In recognition of his hugely successful career, spanning six decades, we count down David Bowie’s Digital Top 40, the most downloaded songs from his impressive chart history.
David Bowie’s Official Top 40 Biggest Selling Downloads
|1||LIFE ON MARS||3||1973|
|2||UNDER PRESSURE (WITH QUEEN)||1||1981|
|8||ASHES TO ASHES||1||1980|
|9||WHERE ARE WE NOW||6||2013|
|11||PEACE ON EARTH/LITTLE DRUMMER BOY||3||1982|
|14||THE JEAN GENIE||2||1972|
|15||SOUND AND VISION||3||1977|
|17||ALL THE YOUNG DUDES||N/A||1995|
|18||DANCING IN THE STREET (WITH MICK JAGGER)||1||1985|
|19||MAGIC DANCE E.P.||N/A||1986|
|21||THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD||39*||1971|
|24||OH YOU PRETTY THINGS||N/A||1971|
|29||THE LAUGHING GNOME||6||1973|
|30||CAT PEOPLE (PUTTING OUT FIRE)||26||1982|
|31||FAME ’90 E.P.||28||1990|
|32||AS THE WORLD FALLS DOWN||N/A||1986|
|33||LIVE EP (WITH ARCADE FIRE)||N/A||2005|
|34||JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING||12||1972|
|36||WILD IS THE WIND||24||1981|
|37||ROCK ‘N’ ROLL SUICIDE||22||1974|
|40||DRIVE IN SATURDAY||3||1973|
It’s perhaps no surprise that Life On Mars is Bowie’s most downloaded song in the UK. Originally featuring on 1971 album Hunky Dory, it wasn’t until Bowie found success with his Ziggy Stardust album that Life On Mars got some recognition. It finally became a single in 1973 and reached Number 3.
Life On Mars found new fans when it was featured in a BBC drama of the same name. The show’s follow-up, Ashes To Ashes, was also named after a Bowie hit (Number 9 on this countdown).
This 1981 Number 1 was a true megastar collaboration, bringing together David and fellow UK rock legends Queen, with David and lead singer Freddie Mercury locked in a powerful vocal face-off. The talented pair even improvised some of the lyrics during the recording.
Under Pressure was heavily sampled for Vanilla Ice’s 1990 Number 1 Ice Ice Baby.
Bowie, had shot scored his first major hit in 1969 with Space Oddity, reaching number five in the charts.