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Released: March 7, 1975

Rating: 3.632 (average of 13 ratings)

Genre: glam rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Young Americans [5:11]
  2. Win [4:44]
  3. Fascination (Bowie/Vandross) [5:45]
  4. Right [4:15]
  5. Somebody Up There Likes Me [6:30]
  6. Across the Universe (Lennon/McCartney) [4:29]
  7. Can You Hear Me [5:03]
  8. Fame (Alomar/Bowie/Lennon) [4:16]
Songs written by David Bowie unless indicated otherwise.

Total Running Time: 40:13


sales in U.S. only ½ million
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 3.5 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 9
peak on U.K. album chart 2


  • Fame (2/21/75) #1 US, #17 UK, #21 RB. Gold single.
  • Young Americans (3/1/75) #28 US, #18 UK

Notes: The 1990 Rykodisc reissue adds previously unreleased tracks “Who Can I Be Now?” and “It’s Gonna Be Me” as well as the 1974 A-side single of “John, I’m Only Dancing Again.”


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

Young Americans
David Bowie
“David Bowie had dropped hints during the Diamond Dogs tour that he was moving toward R&B, but the full-blown blue-eyed soul of Young Americans came as a shock. Surrounding himself with first-rate sessionmen, Bowie comes up with a set of songs that approximate the sound of Philly soul and disco, yet remain detached from their inspirations; even at his most passionate, Bowie sounds like a commentator, as if the entire album was a genre exercise. Nevertheless, the distance doesn't hurt the album — it gives the record its own distinctive flavor, and its plastic, robotic soul helped inform generations of synthetic British soul. What does hurt the record is a lack of strong songwriting. Young Americans is a masterpiece, and Fame had a beat funky enough that James Brown ripped it off, but only a handful of cuts (Win, Fascination, Somebody up There Likes Me) comes close to matching their quality. As a result, Young Americans is more enjoyable as a stylistic adventure than as a substantive record.” (Erlewine).

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Last updated March 31, 2008.