What are David Bowie's 3 signature songs?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by MadamAdam, Oct 13, 2016.

  1. MadamAdam

    MadamAdam Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Sydney, Australia
    I think it's a play on words. In Bowie's head he's really singing Is there life in mars, and that life belonged to Marianne Faithfull.
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  2. oldturkey

    oldturkey Forum Resident

    Gone away.
    Will Simon Le Bon be doing one about Frankie Abbott?
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  3. MadamAdam

    MadamAdam Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Sydney, Australia
    Well, he has to do something with his time. He can't forever be known as that bloke who had to make an awkward phone call to Bubble in the first episode of Absolutely Fabulous:

    Eddie: Right. Now, Bubble, did all the models turn up?

    Bubble: Yeah, every single one.

    Eddie: Good, good, thank God.

    Bubble: Except one.

    Eddie: Except one? You're not going to tell me it's Yasmin Le Bon, darling?

    Bubble: No.

    Eddie: Thank God!

    Bubble: Oh, no, sorry, yes. Yasmin Le Bon is ill.

    Eddie: Oh, my buggery bollocks. Why the bloody hell didn't you tell me earlier?

    Bubble: Well, her husband's just phoned, and said "Simon Le Bon", which I thought was really amusing.

    Eddie: Amusing, darling?

    Bubble: Yeah. Very modern of him to have taken his wife's name.

    (legendary scene at 16:30, if you pur-lease)
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  4. J_D__

    J_D__ Forum Resident

    Mooresville, NC
    This would be in my top three
  5. J_D__

    J_D__ Forum Resident

    Mooresville, NC
    Not for me. Sorry
  6. MadamAdam

    MadamAdam Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Sydney, Australia
    And now you can!

    Part two of the poll here:
    What are David Bowie's 3 other signature songs? »
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2016
  7. JRM

    JRM Forum Resident

    Mile High City
    Space Oddity
  8. MadamAdam

    MadamAdam Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Sydney, Australia
    And as obliging as I may be to timey whiney poo poos, the final results from across the two polls are now in.

    David Bowie's signature songs are as follows:

    1. Space Oddity
    2. "Heroes"
    3. Changes (US) and Life On Mars? (non-US)
    5. Ziggy Stardust
    6. Let's Dance
    7. Rebel Rebel
    8. Fame
    9. Ashes To Ashes
    10. Starman
    11. Suffragette City
    12. Young Americans

    Makes quite a decent vinyl album for those that have never ever heard a David Bowie song before. The Laughing Gnome can be the digital bonus track :D
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  9. andrewskyDE

    andrewskyDE Island Owner

    Zack Island
    Space Oddity
    Under Pressure (ft. Queen)
  10. ottosander

    ottosander Active Member

    I recommend everybody to listen to this documentary. Tris Penna has made a great job!!!!!!
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  11. MadamAdam

    MadamAdam Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Sydney, Australia
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  12. Holy Joe

    Holy Joe Forum Resident

    I think a lot of these posts are people listing personal favourites or a consensus of what other board members might also say. But asking the average man on the street you would get a response which looks more like:

    Let's Dance and Ashes To Ashes

    and depending on the age of the person responding
    Space Oddity, Life On Mars, Starman, Heroes, or Under Pressure
  13. PeterVanDoffs

    PeterVanDoffs Active Member

    I guess that's because Bowie had a much greater musical range than the Fabs *ducks for cover*
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  14. Brother_Rael

    Brother_Rael Forum Resident

    Scottish Borders
    Space Oddity
    Ziggy Stardust

    My own personal favourite: Life on Mars.
  15. California Couple

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    Newport Beach
    January 2016

    Most Played David Bowie Tracks of the 21st Century

    UK radio only

    1. Let’s Dance, David Bowie

    2. Under Pressure, David Bowie and Queen

    3. Starman, David Bowie

    4. Ashes to Ashes, David Bowie

    5. Rebel Rebel, David Bowie

    6. Space Oddity, David Bowie

    7. Life on Mars?, David Bowie

    8. Changes, David Bowie

    9. The Jean Genie, David Bowie

    10. China Girl, David Bowie

    11. Heroes, David Bowie

    12. Modern Love, David Bowie

    13. Young Americans, David Bowie

    14. Golden Years, David Bowie

    15. Sound and Vision, David Bowie

    16. Fashion, David Bowie

    17. Sorrow, David Bowie

    18. Dancing in the Street, David Bowie and Mick Jagger

    19. Absolute Beginners, David Bowie

    20. Ziggy Stardust, David Bowie

    I doubt that Sorrow and Absolute Beginners ever got much US radio play.
  16. sddoug

    sddoug Forum Resident

    San Diego, CA, USA
    Suffragette City is #1. And I'll stop there since #1 is not an option
  17. Diamond Dog

    Diamond Dog Cautionary Example

    If one were to go by success as measured by the Billboard Hot 100 :
    1) Let's Dance
    2) Fame
    3) Golden Years

    Guess what Number Four would be: Dancin' In The Streets


  18. Purple Jim

    Purple Jim Forum Resident

    Little Britain
    The most symbolic:
    Space Oddity
    Ziggy Stardust

    I nearly put Starman in place of Ziggy Stardust because it was the single that really launched Ziggy and is often aired on TV.
  19. TheSeldomSeenKid

    TheSeldomSeenKid Forum Resident

    I changed one of my 4 Selections, as even though 'Absolute Beginners' may not be a Signature Song to most people around the world, it is 'One My Bowie Signature Songs' that has been usually rattling around my brain, since his passing away(errr.-just moving to another planet) 2 years ago. I kept 'Heroes', 'Space Oddity' & 'Ashes to Ashes' as my other 3 selections.
  20. dammitjanet

    dammitjanet Fun, natural fun

    Hell it pretty much did that for me when I saw a clip of the performance at the David Bowie Is exhibition a few years ago! "I had to phone someone so I picked on you" *points at you through the camera*
    Even so I went with Space Oddity, Life on Mars, and 'Heroes. But you could make a solid case for a good dozen of his songs.
  21. Mike Reynolds

    Mike Reynolds Forum Resident

    I agree. I voted for "Ziggy Stardust" because "Suffragette City" wasn't on the list.

    My two to other picks were probably what most of the other early Bowie fans here like myself picked -- "Space Oddity" and "Changes". I like "Jean Genie" and "Rebel Rebel" better, but I know that wasn't the point of this poll.
  22. Maestro63

    Maestro63 Forum Resident

    What??? No “Day in Day out”
  23. scocs

    scocs Forum Resident

    I would have voted for “Unwashed and Somewhat Slightly Dazed”!
  24. qJulia

    qJulia Forum Resident

    Life On Mars
    Space Oddity

    I first became interested in Bowie after listening to "Heroes". Let's Dance is great too.

    Where is "The Man Who Sold The World"?
  25. Yardbird

    Yardbird Forum Resident

    Rebel Rebel

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