Like so many people on January 10th, I was shocked and saddened to hear of the legendary David Bowie’s passing. I think everyone has their own personal story to share about their love of his music and creative pursuits. And given the sheer expansiveness of his career and talents, it only makes sense that everyone felt connected with him in some way – with so many styles, so many creative identities, films, and albums, there were opportunities for everyone to get to know him and fall in love with him.
It was during my formative adolescent years where I officially fell in love with David Bowie, aside from having a strange and confusing childhood crush on Jareth the Goblin King from Labyrinth (1986). Walking to the tram to get to school, listening to his back catalogue through the chunkiest iPod that was more brick than music machine, I felt like I was being transported to a different world where school and academics and the worries of life didn’t matter. When listening to his music, all that mattered was being authentic, trying new things and enjoying the time you have. And thanks in part to his music and influence, these are still values that I place highly in my life.
I don’t often post about the passing of important people, but I knew I had to write something about David Bowie. Here are my top seven favourite Bowie songs, which was incredibly difficult to narrow down. These are all songs that I’ve found so important throughout my life and love of this genius, and I hope you enjoy this selection.
Kooks – Hunky Dory (1971)
Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud – Space Oddity (1969)
Moonage Daydream – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972)
Lady Stardust – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972)
Life On Mars? – Hunky Dory (1971)
Golden Years – Station to Station (1975)
The Man Who Sold the World – The Man Who Sold the World (1970)
What was your favourite song by this musical genius?