Studio portrait of British rock singer David Bowie wearing a black satin suit and holding a red guitar, 1980s.
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By Melissa Locker
January 11, 2016

The world lost an icon when David Bowie passed away after a long battle with cancer, just four days after releasing his 25th studio album, Blackstar.

From the very start of his career in London in the late 1960s, Bowie was a groundbreaking figure in the world of music, fashion and art. His career spanned over forty years, producing an incredible number of wildly influential songs and stage persona.

To mark his passing, here’s a look back at some of Bowie’s most essential tracks, a fitting memorial to one of the world’s most influential musicians.

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