My Top Seven Favourite David Bowie Tunes

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?


  1. I am kind of split between Starman and Under Pressure when it comes to favorite Bowie song.

    1. Both are such amazing tunes! I could have easily done a top fifty list.

  2. Great list 🙂 Life on Mars would certainly be on my list too.

    1. Thanks Emma! Such a classic tune.

  3. Such sad news! I love The Man Who Sold The World.

    1. I’m still upset about it! That song is so great, and the Nirvana cover was such an instant classic.

  4. It’s so hard to choose but if I had to I’d pick: The Man Who Sold the World, Underpressure, Space Oddity, and Starman.

    1. It really is so difficult to choose, with such a diverse discography and amazing talent!

  5. He really was so talented. This is a lovely tribute. I’ve started writing my post when I saw yours. The fact there are so many differences shows just how many of his songs connected with people.

    1. Thanks Alex! Absolutely agreed, and because his talent was so diverse, there was such a breadth of content and styles to connect with. Truly an amazing musician.

  6. Great list, he will be missed!

    1. Thanks Melissa! He sure will, what a magnificent individual.

  7. Great picks! I really like Space Oddity, Sound and Vision, Moonage Daydream,… so many great ones to choose from. 😀

    1. Thanks heaps! Agreed, there are almost too many great songs to choose from! Those are some awesome ones too.

  8. Cool choice yo. For me, my favourite Bowie song is Modern Love, it was one of those songs I’d always heard throughout my life but never knew who did until 2011 (yeah that late). But I also adore Rebel Rebel, Moonage Daydream and Let’s Dance.

    1. I love Modern Love too! I also love finding out the source those songs that you hear all your life and have no idea who sang/wrote them. Always such a mindblowing experience.

  9. Great list, there are so many to choose. As the World Falls Down is a great song, and I love Let’s Dance.

    1. I love both those songs so much! In every comment, someone’s chosen an amazing song. Just goes to show just how great he was.

      1. He was one of a kind.

  10. abbiosbiston · · Reply

    Life on Mars is ny absolute favourite.

    1. Such a great tune to sing along with in the car!

  11. It’s great seeing your list – especially the lesser known tracks. My own experience is a Best Of – so Life on Mars, Modern Love (blame FRANCES HA), Young Americans, Rebel Rebel and Let’s Dance are all perfect to me

    1. Thanks heaps Simon! Love those songs as well, Modern Love is another of my absolute favourites. (Apologies for my super late response!)

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  13. For me, there’s too many of his songs that I love as I’m currently into the final leg of my 29 Days of Bowie series.

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