“Never Let Me Down” is a song by the British rock musician David Bowie. It was released in August 1987 with “’87 and Cry” on the B-side as the title track and the third single from his 17th studio album, “Never Let Me Down.” The song is characterized by its upbeat and anthemic sound, reflecting the album’s more commercially-oriented and pop-rock style.
“Never Let Me Down” features a catchy melody, prominent guitar riffs, and David Bowie’s distinctive vocals. The song’s production creates a radio-friendly and energetic atmosphere, fitting the pop sensibilities of the 1980s. The lyrics of “Never Let Me Down” convey themes of love and loyalty, with the narrator expressing gratitude and affection for someone who has been a constant source of support.
“Never Let Me Down” was a commercial success, reaching high positions on music charts in various countries. “Never Let Me Down” was Bowie’s last single to reach top 40 of Billboard’s Hot 100 until his “Lazarus” in 2016. Its catchy sound and David Bowie’s enduring appeal as an artist resonated with audiences.
The music video for “Never Let Me Down” was directed French director and photographer Jean-Baptiste Mondino. It features David Bowie performing the song with a live band and dancers at the 1950s-style dance marathon. American actor Joe Dallesandro makes appearances throughout the music video.
The song was added to several compilation albums, including Bowie: The Singles 1969–1993 (1993) and Best of Bowie (2002). While “Never Let Me Down” is not considered one of Bowie’s most iconic songs, it remains a notable track in his discography and is appreciated for its catchy and upbeat pop-rock sound, reflecting his musical evolution during the 1980s.