NME Awards 2016, Brixton

I bought some tickets for the cheap seats upstairs for the NME awards. Coldplay picked up the Godlike Genius award and played a short set. There was also a song from Foals, a tribute to David Bowie, an appearance from Yoko Ono – and the singer from Bring Me The Horizon ended up standing on some tables.

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Farewell spaceboy: My top 15 David Bowie songs

I heard the news today, oh boy…

It really was a ‘what did he just say?’ moment listening to the radio this morning. Bowie had looked frail in his most recent music videos, but many had assumed it was all part of another act, fitting the concept of the eerie new record. On reflection it’s obvious that Blackstar was his parting gift.

Coming from a Bowie-mad household, I didn’t have much choice over getting to know his music. Below is a rough list of my favourite songs from his remarkable career. Many are from the second half of Bowie’s career, during periods perhaps less beloved by critics and fans.

Life on Mars? (Hunky Dory, 1971)

John, I’m Only Dancing (single, 1972)

Starman (The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, 1972)

Panic in Detroit (Aladdin Sane, 1973)

Rebel Rebel (Diamond Dogs, 1974)

Sound and Vision (Low, 1977)

Under Pressure (single, 1981, with Queen)

Criminal World (Let’s Dance, 1983, originally recorded by Metro)

Time Will Crawl (Never Let Me Down, 1987)

Don’t Let Me Down and Down (Black Tie White Noise, 1993)

Hallo Spaceboy (Outside, 1995, featuring Pet Shop Boys)

Little Wonder (Earthling, 1997)

Thursday’s Child (‘Hours…’, 1999)

Everyone Says “Hi” (Heathen, 2002)

New Killer Star (Reality, 2003)

You Feel So Lonely You Could Die (The Next Day, 2013)