Listen to David Bowie’s favourite 25 albums

Little Richard, The Velvet Underground, and Richard Wyatt amongst the best known artists in the list
David Bowie listening to vinyl

A list of David Bowie’s 25 favorite records has emerged from Vanity Fair’s archives, thanks to Open Vulture.

In the 2003 interview, the late music icon told the publication that revealing his favorite albums could change his reputation.

Bowie obviously had very eclectic taste, but his list includes greats Little Richard, The Velvet Underground, and Richard Wyatt.

While cautioning that there’s “no way to do a list of my favorite albums with any rationality,” Bowie limited his picks to his vinyl stacks.

“No rules, then. I’ll just make ’em up as I go along,” he continued. “If you can possibly get your hands on any of these, I guarantee you evenings of listening pleasure, and you will encourage a new high-minded circle of friends, although one or two choices will lead some of your old pals to think you completely barmy. So, without chronology, genre, or reason, herewith, in no particular order, 25 albums that could change your reputation.”

Unfortunately some of the albums aren’t available on Spotify, but I’ve substituted these with as close a match as I can find. Enjoy!

The Last Poets — The Last Poets

Shipbuilding — Robert Wyatt

The Fabulous Little Richard — Little Richard

Music for 18 Musicians — Steve Reich

The Velvet Underground & Nico — The Velvet Underground

Tupelo Blues — John Lee Hooker

Blues, Rags and Hollers — Koerner, Ray and Glover

The Apollo Theatre Presents: In Person! The James Brown Show — James Brown

Forces of Victory — Linton Kwesi Johnson

The Red Flower of Tachai Blossoms Everywhere: Music Played on National Instruments — Various Artists

Not available on Spotify

Banana Moon — Daevid Allen

Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris — Cast Album

The Electrosoniks: Electronic Music — Tom Dissevelt

The 5000 Spirits of the Layers of the Onion — The Incredible String Band

Ten Songs by Tucker Zimmerman — Tucker Zimmerman

Four Last Songs (Strauss) — Gundula Janowitz

The Ascension — Glenn Branca

The Madcap Laughs — Syd Barrett

Black Angels — George Crumb

Funky Kingston — Toots & The Maytals

Delusion of the Fury — Harry Partch

Oh Yeah — Charles Mingus

Le Sacre du Printemps — Igor Stravinsky

The Fugs — The Fugs

The Glory of the Human Voice — Florence Foster Jenkins