12 Bowie Songs I Will Treasure Forever



davidbowiewhitedukeDavid Bowie is right up there with The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix when it comes to lasting influence on Rock music. He will be greatly missed, but his music will live on and continue to influence new generations of musicians. Everybody’s got their favorite David Bowie songs; here are mine in chronological order. Please add your favorites in the comments or on our forum page here.

Space Oddity

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As a boy I wanted to be an astronaut. Then I heard this song and realized I already was one. My whole generation was Major Tom, floating in a most a-peculiar way. Thankfully some of us made it back to Earth.

 

The Man Who Sold The World

Nobody else in the universe could write a two-verse lyric about the origins of Man. Such incredible songcraft, mixing minor and major chords like nobody’s business.

 

Life On Mars

This one’s not really about outer space at all, it’s about being a misfit here on this planet, set to a melody that may as well have been written by Johann Sebastian Bach.

 

Soul Love

By the Ziggy Stardust album, Bowie was clearly tiring of the spaceman thing, and this track gave us a preview of his new soulful direction.

 

Aladdin Sane

An incredible jazzy detour before he hit his R&B stride, not everyone’s cuppa tea, but Mike Garson’s piano solo thrills me everytime I hear it. A lad insane, indeed.

 

Rebel Rebel

As close as Bowie ever got to straight ahead rock & roll, and of course he does it up right, even though there’s nothing straight ahead about the cross-dressing kinkiness in the song.

 

Young Americans

Timeless joy. A friend of mine once synced this song to footage of 1950s teenagers dancing at a sock hop and it worked perfectly.

 

Sound And Vision

A delicious guitar hook, an ‘80s synthesizer and a baritone sax sit at the bar having a drink together. And I will sit right down, waiting for the gift of sound and vision.

 

Fashion

A devastating screed targeting mindless trend followers, powered up to a higher level by the facemelting guitarismo of Robert Fripp.

 

Ashes To Ashes

Kind of like a mid-career recap, Bowie references “Space Oddity” and characteristically proceeds to throw his listeners completely off the scent.

 

I’m Afraid Of Americans

Like many Europeans, Bowie had a life-long love/hate fascination with the U.S.A., manifesting pretty clearly here in a grungy industrial groove.

 

Where Are We Now?

A breathtakingly beautiful reflection on aging, made even more powerful by his untimely passing on Sunday. God bless ya, David, you and your songs will live on forever.

 

Photo credit: By Jean-Luc (originally posted to Flickr as David Bowie) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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