I Like Music, You Like Music: Essential David Bowie

January 11, 2016

"If you're sad today, just remember the world is over 4 billion years old and you somehow managed to exist at the same time as David Bowie." -someone on the internet. Simon Pegg I think.

The world lost David Bowie last night days after his 69th birthday.  One of the most fearless individuals to ever grace this Earth, he was an actor, a poet, a spaceman, a force of nature, and of course a musician.  One of my earliest and most cherished music memory is sneaking into my best friend's sister's bedroom to listen to her Prince and Bowie records until she would get mad and chase us out. He was weird. He was magical. And now he's gone.  Here are just a few of my favorite Bowie songs. 

**There are too many to list, so please feel free to add your suggestions to the list in the comment section.**


MODERN LOVE- One of the more accessable Bowie tunes. Stevie Ray Vaughan plays guitar on this one.

CHINA GIRL- Bowie co-wrote this one with Iggy Pop! The video for this song is delightfully corny.

ALL THE YOUNG DUDES-  Originally done by Mott the Hoople, Bowie turned this song into his own.

LET'S DANCE- I've never really liked 80's music, and I think its because I've always felt that they were all just trying to sound like Bowie, but couldn't.

I'M AFRAID OF AMERICANS- Bowie and Trent Reznor team up for this one.  A video as compelling as the song, and a commentary on the homogenization of our planet.  

REBEL REBEL- I always felt this was a perfect teenage anthem, the song that played in your head when you pierced your ears for the first time or broke cerfew. 

YOUNG AMERICANS- Bowie goes from glam rock to soul music....and it worked! 

CHANGES- "turn and face the strange"

LIFE ON MARS- One of the best songs to play for anyone who asks "who is David Bowie?"  

ZIGGY STARDUST- Think about this for a second, David Bowie created an alter ego to perform as. Then made a hit song about that character. Its not so much a song as it is performance art. 

SPACE ODDITY- The BBC played this song over footage of us landing on the moon.  Think about that for a second, this is literally the theme song for NASA.  The funny part is that it was written after he watched 2001 stoned. 

SUFFRAGETTE CITY-  Straight forward punk rock. While the last 3 songs on the list are deep songs with layers on top of layers, Suffragette City is just 3.5 min of in your face rock.

HEROES-  No commentary necessary. 

David Bowie (1947-2016)