David Bowie reinvented his music, image, and identity with every album. Doing justice to every phase in his career would require a several volume biography. But here's a taste of each major moment in his career, one song at a time. Listen here: http://bit.ly/1Q0qpJc
  1. "Please, Mr. Gravedigger" – potent foreshadowing of the obsessive, genre-rich work to come.
  2. "Space Oddity" – the song introduced the themes that made Bowie the artist we know today.
  3. "The Man Who Sold the World" – a hard-rock album tinged with dark themes, from war to madness to Cthulhu.
  4. "Changes" – if "Space Oddity" was Bowie's breakout single, 1971's Hunky Dory was his breakout album.
  5. "Five Years" – it made him a leading, if not the leading, figure in the rise of glam rock as a genre, using sci-fi tropes and pageantry to undermine the macho rock star culture of artists who came before.
  6. "The Jean Genie" – It's as fun as Ziggy but more dangerous and jaded too.
  7. "Rebel Rebel" – It's a fitting goodbye to the first major epoch of Bowie's career and transition to his experiments with soul and Krautrock in the rest of the '70s.
  8. "Young Americans" – it's still one of the best, most purely joyful songs of his career.
  9. "Station to Station" – While some of the riffs and chord structures wouldn't feel out of place during Bowie's glam period, the songs are longer (the title track is about 10 minutes), and the instrumentation and structure owes a lot to Neu!, Can, and other German Krautrock bands.
  10. "Breaking Glass" – It's less than two minutes of pure anxiety, channeled through a dominant lead guitar part, an unnervingly loose bass line, and stream-of-consciousness lyrics.
  11. "Heroes" – the closest thing to a traditional pop song to come out of the Berlin trilogy. A love song between a West Berliner and East Berliner, the track had an unusual amount of political significance.
  12. "Ashes to Ashes" – it resurrects the Major Tom character from "Space Oddity" and borrows both sonically and in its popular music video from new wave acts. But it turns Tom into a "junkie" who's "strung out in heaven's high." Bowie borrowed from his past, but twisted it for his own purposes.
  13. "Modern Love" – with the 1983 album Let's Dance, Bowie became something he hadn't really been during his 16-year career to date: a bona fide American pop star.