David Bowie Playlist

It took three weeks, about nine different versions of the playlist, a lot of listening and re-sequencing, but I finally arrived at a playlist of David Bowie songs that I am very happy with. This is by no means meant to be all-encompassing, and I intentionally sequenced in a non-chronological order. The overwhelming takeaway for me is, whether it was recorded in 1972 or 2015, Bowie makes it all unified and it ‘makes sense.’ I did not intend for it to be three separate volumes, but after hearing the full playlist a few times, it works as a whole and I can see three separate sections.

Three weeks ago tonight, while we were all at once mourning and celebrating Bowie, my friend Chris posted on Facebook that it would take someone three days and change to listen to the entire David Bowie catalog. Well, I’ve distilled that down to 46 songs and three hours and 16 minutes, and rest assured, his version of “Dancing in the Streets” is not included.
So, here is my playlist, in tribute to someone I still can’t believe is gone.
All versions are studio original album versions unless otherwise noted.

Remembering Bowie – The Mix

Volume One
Watch That Man
Ziggy Stardust
Life on Mars?
Rebel Rebel
Ashes to Ashes [Single Version]
The Man Who Sold the World
Under Pressure (w/Queen)
Everyone Says ‘Hi’
Drive-In Saturday
Modern Love
Five Years
Panic in Detroit
I’m Afraid of Americans (Live 2003)
Moonage Daydream (Live 1973)

Volume Two
The Jean Genie
Let’s Dance
The Prettiest Star
Young Americans (Single Version)
Diamond Dogs
Absolute Beginners (Single Version)
Fantastic Voyage
Space Oddity
The Stars (Are Out Tonight)
Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud

Volume Three
Valentine’s Day
Sound and Vision
Oh! You Pretty Things
Queen Bitch
Boys Keep Swinging
Cat People (Putting Out Fires)
Lady Stardust
China Girl
Eight Line Poem
Suffragette City
John, I’m Only Dancing
Cracked Actor
Breaking Glass
Where Are We Now?
Farewell Speech/Rock ‘N’ Roll Suicide (Live 1973)