500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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David Bowie, 'Young Americans'

Writer: Bowie
Producer: Tony Visconti
Released: March '75, RCA
11 weeks; No. 28

In 1975, Bowie traded his glammed-out Ziggy Stardust persona for an exploration of what he called "plastic soul." Yet this R&B homage is one of his warmest, wildest tales, recorded in Philadelphia with a then-unknown Luther Vandross on backing vocals and David Sanborn wailing on sax. "It's about a newlywed couple who don't know if they really like each other," Bowie said.

Appears on: Young Americans (Virgin)

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