David Bowie

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Legal name: David Robert Jones


David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), known professionally as David Bowie (/ˈbi/), was an English singer, songwriter and actor. He was a figure in popular music for over five decades, regarded by critics and musicians as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. His career was marked by reinvention and visual presentation, his music and stagecraft significantly influencing popular music. During his lifetime, his record sales, estimated at 140 million worldwide, made him one of the world's best-selling music artists. In the UK, he was awarded nine platinum album certifications, eleven gold and eight silver, releasing eleven number-one albums. In the US, he received five platinum and seven gold certifications. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

Born and raised in South London, Bowie developed an interest in music as a child, eventually studying art, music and design before embarking on a professional career as a musician in 1963. "Space Oddity" became his first top-five entry on the UK Singles Chart after its release in July 1969. After a period of experimentation, he re-emerged in 1972 during the glam rock era with his flamboyant and androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust. The character was spearheaded by the success of his single "Starman" and album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, which won him widespread popularity. In 1975, Bowie's style shifted radically towards a sound he characterised as "plastic soul", initially alienating many of his UK devotees but garnering him his first major US crossover success with the number-one single "Fame" and the album Young Americans. In 1976, Bowie starred in the cult film The Man Who Fell to Earth and released Station to Station. The following year, he further confounded musical expectations with the electronic-inflected album Low (1977), the first of three collaborations with Brian Eno that would come to be known as the "Berlin Trilogy". "Heroes" (1977) and Lodger (1979) followed; each album reached the UK top five and received lasting critical praise.

After uneven commercial success in the late 1970s, Bowie had UK number ones with the 1980 single "Ashes to Ashes", its parent album Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps), and "Under Pressure", a 1981 collaboration with Queen. He then reached his commercial peak in 1983 with Let's Dance, with its title track topping both UK and US charts. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Bowie continued to experiment with musical styles, including industrial and jungle. Bowie also continued acting; his roles included Major Celliers in Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983), the Goblin King Jareth in Labyrinth (1986), Pontius Pilate in The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), and Nikola Tesla in The Prestige (2006), among other film and television appearances and cameos. He stopped concert touring after 2004 and his last live performance was at a charity event in 2006. In 2013, Bowie returned from a decade-long recording hiatus with the release of The Next Day. He remained musically active until he died of liver cancer two days after the release of his final album, Blackstar (2016).

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1972 John, I’m Only Dancing David Bowie 2
1972 Starman / Suffragette City David Bowie 3
1973 Drive‐In Saturday David Bowie 1
1973 Sorrow / Amsterdam David Bowie 4
1973 Space Oddity / The Man Who Sold the World David Bowie 1
1974 Knock on Wood David Bowie 1
1975 Golden Years David Bowie 4
1975 Fame David Bowie 2
1975 Young Americans David Bowie 3
1976 TVC 15 David Bowie 1
1977 Sound and Vision David Bowie 1
1977 “Heroes” David Bowie 4
1977 Peace on Earth / Little Drummer Boy David Bowie & Bing Crosby 7
1978 Soul Love / Blackout David Bowie 1
1978 Breaking Glass David Bowie 1
1979 DJ David Bowie 1
1979 1980 Floor Show David Bowie 1
1979 John I’m Only Dancing (Again) 1975 / Golden Years David Bowie 2
1979 John, I’m Only Dancing (Again) (1975) / John, I'm Only Dancing (1972) David Bowie 2
1979 Sould Out David Bowie 1
1980 Alabama Song / Space Oddity David Bowie 1
1980 Ashes to Ashes David Bowie 2
1980 Crystal Japan / Alabama Song David Bowie 1
1980 Fashion David Bowie 3
1980 The Ching-A-Ling Song Feathers 1
1980 The Continuing Story of Major Tom David Bowie 1
1980 Up the Hill Backwards David Bowie 3
1981 Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) David Bowie 3
1981 Under Pressure Queen & David Bowie 3.35 9
1981 Wild Is the Wind David Bowie 3
1982 Cat People (Putting Out Fire) David Bowie 2
1982 Wild Is the Wind / The Golden Years David Bowie 1
1983 Modern Love David Bowie 4 5
1983 Be My Wife David Bowie 1
1983 China Girl David Bowie 3
1983 Let’s Dance David Bowie 3 8
1983 White Light/White Heat David Bowie 1
1983 Without You / Criminal World David Bowie 1
1984 1984 David Bowie 1
1984 Blue Jean David Bowie 3
1984 Loving the Alien David Bowie 3
1984 Tonight David Bowie 2
1985 This Is Not America David Bowie & Pat Metheny Group 4
1985 Dancing in the Street David Bowie & Mick Jagger 3
1985 Man in the Middle Arnold Corns a.k.a. David Bowie and The Spiders from Mars 1
1986 Underground David Bowie 3
1986 Absolute Beginners David Bowie 8
1986 Magic Dance David Bowie 1
1986 When the Wind Blows David Bowie 3
1987 Bang Bang (live version) David Bowie 1
1987 Day‐In Day‐Out David Bowie 2 5
1987 Never Let Me Down David Bowie 4
1987 Time Will Crawl David Bowie 4
1987 Too Dizzy David Bowie 1
1988 Tonight Live David Bowie & Tina Turner 1
1990 Fame 90 David Bowie 6
1990 Growin’ Up David Bowie 3 1
1992 Real Cool World David Bowie 5 4
1993 Black Tie White Noise David Bowie 3
1993 Jump They Say David Bowie 12
1993 Miracle Goodnight David Bowie 1
1993 The Buddha of Suburbia David Bowie feat. Lenny Kravitz 1
1995 Strangers When We Meet David Bowie 4
1996 Telling Lies David Bowie 2
1997 Little Wonder David Bowie 9
1997 Dead Man Walking David Bowie 5
1997 Seven Years in Tibet David Bowie 1
1997 A Fleeting Moment David Bowie 1
1997 I’m Afraid of Americans David Bowie 3 4
1997 Little Drummer Boy (Peace on Earth) Bing Crosby & David Bowie 1
1997 Pallas Athena / V‐2 Schneider Tao Jones Index 1
1998 I Can’t Read David Bowie 1
1999 Without You I’m Nothing Placebo feat. David Bowie 5 5
1999 Thursday’s Child David Bowie 4 5
1999 The Pretty Things Are Going to Hell David Bowie 1
2000 Seven David Bowie 3 4
2001 Life On Mars? David Bowie 1
2002 Slow Burn David Bowie 4
2002 Everyone Says ‘Hi’ David Bowie 5
2002 I’ve Been Waiting for You David Bowie 1
2002 Loving the Alien The Scumfrog vs. David Bowie 2
2003 Just for One Day (Heroes) David Guetta vs. Bowie 1
2003 New Killer Star David Bowie 4 3
2003 Your Turn to Drive David Bowie 1
2003 Never Get Old David Bowie 2
2004 Rebel Never Gets Old David Bowie 2
2011 Golden Years David Bowie vs. KCRW 2
2012 The Jean Genie David Bowie 1
2013 Where Are We Now? David Bowie 1
2013 The Stars (Are Out Tonight) David Bowie 2
2013 The Next Day David Bowie 1
2013 Valentine’s Day David Bowie 1
2014 ’Tis a Pity She Was a Whore David Bowie 1
2014 Sue (or In a Season of Crime) David Bowie 3
2015 Side by Side: Kingdom Come Tom Verlaine / David Bowie 1
2015 David Bowie 1
2015 Lazarus David Bowie 1
2016 TVC15 (2010 Harry Maslin mix) David Bowie 1

Single + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 Ziggy Stardust David Bowie 2
2000 Survive David Bowie 3

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