David Bowie; A True British Ledgend


As the nation woke up on Monday 11th January, many of us were shocked to hear the news that David Bowie has died peacefully after an 18 month battle with cancer. A man of true professionalism to the end, one of the most renowned artistic pioneers of the 20th Century, his dedication to music, art and fashion has spanned over 50 years. He kept his illness out of the public eye and on Friday 8th January, just days before he was to leave this planet, he released his latest and what was to be his last album, Blackstar, on his 69th birthday.

THE SOUND TRACK TO OUR YOUTH… Here at Women UK HQ, like many people, we are devastated to hear of David’s death and can relate a David Bowie track to almost every poignant milestone whilst growing up in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.

To commemorate the life and works of David Bowie (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), music licensing company PPL has released an official chart of the Most Played David Bowie Tracks of the 21st Century. Aggregated using PPL’s exclusive UK airplay data, the chart collates those Bowie tracks which have been played in public and broadcast on TV and radio since the year 2000.

Let’s Dance, David Bowie’s 1983 release, produced by Nile Rogers, tops the chart. Timeless classics also features in the top twenty  PPL Most Played David Bowie Tracks of the 21st Century chart include, Under Pressure (Bowie’s hit duet with British rock band Queen) at number two, and Starman (the inaugural story of persona Ziggy Stardust), at number three.

David Bowie’s top 20 most played tracks span three decades of recordings with the earliest, Space Oddity, released in 1969, appearing in the chart at number seven, and Absolute Beginners, released in 1986, at number 19. Over the course of the 21st Century, David Bowie received over 360 million seconds of radio and TV airplay in the UK.

PPL Most Played David Bowie Tracks of the 21st Century:

1. Let’s Dance, David Bowie

2. Under Pressure, David Bowie and Queen

3. Starman, David Bowie

4. Ashes to Ashes, David Bowie

5. Rebel Rebel, David Bowie

6. Space Oddity, David Bowie

7. Life on Mars?, David Bowie

8. Changes, David Bowie

9. The Jean Genie, David Bowie

10. China Girl, David Bowie

11. Heroes, David Bowie

12. Modern Love, David Bowie

13. Young Americans, David Bowie

14. Golden Years, David Bowie

15. Sound and Vision, David Bowie

16. Fashion, David Bowie

17. Sorrow, David Bowie

18. Dancing in the Street, David Bowie and Mick Jagger

19. Absolute Beginners, David Bowie

20. Ziggy Stardust, David Bowie

Aggregated using exclusive UK airplay data from music licensing company PPL 

We hope you will join us in working your way through the above list and taking time to remember where you were, what you were doing and how these songs impacted on you at that time.

By Mike Waters

By Mike Waters

For more information on PPL, please visit their website: http://www.ppluk.com/


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