Exactly one year ago today, planet earth got a little more blue with the passing of David Bowie. He was and still is such an important icon. Such an inspiration to generations. Thinking that he’s gone makes my heart hurt.
We all know that the best way to keep someones art alive is to relish in it, appreciate it everyday.
I’ve put together a list of, not the best Bowie songs, because frankly its cruel to try and condense Bowies brilliance into 10 songs, but the songs that have been most profound to me.
Without further adieu, here is my most treasured Bowie songs…
Released April 13th, 1973
The brilliant piano, the lyrics, the melody and the ever iconic album cover seals this songs place in history.
THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD
Originally released in the 1970’s, this song has withstood the test of time. Its been covered to no end and of course Nirvana reintroduced it to a new generation in the 90’s, but no one has done more with it than Bowie. Every time he sang it, it was like a different song, and every time, it was amazing.
And these children that you spit on
As they try to change their worlds
Are immune to your consultations
They’re quite aware of what they’re going through
released in 1971, this song still has a great impact and influence. Theres nothing I can say about this song, its all in the lyrics. Just listen to the lyrics.
ASHES TO ASHES
Released August 8, 1980
David Bowie is the type of performer that takes your mind places you didn’t know existed, I can’t comprehend how someone so brilliant, talented and overall rad existed without the world imploding.
Released in 1969
He changed the way people perceived fame, he’s the reason stars look very different today. A year ago he left us blue, and instead of their being nothing he could do, he left us with his music.
Released April 28, 1972
There are very few artists out there who are simultaneously completely unique and talented beyond words. Not to mention the fact that he was also an amazing person.
Wham Bam thank you David for sharing your genius with us!
Released February 15, 1974
He pushed all the social norms. His music creates this ripple effect that makes people feel included in his incredible mind and movements.
LIFE ON MARS?
Released December 17, 1971
It would take ages to properly analyze this song, just like all of his art, its complex and beautiful.
Released October 14, 1977
It still makes me want to cry that he’s gone, but since we can still hear him sing, he’ll never be forgotten.
Released April 1972
The song describes the story of Ziggy Stardust, the earthly messenger of the alien “Starman” who brings a message of hope to the youth on Earth, through radio and music.
Bowie did the same thing.
Writing this made my heart hurt. Bowie is still so important to so many people. He did so much for music and for all the kids who have or will ever feel like they’re weird because they’re different. Also remember; you had the privilege to be alive at the same time as him, you might not have gotten to see him live but you shared the same earth as him, looked at the same stars and heard the same music.
He’s gone but not really. Rock on Mars, Starman.
+ Bonus Song!!
DANCING IN THE STREET ft Mick Jagger