Readers' Poll: The 10 Best David Bowie SongsPicks include 'Life on Mars,' 'Young Americans' and 'Starman'
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Like many great concept albums of the Seventies, the story of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardist and the Spiders from Mars makes little sense when you really think about it. It's partially due to the fact that Bowie didn't originally write the songs with a larger story in mind. It barely matters, since the album is such a masterpiece and the songs all feel connected. Simply put, the story is about an alien that comes to earth and takes the body of a human being to give mankind a sense of hope during its final five years. "Ziggy is advised in a dream by the infinites to write the coming of a Starman," Bowie told Rolling Stone in 1973. "So he writes 'Starman,' which is the first news of hope that the people have heard. So they latch onto it immediately." The song, which owes a little musical debt of gratitude to "Over the Rainbow" and "You Keep Me Hangin' On" by the Supremes, became the first hit off the album and played a huge role in introducing Ziggy Stardust to a mass audience.