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A David Bowie At 60 Playlist

Elvis is 72 today. If you happen to spot him at Macca's or KFC today give him my regards. His contribution to world culture is embodied by his presence on the soundtrack of Disney's Lilo and Stich movies.

More pertinent, however, is the fact that January 8 is also the birthday of David Jones - not the Monkee or the department store chain, but the artist who would become known as David Bowie. Today he turns 60. Scary eh?

To mark the birthday of an extraordinary craftsman, here's a playlist of my favourite Bowie numbers. In no particular order, though I've tried to give some form of thematic flow. My favourite of all is the last, even if I was suckered in at the time by the (for 1980) brilliant video clip.

The most recent song in the list dates from 1985. I think that says more about me than him.

  1. Space Oddity
  2. Station to Station
  3. Changes
  4. Life on Mars?
  5. Fashion
  6. Starman
  7. The Laughing Gnome
  8. Rebel Rebel
  9. This Is Not America
  10. Ashes to Ashes