Exploring His Musical Legacy
Choosing just six David Bowie songs is a challenge, but these tracks sum up what made him a musical legend.
David Bowie released so many brilliant songs during his long career, it’s hard to narrow them down to just a few. Spanning his career, our six top picks show why he still remains one of the most influential musicians in the world. So, ready to set aside some time to revisit your favourites?
Space Oddity was David Bowie’s breakthrough hit. Released at the height of the Space Race in the late 1960’s, the tale of a doomed astronaut made it a hit all over the world. Decades later, it was covered by a real astronaut on board the International Space Station.
Recorded for the Station to Station album, Golden Years is considered by many to be one of Bowie’s signature songs. Soulful and catchy, it’s been used in many films and TV shows. Recorded during a time of great personal difficulty for Bowie, it shows that joy can be found everywhere.
Life on Mars
If you were asked to name one David Bowie song, chances are you would say Life on Mars. Perhaps his most well known track, it was recorded during his iconic Ziggy Stardust phase and features cryptic lyrics. In 2012, just a few years before his death, it was voted his best ever song.
David Bowie was the king of reinventing himself, and the release of Let’s Dance introduced him to a whole new group of fans who were unaware of his earlier work in the 60’s and 70’s. Released in 1983, it was produced by Nile Rogers and was one of Bowie’s fastest ever selling songs.
Ashes to Ashes
Ashes to Ashes revisits the iconic ‘Major Tom’ character first mentioned in Space Oddity, and was described by Bowie as his personal farewell to the 1970’s, where he had reached incredible levels of fame. Dark and chirpy all at once, it’s easy to see why some say it is the definitive Bowie track.
Perhaps David Bowie’s most bittersweet song, Heroes tells the tale of two lovers living on opposite sides of the Berlin Wall. Interestingly, it was not a hit when it was first released, but in the following years it became one of his signature songs, charting once again after his death in 2016.
David Bowie prints
Looking back at the incredible songs David Bowie released, it’s easy to see why he is such a musical icon. If you want to pay homage to him in your home, why not add some David Bowie prints taken by one of his friends to your home? Some of the images were even taken during the recording of Station to Station, one of Bowie’s most acclaimed albums. So you can have a piece of musical history on the wall, something that will impress all of your guests.
A legend who is sorely missed
Whether you have been a Bowie fan right from the start or you have discovered him in the years after his death, there’s no doubt that there will never be another artist quite like him. So add a little Bowie flair to your day by playing one of his songs – and invest in some stunning new prints for your home too.