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Let's Dance is an album by David Bowie, released in 1983. It is a post-disco album with co-production by Chic's Nile Rodgers. The first three songs on the album, "Modern Love", "China Girl", and its title track, respectively, have become standards and three of Bowie's 80's classics. "China Girl" was actually a new version of a song which Bowie had co-written with Iggy Pop for the latter's album The Idiot. Let's Dance is also notable as a stepping stone for the career of the late Texanmarker blues guitar virtuoso Stevie Ray Vaughan, who played on the album. It was also available as a limited edition Picture Disc which on one side shows the album front cover photo along with the track listing, while on the other side it says "Serious Moonlight Tour '83" along with a concert photo.

Track listing

All tracks written by David Bowie except as noted.

  1. "Modern Love" – 4:46
  2. "China Girl" (Bowie, Iggy Pop) – 5:32
  3. "Let's Dance" – 7:38
  4. "Without You" – 3:08
  5. "Ricochet" – 5:14
  6. "Criminal World" (Peter Godwin, Duncan Browne, Sean Lyons) – 4:25
  7. "Cat People " (Bowie, Giorgio Moroder) – 5:09
  8. "Shake It" – 3:49


In 1995 Virgin Records re-released the album on CD with "Under Pressure" as a bonus track. EMI did the second re-release in 1999 (featuring 24-bit digitally remastered sound and no bonus tracks).

The Canadian version of the 1999 EMI release included a data track, so that when the CD is loaded on a Windows PC, the user was presented with a promotion of internet access services and other premium content from the website. This marks one of the earliest attempts by a mainstream artist to combine internet and normal promotion and distribution methods.

There was a further reissue in 2003 when EMI released the album as a hybrid stereo SACD / PCM CD.




  • David Bowie – producer
  • Nile Rodgers – producer
  • Bob Clearmountain, Nile Rodgers, David Bowie – engineering/mixing
  • Bob Ludwig - mastering


Year Chart Peak

1983 Billboard Pop Albums 4
1983 UK Albums Chart 1
1983 Norwaymarker's album chart 1
1983 Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart 1
Year Single Chart Peak

1983 "Let's Dance" UK Singles Chart 1
1983 "Let's Dance" Norwaymarker's single chart 1
1983 "Let's Dance" US Billboard Hot 100 1
1983 "China Girl" Norwaymarker's single chart 7


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