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David Bowie: The Decades

It's been a year since we lost David Bowie and with the passage of time, that news begins to sink in.

But what will always be difficult to comprehend is the sheer quantity and variance of the Thin White Duke’s back catalogue.

Often referred to as the rock 'n' roll chameleon, when you look back at the velocity of change in his music, for those who weren't around, it's easy to presume he altered to fit the time.

You only have to listen to his sound in the 90s to take this inaccurate view.

The truth is, it was Bowie who set the sound, set the style, set the tone.

He was a tuning fork for cultural circumstance. 

We take a look over the decades at Bowie's best, most iconic work. 


1960s-1970s

The decade that made Bowie a superstar.

  • Space Oddity (1969)

    Peak chart position: 5

    Weeks in chart: 14

  • Starman (1972)

    Peak chart position: 10

    Weeks in chart: 11

  • The Jean Genie (1972)

    Peak chart position: 2

    Weeks in chart: 13

  • Drive-In Saturday (1973)

    Peak chart position: 3

    Weeks in chart: 10

  • Life on Mars (1973)

    Peak chart position: 3

    Weeks in chart: 18

  • The Laughing Gnome (1973)

    Peak chart position: 6

    Weeks in chart: 12

  • Sorrow (1973)

    Peak chart position: 3

    Weeks in chart: 15

  • Rebel Rebel (1974)

    Peak chart position: 5

    Weeks in chart: 7

  • Knock on Wood (1974)

    Peak chart position: 10

    Weeks in chart: 6

  • Young Americans (1975)

    Peak chart position: 18

    Weeks in chart; 7

  • Fame (1975)

    Peak chart position: 17

    Weeks in chart: 8

  • Golden Years (1975)

    Peak chart position: 8

    Weeks in chart: 10

  • Sound and Vision (1994)

    Peak chart position: 3

    Weeks in chart: 11

  • Heroes (1977)

    Peak chart position: 12

    Weeks in chart: 11

  • Boys Keep Swinging (1979)

    Peak chart position: 7

    Weeks in chart: 10


1980s

Reinventing himself for the MTV generation.

  • Ashes to Ashes (1980)

    Peak chart position: 1

    Weeks in chart: 10

  • Fashion (1980)

    Peak chart position: 5

    Weeks in chart: 12

  • Under Pressure (1981)

    Peak chart position: 1

    Weeks in chart: 11

  • Let's Dance (1983)

    Peak chart position: 1

    Weeks in chart: 18

  • Modern Love (1983)

    Peak chart position: 2

    Weeks in chart: 8

  • China Girl (1983)

    Peak chart position: 2

    Weeks in chart: 8

  • Blue Jean (1984)

    Peak chart position: 6

    Weeks in chart: 9

  • Absolute Beginners (1986)

    Peak chart position: 2

    Weeks in chart: 9


1990s

Born again, again.

  • Jump They Say (1993)

    Peak chart position: 9

    Weeks in chart: 6

  • Hallo Spaceboy (1996)

    Peak chart position: 12

    Weeks in chart: 4

  • Thursday's Child (1999)

    Peak chart position: 16

    Weeks in chart: 5


2000s

Thoughtful, poignant, sad.

  • Everyone Says Hi (2002)

    Peak chart position: 20

    Weeks in chart: 3

  • Where Are We Now? (2013)

    Peak chart position: 6

    Weeks in chart: 2

  • Lazarus (2016)

    Peak chart position: 45

    Weeks in chart: 2