On David Bowie’s birthday, the highest rated musicians in the 2000 top list.
# 10. Heroes
Two lovers embracing each other at the Berlin Wall. Seeing that photo inspires Bowie to write the lyrics to Heroes for the 1977 album of the same name, and producer Brian Eno and guitarist Robert Fripp do the rest. The song rose from 1976 by no fewer than 17 places last year to the top ten on the charts.
No. 59. Under Pressure
“Under Pressure” is officially known as The Queen’s Song, but with David Bowie. However, according to Brian May, the song was written jointly with the British singer, and Mercury and Bowie sometimes fiercely discussed both the lyrics and the music during the recording. The song is on the album Heated space By Queen from 1981. For Queen, this was the second # 1 recorded in the UK after Bohemian Rhapsody.
# 107. Space oddity
David Bowie wrote Space Oddity in response to the 2001 film: Space epic From Stanley Kubrick. The hero from Space Oddity is Major Tom, an astronaut who tells his colleagues on Earth from outer space that he will remain in the universe. It is the first blow that shows Bowie’s deep fascination with the underworld. The theme functions as a thread in Bowie’s career and is expressed in several ways. Examples include Moonage Dream, Live On Mars, Loving The Alien, and Little Wonder. Space Oddity was released around the same time as the first moon landing and is Bowie’s first success since the solo action.
# 399. Starman
In the album The rise and fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spider from Mars Bowie shows himself as an apocalyptic rock star who not only sings about his underworld infatuation in Starman, but also in Lady Stardust and Moonage Daydream. Speaking of aliens, when Space Oddity became the number one hit in England and Fame in America took the same place, Bowie was playing the lead role as an alien in the movie. The man who fell to the ground.
# 483. Life on Mars
Bowie writes this song when Frank Sinatra succeeds with My Way. It was originally a French song that Bowie himself was the first to translate, but never released. The song has the same chord progression as My Way. On the LP Sick my role Bowie dedicates this song to Sinatra with lyrics inspired by Frankie.
David Bowie with 23 songs in the top 2000 with the highest champion rating at 10th place. Are you curious about how the songs have evolved over the years? View the stats here.
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