David Bowie's biggest singles and albums since his death

One year after the world lost a music icon, Official Charts reveals Bowie's most popular songs and albums since his death.

David Bowie's biggest singles and albums since his death

A year ago today (January 10), the music world was in mourning following the announcement of the death of rock legend David Bowie.

From his humble beginnings as David Jones in Brixton, south London, to worldwide megastardom, David Bowie was never far from the charts. And the 12 months following his passing has seen a number of his classic tracks and albums as well as new reissues dominate the Official Charts. 

Over the past year, a combined total of 1.62 million albums and 1.87 million singles by David Bowie have been sold. To mark one year since music icon's death, Official Charts reveals his most popular tracks and albums over the last 12 months since his passing.

Heroes

Despite originally missing the Top 20 upon original release in 1977, Heroes has found new fans in the digital age. In the days after his death, the song reached a new peak on the Official Singles Chart at Number 12.

Bowie's uplifting anthem was covered by 2010's X Factor finalists – including One Direction – for a charity single, taking it to Number 1, and was adopted as theme song by Team GB during their 2012 London Olympics campaign. Since his death, Heroes has been streamed 8.83 million times and notched up almost 50,000 downloads. 

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Life On Mars

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 in 2006. After his death, the song re-entered the Official Singles Chart at Number 16 and has been streamed 8.1 million times and downloaded 42,000 times in the last year.

Starman

Bowie's Starman was a Top 10 smash when it was first released in 1972 - his first hit since 1969's Space Oddity. It went on to become one of his signature songs and returned the Official Singles Chart at Number 18 after his death. Since then the track has notched up 6.86 million streams and 44,000 downloads. 

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Below are David Bowie's biggest songs since his death (based on sales and streams combined): 

1 HEROES DAVID BOWIE
2 LIFE ON MARS DAVID BOWIE
3 STARMAN DAVID BOWIE
4 LET'S DANCE DAVID BOWIE
5 UNDER PRESSURE QUEEN & DAVID BOWIE
6 SPACE ODDITY DAVID BOWIE
7 REBEL REBEL DAVID BOWIE
8 CHANGES DAVID BOWIE
9 LAZARUS DAVID BOWIE
10 ASHES TO ASHES DAVID BOWIE
11 ZIGGY STARDUST DAVID BOWIE
12 MODERN LOVE DAVID BOWIE
13 MOONAGE DAYDREAM DAVID BOWIE
14 CHINA GIRL DAVID BOWIE
15 BLACKSTAR DAVID BOWIE
16 THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD DAVID BOWIE
17 SOUND AND VISION DAVID BOWIE
18 THE JEAN GENIE DAVID BOWIE
19 YOUNG AMERICANS DAVID BOWIE
20 OH YOU PRETTY THINGS DAVID BOWIE

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Albums

As well as his singles, Bowie's albums flooded back into the Official Chart after his death, with a number of his classic works re-entering the Top 40 alongside new retrospectives - notching up over half a million sales in the week after his passing alone. 

The biggest of the last 12 months is, fittingly, his final studio album Blackstar. Released three days before his passing, the record has shifted 410,000 since and was the sixth biggest album of 2016. 330,000 of those were physical purchases (CD and vinyl) and 75,000 were downloads.

Behind Blackstar are three compilations; 2002's Best Of Bowie (which reached Number 1 soon after Blackstar), 2014's Nothing Has Changed and latest release Legacy, while his second biggest studio album of the past year is 1972's Hunky Dory.  

Below are David Bowie's 10 biggest albums since his death (based on sales and streams combined): 

1 BLACKSTAR DAVID BOWIE
2 BEST OF BOWIE DAVID BOWIE
3 NOTHING HAS CHANGED - THE VERY BEST OF DAVID BOWIE
4 LEGACY DAVID BOWIE
5 HUNKY DORY DAVID BOWIE
6 THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST DAVID BOWIE
7 ALADDIN SANE DAVID BOWIE
8 LOW DAVID BOWIE
9 THE NEXT DAY DAVID BOWIE
10 HEROES DAVID BOWIE

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Vinyl

Bowie has always been big on vinyl; and since his death fans have flocked to a number of his records, many of which have been re-issued or given a special release. 

Blackstar is his top selling album on black plastic, having sold 54,000 since his death and was also the biggest selling vinyl album of 2016. Behind that is The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust, which shifted 17,000 on vinyl. 

David Bowie's Top 10 biggest selling vinyl albums since his death are: 

1 BLACKSTAR DAVID BOWIE
2 THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST DAVID BOWIE
3 HUNKY DORY DAVID BOWIE
4 NOTHING HAS CHANGED - THE VERY BEST OF DAVID BOWIE
5 CHANGESONEBOWIE DAVID BOWIE
6 ALADDIN SANE DAVID BOWIE
7 THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD DAVID BOWIE
8 BOWIE AT THE BEEB DAVID BOWIE
9 THE NEXT DAY DAVID BOWIE
10 SPACE ODDITY DAVID BOWIE

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When it comes to vinyl singles, a limited edition 7" picture disc of his track TVC 15 comes out on top with 3,500 sales. The disc was released in support of last year's Record Store Day and topped that week's Official Record Store Chart. Following that is his 1975 single Golden Years, which logged three weeks at Number 1 on the Official Vinyl Singles Chart last January/February. 

David Bowie's Top 10 biggest selling vinyl singles since his death are:

1 TVC 15 DAVID BOWIE
2 GOLDEN YEARS DAVID BOWIE
3 SPACE ODDITY DAVID BOWIE
4 FAME DAVID BOWIE
5 SUE (OR IN A SEASON OF CRIME) DAVID BOWIE
6 YOUNG AMERICANS DAVID BOWIE
7 KNOCK ON WOOD DAVID BOWIE
8 LOVE IS LOST DAVID BOWIE
9 ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS/CHINA GIRL DAVID BOWIE
10 SORROW DAVID BOWIE

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Article image: Jimmy King

Look back at all of David Bowie's iconic album artworks below:

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2016 - Blackstar