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Released: April 11, 1983

Rating: 3.609 (average of 16 ratings)

Genre: pop/dance/rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Modern Love [4:48]
  2. China Girl (Bowie/Pop) [5:33]
  3. Let’s Dance [7:37]
  4. Without You [3:09]
  5. Ricochet [5:13]
  6. Criminal World (Browne/Godwin/Lyons) [4:24]
  7. Cat People (Putting Out Fire) (Bowie/Moroder) [5:09]
  8. Shake It [3:50]
Songs written by David Bowie unless indicated otherwise.

Total Running Time: 36:46


sales in U.S. only 1 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated 300,000
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 11 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 4
peak on U.K. album chart 1 3

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Cat People (Putting Out the Fire) (3/11/82) #67 US, #26 UK, #9 AR
  • Let’s Dance (3/26/83) #1 US, #1 UK, #8 AR, #14 RB. Gold single.
  • Modern Love (5/7/83) #14 US, #2 UK, #6 AR
  • China Girl (5/28/83) #10 US, #2 UK, #3 AR
  • Criminal World (8/20/83) #31 AR
  • Without You (3/10/84) #73 US

Notes: ”Under Pressure,” Bowie’s 1981 duet with Queen, was added to the Virgin Records CD reissue.


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.

Let’s Dance
David Bowie
“After summing up his maverick tendencies on Scary Monsters, David Bowie aimed for the mainstream with Let's Dance. Hiring Chic bassist Nile Rodgers as a co-producer, Bowie created a stylish, synthesized post-disco dance music that was equally informed by classic soul and the emerging new romantic subgenre of new wave, which was ironically heavily inspired by Bowie himself. Let's Dance comes tearing out of the date, propulsed by the skittering Modern Love, the seductively menacing China Girl, and the brittle funk of the title track. All three songs became international hits, and for good reason — they're catchy, accessible pop songs that have just enough of an alien edge to make them distinctive. However, that careful balance is quickly thrown off by a succession of pleasant but unremarkable plastic soul workouts. Cat People and a cover of Metro's Criminal World are relatively strong songs, but the remainder of the album indicates that Bowie was entering a songwriting slump. However, the three hits were enough to make the album a massive hit, and their power hasn't diminished over the years, even if the rest of the record sounds like an artifact” (Erlewine).

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Last updated April 12, 2008.