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David Bowie’s Official Top 40 Biggest Selling Downloads revealed!

09/03/2013

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David Bowie’s Official Top 40 Biggest Selling Downloads revealed!

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To celebrate the release of David Bowie’s new album, The Next Day, OfficialCharts.com reveal his Top 40 most downloaded tracks of all time.

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!

The early years

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.

An Official Chart star is born

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.

Scary Numbers (And Super Hits)

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)

Diamond Downloads

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!

David Bowie’s Official Top 40 Biggest Selling Downloads

1 LIFE ON MARS
2 UNDER PRESSURE (WITH QUEEN)
3 HEROES
4 LET'S DANCE
5 SPACE ODDITY
6 STARMAN
7 ASHES TO ASHES
8 CHANGES
9 WHERE ARE WE NOW
10 REBEL REBEL
11 PEACE ON EARTH/LITTLE DRUMMER BOY (WITH BING CROSBY)
12 THE JEAN GENIE
13 MODERN LOVE
14 CHINA GIRL
15 ZIGGY STARDUST
16 ALL THE YOUNG DUDES
17 DANCING IN THE STREET (WITH MICK JAGGER)
18 MAGIC DANCE E.P.
19 GOLDEN YEARS 
20 SOUND AND VISION REMIX EP
21 THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD
22 YOUNG AMERICANS
23 ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS
24 SUFFRAGETTE CITY
25 OH YOU PRETTY THINGS
26 SORROW
27 QUEEN BITCH
28 LIFE ON MARS/WAKE UP/FIVE YEARS (WITH ARCADE FIRE)
29 THE LAUGHING GNOME
30 CAT PEOPLE (PUTTING OUT FIRE)
31 FASHION
32 FAME '90 E.P.
33 AS THE WORLD FALLS DOWN
34 JOHN I'M ONLY DANCING
35 WILD IS THE WIND
36 FIVE YEARS
37 ROCK N ROLL SUICIDE
38 KOOKS
39 MOONAGE DAYDREAM
40 DRIVE IN SATURDAY

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