6. 'Ashes to Ashes'
Eleven years after "Space Oddity," David Bowie decided it was time to catch up with Major Tom. Bowie himself was coming down from a long drug period around this time, but Major Tom was in rough shape. "Ashes to ashes, funk to funky," Bowie songs. "We know Major Tom's a junkie / Strung out in heaven's high / Hitting an all-time low." The song was a huge hit all over the world, though it didn't do much in America. It did find new fans a couple years later when MTV, desperate for videos, began playing it regularly.