartney
18. There's A Riot Goin' On by Sly & The Family Stone
19. At Fillmore East by The Allman Brothers Band
20. Maggot Brain by Funkadelic
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