David Bowie was a force of nature. Iconic for more than just his music, he was also a master or visual representation, showmanship and art in general.
His works have influenced many artists belonging to different genres all over the world including Lady Gaga, Arctic Monkeys, The Killers, and even Calvin Harris. So it is no laughing matter to filter through music that has spanned for more than five decades.
Here, we have collected a list of tracks based on popular verdict and sales. These aren’t in any particular order.
1. ‘Ziggy Stardust’
A song which is taken from his album “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars”, the album in itself influenced by glam rock and social taboos, Ziggy Stardust explores an alien alter ego who’s capable of playing the guitar and then later makes a band.
2. ‘Suffragette City’
‘Suffragette City’ was originally meant be played by the band Mott the Hoople, of which David Bowie is a fan of.
Interestingly, the saxophone in the background was synthesised using an ARP, specifically the 2600, which was also used to create the voice of R2-D2 in the Star Wars movies by sound designer Ben Burtt.
What list would be complete without ‘Heroes’ in it? Inspired by his producer Tony Visconti’s affair with Antonia Maass who’d kiss in front of Bowie outside the Hansa Studio window in Berlin, ‘Heroes’ went on to become one of David Bowie’s most celebrated songs of all time.
The song was released in 1977 as part of the ‘Heroes’ album. The song has renowned song composer and producer Brian Eno playing the synthesiser and keyboard.
4. ‘Under Pressure’
A song that united two vocal juggernauts in the form of Freddy Mercury and David Bowie, ‘Under Pressure’ was written mostly by Freddie Mercury, even though everyone contributed.
Although this song was marred with artistic differences, with Bowie having a particular vision for the song which eventually led to lead guitarist of the Queen Brian May backing off, the song went on to chart exceptionally well in UK and US.
5. ‘Space Oddity’
A song written after being inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 blockbuster movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, the lyrics tell the story of an astronaut, Major Tim, who drifts off into space after cutting all communication.
The song was released in 1969 on David Bowie’s self-titled album. The song was re-released in 1975 in the UK as part of a “3 Tracks for the price of 2” promotion. This would eventually lead to Bowie having his first #1 in the UK.