What are the best David Bowie Songs?

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    #1Starman

    Starman

    One of David Bowie's defining songs is Starman, in which Bowie, as the alien from Mars named Ziggy Stardust and his band the Spiders from Mars, explains the power of music and being young wild and free.

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    Jasmine Zhang
    Written on October 29, 2017
    "I love unique music, and David Bowie is very unique. My favorite Bowie song is Starman. He was an amazing artist, well before his time in my opinion. Starman is about an alien, and only the young seem to be able to see him. Its an interesting song and reminds me of the movie starman with Jeff Bridges"
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    #2Heroes

    Heroes

    The song Heroes was the second record of the Berlin Trilogy of Bowie's. He escaped to Berlin with his friends Iggy Pop and Lou Reed to avoid the cocaine habit that made him a living skeleton and his mind obscured by clouds.

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    Bruce Boyd
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "Here is one of Bowie's best songs. He's made quite a few transitions in his career. With this video he returns to a rock pop style with his use of synthesizers and noise generators. Bowie was one of the greats. Check out this vid of him singing one of his great songs."
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    #3Life on Mars?

    Life on Mars?

    The David Bowie song Life On Mars? tells the story of a young girl which parents are mean to her and goes to the movies to escape from reality, a classic teenage angst story expressed in a mini-opera of 4 minutes.

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    Barbara Payne
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "I don't know how it is possible but i had never heard of Life on Mars? by David Bowie until about a month ago. Such an amazing song. Probably my favorite of all of his. The use of the piano makes the song in my opinion."
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    #4Ashes to Ashes

    Ashes to Ashes

    Bowie returned to Major Tom character from Space Oddity eleven years after for the Scary Monsters album. Bowie, by this time, had quit drugs and this reflected on the lyrics of the song which he declared that "we know that Major Tom is junkie". The record was a big succes across the world and the return to funk, rock, new wave, synth and avantgarde music.

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    Echo Du
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "The topic said best David Bowie Songs, but the solution only offered one songs. This Solution site only brought me to the music video of "Ashes to Ashes". After that one video, there is another David Bowie music video in the queue, but I don't know if the next music video is assumed to be under the topic of "best David Bowie Songs" or just another David Bowie song."
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    #5Space Oddity

    Space Oddity

    The song Space Oddity performed by David Bowie refers to 2001: A Space Odyssey movie that came a year earlier, and is the desperate song of an astronaut lost in Space in form of a folk ballad with some psychedelic flashes.

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    Barbara Boyd
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "This song is a great one. It is a different and irregular recording. The song has a interesting story line about an astronaut, which is based on the movie with the same title. "
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    #6Let's Dance

    Let's Dance

    Let's Dance was an album that contained three of the most successful singles in all Bowie's career. Let's Dance, China Girl and Modern Love. In this record, produced by Chic's Nile Rodgers, Bowie reached a new mass audience with a fresh revision of funk, dance music, pop and soft rock. It was the last great album of Bowie of the decade. 

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    Tammy Thomas
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "This song is one of my most favorite Bowie songs. It reminds me of listening to the radio as a kid. I can't listen without wanting to dance with it! It has to be one of his best songs! Let's dance!"
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    #7Fame

    Fame

    After the glam era, Bowie wanted to try new music and started to explore with sounds like soul, jazz, and ambient music. From this exploration came the album Young Americans which gave Bowie its first American number one, the song Fame in which we find John Lennon at the background vocals. It was the first collaboration of Bowie with Carlos Alomar, one of the best musicians which Bowie has worked with.

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    Alexander Hunt
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "I feel that this really does capture the best of the David Bowie songs. It is a really recognizable song that is known the world over. "
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    #8The Man Who Sold the World

    The Man Who Sold the World

    The Man who sold the World was the record where everything started. Bowie started to dress in an androgynous way, with blonde long hair and fancy costumes. The music on the record was almost heavy metal, according to what was Heavy Metal in the 70s, but still hard enough to be compared with Led Zeppelin or Black Sabbath, two British bands that started their careers recently with great success. The homonymous single of the record is a rock, ballad with an iconic riff of guitar that was later recovered by Nirvana in their Unplugged record. 

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    Sharon Williamson
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "Spotify is a rather new program for me. The best part of this is that I am able to search for songs from any genre and add them to my playlist. Great concept! "
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    #9Rebel Rebel

    Rebel Rebel

    Rebel Rebel was the epilogue of the glam rock era for Bowie. An era that ended with the record Diamond Dogs, the sleaziest record of Bowie. Rebel Rebel is built on a hypnotic rock guitar riff that is perfectly assembled to a lyric about sex, party nights, rock and roll, drag queens and rebellion against the old-fashioned manners.

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    Johnny Carr
    Written on October 22, 2017
    "David Bowie is gone but his music is not. Some of his songs stand above the rest and really define David Bowie. Rebel Rebel was one of those songs. When you hear it, you know within seconds that it's David Bowie because it was definitely one of his trademark songs."
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    #10Golden Years

    Golden Years

    Golden Years is a classic funk track performed by David Bowie which was first released a single from his album Station to Station on 1975. In 2001, the song was featured in the original motion picture soundtrack of the film A Knight's Tale.

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    Jack Burns
    Written on February 6, 2019
    "Iconic song from A Knight's Tale. I'll never forget David Bowie's song on this movie."
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    #11Modern Love

    Modern Love

    Modern Love is a song written and performed by David Bowie in his 1983 album Let's Dance. The Bowie classic is featured in different films and television shows such as Frances Ha, Adventureland, Swing Kids, and Dynasty, to name a few.

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    Tammy Wheeler
    Written on February 6, 2019
    "I knew i heard modern love somewhere before!! I totally forgot the title but i knew it was by bowie so i had to look for a list with his best songs in movies, i somehow knew i would find it here. Thanks! "
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    #12Cat People (Putting Out Fire)

    Cat People (Putting Out Fire)

    The David Bowie song Cat People (Putting Out Fire) is from the original soundtrack of the 1982 movie Cat People. The track was also used for other movies such as Firestorm, Inglorious Basterds, and Atomic Blonde.

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    Timothy Medina
    Written on February 6, 2019
    "Although this was cat people the film's original soundtrack, i prefer Tarantino's interpretation of this song in his film inglorious basterds."
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    #13Magic Dance

    Magic Dance

    Magic Dance is a David Bowie track that is featured on the 1986 movie Labyrinth directed by Jim Henson. The dance-pop song runs for a total of 5 minutes and 4 minutes in both album and single versions respectively.

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    María Luisa Rivas
    Written on February 6, 2019
    "David bowie's performance of magic dance will never be forgotten. Rest in peace king."

Summary

Best What are the best David Bowie Songs
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1StarmanMusic 10 Free
2HeroesMusic 8 Free
3Life on Mars?Music 8 Free
4Ashes to AshesMusic 7 Paid
5Space OddityMusic 5 Free
6Let's DanceMusic 4 Paid
7FameMusic 3 Paid
8The Man Who Sold the WorldMusic 2 Paid
9Rebel Rebel Music 1 Paid
10Golden YearsMusic 0 Free
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