There was always something special about the Starman, David Bowie. A unique individual in every way, what is often forgotten amid the rock and roll revelry, chameleonic costuming, and utterly captivating rhetoric is that he was an undeniably brilliant songwriter too. Across an alarmingly good array of albums, Bowie delivered in spades a plethora of songs that were enchanting and entertaining in equal measure.
More than most artists, David Bowie gave himself over to his art from the beginning of his career. Now, we’re not saying that he was always good at it, his debut record landed like a proverbial sack of potatoes on a newly polished floor, but the singer certainly committed. It’s a determination that can be heard across the entirety of this impressive playlist chronicling the career of David Bowie.
From David Bowie in 1967 to Live from the Kit Kat Club released in 2021, five years after Bowie’s death, the power of the Thin White Duke has never subsided. His craft and potency came not only from his performances and his show-stopping looks but his expert songwriting that took the avant-garde artistry of the Beat poets and flecked it with the rock and roll sneer only an alien lifeform could bring. With that said, he did know his way around a show too.
In our playlist below, we not only have his 27 studio albums, including Heroes, Sound and Vision, Hunky Dory, Ziggy Stardust, Blackstar and plenty more, but also a range of incredible live albums too. As well as his latest release from the Kit Kat Club, nestled within the playlist is also his world-famous Glastonbury set from 2000, in which he treated those at Worthy Farm to an unforgettable night.
As a musician and a writer, Bowie is largely unparalleled. His continuous pursuit of creative evolution has become a marker of his life both within and outside the music industry. It’s something that can be seen across all of his albums as he always intends to push himself forward. Considering he once said, “I’m just an individual who doesn’t feel that I need to have somebody qualify my work in any particular way. I’m working for me,” it all makes sense.
Across 543 tracks, we see that evolution play out in front of us. There may be moments when your finger hovers over the skip or shuffle button, but we implore you to take a second to think about that. To skip a song or shuffle the list is to rewrite a historical ale that music will likely never offer again.
Many artists have been around for the five decades Bowie ruled pop music. Still, nobody has challenged themselves more rigorously, proved themselves more astutely, or pursued perfect artistry with as much gusto as David Bowie.
Listen to the chronicle of his impressive career via the 543-track playlist found below.