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"Space Oddity" is a song written and recorded by David Bowie. It was first released as a 7-inch single on 11 July 1969. It was also the opening track of his second studio album, David Bowie. It became one of Bowie's signature songs and one of four of his songs to be included in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.

Inspired by Stanley Kubrick's film 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), the song is about the launch of Major Tom, a fictional astronaut, and was released during a period of great interest in space flight. The United States' Apollo 11 mission would launch five days later and would become the first manned moon landing another five days after that. The lyrics have also been seen to lampoon the British space programme, which was and still is an unmanned project. Bowie would later revisit his Major Tom character in the songs "Ashes to Ashes", "Hallo Spaceboy" and possibly the music video for "Blackstar".

"Space Oddity" was David Bowie's first single to chart in the UK. It reached the top five on its initial release and received the 1970 Ivor Novello Special Award for Originality. His second album, originally released as David Bowie in the UK, was renamed after the track for its 1972 re-release by RCA Records and became known by this name. In 1975, upon re-release as part of a maxi-single, the song became Bowie's first UK No. 1 single.

In 2013, the song gained renewed popularity after it was recorded 44 years after Bowie by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, who performed the song while aboard the International Space Station, and therefore became the first music video shot in space. In January 2016, the song re-entered singles charts around the world following Bowie's death, which included becoming Bowie's first single to top the French Singles Chart. The song also ranked as third on iTunes on 12 January 2016.

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composer: David Bowie (English singer, songwriter & actor)
lyricist: David Bowie (English singer, songwriter & actor)
SecondHandSongs: http://www.secondhandsongs.com/work/299 [info]
Songfacts: http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=1201 [info]
Wikidata: Q581952 [info]
Wikipedia: en: Space Oddity (song) [info]
lyrics page: http://lyrics.wikia.com/David_Bowie:Space_Oddity [info]
later parody versions: Tebowie
later translated versions: Odisea espacial (Azucarillo Kings version)
later versions: Ragazzo solo, ragazza sola
Space Oddity (version in Portuguese)
Un homme a disparu dans le ciel

Recordings

Date Title Attributes Artist Length
performance
1969-06-20 Space Oddity (single version) David Bowie 3:34
1971-09-25 Space Oddity (live, 1971-09-25: Burroughs Assembly Hall, Friars Aylesbury, Aylesbury, England) live David Bowie ?:??
1972-05-22 Space Oddity (BBC radio session, “Johnnie Walker Lunchtime Show”: recorded 22.5.72, broadcast 5-9.6.72, Studio 2, Aeolian Hall, New Bond Street, London) live David Bowie 4:17
1972-05-22 Space Oddity David Bowie 4:15
1972-07-08 Space Oddity (live, 1972-07-08: Royal Festival Hall, London, England) live David Bowie ?:??
1972-10-20 Space Oddity (live, 1972-10-20: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, CA, USA) live David Bowie 5:10
1972-10-20 Space Oddity (live, 1972-10-20: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, CA, USA) live David Bowie 5:22
1972-10-20 Space Oddity (live, 1972-10-20: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, CA, USA) live David Bowie 4:48
1972-11-25 Space Oddity (live, 1972-11-25: Public Auditorium, Cleveland, OH, USA) live David Bowie 5:41
1973-04-08 Space Oddity (live, 1973-04-08: 東京厚生年金会館, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan) live David Bowie ?:??
1973-04-11 Space Oddity (live, 1973-04-11: 東京厚生年金会館, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan) live David Bowie 5:19
1973-07-03 Space Oddity (live, 1973-07-03: Hammersmith Odeon, London, England) live David Bowie 4:50
1973-07-03 Space Oddity (live, 1973‐07‐03: Hammersmith Odeon, London, England) live David Bowie 5:06
1973-07-03 Space Oddity (live, pure, no overdubs, 1973‐07‐03: Hammersmith Odeon, London, England) live David Bowie ?:??
1973-07-03 Space Oddity (live, 1973-07-03: Hammersmith Odeon, London, England) live David Bowie ?:??
1973-07-03 Space Oddity (live, 1973-07-03: Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK: from Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture) live David Bowie 5:58
1973-10-18 Space Oddity (live, 1973-10-18–20, The Marquee Club, Soho, London, England) live David Bowie 5:44
1974-07-08 – 1974-07-12 Space Oddity (live, 1974-07-08–12: Tower Theater, Upper Darby, PA, USA; 2005 mix) live David Bowie 6:27
1974-07-08 – 1974-07-12 Space Oddity (5.1 mix) (live, 1974-07-08–12: Tower Theater, Upper Darby, PA, USA; 5.1 mix) live David Bowie 6:27
1974-09-05 Space Oddity (live, 1974-09-05: Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, California, USA) live David Bowie ?:??
1974-09-05 Space Oddity (live, 1974-09-05: Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, CA, USA) live David Bowie 5:16
1974-09-05 Space Oddity (live, 1974-09-05: Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, California, USA) live David Bowie 5:15
1979 Space Oddity (1979 re‐recorded version) David Bowie 5:00
1983-04-27 Space Oddity (live, 1983-04-27: Dallas, TX, USA) live David Bowie & Stevie Ray Vaughan 4:33
1983-06-12 Space Oddity (live, 1983-06-12: Ullevi Stadium, Gothenburg, Sweden) live David Bowie 5:15
1983-07-13 Space Oddity (live, 1983-07-13: Montreal Forum, Canada) live David Bowie 5:26
1983-09-12 Space Oddity / Band Introduction (live, 1983-09-12: P.N.E Grandstand, Vancouver, BC, Canada) live David Bowie 6:37
1990-01 Space Oddity live David Bowie 5:24
1990-03-13 Space Oddity (live, 1990-03-13: Olympic Saddledome, Calgary, Canada) live David Bowie ?:??
1990-04-03 Space Oddity (live, 1990-04-03: Paris au Printemps, France) live David Bowie 4:57
1990-05-15 Space Oddity (1990-05-15: Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan) live David Bowie 5:02
1990-08-05 Space Oddity (live, 1990-08-05: National Bowl, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England) live David Bowie 4:53
1990-08-19 Space Oddity (live, 1990-08-19: MECC, Maastricht, Netherlands) live David Bowie ?:??
1990-09-20 Space Oddity (live, 1990-09-20: Praça da Aposteose, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) live David Bowie 5:00
1990-09-27 Space Oddity (live, 1990-09-27: Rock in Chile Festival, Santiago, Chile) live David Bowie 5:33
1990 Space Oddity (live, 1990: USA) live David Bowie 4:50
1997-01-09 Space Oddity (live, 1997-01-09, Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY, USA) live David Bowie 5:06
1997-01-09 Space Oddity (live, 1997-01-09, Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY, USA) live David Bowie 5:02
1997-01-09 Space Oddity live David Bowie 5:14
1997-01-09 Space Oddity (live, 1997-01-09, Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY, USA) live David Bowie 5:19
1999-05-24 Space Oddity (live, 1999-05-24: Arie Crown, Chicago, IL, USA) cover and live Natalie Merchant 4:21
1999-06-13 Space Oddity cover and live Natalie Merchant 4:33
1999 Space Oddity cover Cut 4:27
1999 Space Oddity cover Helloween 4:53
2009-07-24 Space Oddity (PA intro) (live, 2009-07-24: Croke Park, Dublin, Ireland) live David Bowie ?:??
2009 Space Oddity 2009 cover The Prostitutes 3:52
2010-09-18 Space Oddity (PA) (live, 2010-09-18: Stade de France, Paris, France) cover and live U2 2:13
2010-12 Space Oddity cover Federica Zammarchi 6:36
2012-12-10 Space Oddity (live, 2012-12-10: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY, USA) cover and live The Smashing Pumpkins 7:37
2012-12-10 Space Oddity (live, 2012-12-10: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY, USA) cover and live The Smashing Pumpkins 7:38
2012-12-10 Space Oddity (live, 2012-12-10: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY, USA) cover and live The Smashing Pumpkins 6:55
2016-01-18 Space Oddity cover and instrumental Rick Wakeman 4:46
2016-01-27 Space Oddity (live, 2016-01-27: Hammersmith Apollo, London, UK) cover and live Steven Wilson 4:36
2016-03-31 Space Oddity (live, 2016-03-31: The Music Of David Bowie, Isaac Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall, New York, NY, USA) cover and live Choir! Choir! Choir! 5:58
2016-04-01 Space Oddity cover and live Ann Wilson 5:29
2016-04-01 Space Oddity cover and live Choir! Choir! Choir! 5:47
2017-07-28 Space Oddity cover and live Phish 5:15
A Space Oddity cover and instrumental The Classic Rock String Quartet 5:53
Ground Control to Major Clown cover aberrantkenosis 5:13
Jean Baltazaarrr / Space Oddity cover Arno, Beverly Jo Scott / Langley Schools Music Project 12:18
Major Tom / Space Oddity cover Tufts University Beelzebubs 6:24
Space Oddity cover London Symphony Orchestra 5:41
Space Oddity cover Émilie Simon 4:23
Space Oddity David Bowie 4:38
Space Oddity cover Ayreon 4:57
Space Oddity cover Stonedigger 3:24
Space Oddity cover The Langley Schools Music Project 5:27
Space Oddity cover Tangerine Dream 5:35
Space Oddity cover William Shatner feat. Ritchie Blackmore & Candice Night 4:54
Space Oddity cover and instrumental Vitamin String Quartet 5:14
Space Oddity cover Pitch Black Dream 4:33
Space Oddity cover Steel Train 5:23
Space Oddity cover Jupiter Blue 4:15
Space Oddity cover The Marbles 7:00
Space Oddity cover Powerman 5000 4:07
Space Oddity cover Exitmusic 3:58
Space Oddity cover Hermanos Calatrava 5:05
Space Oddity cover Cold 3:50
Space Oddity cover and instrumental Hank Marvin 5:07
Space Oddity cover Rick Wakeman 4:05
Space Oddity cover Brix Smith 4:39
Space Oddity cover Jasmine & The Jack Stafford Foundation 3:33
Space Oddity David Bowie 5:27
Space Oddity cover Edwood 3:15
Space Oddity David Bowie 3:24
Space Oddity David Bowie 5:04
Space Oddity David Bowie 3:47
Space Oddity David Bowie 3:43
Space Oddity (mono) David Bowie 3:47
Space Oddity David Bowie 4:50
Space Oddity live David Bowie 4:55
Space Oddity David Bowie 4:17
Space Oddity David Bowie 3:45
Space Oddity David Bowie 5:04
Space Oddity David Bowie 1:19
Space Oddity David Bowie 4:47
Space Oddity David Bowie 4:34
Space Oddity David Bowie 4:36
Space Oddity David Bowie 5:03
Space Oddity David Bowie 4:46
Space Oddity cover and instrumental 2005 Stars Group ?:??
Space Oddity live David Bowie 4:56
Space Oddity David Bowie 5:10
Space Oddity David Bowie 4:54
Space Oddity live David Bowie 5:14
Space Oddity David Bowie 4:50
Space Oddity David Bowie 3:48
Space Oddity David Bowie 3:47
Space Oddity David Bowie 4:32
Space Oddity David Bowie 3:47
Space Oddity live David Bowie 4:51
Space Oddity (broadcast 1972-06-05–1972-06-09, “Johnnie Walker Lunchtime Show”, BBC Radio 1) David Bowie ?:??
Space Oddity David Bowie ?:??
Space Oddity David Bowie 5:05
Space Oddity cover Kyoto Blue 8:06
Space Oddity cover and live U2 ?:??
Space Oddity cover and live U2 ?:??
Space Oddity cover and live U2 2:11
Space Oddity cover and live U2 2:11
Space Oddity cover Reverse ?:??
Space Oddity cover and instrumental Vienna Symphonic Orchestra 5:21
Space Oddity cover and instrumental Rockabye Baby! 3:52
Space Oddity cover John Otway with The Netteswell Youth Band 4:02
Space Oddity cover Chris Hadfield 5:30
Space Oddity David Bowie 5:28
Space Oddity cover Selfish Gene 4:45
Space Oddity cover Oliver Darley 5:11
Space Oddity cover Space Girls 4:45
Space Oddity cover David Fonseca & Camané ?:??
Space Oddity cover and instrumental Thomas Zwijsen 4:06
Space Oddity live David Bowie 5:27
Space Oddity live David Bowie 5:04
Space Oddity live David Bowie 4:59
Space Oddity live David Bowie 5:09
Space Oddity live David Bowie 5:10
Space Oddity David Bowie 5:16
Space Oddity live David Bowie ?:??
Space Oddity live David Bowie 4:16
Space Oddity live David Bowie 4:50
Space Oddity David Bowie ?:??
Space Oddity live David Bowie 5:19
Space Oddity live David Bowie ?:??
Space Oddity live David Bowie 5:51
Space Oddity live David Bowie 4:57
Space Oddity cover and live The Smashing Pumpkins 6:05
Space Oddity cover and live The Smashing Pumpkins 6:37
Space Oddity cover and live The Smashing Pumpkins 6:24
Space Oddity cover Mike Massé feat. Jeff Hall 4:46
Space Oddity (live, 1997-01-09, Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY, USA) live David Bowie ?:??
Space Oddity (2009 remastered version) David Bowie ?:??
Space Oddity David Bowie 5:16
Space Oddity David Bowie 5:15
Space Oddity David Bowie & Stevie Ray Vaughan 4:35
Space Oddity David Bowie 5:13
Space Oddity David Bowie 5:12
Space Oddity David Bowie 4:33
Space Oddity David Bowie 5:14
Space Oddity David Bowie 3:48
Space Oddity David Bowie ?:??
Space Oddity live David Bowie 10:39
Space Oddity live David Bowie 5:30
Space Oddity David Bowie ?:??
Space Oddity live David Bowie 5:15
Space Oddity David Bowie 4:26
Space Oddity cover William Patrick Corgan 4:48
Space Oddity cover and live Amanda Palmer & Jherek Bischoff with Neil Gaiman 6:08
Space Oddity cover and live Ween 4:31
Space Oddity cover Passenger 4:21
Space Oddity cover [unknown] 4:56
Space Oddity (1973, Bowie with red hair & acoustic guitar) David Bowie 5:21
Space Oddity (1969, Bowie with round glasses & cap) David Bowie 3:48
Space Oddity cover Rock the World 5:10
Space Oddity cover and instrumental Vienna Symphonic Orchestra Project 6:36
Space Oddity cover and instrumental Rick Wakeman 4:47
Space Oddity cover The Flaming Lips 5:13
Space Oddity cover The Flaming Lips ?:??
Space Oddity cover David Matthews 6:05
Space Oddity cover Saigon Kick 5:23
Space Oddity cover The Flying Pickets 4:02
Space Oddity cover Star One 5:00
Space Oddity cover Def Leppard 5:28
Space Oddity cover The Brown Derbies 5:28
Space Oddity cover Tulus 4:09
Space Oddity cover Collide 4:37
Space Oddity cover Crimson Joy 4:54
Space Oddity David Bowie 5:07
Space Oddity David Bowie 3:48
Space Oddity David Bowie 5:20
Space Oddity David Bowie 5:15
Space Oddity cover [unknown] 5:23
Space Oddity Lea DeLaria 5:46
Space Oddity cover Top of the Poppers 5:20
Space Oddity cover Chris Hadfield 5:19
Space Oddity cover Kittie 5:35
Space Oddity cover Jherek Bischoff & Amanda Palmer feat. Neil Gaiman 5:07
Space Oddity cover Mike Garson 3:47
Space Oddity cover Alan Jones 5:01
Space Oddity cover Kyoto Blue 8:05
Space Oddity cover Vika Yermolyeva 4:22
SPACE ODDITY cover THE COLLECTORS 4:54
Space Oddity (1979 re‐record) David Bowie 4:57
Space Oddity (1979 version) David Bowie 4:52
Space Oddity (acoustic guitar) David Bowie 5:31
Space Oddity (backing vocal, flute and cellos) David Bowie 5:31
Space Oddity (bass and drums) David Bowie 5:31
Space Oddity (Beckenham Arts Lab) David Bowie 5:11
Space Oddity (demo) David Bowie 5:14
Space Oddity (lead vocal) David Bowie 5:31
Space Oddity (live in Salt Lake City) cover and live Black Tape for a Blue Girl ?:??
Space Oddity (live) cover and live The Flying Pickets 4:14
Space Oddity (main backing vocal including countdown) David Bowie 5:31
Space Oddity (mellotron) David Bowie 5:31
Space Oddity (Mitty mix) David Bowie feat. Kristen Wiig 5:11
Space Oddity (mono single edit) David Bowie 4:42
Space Oddity (original mono demo) David Bowie 5:10
Space Oddity (original UK mono single edit) David Bowie 4:42
Space Oddity (original version) David Bowie ?:??
Space Oddity (original version) David Bowie 4:33
Space Oddity (original version) David Bowie 3:40
Space Oddity (original) David Bowie 3:38
Space Oddity (re‐recorded single B‐side, 1979) David Bowie 5:00
Space Oddity (strings) David Bowie 5:31
Space Oddity (stylophone and guitar) David Bowie 5:31
Space Oddity (UK single edit) David Bowie 4:38
Space Oddity (US mono single edit) David Bowie 3:29
Space Oddity (US stereo single edit) David Bowie 3:57
Space Oddity / Major Tom cover and medley Tufts University Beelzebubs 5:25
Space Oditty cover Rudy Grant 2:47