Illustrating David Bowie’s Song Lyrics

Yesterday, in my Alfred Hitchcock paintings post I mentionned that I had also made some David Bowie’s paintings. Yes, you might have seen some of them if you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, but I thought I would also share them on my blog for more people to enjoy them. These are not David Bowie’s portraits, but little paintings illustrating some of my favourite song lyrics. These are made in the same style as my Hitchcock’s paintings. I did those paintings this summer and was just passionated about it. And it’s also a very relaxing activity. For once in my life, I enjoyed doing visual art or, should I say, actually LIKED what I was doing. Perhaps because I find my own style, my own personal touch. My mother told me it made her thing of Keith Harring paintings. I think I know what she means. I’ll let you be the judge of that!

Yes, this is not directly connected to movies, but, appart from classic films, David Bowie is another thing (person) I am crazy about. And, after all, the man did star in some films!

At the end of this post, I’ve included a list of the songs I’ve illustrated and linked them to youtube. If you are not too familiar with Bowie, this is maybe a way for you to discover him! ūüôā

Ok, here we go!

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“And the papers want to know whose shirts you wear” (David Bowie, Space Oddity) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“With the man who sold the world” (David Bowie, The Man Who Sold the World)- Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“And the rumour spread that I was aging fast” (David Bowie, The Width of a Circle)- Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“If our love song could fly over mountains” (David Bowie, Absolute Beginners)- Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“I’ve made some breakfast and coffee” (David Bowie, Oh! You Pretty Thing) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“If you should fall into my arms and tremble like a flower” (David Bowie, Let’s Dance) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“As long as you’re still smiling, there’s nothing more I need” (David Bowie, Absolute Beginners) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“As long as we’re together, the rest can go to hell” (David Bowie, Absolute Beginners) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“I, I will be king and you, you will be queen” (David Bowie, Heroes) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“Yes we’re lovers” (David Bowie, Heroes) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“You are not a victim. You just scream with boredom” (David Bowie, Time) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“I’ll see you in the sky tonight” (David Bowie, Tonight) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“Time. He’s waiting in the wings” (David Bowie, Time) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“Burning up each others’ love” (David Bowie, Miracle Goodnight) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“I laughed and shook his hand” (David Bowie, The Man Who Sold the World) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“I wish I was a sailor, a thousand miles from here” (David Bowie, Miracle Goodnight) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“And your prayers they break the sky in two” (David Bowie, Loving the Alien) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“Loving the alien” (David Bowie, Loving the Alien) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“But the film is a saddening bore” (David Bowie, Life On Mars?) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“Sailors fighting in the dancehall” (David Bowie, Life On Mars?) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“Watch that man!” (David Bowie, Watch That Man) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“We met upon a hill” (David Bowie, She Shook Me Cold) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“The Halloween Jack is a real cool cat” (David Bowie, Diamond Dogs) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“Make me jump into the air” (David Bowie, Moonage Daydream) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“I’m an alligator” (David Bowie, Moonage Daydream) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“Blue blue, electric blue” (David Bowie, Sound and Vision) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“We want you Big Brother” (David Bowie, Big Brother) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“Something in the night, something in the day” (David Bowie, Beauty and the Beast) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“We know Major Tom’s a junky” (David Bowie, Ashes to Ashes) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“I’m lying in the rain” (David Bowie, Modern Love) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“Need an axe to break the ice” (David Bowie, Ashes to Ashes) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“Give me some good old lobotomy” (David Bowie, All the Madmen) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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” The virgin king” (David Bowie, We Are the Dead) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“I will break my arm. I will do me harm” (David Bowie, All the Madmen) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“Just to touch the flaming dove” (David Bowie, Soul Love) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“Fashion! Turn to the left! Fashion! Turn to the right! Ouuuuuu! Fashion!” (David Bowie, Fashion) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“There’s a brand new talk but it’s not very clear” (David Bowie, Fashion) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“Take your proteine pills and put your helmet on” (David Bowie, Space Oddity) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“Talking ’bout Monroe” (David Bowie,¬† The Jean Genie) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“In 1910 I was so handsome and strong. My mustache was stiffly waxed and one foot long” (David Bowie, Rubber Band) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“Looks a lot like Che Guevara” (David Bowie, Panic in Detroit) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“Some people are marching together and some on their own” (David Bowie, After All) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“Is it nice in your snowstorm” (David Bowie, Sweet Thing (Reprise) ) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“The jump in the river holding hands” (David Bowie, Candidate) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“I was stone and he was was” (David Bowie, Bewlay Brothers) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“It’s not the side effects of the cocaine. I’m thinking that it must be love” (David Bowie, Station to Station)
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“She got a ticket to nowhere” (David Bowie, Day-In, Day-Out) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“My heart’s a flame” (David Bowie, Love You ‘Till Tuesday) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“You read it in the tea leaves” (David Bowie, 1984) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“Johnny’s an American” (David Bowie, I’m Affraid of Americans) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“I am a DJ, I am what I play” (David Bowie, DJ) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“So I run across a monster who is sleeping by a three” (David Bowie, The Width of a Circle) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“We’re the spiders from Mars” (David Bowie, Hang on to Yourself) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“I’m a blackstar” (David Bowie, Blackstar) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“Just the beer light to guide us” (David Bowie, Ziggy Stardust) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“Day after day, they send my friends away to mansions cold and grey” (David Bowie, All the Madmen) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“I drew something awful on him” (David Bowie, Breaking Glass) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“Well, it ain’t that Barbie doll. Her hearts have been broken just like you” (David Bowie, Young Americans) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“When your a boy, you can wear an uniform” (David Bowie, Boys Keep Swinging) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“From station to station” (David Bowie, Station to Station) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“Uncle Arthur and his new bride” (David Bowie, Uncle Arthur) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“Don’t want to be a richer man” (David Bowie, Changes) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“The world will overpopulate” (David Bowie, We Are Hungry Men) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“I just met a girl named Blue Jean” (David Bowie, Blue Jean) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“Give me your hands ’cause you’re wonderful” (David Bowie, Rock ‘n Roll Suicide) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“Your minds are too green” (David Bowie, Saviour Machine) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“You’re a porcupine” (David Bowie, Cracked Actor) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“Baby, I’ve been breaking glass in your room again” (David Bowie, Breaking Glass) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“The return of the Thin White Duke throwing darts in lovers’ eyes” (David Bowie, Station to Station) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“Well, well, well, would you carry a razor just in case of depression?” (David Bowie, Young Americans) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“We had five years left to cry in” (David Bowie, Five Years) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“Put on your red shoes and dance the blues” (David Bowie, Let’s Dance) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“Under the moonlight, the serious moonlight” (David Bowie, Let’s Dance) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“Morning star you’re beautiful” (David Bowie, Miracle Goodnight) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“I saw my baby, she was turning blue” (David Bowie, Goodnight) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“Cold fire, you’ve got everything but cold fire” (David Bowie, The Prettiest Star) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“There’s a starman waiting in the sky” (David Bowie, Starman) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“Cried so much his face was wet” (David Bowie, Five Years) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“I’ll give you television, I’ll give you eyes of blue” (David Bowie, China Girl) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“Will you see that I’m scared and I’m lonely” (David Bowie, Sweet Thing) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“My word on a wing” (David Bowie, Word on a Wing) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost
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“She’s not sure if you’re a boy or a girl” (David Bowie, Rebel Rebel) – Artwork by ¬©Virginie Pronovost

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Here a list of the songs I illustrated ūüôā

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Do I intend to do more? Of course! There are some lyrics I’ve noted that I still haven’t illustrated and I’ve recently discovered more of his songs. So, these artistic activities aren’t about to be over!

You know, David himself was an artist and did some paintings. Before becoming a famous singer, he studied art!

Please don’t hesitate to tell me wich paintings are your favourite! ūüôā I would love that!

Hope you enjoyed!

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Top of the World: Celebrating Bernard Herrmann with 10 Wonderful Scores!

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Yesterday, the famous movie music composer Bernard Herrmann would have been 106 years old. He did not only share his brilliance in his collaborations with Alfred Hitchcock, but in all the movie scores he composed. It’s for that reason that he is a favourite among many cinephiles. He certainly was among those movie composers who perfectly knew how to musically illustrate the atmosphere of a film.

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I didn’t have time to “celebrate” him yesterday as I was working, but I thought I should honour him today with one of my traditional top lists! So, let me introduce you my 10 most favourite Bernard Herrmann scores! Of course, that was a most difficult exercise as he was a master of music. I had to change the order of my top many times.

Before continuing, remember that these are my personal favourite ones, so it’s purely subjective. You obviously can’t contest my personal tastes. ūüėČ

Ok, here we go!

10. Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)

Ah! How can we forget this haunting music regrouping strings only?! The shower scene is not the most “melodious” Bernard Hermann moment, but probably the one people will remember the most.

9. Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941)

As much as I’m not THAT much a fan of this film (despite the fact that it is considered the best movie of all times and blablabla), there are TWO things that I love enormously about it, one of them being the music (the other one being Joseph Cotten). I love how it is at the time very sinister or very joyful. Typical Herrmann!

 

8.The Man Who Knew Too Much (Alfred Hitchcock, 1956)

My favourite Hitchcock’s film! And certainly one of my favourite Bernard Herrmann scores! It’s so orchestral, I love it! You unfortunately won’t hear it in this clip, but, during the film, there are some notes that remind us a lot of Vertigo‘s score that Herrmann will compose two years later. Of course, we all remember Herrmann’s cameo in the film! ūüôā

 

7. Marnie (Alfred Hitchcock, 1964)

Without being Hitchcock’s best film, one can’t deny that this is among Herrmann’s best scores! Actually, it might be the best thing about this film. I absolutely love it.

 

6. Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)

When those notes start, you know you are in for something special! Somehow, I can always see Carlotta Valdes’s portrait when I hear this music or the famous dream sequence. A team work between Hitchcock and Hermann always creates prodigies! Another film that is considered “the best of all times” and, once again, Bernard Herrmann had the chance to be part of the team!

 

5. North by Northwest (Alfred Hitchcock, 1959)

As far as I can remember, North by Northwest has always been one of my very favourite music scores. It succeeds to so perfectly capture the attention of the viewers. Once again, one can perfectly visualize the film in his/her head while listening to this GREAT score!

 

4. Jane Eyre (Robert Stevenson, 1944)

I must be honest, I didn’t become familiar with that score until… well today. The reason is that I’ve seen the movie only once and quite a long time ago, so let’s say the music was not necessarily fresh in my memory! But when I was re-listening to some of the Herrmann scores, I discovered how great it was! I just can’t believe I haven’t took the time to listen to it more carefully before. It’s just ace! Somehow, I can visualize the movie in my head when I listen to it. It truly makes me want to watch it again! 4m14 – 4m30: this moment is absolutely terrifying, but great!

 

3. The Day the Earth Stood Still (Robert Wise, 1951)

That is THE sound of science-fiction! My favourite sci-fi film and very probably my favourite music score for a sci-fi film. In this score, we can hear both acoustic and electronic instruments, including two Theremins, which create those typical sounds from outer space.

 

2. Obsession (Brian de Palma, 1976)

It goes without saying, I am obsessed with this film score (ouuuu!). It’s just spellbinding. I especially love the first minutes of it. I can always see the scene where Cliff Robertson throws the suitcase with the money on the street or that unforgettable final scene… For a movie that is very similar to Vertigo, Bernard Herrmann was of course the ultimate choice for the music!

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  1. Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese, 1976)

Ah, the last and ultimate Bernard Herrman’s score! From Citizen Kane (his first movie music score) to Taxi Driver (his last), he proved to be an absolute musical master. Taxi Driver‘s music is so mesmerizing and fits perfectly the dark New-Yorkian atmosphere of the film. It sort of makes me want to take saxophone lessons!

Well, that’s it! I hope you enjoyed! Of course, don’t hesitate to share your personal favourites in the comment section!

Cheers to Herrmann!

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Top of the World: Remembering David Bowie with 15 Favourite Songs

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Already one year ago, on January 10, 2016, a musical legend, David Bowie passed away and left his fans in deep sorrow. He was an icon and a real source of inspiration. This¬†sad event is one that we aren’t completely ready to accept and that seemed to have happened¬†too suddenly. Unexpected deaths like this one are the most painful.

However, I’m strongly convinced that Bowie’s memory will never stop being¬†celebrated. Today, in his honour, I’m back with a top 15 of my favourite Bowie’s songs (already another top? Yes!) Plus, two days ago it was his birthday so that makes it a double occasion. There are moments like this when I allow myself to put movies aside and focus on a different cultural subject. (Yes, David Bowie did play in some films, but that’s another story).

This list is very subjective as these are my personal favourites. I ask you to please respect my choices. If a song you like isn’t part of¬†the top, it’s not because I don’t like it! It’s just not in my top 15.

I love Bowie, but I’m really not an expert. To tell you the sad truth, I discovered most of his songs after his death. (You know, stuff like that always happens). I think I knew 6 of them before. However, that doesn’t mean he wasn’t a favourite before his death, and I was one of those who couldn’t believe it. I’m telling you all this because this top mostly contains Bowie’s famous songs, which are the one I know the most. I’m not too familiar with his more obscure songs.

Well, enjoy the top now!

15. Changes (1971)

Seriously, how can we forget this refrain?

14. Let’s Dance (1983)

A perfect song to dance indeed.

13. Under Pressure (1982)

Davie Bowie and Freddy Mercury = priceless

12. Dancing in the Streets ( David Bowie and Mick Jagger’s version: 1985)

This song was originally written by¬†¬†William Stevenson,¬†Ivy Jo Hunter¬†et¬†Marvin Gaye and contains several different versions. Bowie/Jaggers’s one deserves credits for its video clip only.

11. The Man Who Sold the World (1970)

A “mysterious” song, that’s why I like it.

10. Modern Love (1983)

I know it sounds strange said like that, but I’ve always loved the musicality of this song

9. Rebel Rebel (1974)

Just for that lyric: “Hot tramp, I love you so! “

8. Suffragette City (1972)

Another unforgettable David Bowie’s song

7. Ziggy Stardust (1972)

Because I like the creativity of this song and Bowie’s very sexy voice in it.

(Seriously, his legs are amazing. And this live version is my favourite one)

6. The Jean Genie (1973)

This song has “swag”.

5. Golden Years (1975)

This proves that David was able to perform different styles of music and did them all well.

4. Starman (1972)

The first Bowie’s song I discovered. Used to be my #1 once, but it still has a special place in my heart.

3. Heroes (1977)

A powerful song and Bowie’s voice: OH MY GOD. The emotion.

2. Space Oddity (1969)

Bowie’s most iconic song. Always makes me think of my favourite Quebecker movie, C.R.A.Z.Y (Jean-Marc Vall√©e) in which the main character is a fan of Bowie and listens to this song in an iconic¬†scene.

The song was originally released in 1969, but my favourite version is the 1972’s re-release, also the most well-known version.

C.R.Z.Y’s scene, in case you are curious.

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  1. China Girl (1977)

Strangely, I used not to like this song very much. But now I love it and… it’s my favourite one. Once again, David Bowie’s voice is amazing and full of emotion, and a song that mentions Marlon Brando’s name is always a winner for me. ūüėČ

That was difficult and I’m still not a 100 % sure of¬†my order of preference. There are some I just love equally.

Anyway, I hope you like these ones too! Please don’t hesitate to share with me what are YOUR favourite David Bowie’s songs.

I watched Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars yesterday and discovered a bunch of other amazing songs in it, but as I’ve heard most of them only once (except those in the top) and because this article was already edited I will leave it as it is now. But a big shout out to this film and its songs!

David Bowie: the man is gone, but the legend will live forever. RIP

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