256. Mott the Hoople, 'All the Young Dudes'
Writer: David Bowie
Released: July ’72, Columbia
11 weeks; No. 37
U.K. hard-rock band Hoople had already passed up "Suffragette City," so they didn’t say no when Bowie offered to let them record "Dudes," the ultimate glam-rock hymn. "I’m thinking, 'He wants to give us that?'" said drummer Dale Griffin. "'He must be crazy!'" Ian Hunter made it anthemic, contrary to the writer’s apocalyptic intent. "[It’s] about the news," Bowie told RS. "It’s no hymn to the youth."
Appears on: All the Young Dudes (Columbia)