The Best of Bowie

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The Best of Bowie
Greatest hits album by David Bowie
Released 15 December 1980 (1980-12-15)
Recorded 1969-1979
Genre Rock
Length 58:17
Label K-tel
Producer David Bowie, Gus Dudgeon, Ken Scott, Tony Visconti, Harry Maslin
David Bowie compilation chronology
(1976) Changesonebowie1976
The Best of Bowie
(1980) The Best of Bowie1980
(1981) Changestwobowie1981
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music 3/5 stars[2]

The Best of Bowie is a David Bowie compilation album released in 1980. The cover was based on the 12-inch single sleeve design of Bowie's "Fashion".[3] It made No. 3 in the UK Albums Chart.

In addition to including the rare 7" edits of "Fame" and "Golden Years", the compilation contains unique edits of "Life on Mars?" and "Diamond Dogs", ostensibly to allow all 16 tracks to fit on one LP. Early copies of the LP had a sticker on the back cover showing the track listing. If the sticker was removed, the original track listing could be seen, showing "Drive-In Saturday" (from Aladdin Sane, 1973) as track 7 in place of the live version of "Breaking Glass", which explains the latter's appearance out of chronological sequence here.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by David Bowie, except where noted.

Side one
  1. "Space Oddity" – 5:07
  2. "Life on Mars?" (K-tel edit) – 3:34
  3. "Starman" – 4:07
  4. "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide" – 2:56
  5. "John, I'm Only Dancing" (Sax version) – 2:37
  6. "The Jean Genie" – 4:03
  7. "Breaking Glass" (Live from Stage) (Bowie, Dennis Davis, George Murray) – 3:27
  8. "Sorrow" (Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein, Richard Gottehrer) – 2:51
Side two
  1. "Diamond Dogs" (K-tel edit) – 4:36
  2. "Young Americans" – 5:05
  3. "Fame" (Edit) (Bowie, John Lennon, Carlos Alomar) – 3:25
  4. "Golden Years" (Edit) – 3:20
  5. "TVC 15" (Edit) – 3:28
  6. "Sound and Vision" – 3:00
  7. ""Heroes"" (Edit) (Bowie, Brian Eno) – 3:26
  8. "Boys Keep Swinging" (Bowie, Eno) – 3:15


Chart (1981) Position
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[4] 4
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[5] 25
UK Albums (OCC)[6] 3