The Singles Collection (David Bowie album)

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The Singles Collection
UK release cover
Compilation album by David Bowie
Released 16 November 1993
Recorded 1969–1993
Genre Rock, glam rock, art rock
Length 154:14
Label EMI (UK)
Rykodisc (US)
David Bowie Compilation chronology
Early On (1964–1966)
(1991)
The Singles Collection
(1993)
RarestOneBowie
(1995)
Alternative covers
Cover of the US release
Cover of the Dutch 1997 reissue
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]

The Singles Collection is a compilation album by David Bowie, released in 1993 in the UK and (with some changes) as The Singles 1969 to 1993 in the United States. The Australian release had the same track listing as the UK version, but the two discs were released as separate albums, The Singles Collection 1 (with a cover identical to the UK cover) and The Singles Collection 2 (with a cover similar to the UK cover but recoloured green).

Despite the album name, some of the tracks were never released as singles by Bowie.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by David Bowie except where noted.

UK version[edit]

Disc one[edit]

  1. "Space Oddity" – 5:15
  2. "Changes" – 3:35
  3. "Starman" – 4:18
  4. "Ziggy Stardust" – 3:14
  5. "Suffragette City" – 3:26
  6. "John, I'm Only Dancing" – 2:47
  7. "The Jean Genie" – 4:07
  8. "Drive-In Saturday" – 4:30
  9. "Life on Mars?" – 3:51
  10. "Sorrow" (Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein, Richard Gottehrer) – 2:54
  11. "Rebel Rebel" – 4:30
  12. "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide" – 2:58
  13. "Diamond Dogs" – 6:04
  14. "Knock on Wood" (Live) (Eddie Floyd, Steve Cropper) – 3:03
  15. "Young Americans" – 5:11
  16. "Fame" (Bowie, Carlos Alomar, John Lennon) – 4:14
  17. "Golden Years" – 4:00
  18. "TVC 15" – 5:31
  19. "Sound and Vision" – 3:02

Disc two[edit]

  1. "Heroes" (Bowie, Brian Eno) – 3:37
  2. "Beauty and the Beast" (Bowie, Eno) – 3:33
  3. "Boys Keep Swinging" (Bowie, Eno) – 3:17
  4. "DJ" (Bowie, Eno, Alomar) – 4:00
  5. "Alabama Song" (Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill) – 3:51
  6. "Ashes to Ashes" – 4:24
  7. "Fashion" – 4:47
  8. "Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)" – 5:11
  9. "Under Pressure" with Queen (Bowie, Freddie Mercury, Brian May, John Deacon, Roger Taylor) – 3:57
  10. "Wild Is the Wind" (Dimitri Tiompkin, Ned Washington) – 6:01
  11. "Let's Dance" – 4:07
  12. "China Girl" (Bowie, Iggy Pop) – 4:16
  13. "Modern Love" – 3:56
  14. "Blue Jean" – 3:11
  15. "This Is Not America" with Pat Metheny (Bowie, Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays) – 3:47
  16. "Dancing in the Street" with Mick Jagger (Marvin Gaye, William "Mickey" Stevenson, Ivy Jo Hunter) – 3:10
  17. "Absolute Beginners" – 5:37
  18. "Day-In Day-Out" – 4:11

US version[edit]

Disc one[edit]

  1. "Space Oddity" (edit) – 3:35
  2. "Changes" – 3:36
  3. "Oh! You Pretty Things" – 3:15
  4. "Life on Mars?" – 3:52
  5. "Ziggy Stardust" – 3:16
  6. "Starman" – 4:16
  7. "John, I'm Only Dancing" – 2:49
  8. "Suffragette City" – 3:29
  9. "The Jean Genie" – 4:09
  10. "Sorrow" – 2:56
  11. "Drive-In Saturday" – 4:30
  12. "Diamond Dogs" – 6:07
  13. "Rebel Rebel" – 4:31
  14. "Young Americans" – 5:13
  15. "Fame" – 4:18
  16. "Golden Years" – 4:01
  17. "TVC 15" (edit)– 3:46
  18. "Be My Wife" – 2:58
  19. "Sound and Vision" – 3:06
  20. "Beauty and the Beast" – 3:34
  • The edits of "Space Oddity" and "TVC 15" in this collection are unique to this compilation and are not the original single edits.

Disc two[edit]

  1. "'Heroes'" (single edit) – 3:39
  2. "Boys Keep Swinging" – 3:20
  3. "DJ" (single edit) – 3:24
  4. "Look Back in Anger" – 3:09
  5. "Ashes to Ashes" (single edit) – 3:37
  6. "Fashion" (single edit) – 3:26
  7. "Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)" – 5:12
  8. "Under Pressure" with Queen – 4:05
  9. "Cat People (Putting Out Fire)" with Giorgio Moroder (soundtrack version) (from Cat People, 1982) – 6:46
  10. "Let's Dance" (edit) – 4:10
  11. "China Girl" (edit) – 4:18
  12. "Modern Love" (edit) – 3:59
  13. "Blue Jean" – 3:12
  14. "Loving the Alien" – 4:42
  15. "Dancing in the Street" – 3:17
  16. "Absolute Beginners" (single edit) – 5:39
  17. "Day-In Day-Out" (single edit) – 4:17
  18. "Never Let Me Down" – 4:07
  19. "Jump They Say" (radio edit) – 3:55
  • "Let's Dance", "China Girl" and "Modern Love" are special edits made for this compilation and not the original 7" single versions.

Other versions[edit]

The first 40,000 pressings included a bonus CD single of Bowie's duet "Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy" with Bing Crosby. A version of this album was specially released to the members of the American music club Time–Life. It omitted "Sorrow", "Drive-In Saturday", "Be My Wife", "Beauty and the Beast", "Look Back in Anger", "Under Pressure", "Cat People" and "Jump They Say" but added "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide" and the David Live version of "All the Young Dudes".[citation needed]

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart Position
Australia Album Charts 49[2]
Austria Album Charts 37[2]
Belgium Album Charts 13[2]
Holland Album Charts 5[2]
New Zealand Album Charts 4[2]
Sweden Album Charts 38[2]

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