When David Bowie died in 2016, he left behind a sprawling legacy of albums, characters, genres and films. Each of his 25 studio albums—heck, maybe even each of his hundreds of singles—could be said to have defined popular music in its own way. Here was an artist who couldn't help but pioneer, from his lush glam-rock beginnings right through to his final record, the harrowing and existential Blackstar.
This year would've been Bowie’s 75th birthday, so how better to mark the occasion than by compiling a list of his best songs? Narrowing down 10 top David Bowie songs, when there are quite literally hundreds worth your time, is a nearly impossible task—but we've had a go. Here are some crucial tunes to give you a solid taster of an exceptional artist.