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The Singles Collection (David Bowie album)

The Singles Collection
UK release cover
Compilation album by
Released16 November 1993
David Bowie Compilation chronology
Early On (1964–1966)
The Singles Collection
Alternative covers
Cover of the US release
Cover of the US release
Alternative cover
Cover of the Dutch 1997 reissue
Cover of the Dutch 1997 reissue
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic5/5 stars[1]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music5/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide5/5 stars[3]

The Singles Collection is a compilation album by David Bowie, released in 1993 in the UK and (with some changes) as The Singles 1969 to 1993 in the United States. The Australian release had the same track listing as the UK version, but the two discs were released as separate albums, The Singles Collection 1 (with a cover identical to the UK release) and The Singles Collection 2 (with the same cover but recoloured green).

Despite the album name, some of the tracks were never released as singles by Bowie.

The first 40,000 copies of the original 1993 American CD release included a third disc containing a single track, "Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy", a duet by Bowie and Bing Crosby taken from Bing's 1977 Christmas television special.

Track listing

All songs written by David Bowie except where noted.

UK version

Disc one
No.TitleWriter(s)Place of OriginLength
1."Space Oddity" David Bowie, 19695:15
2."Changes" Hunky Dory, 19713:35
3."Starman" The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, 19724:18
4."Ziggy Stardust" The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars3:14
5."Suffragette City" The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars3:26
6."John, I'm Only Dancing" Non-album single, 19722:47
7."The Jean Genie" Aladdin Sane, 19734:07
8."Drive-In Saturday" Aladdin Sane4:30
9."Life on Mars?" Hunky Dory; released as a single in 19733:51
10."Sorrow"Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein, Richard GottehrerPin Ups, 1973; originally by The McCoys in 1965 and made famous by The Merseys the following year2:54
11."Rebel Rebel" Diamond Dogs4:30
12."Rock 'n' Roll Suicide" The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars; released as a single in 19742:58
13."Diamond Dogs" Diamond Dogs6:04
14."Knock on Wood" (Live)Eddie Floyd, Steve CropperDavid Live, 1974; originally by Eddie Floyd from Knock on Wood, 19663:03
15."Young Americans" Young Americans, 19755:11
16."Fame"Bowie, Carlos Alomar, John LennonYoung Americans4:14
17."Golden Years" Station to Station, 1976; released as a single the previous year4:00
18."TVC 15" Station to Station5:31
19."Sound and Vision" Low, 19773:02
Disc two
No.TitleWriter(s)Place of OriginLength
1.""Heroes"" (Single edit)Bowie, Brian Eno"Heroes", 19773:37
2."Beauty and the Beast" "Heroes"3:33
3."Boys Keep Swinging"Bowie, EnoLodger, 19793:17
4."DJ"Bowie, Eno, AlomarLodger4:00
5."Alabama Song"Bertolt Brecht, Kurt WeillNon-album single, 19803:51
6."Ashes to Ashes" Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps), 19804:24
7."Fashion" Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)4:47
8."Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)" Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)5:11
9."Under Pressure" (Edited version; with Queen)Bowie, Freddie Mercury, Brian May, John Deacon, Roger TaylorNon-album single, 1981; later included on the Queen album Hot Space the following year3:57
10."Wild Is the Wind"Dimitri Tiomkin, Ned WashingtonStation to Station; originally by Johnny Mathis for the film of the same name, 1957; released as a single in 1981 in support of the Changestwobowie compilation album6:01
11."Let's Dance" (Single edit) Let's Dance, 19834:07
12."China Girl" (Single edit)Bowie, Jim Osterburg (a.k.a. Iggy Pop)Let's Dance; originally by Iggy Pop from The Idiot, 19774:16
13."Modern Love" (Single edit) Let's Dance3:56
14."Blue Jean" Tonight, 19843:11
15."This Is Not America" (with the Pat Metheny Group)Bowie, Pat Metheny, Lyle MaysThe Falcon and the Snowman soundtrack, 19853:47
16."Dancing in the Street" (with Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones)Marvin Gaye, William "Mickey" Stevenson, Ivy Jo HunterNon-album single for Live Aid, 1985; originally by Martha and the Vandellas released as a single in 1964 and appeared on Dance Party the following year3:10
17."Absolute Beginners" (Single edit) Absolute Beginners soundtrack, 19865:37
18."Day-In Day-Out" (Single edit) Never Let Me Down, 19874:11

U.S. version

Disc one
No.TitleWriter(s)Place of OriginLength
1."Space Oddity" (Edited version exclusive to this release)  3:35
2."Changes"  3:36
3."Oh! You Pretty Things" Hunky Dory3:15
4."Life on Mars?"  3:52
5."Ziggy Stardust"  3:16
6."Starman"  4:16
7."John, I'm Only Dancing"  2:49
8."Suffragette City"  3:29
9."The Jean Genie"  4:09
10."Sorrow"Feldman, Goldstein, Gottehrer 2:56
11."Drive-In Saturday"  4:30
12."Diamond Dogs"  6:07
13."Rebel Rebel"  4:31
14."Young Americans"  5:13
15."Fame"Bowie, Alomar, Lennon 4:18
16."Golden Years"  4:01
17."TVC 15" (Edited version exclusive to this release)  3:46
18."Be My Wife" Low2:58
19."Sound and Vision"  3:06
20."Beauty and the Beast"  3:34
Disc two
No.TitleWriter(s)Place of OriginLength
1.""Heroes"" (Single edit)Bowie, Eno 3:39
2."Boys Keep Swinging"Bowie, Eno 3:20
3."DJ" (Single edit)Bowie, Eno, Alomar 3:24
4."Look Back in Anger"Bowie, EnoLodger3:09
5."Ashes to Ashes" (Single edit)  3:37
6."Fashion" (Single edit)  3:26
7."Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)"  5:12
8."Under Pressure" (with Queen)Bowie, Mercury, May, Deacon, Taylor 4:05
9."Cat People (Putting Out Fire)" (Soundtrack version, with Giorgio Moroder)Bowie, MoroderCat People soundtrack, 1982; later re-recorded for Let's Dance the following year6:46
10."Let's Dance" (Edited version exclusive to this release)  4:10
11."China Girl" (Edited version exclusive to this release)Bowie, Osterburg (a.k.a. Pop) 4:18
12."Modern Love" (Edited version exclusive to this release)  3:59
13."Blue Jean"  3:12
14."Loving the Alien" (Single remix) Tonight; remixed and released as a single in 19854:42
15."Dancing in the Street" (with Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones)Gaye, Stevenson, Hunter 3:17
16."Absolute Beginners" (Single edit)  5:39
17."Day-In Day-Out" (Single edit)  4:17
18."Never Let Me Down"Bowie, AlomarNever Let Me Down4:07
19."Jump They Say" (Radio edit) Black Tie White Noise, 19933:55



Chart Position
Australia Album Charts 49[5]
Austria Album Charts 37[5]
Belgium Album Charts 13[5]
Holland Album Charts 5[5]
New Zealand Album Charts 4[5]
Sweden Album Charts 38[5]

United Kingdom Album Charts 9

Certifications and sales

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[6] Gold 50,000^
France (SNEP)[7] 2× Gold 200,000*
Netherlands (NVPI)[8] Platinum 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[9] Platinum 15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[10] Platinum 300,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press.
  3. ^ The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. 2004. pp. 97–98.
  4. ^ Cavanagh, David (December 1993). "David Bowie: The Singles Collection". Select. p. 95. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d e f David Bowie The Singles Collection, retrieved 15 November 2013
  6. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Single 1969-1993 – David Bowie". Music Canada. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Les Certifications depuis 1973: Albums". Retrieved 25 May 2019. (select "David Bowie" from drop-down list)
  8. ^ "Dutch album certifications – The Singles Collection – David Bowie" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Retrieved 25 May 2019. Enter David Bowie in the "Artiest of titel" box.
  9. ^ "Official Top 40 Albums - 17 April 1994". NZ Top 40.
  10. ^ "British album certifications – The Singles Collection – David Bowie". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 25 May 2019. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type David Bowie in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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