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Best of Bowie (2002) is the most recent career-spanning greatest hits album by multi-platinum recording artist David Bowie. It features songs from his second album until 2002. It was released 35 years after his first album, David Bowie.

In each of the 21 territories that the album was released, it was given its own track listing, based upon which songs were most popular locally. In a number of countries, there were two versions - a single disc version, and a double disc version. All in all 63 tracks appear in at least one of the 20 different versions. The country the edition came from can be identified by a small national flag on the spine, except for the Argentine/Mexican, Eastern European and UK editions, which are "flag-less".

All the tracks are digitally remastered either from 1999, or, for the single edits from 2002, with the exception of "Under Pressure", which is also at a lower volume than the rest of the disc.

A DVD version of the compilation was also released, containing 47 videos and live performances as well as alternate versions as easter eggs.

Track Listings

All tracks written by David Bowie except as noted.

Track listings note: The first unique track reference contains all information pertaining to that song and version, including song writing credits, source and length. Subsequent references only mention song and version.

CD: EMI / 5 39821 2 (UK)

CD 1
  1. "Space Oddity" (from Space Oddity, 1969) – 5:15
  2. "The Man Who Sold the World" (from The Man Who Sold the World, 1970) – 3:55
  3. "Oh! You Pretty Things" (from Hunky Dory, 1971) – 3:12
  4. "Changes" (from Hunky Dory, 1971) – 3:33
  5. "Life on Mars?" (from Hunky Dory, 1971) – 3:48
  6. "Starman" (from The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, 1972) – 4:16
  7. "Ziggy Stardust" (from Ziggy Stardust, 1972) – 3:13
  8. "Suffragette City" (from Ziggy Stardust, 1972) – 3:25
  9. "John, I’m Only Dancing" (1972) – 2:43
  10. "The Jean Genie" (from Aladdin Sane, 1973) – 4:08
  11. "Drive-In Saturday" (from Aladdin Sane, 1973) – 4:36
  12. "Sorrow" (Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein, Richard Gottehrer) (from Pin Ups, 1973) – 2:53
  13. "Diamond Dogs" (from Diamond Dogs, 1974) – 6:05
  14. "Rebel Rebel" (from Diamond Dogs, 1974) – 4:30
  15. "Young Americans" (U.S. single A-side, 1975) – 3:16
  16. "Fame" (from Young Americans, 1975) – 4:17
  17. "Golden Years" (single version, 1975) – 3:22
  18. "TVC 15" (from Station to Station, 1976) – 5:33
  19. "Wild Is the Wind" (Dimitri Tiomkin, Ned Washington) (from Station to Station, 1976) – 6:02


CD 2
  1. "Sound and Vision" (from Low, 1977) – 3:00
  2. "Heroes" (Bowie, Brian Eno) (single version, 1977) – 3:32
  3. "Boys Keep Swinging" (Bowie, Eno) (from Lodger, 1979) – 3:18
  4. "Under Pressure" (Bowie, Freddie Mercury, Brian May, John Deacon, Roger Taylor) (with Queen, 1981) – 4:02
  5. "Ashes to Ashes" (single version, 1980) – 3:38
  6. "Fashion" (single version, 1980) – 3:23
  7. "Scary Monsters " (single version, 1981) – 3:27
  8. "Let's Dance" (single version, 1983) – 4:07
  9. "China Girl" (Bowie, Jim Osterberg) (single version, 1983) – 4:18
  10. "Modern Love" (single version, 1983) – 3:56
  11. "Blue Jean" (from Tonight, 1984) – 3:12
  12. "This Is Not America" (with The Pat Metheny Group, 1985) – 3:43
  13. "Loving the Alien" (single remixed version, 1985) – 4:43
  14. "Dancing in the Street" (Marvin Gaye, William "Mickey" Stevenson, Ivy Jo Hunter) (with Mick Jagger, 1985) – 3:14
  15. "Absolute Beginners" (single version, 1986) – 5:39
  16. "Jump They Say" (radio edit, 1993) – 3:53
  17. "Hallo Spaceboy" (Bowie, Eno) (Pet Shop Boys remix, 1996) – 4:25
  18. "Little Wonder" (Bowie, Reeves Gabrels, Mark Plati) (single version, 1997) – 3:40
  19. "I'm Afraid of Americans" (Bowie, Eno) (V1 radio edit, 1997) – 4:26
  20. "Slow Burn" (radio edit, 2002) – 3:55


CD: Virgin-EMI / 5 41929 2 (US) // EMI 7243 5 42244 2 5 (Canada)

  1. "Space Oddity"
  2. "Changes"
  3. "Suffragette City"
  4. "Ziggy Stardust"
  5. "The Jean Genie"
  6. "Rebel Rebel"
  7. "Young Americans" (U.S. single version)
  8. "Fame"
  9. "Golden Years" (single version)
  10. "Heroes" (single version)
  11. "Ashes to Ashes" (single version)
  12. "Fashion" (single version)
  13. "Under Pressure" (with Queen)
  14. "Let's Dance" (single version)
  15. "China Girl" (single version)
  16. "Modern Love" (single version)
  17. "Blue Jean"
  18. "Dancing in the Street" (with Mick Jagger)
  19. "This Is Not America" (with The Pat Metheny Group)
  20. "I'm Afraid of Americans" (V1 radio edit)


2003 Bonus DVD: / Virgin/EMI 5 95692 0 (US)

  1. "Let's Dance" (Club Bolly extended mix)
  2. "Let's Dance" (Club Bolly Mix)
  3. "China Girl" (Club Mix)
  4. "Just For One Day (Heroes)" (David Guetta vs. Bowie, extended version)
  5. "Loving The Alien" (Scumfrog Remix)
  6. "The Man Who Sold the World" (Brian Eno "Live" Mix)
  7. "Nite Flights" (Moodswings Back to Basics Remix)
  8. "Let's Dance" (Club Bolly Mix) - DVD video
  9. "Just For One Day (Heroes)" (David Guetta vs. Bowie) - DVD video
  10. "Black Tie White Noise" (Live @ Hollywood Center Studios) - DVD video – 4:12


CD: Virgin-EMI / 5 41930 2 (US) // EMI 7243 5 42244 2 3 (Canada)

CD 1
  1. "Space Oddity"
  2. "The Man Who Sold the World"
  3. "Changes"
  4. "Life on Mars?"
  5. "Moonage Daydream" (from Ziggy Stardust, 1972) – 4:37
  6. "Suffragette City"
  7. "Ziggy Stardust"
  8. "All the Young Dudes" (from The Best of David Bowie 1969/1974, 1997) – 4:11
  9. "The Jean Genie"
  10. "Panic in Detroit" (from Aladdin Sane, 1973) – 4:25
  11. "Rebel Rebel"
  12. "Diamond Dogs"
  13. "Young Americans" (U.S. single version)
  14. "Fame"
  15. "Golden Years"
  16. "TVC 15" (single version, 1976) – 3:43
  17. "Sound and Vision"
  18. "Heroes" (single version)
  19. "DJ" (Bowie, Eno, Alomar) (from Lodger, 1979) – 3:59


CD 2
  1. "Ashes to Ashes" (single version)
  2. "Fashion" (single version)
  3. "Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)" (single version)
  4. "Under Pressure" (with Queen)
  5. "Cat People " (Bowie, Giorgio Moroder) (single version, 1982) - 4:08
  6. "Let's Dance" (single version)
  7. "China Girl" (single version)
  8. "Modern Love" (single version)
  9. "Blue Jean"
  10. "This Is Not America" (with The Pat Metheny Group)
  11. "Dancing in the Street" (with Mick Jagger)
  12. "Absolute Beginners" (single version)
  13. "Time Will Crawl" (from Never Let Me Down, 1987) – 4:18
  14. Tin Machine: "Under the God" (from Tin Machine, 1989) – 4:06
  15. "Jump They Say" (radio edit)
  16. "The Hearts Filthy Lesson" (Bowie, Sterling Campbell, Eno, Reeves Gabrels, Mike Garson, Erdal Kizilcay) (radio edit) – 3:34
  17. "I'm Afraid of Americans" (V1 radio edit)
  18. "Thursday's Child" (Bowie, Gabrels) (radio edit, 1999) – 4:25
  19. "Slow Burn" (radio edit)


CD: EMI / 5 41888 2 (Belgium)

  1. "Let's Dance" (single version)
  2. "Fame"
  3. "Fashion" (single version)
  4. "This Is Not America" (with The Pat Metheny Group)
  5. "Space Oddity"
  6. "Ziggy Stardust"
  7. "The Jean Genie"
  8. "Golden Years" (single version)
  9. "Absolute Beginners" (single version)
  10. "Ashes to Ashes" (single version)
  11. "Changes"
  12. "Rebel Rebel"
  13. "Heroes" (single version)
  14. "Young Americans" (U.S. single version)
  15. "Under Pressure" (with Queen)
  16. "Tonight" (Bowie, Pop) (with Tina Turner) (from Tonight, 1984) – 3:50
  17. "China Girl" (single version)
  18. "Blue Jean"
  19. "Dancing in the Street" (with Mick Jagger)
  20. "Slow Burn" (radio edit)


CD: EMI 7243541900-2 (Colombia/Ecuador/Peru/Venezuela)

  1. "The Man Who Sold the World"
  2. "Changes"
  3. "Life on Mars?"
  4. "Starman"
  5. "Young Americans" (U.S. single version)
  6. "Fame"
  7. "Heroes" (single version)
  8. "Under Pressure" (with Queen)
  9. "Ashes To Ashes" (single version)
  10. "Let's Dance" (single version)
  11. "China Girl" (single version)
  12. "Modern Love" (single version)
  13. "Blue Jean"
  14. "This Is Not America" (with The Pat Metheny Group)
  15. "Never Let Me Down" (single version, 1987) – 3:58
  16. "Dancing in the Street" (with Mick Jagger)
  17. "Fame 90" (Gass mix) - 3:36
  18. "Hallo Spaceboy" (Pet Shop Boys remix)
  19. "Little Wonder" (single version)
  20. "Slow Burn" (radio edit)


CD: EMI / 5 41912 2 (Germany/Switzerland/Austria)

  1. "Let's Dance" (single version)
  2. "Ashes to Ashes" (single version)
  3. "Helden" (Bowie, Eno) (single version) (from German version of "Heroes" single A-side, 1977) – 3:40
  4. "Fame '90" (Gass mix)
  5. "Young Americans" (U.S. single version)
  6. "Fashion" (single version)
  7. "Ziggy Stardust"
  8. "Space Oddity"
  9. "When The Wind Blows" (Bowie, Kizilcay) (radio edit, 1986) – 3:32
  10. "Cat People (Putting Out Fire)" (Bowie, Moroder) (single version)
  11. "Sound and Vision"
  12. "Loving the Alien" (single remixed version)
  13. "Blue Jean"
  14. "China Girl" (single version)
  15. "Under Pressure" (with Queen)
  16. "Dancing in the Street" (with Mick Jagger)
  17. "Absolute Beginners" (single version)
  18. "This Is Not America" (with The Pat Metheny Group)
  19. "Thursday's Child" (radio edit)
  20. "Slow Burn" (radio edit)


CD: EMI / 5 42075 2 (Australia)

  1. "Space Oddity"
  2. "Changes"
  3. "Starman"
  4. "Ziggy Stardust"
  5. "The Jean Genie"
  6. "Sorrow"
  7. "1984" (from Diamond Dogs, 1974) – 3:27
  8. "Young Americans" (U.S. single version)
  9. "Heroes" (single version)
  10. "Ashes to Ashes" (single version)
  11. "Fashion" (single version)
  12. "Under Pressure" (with Queen)
  13. "Let's Dance" (single version)
  14. "China Girl" (single version)
  15. "Modern Love" (single version)
  16. "Blue Jean"
  17. "Fame 90" (Gass mix)
  18. "Dancing in the Street" (with Mick Jagger)
  19. "Slow Burn" (radio edit)


CD: EMI / 5 41918 2 (Denmark)

CD 1
  1. "Let's Dance" (single version)
  2. "Rebel Rebel"
  3. "This Is Not America" (with The Pat Metheny Group)
  4. "Dancing in the Street" (with Mick Jagger)
  5. "Fame"
  6. "The Jean Genie"
  7. "Jump They Say" (radio edit)
  8. "Heroes" (single version)
  9. "Fashion" (single version)
  10. "Changes"
  11. "TVC 15"
  12. "China Girl" (single version)
  13. "Absolute Beginners" (single version)
  14. "Thursday's Child" (radio edit)
  15. "Ziggy Stardust"
  16. "Ashes to Ashes" (single version)
  17. "Drive-In Saturday"
  18. "Space Oddity"


CD 2
  1. "Young Americans" (U.S. single version)
  2. "Slow Burn" (radio edit)
  3. "Life on Mars?"
  4. "Under Pressure" (with Queen)
  5. "Hallo Spaceboy" (Pet Shop Boys remix)
  6. "Sorrow"
  7. "Blue Jean"
  8. "Sound and Vision"
  9. "Little Wonder" (single version)
  10. "Starman"
  11. "Boys Keep Swinging"
  12. "Loving the Alien" (single remixed version)
  13. "Golden Years" (single version)
  14. "John, I'm Only Dancing"
  15. "Day-In Day-Out" (from Never Let Me Down, 1987) – 4:14
  16. "Modern Love" (single version)
  17. "Black Tie White Noise" (single version, 1993) – 4:10
  18. "Cat People (Putting Out Fire)" (single version)
  19. "Rock 'N' Roll Suicide" (from Ziggy Stardust, 1972) – 2:59


CD: EMI / 5 77949 2 (Hong Kong)

CD 1
  1. "Space Oddity"
  2. "The Man Who Sold the World"
  3. "Oh! You Pretty Things"
  4. "Changes"
  5. "Life on Mars?"
  6. "Starman"
  7. "Ziggy Stardust"
  8. "Suffragette City"
  9. "John, I'm Only Dancing"
  10. "The Jean Genie"
  11. "Drive-In Saturday"
  12. "Sorrow"
  13. "Diamond Dogs"
  14. "Rebel Rebel"
  15. "Young Americans" (U.S. single version)
  16. "Fame"
  17. "Golden Years" (single version)
  18. "TVC 15"
  19. "Wild Is the Wind"


CD 2
  1. "Sound and Vision"
  2. "Heroes" (single version)
  3. "Boys Keep Swinging"
  4. "Under Pressure" (with Queen)
  5. "Ashes to Ashes" (single version)
  6. "Fashion" (single version)
  7. "Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)" (single version)
  8. "Let's Dance" (single version)
  9. "China Girl" (single version)
  10. "Modern Love" (single version)
  11. "Blue Jean"
  12. "This Is Not America" (with The Pat Metheny Group)
  13. "Loving The Alien" (single remixed version)
  14. "Dancing in the Street" (with Mick Jagger)
  15. "Absolute Beginners" (single version)
  16. "Jump They Say" (radio edit)
  17. "Hallo Spaceboy" (Pet Shop Boys remix)
  18. "Little Wonder" (single version)
  19. "I'm Afraid of Americans" (V1 radio edit)
  20. "Slow Burn" (radio edit)


CD 3
  1. "Loving the Alien" (Scumfrog vs Bowie)
  2. "Let's Dance" (Trifactor bs Deeper Substance Remix)
  3. "Just for One Day ('Heroes')" (David Guetta vs Bowie)
  4. "This Is Not America" (with The Pat Metheny Group) (Scumfrog vs Bowie)
  5. "Shout (Fashion)" (Scumfrog vs Bowie)
  6. "China Girl" (Riff & Vox Club Mix)
  7. "Magic Dance" (Danny S Magic Party Remix)
  8. "Let's Dance" (Club Bolly Extended Mix)
  9. "Let's Dance" (Club Bolly Mix - Enhanced Video)


  • Album released in 2004.


CD: Toshiba-EMI / TOCP-67061 (Japan/Thailand)

  1. "Space Oddity"
  2. "Changes"
  3. "Life on Mars?"
  4. "Starman"
  5. "Lady Stardust" (from Ziggy Stardust, 1972) – 3:20
  6. "Ziggy Stardust"
  7. "The Jean Genie"
  8. "Rebel Rebel"
  9. "Young Americans" (U.S. single version)
  10. "Fame"
  11. "Golden Years" (single version)
  12. "Heroes" (single version)
  13. "Ashes To Ashes" (single version)
  14. "Fashion" (single version)
  15. "Under Pressure" (with Queen)
  16. "Let's Dance" (single version)
  17. "China Girl" (single version)
  18. "Modern Love" (single version)
  19. "Dancing in the Street" (with Mick Jagger)
  20. "Slow Burn" (radio edit)


DVD

DVD 1

  1. "Oh! You Pretty Things" (from Old Grey Whistle Test)
  2. "Queen Bitch" (from Old Grey Whistle Test)
  3. "Five Years" (from Old Grey Whistle Test)
  4. "Starman" (from Top of the Pops)
  5. "John, I'm Only Dancing"
  6. "The Jean Genie"
  7. "Space Oddity"
  8. "Drive-In Saturday" (from Russell Harty Plus Pop)
  9. "Life on Mars?"
  10. "Ziggy Stardust" (from Ziggy Stardust - The Motion Picture)
  11. "Rebel Rebel" (from TopPop)
  12. "Young Americans" (from The Dick Cavett Show)
  13. "Be My Wife"
  14. " "Heroes" "
  15. "Boys Keep Swinging"
  16. "D.J."
  17. "Look Back in Anger"
  18. "Ashes to Ashes"
  19. "Fashion" (single version)
  20. "Wild Is the Wind"
  21. "Let's Dance"
  22. "China Girl"
  23. "Modern Love"
  24. "Cat People (Putting out Fire)" (from Serious Moonlight tour)
  25. "Blue Jean"
  26. "Loving the Alien"
  27. "Dancing in the Street" (with Mick Jagger)


  • Easter eggs:
    • "Oh! You Pretty Things" (alternate take from Old Grey Whistle Test)
    • Interview with David Bowie by Russell Harty
    • Ad for then forthcoming Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture DVD
    • Jazzin' For Blue Jean (full promotional video for "Blue Jean")
    • "Blue Jean" (alternate version for MTV)


DVD 2

  1. "Absolute Beginners"
  2. "Underground"
  3. "As the World Falls Down"
  4. "Day-In Day-Out"
  5. "Time Will Crawl"
  6. "Never Let Me Down"
  7. "Fame '90"
  8. "Jump They Say"
  9. "Black Tie White Noise"
  10. "Miracle Goodnight"
  11. "The Buddha of Suburbia"
  12. "The Heart's Filthy Lesson"
  13. "Strangers When We Meet"
  14. "Hallo Spaceboy"
  15. "Little Wonder"
  16. "Dead Man Walking"
  17. "Seven Years in Tibet"
  18. "I'm Afraid of Americans"
  19. "Thursday's Child"
  20. "Survive"


  • Easter eggs:
    • "Day-In Day-Out" (extended mix)
    • "Miracle Goodnight" (remix)
    • "Seven Years in Tibet" (mandarin version)
    • "Survive" (live in Paris)


Easter egg access

DVD 1

Oh! You Pretty Things (Take 1) (alternate take from Old Grey Whistle Test)
  • Select 'play all'. Every 2nd time the whole DVD plays through, the alternate version will appear in place of the broadcast version of the song. If you don't want to wait, just skip through all of the chapters.
Interview with Russell Harty
  • Highlight Drive-In Saturday on the tracklisting display, then press 'right' button. An underscore _ will appear, press 'enter'.
Ad for forthcoming Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture DVD
  • Select the lightning bolt to the right of Ziggy Stardust on the tracklisting display.
Jazzin' For Blue Jean (full promotional video for "Blue Jean")
  • Highlight the track and press 'right'. Select the ')' symbol on the tracklisting display. The image to the right will change. Select the new image. The image can be toggled back and forth by pressing the ')' image.
Blue Jean (Alternate Version for MTV), recorded at The Wag Club, Soho, London
  • This has to be actived during the Easter egg Jazzin' For Blue Jean video. This has to be activated right afer the girl approaches the jukebox to start the video, as soon as Bowie appears on the TV above the jukebox. Press 'enter'. If using a computer for playback, you can click on the TV screen Bowie appears in.


DVD 2

Day-In Day-Out (Extended Dance Mix)
  • The Extended Dance Mix will appear every second time you select "Day-In, Day-Out" from the tracklisting menu.
Miracle Goodnight (Remix Version)
  • This has to be activated after playback of the 'Miracle Goodnight' video. Wait 5 minutes on the tracklist display and press enter.
Seven Years In Tibet (Mandarin version)
  • Play the video "Seven Years in Tibet". Three seconds after the video starts a subtitle will appear. Press 'enter' and this will switch versions. Pressing 'enter' again at the same time will toggle the version back to English.
Survive (Live Version)
  • Select 'play all'. Every 2nd time the whole DVD plays through, the live version will appear in place of the other version of the song. If you don't want to wait, just skip through all of the chapters.


Charts

Album
Year Chart Position
2002 UK Albums Chart 11
2002 Billboard 200 70
2002 Norwegianmarker Albums Chart 10
2003 UK Albums Chart 25
2004 UK Albums Chart 22
2006 UK Albums Chart 36


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