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The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972)

Bowie's breakthrough glam-rock concept album is about a space traveler named Ziggy Stardust coming to Earth to deliver a message of hope. It reached #5 on the UK charts, and contains such hits as "Five Years," "Moonage Daydream," "Starman," "Ziggy Stardust," and "Suffragette City."

Aladdin Sane (1973)

Described by Bowie as "Ziggy goes to America," Aladdin Sane (A Lad Insane) was Bowie's follow-up to Ziggy Stardust. While critics debate the album's quality, it exhibits a variety of musical styles from the fast-paced "Cracked Actor" to the funky "Aladdin Sane" to the ballad "Lady Grinning Soul."

iSELECT (2009)

A compilation of Bowie's favorite Bowie songs, the album features only one hit—"Life On Mars?"—and many fan favorites from the '70s and '80s.

Hunky Dory (1971)

Besides "Life on Mars?" this album also features such favorites as "Changes," "Oh! You Pretty Things," and "Queen B---h." While this critically acclaimed work didn't pave Bowie's path to fame—that would be his next album—it's often considered one of the best albums of all time.

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