Impossible to boil down David Bowie and his VAST output to just one song. But if I were to do so...

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  1. claes

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    Lol, the record track I played more than any other song - period.
    But Bowie himself hated it in the 80s and didn't include it on one of his greatest hits records. He grew older and wiser.
     
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    I remember Sound And Vision being one of the first Bowie songs I was introduced to, and thought it very good at the time - it just seemed so different. Then along came Heroes - I was totally blown away. I just love that song. First time I saw/heard it was on some Bing Crosby show??

    I delved back into his stuff, and to my leanings totally loved the Ziggy period. But the guy was very versatile, and there was not a lot to not like about whatever he came up with. I thought Ashes was brilliant when I first heard it, just loved that whole reference back to Major Tom!

    As for the OP track Life On Mars - whilst it’s a great song, I got burned out on it and the whole album in particular when a friend of mine at a certain age insisted on playing it every time we indulged in some strange smoking!

    I was playing in an acoustic duo with an old buddy before the world turned to crap, and we had a few Bowie numbers in our repertoire as we were both long time fans.

    We used to seague Space Oddity into Ashes, combined Sorrow with The Who’s Squeeze Box, Heroes came out of Def Leps Hysteria, and we used to give Cat People a good whirl. Always seemed to play that one too fast though and ended up out of orbit on it.

    One special memory I have though, is doing a blistering version on Moonage Daydream in a Rock band I was in during the early 90’s. Great times, and a sadly missed performer.
     
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    I agree.:):):)
     
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    I'd agree with the first part of the title.


    Impossible to boil down David Bowie and his VAST output to just one song.

    And then I'd just leave it at that.

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    Here’s a classic he wrote for someone else. But I like this version better!

     
  8. ricardo1912

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    I just can't pick, there are too many great songs and something for every mood. I'd loved his music since my early twenties and I was upset on a personal level when he died.

    Not mentioned yet but worth a watch just to see him playing and having fun:

     
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    Agreed. That period of his career gave us so many great songs.
     
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    The lyrics are a riot
     
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    I don't know about just one but Panic In Detroit is one of my favorites

     
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    I'm partial to Heroes because I wrote a scene for a story once, realized Heroes was the perfect soundtrack to the scene, then ended up with the song stuck in my head for a week.

    But Life on Mars is a *very* close runner-up.
     
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    I agree that Bowie's career went through so many phases and exhibited such brilliance and creativity within each one that it's impossible to boil it all down to just one song.

    But you know how when you hear and artist's or band's name and a representative song immediately begins playing in your head?

    For me, when someone says "David Bowie" it's this one...

     
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    This sums up his life. Comes out of the closet.
    I saw Bowie and the Spiders 3/10/73 at the Long Beach Arena. Best concert i ever saw to this day. Saw him 2 more times after but it was not nearly as good.

     
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    Darkstar is like attending Bowie's deathbed. Scary and moving.

     
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    Sound and Vision

     
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    Always really liked this one ... Starman

     
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    I prefer almost anything off the Let's Dance album. I can't think of a bad song on it.
     
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    This Kills me !
     
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    @61fury beat me to it...so I'll offer up a live version of Panic In Detroit with Adrian Belew along for the ride. Alladin Sane is a favorite album with some full bore Rock N Roll. Songs play like a travelogue through the US by a European.
     
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