If anyone could have been a hero for one day, it was David Bowie. After battling cancer for 18 months over a year or so ago, the rock and roll icon died peacefully in his sleep last January, setting the world into a shock.
To say that David Bowie was a rock star would be an understatement. No other artist embodied each decade in such excess, fashion and vigor as Bowie did. Glam rock, post-punk, blue-eyed soul and even drum and bass; he did it all.
Since we've been blasting his music a lot lately, we figured it'd only be best to take a look at some of his top moments performances—which is what he was the absolute best at.
Without further ado, here are 10 of the best David Bowie moments of all time.
David Bowie played Jareth the Goblin King in the much-loved Jim Henson creature feature of 1986. His acting and hairdo was a bit ropey, but Bowie wrote some of the best songs in the film. If you don’t like Dance Magic Dance, your heart must be made of stone.
Live Aid 1985
David Bowie played his swansong, Heroes, to an estimated audience of 1.9 billion, across 150 nations.
The Man Who Fell To Earth
Nicolas Roeg’s 1976 dark tale of a humanoid alien exploring Earth’s cultures and values could only be played by the androgynous Bowie. A must watch for fans.
Little Drummer Boy
Bing Crosby and David Bowie: probably the most unlikely duo ever, but it worked.
In Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s BBC comedy, Extras, Bowie showed he has great comedy timing, with his scene-stealing song Chubby Little Loser.
The outrageous clothes and lightning make-up of Ziggy Stardust propelled Bowie into global superstardom.
Bowie roped in Chic legend and guitarist Nile Rodgers to produce this era-defining masterpiece.
First TV performance
Bowie’s first TV performance was his teenage space-angst melodrama Space Oddity. It would firmly establish Bowie as the pioneer of glam rock. The rest is history.
David Bowie - Blackstar
Released just days before his death, Bowie’s final, critically-acclaimed album was typical of an untypical career - proving, even in the end, he was an artist who would always push himself to the limits.
Freddie Mercury & David Bowie - Under Pressure
What happens when two icons flex their vocal muscles? Under Pressure, is what happens.
David Bowie - Tokyo 12/12/1978
Bowie’s live performances were the stuff of legend - this 1978 Low era performance is no exception.