Top 100 Songs
Glam-rock singer/songwriter born David Robert Jones 1/8/1947 in Brixton, London, England. Died 1/10/2016 in New York City. He changed his name to David Bowie to avoid confusion with the Monkees’ Davy Jones. (v – Kon-Rads; Reds & Blues; King Bees: 11/63 to 8/64; Manish Boys: 8/64 to 4/65; Davy Jones: 65; Lower Third: 3/65 to 1/66; The Buzz: 2/66 to 12/66; solo: 66-; Tin Machine: 89-92). In 1972, he became a producer for Mott the Hoople (“All the Young Dudes”) and Lou Reed (Transformer). In 1977, he worked with Iggy Pop as a songwriter and producer for Pop’s The Idiot and Lust for Life albums.
Bowie’s 1972 album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars is featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Albums of All Time.
Check out the two-part Dave’s Music Database podcast The Best of David Bowie, 1964-1979, debuting January 11, 2022, at 7pm CST, and The Best of David Bowie, 1980-2016, debuting January 18, 2022, at 7pm CST. Both are based on this list. Tune in every Tuesday at 7pm for a new episode based on the lists at Dave’s Music Database.
Top 100 Songs
Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by song’s appearances on best-of lists as well as chart success, sales, radio airplay, streaming, and awards.
DMDB Top 1%:
1. Space Oddity (1969) #1 UK
DMDB Top 2%:
7. Life on Mars? (1971)
11. Lust for Life (Iggy Pop, 1977)
DMDB Top 5%:
17. Peace on Earth/The Little Drummer Boy (with Bing Crosby, 1977)
DMDB Top 10%:
24. Lazarus (2015)
31. The Man Who Sold the World (1970)
DMDB Top 20%:
36. Where Are We Now? (2013)
41. Moonage Daydream (1972)
51. Jump They Say (1993)
61. Let’s Spend the Night Together (1973)
Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:
70. Oh, You Pretty Things (1971)
81. Look Back in Anger (1979)
91. Heaven’s in Here (Tin Machine, 1989)
Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by album’s appearances on best-of lists as well as chart success, sales, critics’ ratings, and awards. Also factored in are the status of each album’s songs in Dave’s Music Database for songs.
1. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972)
11. Young Americans (1975)
21. Hours (1999)
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First posted 1/8/2013; last updated 1/18/2022.