Despite departing this mortal coil nearly two years ago David Bowie is still breaking records. He recently reached his billionth stream on Spotify. That is not the highest by any artist, I know that Drake has had more than ten billion streams of his songs. Ed Sheerhan’s “Shape Of You” has had more than a billion streams in its own right. But nonetheless a billion streams is a great achievement in my opinion. The top ten Bowie songs streamed on Spotify completely bypass anything released after 1983. The sixties has one entry, the eighties has two and the seventies a mighty seven.
In terms of albums represented by these ten songs, in reverse order it is;
Space Oddity (a.k.a. David Bowie) 1 track, Diamond Dogs (1 track), Heroes (1 track), Let’s Dance (2 tracks), Hunky Dory (2 tracks) and Ziggy Stardust (3 tracks)
The magnificent, late, great Mick Ronson was also a part of the original studio recordings of five of these tracks too.
- Let’s Dance (One of only two on this list to reach number one in the UK)
- Space Oddity (the second of two on this list to reach number one in the UK. But only after it was reissued in 1975)
- Life On Mars
- Rebel Rebel
- Moonage Daydream (Never released as a single in the UK)
- Ziggy Stardust
- Modern Love