Which is often quite different to where one ends up. I would never recommend Station to Station as the best place to start with Bowie, though it ended up being my favourite of his albums. I think I started with Ziggy Stardust and Diamond Dogs, though barely listen to the latter any more.
Hunky Dory and Ziggy are probably the go-to place to start with Bowie, yes?
I would specifically like to hear about where to start with Tom Waits and Neil Young.