Best David Bowie Songs

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David Bowie is so good and these are his songs that made him good.

The Top Ten

1 Space Oddity

I refer to the studio version of 1969: this is his first success, and althought I have a deep knowledge of his whole production, I can hardly find other Bowie's songs with such a wonderful melody and perfect vocal performance. Differently from all of the songs contained in the next albums until the Berlin trilogy, in my opinion this is the only Bowie's song which does not feel the weight of time. The vocal incipit "Ground control to Major Tom" is probably the most fascinating one in the history of rock music. What's more, in its first version Space Oddity was written down when David was about 20 years old... Having composed such a masterpiece at such a young age is probably the most significative proof of his witness.

This is an obvious pick. This and heroes are number one by along way. This song is magical and makes people think they are in space. Major Tom is a great character. Ground control to major tom your circuits dead there's something wrong can you hear me major Tom can you hear me major Tom can you hear and the beautiful song goes on. It's also bowies magical flamingo Spanish guitar that makes this song incredible. I love it how ashes to ashes is like a sequel to this song.

By far the best in my opinion. So many happy memories I've associated with this song over the years. It just brings back the good times, my step-dad was the one who made David Bowie and this song so special to me. It's just a magical song.

HAHA YESS THESE PEOPLE KNOW WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT. THIS IS A NUMBER ONE THAT DESERVES TO BE HERE!
GRROUND CONTROL TO MAJOR TOMM!
HAHA HOW CATCHY Is THAT! (no sarcasm intended. I am just bored so I am not feeling very much like typing a serious comment)

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2 Life on Mars?

Why? Why does this songs have to be so good? It tempts me to play it all the time, it never gets old, I love it so much.

This song contains so much more than lyrics, but anecdote to life. It is the most unpretentious and exposed piece of music that addresses the reality of existence. It expresses what we are all too afraid to say, too afraid to confront - it is a philosophical exploration. Ironically upon hearing this work of art, it brings you back down to earth but with a grounding of truth. Worth the listen and worth the transcendent experience!

Under Pressure... Are we sure? Wouldn't be in my Bowie top 10. I think I was about 12 when LOM came out, but I was old enough to appreciate it even then. Great piano and melody. And possibly Bowie's finest vocal performance.

The piano is amazing, the vocals make no sense but re awesome and then the guitar is rocking!

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3 Heroes

This is, hands down, the best song by David Bowie. As much as I love Space Oddity, Changes, and Fame, this is one of the most powerful songs ever written. The lyrics reflect a feeling of hope in a seemingly hopeless situation. I know this song's mainly about two lovers separated by the Berlin Wall and how they feel that "we can beat them, just for one day". It's sort of when two people who have been divided finally have their moment together, and they don't care what happens as a result. I sometimes cry listening to this song as well. David Bowie just screamed out these lyrics with all the emotions in the world. That's what made him such a unique figure; his raw emotion, passion, and intensity. There's never going to be another David Bowie.

It's not so much a song as a hymn to the human condition. A haunting, exhilerating and edifying work of genius. His best. His masterpiece.

One of the songs I fell in love with first. I'm still working my way through all of DB's music but this one is a keeper.

This is undoubtedly his greatest ever. Every time I listen to it, it gives a feel good vibe which can't be explained

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4 Changes

"I watch the ripples change their size, but never leave the stream of warm impermanence. And so the days float through my eyes, but still the days seem the same. 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."

I feel a deep emotional connection with this song. - PetSounds

In my opinion the best Bowie song, that opening riff just makes me smile every time!

The words and the way he sings this song makes it my favorite. After that, there are 20 Bowie songs that are my second favorite.

The sobg that changed my life.

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5 Under Pressure

Only legendary artists like Queen and David Bowie could produce a song so good. Not only the best David Bowie song, but one of the best songs of all time.

Dun dun dun the the dun dun. That is an officially amazing bassline

Amazing bass line, David and Freddie's vocals harmonise so well and the lyrics are at the top of great song writing, the moment when I first heard Bowie sing 'cause love's such an old fashioned word...' gave me goose bumps, best song of the 20th century no doubt

Queen and david bowie=pure magic.

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6 Ziggy Stardust

I like pretty much every Bowie song, but ultimately this one stands out in my mind. Not only that, but thanks to this song and its correlating album, Ziggy Stardust is a household name.

Greatest bowie song ever. I also like space oddity and life on Mars?

This should have been in the top 3. I would have voted space oddity, but this is 7th! - gemcloben

Because bowie IS ziggy

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7 Starman

Starman... Don't you just LOVE that song... If you don't, then I will not be happy with you! Hope you do like it... So listen to me it's cool song!

One of those rare songs, along with the Gravity Falls theme, that I don't believe I will ever get sick of. It's so hopeful and comforting (and groovy). - keycha1n

Only at the 7th spot? This deserves to be at least in his Top 5 songs. It's the best song on "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars". - Nintendonix

There's a staarMAAAN waiting in the sky...

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8 The Man Who Sold the World

This song is so great, the equally godlike band, nirvana, did a great cover of this geniously lyrical song

This song is so... haunting. The lyrics are crazy and the way they change the vocals are incredible. The instrumentals truly are something they must have thought about before doing, and the plot of the song is just so... haunting. It's all haunting. Listen to this by yourself. You won't regret it! - Donut

This song is really one that touches me

This magnificent, haunting, beautiful song went under the radar. But it's meaningful lyrics and amazing psychedelic guitar work made it my favorite song.

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9 Rock n' Roll Suicide

This has got to be Bowie at his best. You can feel his heart and soul going into it from the first word to the last. Even though he has a long list of incredible songs, this is one of the few that manages to give me goosebumps every time I hear it, and I love it! The raw power and emotion of his voice is given off here more than any other song of his, so the fact that this is not even in the top 10 and it's my favourite of his, it has to have my vote. I'd also like to mention 'Fascination' from the 'Young Americans' album which is also amazing, yet not even on this list full stop... - brad101

This is one of my favorite Bowie tunes. The first time I heard of this song, I hesitated because of the title. But this song taught me not to judge a book by it's cover, because I love it so much now.

I absolutely LOVE this song! It should AT LEAST be in the top 5 (no offense to anything above this song because those are all incredible as well).

BEST SONG EVER

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10 Ashes to Ashes

Song to be remembered from the first listaning. Unique and atmospheric. And the way Bowie crushed the legend he did create - no one ever did that, at least not in such painful way. - saaarsdej

This is his best song I don't know why his dee stuffs ranked so high for me this is his #1 than lets dance than putting out fire

This blew me away when it charted in Aug 80. The song, the video, so different and amazing.

In my eyes the best song he ever made the lyrics,the feeling he put in it.
Simply beautiful

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The Contenders

11 Rebel Rebel

Rebel Rebel has one of the most well known guitar riffs! Not to mention the song itself is very well-written and is extremely catchy. One of Bowie's bests in my opinion.

This should at least in the top ten! Come on people, this song has the greatest guitar riff of any David Bowie song.

I loved this song on the KISS movie "Detroit Rock City" not to mention David Bowie kicks ass

This truly IS Bowie's signature rock song.

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12 Moonage Daydream

These is one of the great songs on David bowie.

Easily top 10, best song on the ziggy stardust album

What a melody on this one

Another great song from the Guardians of the Galaxy awesome mix!

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13 Let's Dance

Should be higher on this list along with a lot of his later stuff not a fan of his earlier stuff but love anything from young Americans, scary monsters and let's dance and on

A true masterpiece of the 80s, created by a guy from the seventies. He just wanted to prove a point to all of the hollow disco electro scene that he can do it better and deeper, and he did!

Simply a classic! So catchy! Should be in the top 5 at least!

Good, but overrated like Fame.

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14 Fame

This song is so funky and it's just awesome why is it so low? Needs to be top 10

Just because he wrote it with John Lennon and it's one of his most popular doesn't mean it's one of his top 10 best. Really all this song is is a funky best with some lyrics.

He wrote this one with John Lennon! Why isn't this track at least in the top 10?! - MontyPython

Has to be top 5

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15 Modern Love

Bowie's best song, for sure. Absolute Beginners and Young Americans are almost as good, but Modern Love is still number one!

Mid-80's upbeat pop song, his most mainstream sounding "generic" pop style, song which is why Bowie said it was one of his least favourite songs, as it was one of his least creative. Yet it's still good! Genius

What the hell this is should be in the top ten just listen to it - mneilan

I must go, I'm late for church. - Davvy

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16 Suffragette City

Now don't lean on me man cause you can't afford the ticket, I'm back from Suffragette City!
Now don't lean on me man cause you ain't got time to check it You know my Suffragette City
Is outta sight... She's alright

Should be in top 5. This was one of Bowie's favorite songs as he talked about numerous times.

Played over and over by me enough said

My schooldays insane, my work's down the drain

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17 Blackstar

A wonderful, chilling song. One of the greatest Bowie has made.

Such an amazing, timeless song - the best thing he's written for decades! Lots of people don't like it because it's so different to anything else... well ever. Definitely deserves to be in the top 10

Number 1 needed. I think this song is even better than Bohemian Rhapsody. - DCfnaf

Best ever!

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18 Lazarus

I enjoy this song very much. I don't understand how my dad could hate this song so much! He heard a bit of it, saw the music video, and immediately started talking crap. He still ain't know his daughter listens to him - kaitlynrad11

This is a song of pure genius, the words of a man grappling with his own mortality. Knowing that this album was his final gift to the world just makes every song on this even better and more meaningful.

I still don't know where he has taken the power to write, play and record this song. Great sax. It still brings me to tears when I see the video. I saw the musical in London, so this song has a special meaning to me.

When I heard this for the first time, I was very close to crying. - BeatlesFan1964

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19 Five Years

Agreed - Five Years is my favourite Bowie song and Bowie is in my Top 5 artists of all time. Starts subtlety with a single beat and builds and builds from there. The lyrics are fantastic too. Should ne No. 1.

I'm not one for songs like this; sad ones, I mean. However, "Five Years" is raw emotion thrown right at you. It's chaotic. It's saddening. And, hell, it's a masterpiece. Lyrics and Bowie's classic voice make this a song I'll never forget. Very underrated.

The song was recorded in one take, completely breathtaking and utterly emotional. If you listen without the piano, you can hear the desperation that the song portrays...if you don't love Bowie's music, this song still speaks measures.

This songs makes me cry every time. EVERY TIME. It's impossible to me to not get emotional with this one.

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20 Quicksand

"Don't believe in yourself; don't deceive with belief. Knowledge comes with death's release."

Utterly devastated to learn about the passing of one of my heroes. Rest in peace, David. - PetSounds

This song is so beautiful, and also lyrically profound. Full of honesty and philosophy.

Absolutly great lyrics and often misunderstood.

This song calls Faith BS. I don't really know what that means, but he's wrong.

21 China Girl

Why is this song not in the top 10?!?!

This song deserves a vote. Odd song, but insidiously affecting. Very underrated.

This song is really good and it was a success on the charts in many many different countries - mneilan

Best song from Bowie's best album

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22 Shining Star (Making My Love)

I love this. It tells a story; about drugs and hardships.

23 Absolute Beginners

It should be in the top ten. Probably his most honest song. - PetSounds

Strong, straight and simple... wonderful

From one of the best movies of all time

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24 Word On a Wing

Conversation with god in a direct way.

Maybe not a top ten, but one of my favourites

25 I Can't Give Everything Away

Without a doubt, the greatest song he has ever recorded.

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26 Golden Years

Underrated David Bowie song possibly unheard by many.

Should be much higher. One of my all-time favorites.

Most songs are great, but this is a very special one.

One of the great and catchy bowie's song

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27 Sound and Vision

A bit surprised that this song is not in the top 10, or even on the top 23 for that matter

Should be much higher. Strange construction and constantly surprising.

This is one if my favorites deserves to be in top 10 I'm disappointed :(

Absolutely godly

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28 Oh! You Pretty Things

Definitely a favorite! Awesome lyrics, melody, everything. Check out the BBC liver version from 72!

I love the piano. Unlike life on Mars, which has piano, singing, drums, strings, guitar, a synth (or whatever it is) I can do this song all by myself, unless I ask the audience to clap along to the chorus.
I love this song.

A massively underrated song. So I'm voting it up! - keycha1n

It's not my favorite (that would be life on Mars) but it should be at least in the top 20!

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29 Station to Station

This song is an odyssey! Absolutely flawless

Probably his best song, he was on a load of cocaine and didn't even remember making it

Only David Bowie can record a song this good while he's completely smashed

This song is timeless, with strong lyrics.

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30 Thursday's Child
31 Waterloo Sunset
32 Something in the Air

Perfect.

33 I'm Afraid of Americans

It's cool to think that David got Nine Inch Nails to produce this single.

This song is awesome. And I love Nine Inch Nails to.

David Bowie + Nine Inch Nails= absolutely amazing

So cool and so up to date.

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34 Cat People (Putting Out Fire)

This ine is the best

Addictive hook

Tarantino's inglorious basterds led me to this gem. I love how it builds up to..."with gasoline!.."

awesome

35 The Jean Genie

Jean Genie -- One of Bowie's greatest musical entrances This single made Alladin Sane the album that it is --spectacular. And the video for this was one of the first conceptual videos to intermingle concert, backstage, and canned shots. Needs to be way higher than 38th. This is ridiculous.

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36 Magic Dance

Best song from David Bowie ever

One of the best songs ever doing it for school

Greatest song in movie for its time

The power of voodoo

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37 Underground

Xxx

38 Within You

My favorite song of all time. The Labyrinth is also my favorite movie of all time. Both are wonderful.

39 Fantastic Voyage

It's just beautiful in every sense of the word.

The first Bowie song I heard, I was 12...

40 Dollar Days

Very jazzy and good

41 Yassassin
42 Fascination
43 Blue Jeans
44 Drive-In Saturday

This is one of the most underrated of all of their hits

This is in my top10, absolutely fabolous song

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45 As the World Falls Down

Absolutely fantastic song, nice lyrics and good melody.

This is the 1st song I've heard of him. So, it's an obvious pick

46 5.15 the Angels Have Gone
47 Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)
48 Killing a Little Time
49 Andy Warhol

Such a great song. I've been obsessed with it recently. Just hearing the talking "...it's Warhol actually, as in War hall...". And then going into the song and the ending applause is amazing. 100% recommended! - kaitlynrad11

On the album Hunky Dory, Fill Your Heart leads right into this song really well. They should be listened two together; they are both spectacular.

I love this song. Its not just a piece of music. It's a work of art

50 Young Americans

An absolutely brilliant piece of funky plastic soul. One of his best songs bar none.

An underrated song from Bowie's discography, containing probably the greatest saxophone solo in the 70's.

The best choir-arrangement I've heard in a soul song. Luther Vandross and David Bowie created magic!

I love the sax at the beginning. I love it. I also love the vocals throughout. soft to loud to soft

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