David Bowie dies at 69: Listen to the music legend's most popular songs like Space Oddity, Let's Dance and China Girl

David Bowie performs a song during a concert in Madison Square Garden on Jan 9, 1997.
David Bowie performs a song during a concert in Madison Square Garden on Jan 9, 1997.PHOTO: REUTERS

David Bowie, a true pop chameleon and a British music legend, died on Sunday (Jan 10) at the age of 69.


He had just released his 25th studio album, Blackstar, on his birthday on Jan 8.

Over a career that spanned five decades, Bowie recorded innumerable hits.

The Straits Times lists some of his most popular, including two songs which were banned when he came to Singapore to perform in 1983.

China Girl (1983)

Album: Let's Dance

This song, and Modern Love, were banned when Bowie came to Singapore for a concert in 1983. Back then, he swore never to return due to the restrictions he was subjected to.


Modern Love (1983)

Album: Let's Dance

The bans on the songs were lifted in the early 1990s, and years later, he did return. He performed in Singapore again in 2004 and his set list included China Girl.


Where Are We Now? (2013)

Album: The Next Day

Released on Bowie's 66th birthday, Where Are We Now was his first single in a decade and the first song to be released for his comeback album, The Next Day.

Starman (1972)

Album: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust

Ziggy Stardust is a rock and roll mini opera about a sexually ambiguous, alien rock star, one of Bowie's best albums and the one that shot him to worldwide fame.

Rebel Rebel (1974)

Album: Diamond Dogs

Rebel Rebel was Bowie's last glam rock anthem, and widely covered by many artists.

Heroes (1977)

Album: Heroes

A classic track and album which Bowie created in Berlin that launched his epic pop rock sound. It is recognised by many as one of his best songs.


Life on Mars? (1971)

Album: Hunky Dory

A classic that was hailed as No. 1 by The Telegraph in its list of 100 greatest songs of all time that it published in 2015.


Let's Dance (1983)

Album: Let's Dance

Let's Dance - featuring the late Texas blues rock guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan on a memorable solo - was the title track of a highly mainstream album that won Bowie a new generation of fans in the 1980s with its dance-friendly tunes.

The Man Who Sold the World (1970)

Album: The Man Who Sold the World

His third album had a heavy metal edge and was a departure from an earlier, more folksy sound.

Space Oddity (1969)

Album: Space Oddity

Inspired by Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, the song - featuring its famous acoustic guitar strain - was famously covered and recorded in space by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield in 2013. Hadfield's rendition of the 1969 song was viewed by millions on Earth.