Pretty much every hit song of David Bowie since 1969 is featured in Best Of Bowie, released October 2002 Best Of Bowie reached the no.1 spot in U.K album charts on the second week of January 2016, after his untimely death.
Best Of Bowie is every music collectors dream come true as it had Bowie's earlier hits including "Space Oddity" a track released in conjunction with Apollo 11's space mission.
"Space Oddity" did not get the much needed initial impulse inspite of being a 'timed release' for Apollo 11's space mission.
Since BBC was the only major broadcaster who ruled both the radio and television bandwidths, they decided not to promote this album until Apollo 11 landed safely back on earth.
Had Apollo 11's space mission been a fiasco, "Space Oddity" would have been lost in space with no promotion or air play from BBC.
The song did peak at the no.5 spot on the eve of Apollo 11's successful space mission.
This album also includes "Suffragette City", "Ziggy Stardust" included in best 500 songs of all time by the Rolling Stones magazine,from Bowie's 1972 album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust.
Unlike Beatles who disbanded in 1970, David Bowie went from strength to strength adapting himself to the trend and fashion of the ever changing music industry of 70s, 80s and 90s.
Even though Bowie was a bit tamed in the 70s, the advent of the television set and MTV made sure Bowie rocked the charts in the early 80s.
His 1981 hit "Under Pressure" along with the Queen became Bowie's 3rd no.1 hit in the U.K charts.
Bowie was reluctant to play "Under Pressure" in any of his live performances till 1992, a few years after Queen's lead singer Freddie Mercury passed away.
Since he felt it was Freddie and his boys from the Queen who had written and composed "Under Pressure" and was morally obliged to not sing it,in his concerts.
And for the all the good he has done, the best was yet to come for the ever flamboyant David Bowie.1983,the year David Bowie rocked the charts along with Michael Jackson.
Known for his resentment towards racism and oppression (reason he converted to Buddhism),Bowie released "Let's Dance" from the 1983 album Let's Dance, a song with a message against racism, shot entirely in New South Wales, Australia with a theme based on an Aboriginal couple in the modern day Australia.
"Let's Dance" topped the charts all over the world, peaking at the no.1 position in U.K, U.S.A and New Zealand.However, this would be Bowie's last no.1 hit in the U.S charts.
Let's Dance was the 2nd fastest selling album of 1983 after Michael Jackson's Thriller, selling 1.4 million copies in the U.S, in it's first quarter of release.
"China Girl" a single originally written by American singer Iggy Pop (James Osterberg, Jr) was re-mastered and released under Bowie's 1983 album Let's Dance.
The theme for "China Girl" was based on the real life love story of Iggy Pop with a Vietnamese model and is a firm message against racism.
The single entered the top 10 chart position in most of the countries but was unable to top the charts in any major market, thanks to a resurgent Sting and his band Police.
Track Listing -
1. Space Oddity
3. Suffragette City
4. Ziggy Stardust
5. The Jean Genie
9. Golden Years
11.Ashes To Ashes
18.Dancing In The Street
19.This Is Not America
20.I'm Afraid Of Americans