3. 'Space Oddity'
David Bowie spent most of the Sixties trying desperately to become a famous musician. He knocked around in groups like the Manish Boys and Davie Jones with the King Bees and released solo singles like "The Laughing Gnome," but nothing seemed to work. Finally, he teamed up with Elton John producer Gus Dudgeon to create "Space Oddity," a song he'd been fiddling with all year. The label rushed it out to coincide with the launch of the Apollo 11 moon landing, and the BBC played the song during the coverage of the event. It flew up the U.K. charts, though it took Bowie three more years to prove he wasn't a one-trick pony. He's had countless hits over the years, but "Space Oddity" remains one of his most famous songs. Just this week Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield covered the song aboard the International Space Station and it became a viral sensation.