After what seems like the longest January since time began, we’ve arrived in February. It’s fucking freezing outside and I never want to go outside again. Unfortunately, I have to leave the house for my stupid job. I tend to be outside pre-7 am so it’s even more miserable and cold. To cheer myself up I’ve been listening to David Bowie songs for a while now. It does make the mornings go a little better. Of course, I’ve been drawn to Bowie a lot after his death and took it as an opportunity to indulge in the music of a great man. At university I made a list of my top 10 favourite songs for a stupid Facebook thing and it was the most difficult thing I’ve ever done. I actually did it again a year later for some reason but that’s beside the point. What I remember about it is that Rebel Rebel was on there as my favourite Bowie song. I still love that song but, since that time, I’ve realised my loyalties lie elsewhere. So, in order to make things official, I think it’s time to make a note of my top 10 Bowie songs. I’m sure it’s what the great man would have wanted.
Ten: Here Comes The Night
From his Pin Ups album, this cover of the Them (and Lulu) song is one of my all time favourite songs. It’s just a fantastic arrangement and I think Bowie is phenomenal on the track. However, I couldn’t, in all good consciousness, give one of the higher spots to a song that wasn’t originally Bowie’s. Still, this song always makes me feel good.
Maybe not the first song that comes to mind when you list Bowie songs but I love it. Of course, that could do with the fact that it’s used in the movie Clueless but I reckon it’s got more to do with the fact that it’s so fucking great. An easy addition to the list.
Eight: Sound and Vision
Classic Bowie. With an uplifting backing track, the singer really excels here. It’s a fantastic song that it’s almost impossible not to sing along to.
I was never that sure about Heroes and I think it has something to do with Moulin Rouge. However, this is Bowie at his greatest. With fantastic lyrics and a great tune, it really highlights the great partnership of Bowie and Brian Eno. It’s no wonder it’s one of his most covered songs.
Six: Oh! You Pretty Things
After Bowie’s death I’ve thought about this list non-stop and had several conversations with colleagues about which song would come top. I nearly always said this one, which makes it weird it only made it to number 6. This is a great song but after listening to Bowie songs for weeks I’ve realised I kind of prefer Au Revoir Simone’s cover. I’m sure that’s sacrilege but it’s the truth.
Five: Under Pressure
If I’m honest the version of this that I love the most is actually the RAH mix because it’s fucking awesome but it can’t be denied that even in its original form this song was epic. Taking two great voices like David Bowie’s and Freddie Mercury’s and mixing them together was utter genius. This has always been one of my favourite Queen songs (which, to be honest, isn’t saying much) and, in my heart, it’s one of my top Bowie tracks too.
Four: The Man Who Sold The World
Obviously, fucking Kurt Cobain has sort of claimed this song as his own and his version is remarkable. Awful teenage me would probably be trying to convince you that it’s the definitive version or something. However, Bowie’s voice makes this song incredible. It’s such a powerful song in his hands and I love it.
Three: Ziggy Stardust
Ziggy Stardust is one of Bowie’s biggest alter egos and the concept album about his fictional biography contains some great songs. Non more so than Ziggy Stardust.
I love this song. I really do. I love Bowie’s original and I love the version included on the Shrek 2 soundtrack. I realise this would probably piss off all Bowie fans but it’s a fantastic cover. Bowie sounds great and there’s a nice mix of voices in there. It’s part of the reason this ranks so highly. Watching the film gave me a new respect for this track.
One: Golden Years