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The Singles Collection (David Bowie album)

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Released16 November 1993
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The Singles Collection is a compilation album by English musician David Bowie, released in 1993 in the UK and (with some changes) as The Singles 1969 to 1993 in the United States. A video companion, Bowie – The Video Collection, was released on VHS at the same time.


Released in late 1993, this "singles" collection included some tracks that were never officially released as singles (such as "Ziggy Stardust"). This release marked the first time some 7"/single edits were available on CD, and included some unusual or rare versions, such as the shortened mixes of "TVC 15", "Space Oddity" and "Loving the Alien". The US release included the full-length original version of Bowie's "Cat People (Putting Out Fire)" and the 4:01 remix of "Under Pressure" from Classic Queen, while the UK version instead includes a 3:58 edit originally found on Queen's Greatest Hits II.

The first 40,000 copies of the US 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

(*) = not on the U.S. 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

(*) = Not on the UK version

Disc one
No.TitleWriter(s)Originally fromLength
1."Space Oddity" (Edited version exclusive to this release) David Bowie (1969)3:35
2."Changes" Hunky Dory3:36
3."Oh! You Pretty Things" (*) Hunky Dory3:15
4."Life on Mars?" Hunky Dory3:52
5."Ziggy Stardust" The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars3:16
6."Starman" The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust...4:16
7."John, I'm Only Dancing" non-album single2:49
8."Suffragette City" The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust...3:29
9."The Jean Genie" Aladdin Sane4:09
10."Sorrow"Feldman, Goldstein, GottehrerPin Ups2:56
11."Drive-In Saturday" Aladdin Sane4:30
12."Diamond Dogs" Diamond Dogs6:07
13."Rebel Rebel" Diamond Dogs4:31
14."Young Americans" Young Americans5:13
15."Fame"Bowie, Alomar, John LennonYoung Americans4:18
16."Golden Years" Station to Station4:01
17."TVC 15" (Edited version exclusive to this release) Station to Station3:46
18."Be My Wife" (*) Low2:58
19."Sound and Vision" Low3:06
20."Beauty and the Beast" "Heroes"3:34
Disc two
No.TitleWriter(s)Place of OriginLength
1.""Heroes"" (Single edit)Bowie, Eno"Heroes"3:39
2."Boys Keep Swinging"Bowie, EnoLodger3:20
3."DJ" (Single edit)Bowie, Eno, AlomarLodger3:24
4."Look Back in Anger" (*)Bowie, EnoLodger3:09
5."Ashes to Ashes" (Single edit) Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)3:37
6."Fashion" (Single edit) Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)3:26
7."Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)" Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)5:12
8."Under Pressure" (with Queen)Bowie, Mercury, May, Deacon, TaylorHot Space (Queen album)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) Let's Dance4:10
11."China Girl" (Edited version exclusive to this release)Bowie, Osterburg (a.k.a. Pop)Let's Dance4:18
12."Modern Love" (Edited version exclusive to this release) Let's Dance3:59
13."Blue Jean" Tonight3:12
14."Loving the Alien" (*) (Single remix) Tonight; remixed & released as a 1985 single4:42
15."Dancing in the Street" (with Mick Jagger)Gaye, Stevenson, Hunternon-album single for Live Aid3:17
16."Absolute Beginners" (Single edit) Absolute Beginners soundtrack5:39
17."Day-In Day-Out" (Single edit) Never Let Me Down4:17
18."Never Let Me Down" (*)Bowie, AlomarNever Let Me Down4:07
19."Jump They Say" (*) (Radio edit) Black Tie White Noise, 19933:55


Certifications and sales

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

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

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