Ranking David Bowie’s British top 40 singles

I had no idea Bowie scored so many top forties in England after “Jump They Say,” a single I love more than most.

The Hague

China Girl
Day-In Day-Out
Dancing in the Street (with Mick Jagger)
Fame’ 90


You Belong in Rock ‘n’ Roll
Thursday’s Child
Cat People (Putting Out Fire)
Knock on Wood
Never Let Me Down
Black Tie White Noise (with Al B. Sure!)
Everyone Says ‘Hi’
Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy (w/Bing Crosby)
The Laughing Gnome

Sound, Solid Entertainments

Under Pressure (w/Queen)
Up the Hill Backwards
Absolute Beginners
The Hearts Filthy Lesson
This is Not America (w/Pat Metheny)
Hallo Spaceboy (with Pet Shop Boys)
Dead Man Walking
The Buddha of Suburbia
Let’s Dance
Where Are We Now?
Blue Jean
Miracle Goodnight
Little Wonder
Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide
John, I’m Only Dancing
Alabama Song
Time Will Crawl

Good to Great

Golden Years
Sound and Vision
Drive-In Saturday
TVC 15
Rebel Rebel
Boys Keep Swinging
The Jean Genie
Diamond Dogs
Modern Love
Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)
Beauty and the Beast
Ashes to Ashes
Strangers When We Meet
Jump They Say
Space Oddity

2 thoughts on “Ranking David Bowie’s British top 40 singles

  1. Christopher R Pennington

    Let’s Dance should be higher because it actually makes me want to dance every time I hear it.

  2. Jukebox

    “Ubder Pressure” belongs in upper echelon to me as “Up the Hill Backwards”- If one can grasp it. Give me timpani to puntuacte every last verse! But I’d possibly will add the Tom Verlain collab. I’ve yet to see. Love Scary Monsters!


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