Aladdin Sane is the sixth studio album by English singer-songwriter David Bowie, released on 13 April 1973 by RCA Records. The follow-up to his breakthrough The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, it was the first album he wrote and released from a position of stardom. It was produced by Bowie and Ken Scott and features contributions from Bowie's backing band the Spiders from Mars – comprising Mick Ronson, Trevor Bolder and Mick Woodmansey. It was recorded at Trident Studios in London and RCA Studios in New York City between legs of the Ziggy Stardust Tour. The album features a tougher and raunchier glam rock sound than its predecessor. The album cover, featuring a lightning bolt across Bowie's face, is regarded as one of his most iconic images.
Preceded by the singles "The Jean Genie" and "Drive-In Saturday", Aladdin Sane was Bowie's most commercially successful record up to that point, peaking at No. 1 on the UK Albums Chart and No. 17 on the US Billboard 200. The album also received positive reviews from music critics, although many found it to be inferior to its predecessor. It has since been regarded by Bowie biographers as one of his essential albums. In 2003, the album was ranked among six Bowie entries on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time (at No. 277), and No. 279 in a 2012 revised list. It was later ranked No. 77 on Pitchfork's list of the top 100 albums of the 1970s. Songs from the album were performed frequently by Bowie on the Ziggy Stardust and Diamond Dogs Tour. The album has since been reissued multiple times and was remastered in 2013 for its 40th anniversary, which was included on the box set Five Years (1969–1973) in 2015.