As David Bowie turns 65, music poll selects Life On Mars? as his best song.
David Bowie was 65 on 8 January 2012. His song Life On Mars? topped a poll this month of his best songs. Photo: Rex
Life on Mars? has been voted David Bowie's greatest-ever song in a new music poll.
In a survey conducted by Digital Spy to mark the singer-songwriter's 65th birthday on 8 January, the track from 1971's Hunky Dory album was considered to be Bowie's best.
Born in Brixton, south London, in 1947 and loved for his flamboyant, androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust, Bowie first caught the world’s attention in the late 1960s.
His song Space Oddity reached the top five in the UK singles chart in 1969 and by 1972 his hit single Starman, along with the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars ensured him poll position in the glam rock era.
Life on Mars? featured guest piano work by Rick Wakeman. Telegraph Music Critic Neil McCormick once ranked it as No1 in his 100 Greatest Songs of All Time list, saying: "A quite gloriously strange anthem, where the combination of stirring, yearning melody and vivid, poetic imagery manage a trick very particular to the art of the song: to be at once completely impenetrable and yet resonant with personal meaning. You want to raise your voice and sing along, yet Bowie’s abstract cut-up lyrics force you to invest the song with something of yourself just to make sense of the experience. And, like all great songs, it's got a lovely tune."