500 Greatest Songs of All Time
David Bowie, 'Ziggy Stardust'
Producers: Ken Scott, Bowie
Released: June '72, RCA
"I wasn’t at all surprised 'Ziggy Stardust' made my career," Bowie told Rolling Stone. "I packaged a totally credible plastic rock star." This glam power ballad told the story of his most famous alter ego over Mick Ronson’s flash guitars. Bowie and Ziggy became so inextricably linked that Bowie’s over-the-top manager, Tony Defries, demanded that all his employees get Ziggy haircuts.
Appears on: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (Virgin)