Ziggy Stardust (song)

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"Ziggy Stardust"
Ziggy Stardust 1994 single.jpg
Cover to Bowie's 1994 single of live version
Song by David Bowie from the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
Released 6 June 1972
Recorded November 1971
Genre Hard rock, glam rock
Length 3:13
Label RCA Records
Writer David Bowie
Producer David Bowie and Ken Scott
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars track listing
Side one
  1. "Five Years"
  2. "Soul Love"
  3. "Moonage Daydream"
  4. "Starman"
  5. "It Ain't Easy"
Side two
  1. "Lady Stardust"
  2. "Star"
  3. "Hang On to Yourself"
  4. "Ziggy Stardust"
  5. "Suffragette City"
  6. "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide"

"Ziggy Stardust" is a song written and recorded by David Bowie for his 1972 album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. The name Stardust was inspired by the Legendary Stardust Cowboy. The song is ranked No. 277 on Rolling Stone '​s list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time".

The original demo version of the song, recorded in February 1971, was released as a bonus track on the Rykodisc CD release of Ziggy Stardust in 1990.[1] The demo also appeared on the Ziggy Stardust - 30th Anniversary Reissue bonus disc in 2002. The album version of the song was recorded in November 1971.[2][3]

Live versions[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

  • Cover version with an added guitar solo is featured in Guitar Hero.
  • It is featured in The Heartbreak Kid.
  • It is featured in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.
  • It was made available to download on 25 January 2011 for use in the Rock Band 3 music gaming platform in both Basic rhythm, and PRO mode which utilizes real guitar / bass guitar, and MIDI compatible electronic drum kits / keyboards in addition to vocals.
  • It is featured in the 2012 movie Chronicle.
  • The song "Captain Crash & The Beauty Queen From Mars" by the American rock band Bon Jovi from their album Crush is a homage to Ziggy Stardust.
  • The American underground indie group Grain Vault often opens performances with its version of "Ziggy Stardust" with the lead singer entering the audience and singing on the lap of a random person.

Cover versions[edit]


"Ziggy Stardust"
Single by Bauhaus
Released September 1982
Genre Gothic Rock, Post-punk, glam rock
Label Beggars Banquet
Bauhaus singles chronology
"Ziggy Stardust"
"Lagartija Nick"

The British gothic rock band Bauhaus recorded a version of "Ziggy Stardust" as their eighth single. The single was released in October 1982 through Beggars Banquet Records and reached number fifteen on the UK Singles Chart.[4] The B-side is a Brian Eno cover. It was released in 7" and 12" format on the Beggars Banquet label. The 12" additional live track "I'm Waiting for the Man" is a Velvet Underground cover.

Track listings[edit]


  1. "Ziggy Stardust"
  2. "Third Uncle"


  1. "Ziggy Stardust"
  2. "Party of the First Part"
  3. "Third Uncle"
  4. "Waiting for the Man" (live)

Other covers[edit]


  1. ^ Kevin Cann (2010). Any Day Now - David Bowie: The London Years: 1947-1974: p.255
  2. ^ https://bowiesongs.wordpress.com/?s=ziggy+stardust
  3. ^ Peter Doggett (2011). The Man Who Sold The World - David Bowie and the 1970s: p.107
  4. ^ Roberts, David, ed. (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: HiT Entertainment. p. 45. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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