David Bowie has died, but the rock and roll icon will live forever in the hearts of his fans – and in his unforgettable music videos. From ‘Space Oddity’ to ‘Lazarus,’ David has appeared in some groundbreaking clips, so click to see a collection of his best!
It’s hard to believe that David Bowie is dead, but one of music’s most beloved talents passed away on Jan. 10. However, the voice behind hits like “Heroes” and “Changes” will always remain young and alive in his music videos, and fans everywhere can celebrate his life and legacy by watching him on film.
David’s life came to a sad end after an 18-month battle with cancer, according to a statement released on his official social media accounts. David tragically died just days after he turned 69 on Jan. 08, the same day he released his final album, Blackstar. Celebrate David’s career by listening to his albums after signing up to stream music, completely unlimited and add free, on Amazon.
1. David Bowie, “Space Oddity”
David’s career spanned over five decades and many consider his breakthrough to be his song “Space Oddity.” He recorded two videos for the single: The first version, released in 1969, featured a far less fashionable version of David floating in space. Three years later, David recorded a new video that introduced the world to the David they’d come to know and love.
2. David Bowie, “Life On Mars?”
From David’s Hunky Dory album, the song “Life On Mars?” experienced a revival when Jessica Lange performed a version of it on the first episode of American Horror Story: Freak Show. She even wore a similar baby-blue suit as David’s.
3. David Bowie, “Rebel Rebel”
Though “Rebel Rebel” was originally written for a musical about his Ziggy Stardust character, David included this song in his critically acclaimed album, Diamond Dogs. This would be David’s farewell to the glam movement he helped create in the 1970s.
4. David Bowie, “Ashes To Ashes”
In one of his most bizarre and experimental videos, David brought back the “Major Tom” character from “Space Oddity.” A No. 1 hit from his Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) album, the £250,000 music video was once considered the most expensive one ever made.
5. David Bowie, “Modern Love”
David said his song, “Modern Love,” from his Let’s Dance album, was inspired by one of his idols, Little Richard. Though the video was relatively tame compared to others in his videography, it captured how David remained a style icon as well as music trailblazer.
6. David Bowie, “Fashion”
Also from Let’s Dance, David’s “Fashion” video played with gender ideals and notions. The song and video also poked fun at “the banality of the dance-floor,” according the biographer David Buckley, “and the “style fascists” of the New Romantic movement.
7. David Bowie, “Lazarus”
David’s final video was for the song “Lazarus,” off his final album. It’s an eerie video showing a bedridden David dealing with his own mortality. Fans now know that David had cancer while shooting this, making it even more heartbreaking to watch.
David’s death was mourned by celebrities across the music world. Kanye West called him an “important inspiration,” while Harry Styles paid tribute to a man he considered “an icon.” Madonna said she was “lucky to have met” him, while Billy Idol said he was brought to tears by the news.
Which one of David’s music videos is your favorite, HollywoodLifers?