By Daniel Lane
As David Bowie gears up to release his 24th studio album, The Next Day, on Monday, we look back at his incredible chart career by counting down his most downloaded tracks of all-time - The Official David Bowie Digital Top 40!
Born David Jones in Brixton, London on January 8, 1947, Bowie released his first single, Liza Jane, in 1964 under the stage name Davie Jones with his then band, The King Bees. He reportedly quit The King Bees a month later to join the Manish Boys, leaving them after the release of their single I Pity The Fool, in 1965.
He released two further singles - 1965’s You’ve Got A Habit Of Leaving and 1966’s Can’t Help Thinking About Me with The Lower Third - before changing his name to David Bowie later that year after another Davy Jones made his Official Singles Chart debut at Number 23 with Last Train to Clarksville as part of The Monkees.
Bowie went on to release five more singles – 1966’s Do Anything You Say, I Dig Everything and Rubber Band, and 1967’s The Laughing Gnome and Love You Till Tuesday – and four albums, two eponymous releases (1967 and 1969), 1970's The Man Who Sold The World and 1971's Hunky Dory, all of which, like his previous singles, failed to chart at the time.
His next single, Space Oddity, which was released in June, 1969 to coincide with the Apollo 11 moon landing, gave Bowie his first taste of chart success, peaking at Number 5 in the Official Singles Chart after the track was used by the BBC in their coverage. However it would be a further three years and seven more singles before Bowie would grace the charts again.
Bowie’s next musical project would be The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars - a concept album about an earthly messenger sent by an extra-terrestrial power to save the youth of planet Earth. Taking the alter ego of Ziggy Stardust, Bowie’s 1972 single, Starman, peaked at Number 10 on the Official Singles Chart in June of that year, kick-starting a career that has now spanned nearly half a century, and has seen Bowie adapt like a chameleon to the ever-changing musical landscape.
Official Top 40 singles: 63
Official Number 1 singles: 5 (Space Oddity, Ashes To Ashes, Under Pressure, Let’s Dance, and Dancing In The Street)
Official Number 1 albums: 8
All-time biggest selling UK single: Let’s Dance (Estimated sales 839,000)
All-time biggest selling UK album: The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (Estimated sale 1.5 million)
David Bowie is undeniably a chart legend who has evolved throughout chart history, BUT which of Bowie’s classics have delivered the goods in the new-fangled digital era? Let's have a look at David Bowie’s Official Top 40 Biggest Selling Downloads!
|1||LIFE ON MARS|
|2||UNDER PRESSURE (WITH QUEEN)|
|7||ASHES TO ASHES|
|9||WHERE ARE WE NOW|
|11||PEACE ON EARTH/LITTLE DRUMMER BOY (WITH BING CROSBY)|
|12||THE JEAN GENIE|
|16||ALL THE YOUNG DUDES|
|17||DANCING IN THE STREET (WITH MICK JAGGER)|
|18||MAGIC DANCE E.P.|
|20||SOUND AND VISION REMIX EP|
|21||THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD|
|25||OH YOU PRETTY THINGS|
|28||LIFE ON MARS/WAKE UP/FIVE YEARS (WITH ARCADE FIRE)|
|29||THE LAUGHING GNOME|
|30||CAT PEOPLE (PUTTING OUT FIRE)|
|32||FAME '90 E.P.|
|33||AS THE WORLD FALLS DOWN|
|34||JOHN I'M ONLY DANCING|
|35||WILD IS THE WIND|
|37||ROCK N ROLL SUICIDE|
|40||DRIVE IN SATURDAY|
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