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15 of David Bowie's Best Hits

David Bowie has been known to the world as a legendary artist, for more than four incredible decades. Throughout these years, he has been a phenomenal singer, songwriter and musician, creating iconic tunes that will certainly never die, most particularly those released in the 1970s. 

Bowie was born and raised in South London, where he discovered his interest in the world of music at a young age. He released his first hit song, Space Oddity in 1969 . After this hit followed many other powerful ones, such as Ziggy Stardust, Starman, Fame, Heroes, Let's Dance, and many other magnificent songs, which resulted in him selling a whopping 140 million records worldwide. Apart from being a gifted singer and song writer, Bowie was also an avid painter and actor.

The extraordinary artist had only just released his last album 'Black Star' on January 8th 2016, his 69th birthday, which happened to be his last, as he sadly lost his battle with cancer just two days later.

Today - to pay tribute to the lost rock icon, we've put together 15 of his top hits. Let's revisit what has defined the biggest and proudest moments of the life of such a talented legend, whose music will never be forgotten...

 

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Let's Dance 

Released in 1983, this became one of his biggest-selling tracks, and his second and last hit to reach number 1 in the U.S.


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Life On Mars?

This successful single was released in 1971, and was described by BBC Radio 2 as "a cross between a Broadway musical and a Salvador Dali painting".


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"Heroes" 

Written by David Bowie and Brian Eno in 1977, this single did not make a huge hit at the time, but went on to become one of Bowie's signature songs.

 

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Changes

One of the most well-known songs by this legend, released in 1971. The beautiful lyrics are said to refer to his chameleonic personality.


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Ashes to Ashes

Released in 1980, this is another one of Bowie's number 1 hits. Its lyrics point to the character he played in "Space Oddity" (Major Tom) in 1969.

   
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Space Oddity 

With its title referring to the movie '2001: A Space Oddyssey' (1968), this song became David Bowie's first UK number 1 single, after its release in 1969.


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Starman

With this hit from 1972, Bowie wanted to pass on a message of hope to Earth's youth, as the lyrics describe the salvation by an alien - 'Starman'.


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Moonage Daydream

This song was first released as a single with the band Arnold Corns in 1971, and re-recorded with Bowie's backing band 'The Spiders from Mars' a year later.


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Under Pressure

For this classic all-time favorite, recorded in 1981, David Bowie teamed up with the legendary band Queen.


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Quicksand 

Released in 1971, this track is composed of powerful acoustic sounds and beautiful lyrics that were inspired by Buddhism, occultism, and Friedrich Nietzsche's concept of the Overman.


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Young Americans

With the genre being described by him as "plastic soul", this song was released in 1975, at which time it was a breakthrough in the U.S.

   

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Five Years

Through this song, released in 1971, Bowie interestingly conveyed that the Earth was doomed to be destroyed after five years. The reason for this specific length of time was said to be based on a dream of his, in which his deceased father told him he would die in 5 years' time.


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Suffragette City

This lively single was released in 1972, originally from 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust' and the 'Spiders from Mars' album.


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The Man Who Sold The World

Watch David Bowie as he performs this superb song from 1970, live at the Beeb in 2000.


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Ziggy Stardust

And finally - one of his greatest songs from his 1972 album performed in Paris in 2002.

 

Image credit (cover of quiz): Grauhase / Flickr

 
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