3. "New Killer Star"
David Bowie had been working solidly for so many consecutive years when Reality came out in September 2003 that most people were taking him for granted. It was his second record in a little over a year and few people were even paying attention. It was their loss. Reality is a killer album that kicks off with this bombastic track that touches upon New York in the aftermath of 9/11. Bowie lived very near Ground Zero and the tragedy touched him deeply. "See the great white scar," he wrote. "Over Battery Park/Then a flare glides over/But I won't look at that scar."