With the charts now firmly set on a Friday release, we thought rather than run down the top 40, we’d take a look back at some of the best number ones since music began (well, charts began). Bringing you everything from eighties classics to noughties bangers, make sure to be here, every Friday, for a flashback of some of the biggest chart hits.
Up this week: ‘Space Oddity’ – David Bowie
In the last few weeks we’ve had Beiber, Blondie, Mark Morrison and Fatboy Slim, so to continue with the path we’ve set of selecting artists that have relatively no connection to one another (although Blondie might feature here), this week Flashback Friday belongs to the legend that is David Bowie. A chameleon of music and quite frankly an utter genius, there is much to be said for almost all of Bowie’s tracks, but our focus this week is on one masterpiece alone: ‘Space Oddity’.
Released in 1969, it wasn’t until its re-release in 1975 that “Space Oddity’ claimed the number one spot. Spending two weeks at the top, the track is an ode to the flawed Major Tom. As a story telling poet and avid musical inventor, Bowie’s creation of the fictional astronaut was re-visited numerous times throughout his career, from ‘Ashes to Ashes’ right up to the recent ‘Blackstar’.
His first UK number one single and a song that has bled through the years to become an icon in our everyday culture, ‘Space Oddity’ is Bowie at his most odd but at his very, oh so very best.
Can you party at FND to this one? Erm, you could, we won’t stop you, but save it for a post hangover Saturday morning too.