Best David Bowie Songs

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

The Top Ten

Space Oddity Space Oddity Cover Art

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.

Amazing song, he is in my opinion one of the best singers of alla time.

A work of art free from the boundaries of time, a leap into the infinity of Bowie's melancholic greatness.

Life on Mars? Life on Mars? Cover Art

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.

Memories of my youth. I never quite understood the lyrics but it had greatness written all over it. Wakeman's brilliant analysis of the structure of the song shows that musically it was just as unusual and complex.

Heroes Heroes Cover Art

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.

Such a haunting, chilling song. I knew from first listen that it was about the Berlin Wall, but I later realized it was much deeper than that, it was raw emotion, it was his heart and soul poured out onto a paper with lyrics. The way he starts screaming the lyrics makes me want to scream with him, because this song touches me. It's truly beautiful. He moved us all to tears. (Or just me? I'm the only one crying? Ok)

Changes Changes Cover Art

"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.

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.

I love this song, it's actually about something and it's an amazing song as well!

Starman Starman Cover Art

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).

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".

This song is much better than Under Pressure. It's simply amazing.

Under Pressure Under Pressure Cover Art

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

This is so great, the song written by David Bowie and performed by Freddie Mercury and David Bowie himself is a masterpiece of music mixed with legendary selection of words to make a rhyme. *pray hands*

Ziggy Stardust Ziggy Stardust Cover Art

The style, the energy, the groove... this song is pure bowie but a bit different from the rest of the other amazing bowie tracks. That is what makes it great for me, the songs SCREAMS bowie, full of vibes and that awesome brit feel, and despite being quite different from the usual bowie catalog, it is just the song that stands apart for me

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!

Ashes to Ashes Ashes to Ashes Cover Art

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.

I love that this song is filled with various references which invokes multi-layer interpretation. Along the Picasso's pinks (roses), Bowie states his own view on being an artist and its position in society. Above that, I believe that his bitter sincerety is making this song so resonating. It is not only important because of the topic, but because of the way of speaking about it. I love it. It's probably my favourite David's song. Unique...

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.

The Man Who Sold the World The Man Who Sold the World Cover Art

Epic lyrics. Who else could weave a haunting melody and include the line "I gazed a gazely stare?" and it elides perfectly.

eh, I like nirvana's version better but david's version is good

Haunted and cathartic, a mesmerizing early Bowie masterpiece.

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

Which just so happens to be one of the only songs I like from Nirvana! - Stalin

Let's Dance Let's Dance Cover Art

Such a hit, this tune has such an under-appreciated vibe. What a classic. So catchy, should be number 1

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!

The Contenders

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...

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).

Definitely one of his best I love it

Moonage Daydream Moonage Daydream Cover Art

The music is like barbed wire wrapped around a bouquet of lyrical flowers

This is currently ma favourite Bowie song and that's really saying something! Incredible contributions all round.

David Bowie: lead vocals, acoustic guitar, saxophone, string/flute arrangements
Mick Ronson: electric guitar, piano
Trevor Bolder: bass guitar, trumpet
Mick "Woody" Woodmansey: drums

These is one of the great songs on David bowie.

Easily top 10, best song on the ziggy stardust album

Rebel Rebel Rebel Rebel Cover Art

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

Playfully braiding themes of sexual freedom, the generation gap and androgyny with his 'is he or isn't he' lyrics, Bowie postures like a young Roger Daltrey and rocks like Joan Jett (both compliments) in his guitar-driven rock anthem that has given courage to many to dress - and act -how they please. Thank you, DB.

Modern Love Modern Love Cover Art

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

By far the best David Bowie song, should be at least in the top five!

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

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?!

This ones right up there with space oddity. I was surprised to see it this low. This was one of his big hits.

Suffragette City Suffragette City Cover Art

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

One of my favorites

Five Years Five Years Cover Art

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.

It alway feels like the end of the world somewhere. It's a desperate scream.. apathy and armageddon tightly warped.

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.

Blackstar Blackstar Cover Art

Achilles Last Stand, The March of the Black Queen, A Day in the Life, Blackstar... Hidden Masterpiece!

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

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

Lazarus Lazarus Cover Art

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 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

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.

Very moving, grandioso above

China Girl China Girl Cover Art

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

Have always loved this song. It's hauntingly beautiful. He does everything with such feeling.

Blue Jean Blue Jean Cover Art

It's silly and ridiculous, but somehow really magnificent and creative.

Love this song. Bowie at his creative best.

Classic pop bowie

Sound and Vision Sound and Vision Cover Art

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

Wonderfully divergent, even for Bowie and surprisingly evocative. This deserves to be in the top 10.

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

Should be much higher. Strange construction and constantly surprising.

Golden Years Golden Years Cover Art

Underrated David Bowie song possibly unheard by many.

Extremely underrated and an absolute gem of a song.

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

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

Quicksand Quicksand Cover Art

"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.

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.

Young Americans Young Americans Cover Art

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!

This song belongs in the top five let alone the top thirty

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