In 2008 David Bowie created a compilation which collected 12 of his most favoured songs from his extensive back catalogue.

Initially, the CD was billed as collection of personal favourites and was made available exclusively as a free gift with an edition of The Mail on Sunday. However, due to popular demand, the newspaper quickly sold out and the CD became a collectors item.

With Bowie’s US fans disappointed at their inability to get their hands on the record, Virgin/EMI released the CD in identical format to the one that appeared in The Mail on Sunday. The difference, however, was that it was released with a booklet which contained song-by-song comments which originally appeared in the newspaper. On top of that, the US and Canadian released was enclosed within a standard jewel case packaging.

In later years, 2015 to be specific, a limited edition red vinyl version was released to celebrate the opening of the exhibition David Bowie Is which showed at the Philharmonie de Paris in France.

The compilation became a big hit with fans because Bowie decided to avoid most of his most popular hits. In fact, Bowie only included three official singles; ‘Life on Mars?’, ‘Loving the Alien’ and ‘Time Will Crawl’. Furthermore, the latter was a remixed version by engineer Mario J. McNulty who featured several newly recorded parts.

Elsewhere Bowie chose to include the rarity ‘Some Are’, a song which became unavailable after he removed it from 11th studio album Low.

David Bowie’s favourite David Bowie songs:

1. ‘Life On Mars?’ (from the album Hunky Dory)
2. ‘Sweet Thing/Candidate/Sweet Thing’ (from the album Diamond Dogs)
3. ‘The Bewlay Brothers’ (from the album Hunky Dory)
4. ‘Lady Grinning Soul’ (from the album Aladdin Sane)
5. ‘Win’ (from the album Young Americans)
6. ‘Some Are’ (currently exclusive to this compilation)
7. ‘Teenage Wildlife’ (from the album Scary Monsters)
8. ‘Repetition’ (from the album Lodger)
9. ‘Fantastic Voyage’ (from the album Lodger)
10. ‘Loving The Alien’ (from the album Tonight)
11. ‘Time Will Crawl (MM Remix)’ (new remix by David Bowie)
12. ‘Hang On To Yourself [live]’ (from the album Live Santa Monica ’72)

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