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 16 June 1972[1]
11 June 1990 (Rykodisc Reissue)
Recorded November 1971
Genre 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"
Music video
"Ziggy Stardust" (From The Motion Picture) on YouTube

"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.[2] 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.[3][4]

Live versions[edit]

Sample of "Ziggy Stardust" (1972). A pioneer of glam rock, Bowie performed as the character Ziggy Stardust, backed by the Spiders from Mars.

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  • Bowie recorded the song for the BBC radio programme "Sounds of the 70s: Bob Harris" on 18 January 1972. This was broadcast on 7 February 1972. On 16 May 1972 Bowie again played the song at "Sounds of the 70s: John Peel", and this was broadcast on 23 May 1972. Both of these versions were released on the Bowie at the Beeb album in 2000.
  • A live version recorded at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 20 October 1972 was released on Santa Monica '72 and Live Santa Monica '72. This version also appeared on the Japanese release of RarestOneBowie. It was also released as a single in France and the United States in 1994–95.[5]
  • The version played at the famous concert at the Hammersmith Odeon, London on 3 July 1973 was released on Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture.
  • A spring 1978 performance from the "Heroes" tour was released on Stage and as the B-side of the live single "Breaking Glass" in 1978.
  • A November 2003 live performance from the A Reality Tour was released on the A Reality Tour DVD in 2004, and is included on the A Reality Tour album, released in 2010.



Chart (2016) Peak
Japan (Japan Hot 100)[6] 75
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[7] 17

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 film Chronicle.
  • The song "Captain Crash & the Beauty Queen from Mars" by the American rock band Bon Jovi from their album Crush is an homage to Ziggy Stardust.[citation needed]
  • The album is prominently referenced in Israfel Sivad's novel, "Crossroads Blues", and is more subtly referenced in many of Sivad's poems.[8]

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.[9] 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. ^ "Happy 43rd Birthday to Ziggy Stardust". Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  2. ^ Kevin Cann (2010). Any Day Now - David Bowie: The London Years: 1947-1974: p.255
  3. ^ "ziggy stardust - Search Results - Pushing Ahead of the Dame". 
  4. ^ Peter Doggett (2011). The Man Who Sold The World - David Bowie and the 1970s: p.107
  5. ^ Ruud Altenburg. "David Bowie - Illustrated db Discography > Ziggy Stardust CD-single". 
  6. ^ "David Bowie – Chart history" Japan Hot 100 for David Bowie. Retrieved 31 January 2016.
  7. ^ "David Bowie – Chart history" Billboard Hot Rock Songs for David Bowie. Retrieved 31 January 2016.
  8. ^ Sivad, Israfel (2012-07-29). Crossroads Blues. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 9781478328704. 
  9. ^ Roberts, David, ed. (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: HiT Entertainment. p. 45. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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