The world was shocked and saddened by the news that David Bowie passed away on January 10th, 2016. Bowie leaves behind a legacy of rock and roll with a career that spanned 5 decades. Throughout his life, he not only influenced musicians of varied genres, but fashion and pop culture as a whole. Beyond that, he was also a devoted husband and father. If you’re not familiar with the man and his music, what are you waiting for? Check out the 10 definitive Bowie tracks you should have on your playlist.
1) Let’s Dance
David Bowie used his music to present his thoughts in a creative way and this song, while shrouded in a catchy beat – was really a protest against racism and oppression, specifically concerning the indigenous people of Australia, which is fairly obvious when one watches the accompanying music video.
Following the news of his passing, it was this song that topped the charts on streamed music lists. While it ironically was not an immediate hit at the time of its release in 1977, it has come to be appreciated as one of many definitive tracks by this trailblazing artist.
3) Space Oddity
Perhaps one of the most referenced songs, appearing in films and TV shows, this song tells the tale of an astronaut named Major Tom, who is venturing into space while trying to maintain contact with Earth. This was one of Bowie’s first songs to reach a wide audience, and remains iconic today.
4) The Man Who Sold The World
Some may be more familiar with Nirvana’s version, which was in fact a cover of Bowie’s original song. Both versions are haunting and distinctive in their own right, but Bowie’s poetic lyrics solidify this track as a memorable anthem.
This one is an instant ear-worm, and you’ll probably be humming it to yourself for a while (forget Hotline Bling!). Changes is not only catchy but is often touted as a lyrical tribute to Bowie’s changing image and persona throughout his journey as a rockstar – even though it was written fairly early on in his career.