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Let’s Dance: 27 David Bowie Covers to Honor a Fallen Starman

Alex Livesey, Getty Images
Alex Livesey, Getty Images

Although he made it easy for us to believe otherwise, David Bowie was a mere mortal. That sad truth became clear yesterday (Jan. 10) when Bowie tragically succumbed to cancer just two days after his 69th birthday. But his music and his influence long ago exceeded the boundaries of what most humans could ever dream possible.

Although never quite as marketable to the mainstream as some of his contemporaries, Bowie was the quintessential musician’s musician – one who was widely embraced by anyone who took a deeper look beyond his artistically antagonistic physical guises and fearless sonic experimentation.

Bowie might have been among the most-covered artists of the past four decades, perhaps most famously and faithfully by Nirvana – but often by musicians who stretched the source material to its limits. Take a listen below to just a fraction of the aural tributes to Bowie that have surfaced during the recent past.


1

Nirvana

‘The Man Who Sold the World’

 

 

 

2

Beck

‘Sound and Vision’

 

 

 

3

Smashing Pumpkins

‘Space Oddity’

 

 

 

4

Oasis

‘Heroes’

 

 

 

5

The White Stripes

‘Moonage Daydream’

 

 

 

6

Foo Fighters

‘Under Pressure’

 

 

 

7

Scott Weiland (ft. Paul Oakenfold)

‘Fame’

 

 

 

8

Red Hot Chili Peppers

‘Suffragette City’

 

 

 

9

Tegan and Sara

‘Rebel Rebel’

 

 

 

10

Seu Jorge

‘Rock n’ Roll Suicide’

 

 

 

11

TV on the Radio

‘Heroes’

 

 

 

12

The Cure

‘Young Americans’

 

 

 

13

Warpaint

‘Ashes to Ashes’

 

 

 

14

Morrissey

‘Drive-In Saturday’

 

 

 

15

Lucero

‘Modern Love’

 

 

 

16

Tori Amos

‘After All’

 

 

 

17

Dinosaur Jr.

‘Quicksand’

 

 

 

18

Of Montreal

‘Starman’

 

 

 

19

Chairlift

‘Always Crashing in the Same Car’

 

 

 

20

My Chemical Romance and the Used

‘Under Pressure’

 

 

 

21

The Horrors

‘Suffragette City’

 

 

 

22

The Killers

‘Moonage Daydream’

 

 

 

23

Fall Out Boy

‘Life on Mars?’

 

 

 

24

Ween

‘Let’s Dance’

 

 

 

25

Gene Loves Jezebel

‘All the Young Dudes’

 

 

 

26

Dresden Dolls

‘Life on Mars?’

 

 

 

27

M. Ward

‘Let’s Dance’

 

 

 

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