This glam-rocker-and-much-more-besides certainly did some {{Tear Jerker}}s. In chronological order:

* "Space Oddity". The tale of a routine space mission, accompanied by sad music and Major Tom philosophizing -- and then "Can you hear me, Major Tom? Can you hear me, Major Tom? Can you" "Heeeeeeere... Am I floating 'round my tin can..."
** In the original music video, as Bowie sings that line, his face shows [[ genuine sadness and concern]], it looks almost as if he's about to start crying.
** The true tragedy of this is that the song is two-layered: One is the implied suicide by Major Tom. The other is that the song was released at the very end of TheSixties: Depending on interpretation, it's either about drugs or technology, the two great hopes of the Space Age that never delivered on their Utopian promises. "And I think my spaceship knows which way to go..."
** Music/PeterSchilling's "Major Tom", a sequel of sorts to this song, can be even more of a TearJerker...
** If you take the interpretation that Major Tom's capsule malfunctioned completely, enjoy imagining his slow, asphyxiating death... Alone.
** There's a Masters of Song Fu challenge that deals with reinterpreting this song, and both have an undertone of loneliness. From Jeff [=MacDougall=]'s take: "I'm high! / Can you see me? / I'm the blink in the night sky. / I'm not afraid. / Everything's clear. / Tell my wife no need for tears."
** [[ Now in children's book form!]] And yes, it is somehow ''more'' heartbreaking.
** Now that Bowie is no longer with us, these two lines take on a new, very poignant meaning...
*** "Though I'm past one hundred thousand miles, I'm feeling very still, and I think my spaceship knows which way to go. Tell my wife I love her very much."
*** [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments "She knows."]]
* "God Knows I'm Good", from the ''Music/SpaceOddity'' album. There is something very sad about the tale of a hungry old lady, forced to compromise her values by shoplifting just so she can eat while rationalizing (hoping?) that God will forgive her for it.
* Also fom ''Music/SpaceOddity'': "The Wild-Eyed Boy from Freecloud", which has both a DownerBeginning (the titular "missionary mystic of peace/love" awaits his execution by ignorant villagers) and a DownerEnding (the GeniusLoci mountain where the Boy lives saves him with an avalanche that destroys the village--which is the last thing he wanted).
* The imagery in the first verse of "Life on Mars?" (''Music/HunkyDory'') is decidedly heartbreaking. It doesn't help that the song is used in some of the more emotionally charged moments of the [[Series/LifeOnMars2006 TV series of the same name]].
** If one wasn't affected by "Life on Mars?" before, the [[SuicideIsPainless certain associations]] it acquired in the series finale of the eponymous TV show can add a profound sense of sadness to the song.
** As if the original version wasn't sad enough, the one Bowie performed on''Series/TheTonightShow'' with Johnny Carson is simply [[ devastating.]]
** And topped even that performance when he sang at a [[ hurricane Katrina benefit concert]] in 2005. Only a year after his heart attack, a worn-out looking Bowie sang alone on stage with just a piano accompaniment. Ever the showman, his hand was bandaged and his eye was made up like it was bruised- to reflect the pain and loss of the victims.
* The final song of ''[[Music/TheRiseAndFallOfZiggyStardustAndTheSpidersFromMars Ziggy Stardust]]'', "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide". The chorus of "Give me your hands!" before the LastNoteNightmare...
** The first song, "Five Years", can be pretty depressing too. (The take of Bowie used for the closing repetitions of the chorus sounds the way it does because he was in tears as he sang.)
** "Ziggy Stardust" itself is sad too; after all, it's about his decline and demise. Made even worse by the ''Stage'' live version, which sounds like something fit for a funeral owing to the synthesizers.
* The entire second half of ''Music/LowDavidBowieAlbum''. Four slow, quiet, somber, mostly instrumental, intensely saddening songs. Especially "Subterraneans".
** "Subterraneans" and "Warszawa" only get even more tear-jerking when you read about the real-life conditions that inspired them (respectively, the plights of East Berlin and Warsaw at the time of the album's recording). As is usual for these things, Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} has more details.
* Music/HeroesDavidBowieAlbum is more poignant than gloomy, but still a tearjerker.
** Music/PeterGabriel's cover (memorably featured on ''Series/StrangerThings'') more so.
** Played at the end of ''Film/LoneSurvivor'' to a montage of real-life deceased soldiers even ''more'' so.
** Used ''very'' effectively at the end of the GrandFinale of ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow''.
** Music/{{Motorhead}}'s [[ cover]]. Especially noteworthy since Lemmy and Bowie died within weeks of each other.
* "Ashes to Ashes" (''Music/ScaryMonstersAndSuperCreeps'') -- there's something about its understated melancholy that gets to some people.
-->"I never done good things\\
I never done bad things\\
I never did anything out of the blue..."
** Some more depressing lines -- which reference "Space Oddity" -- include:
-->"I heard a rumor from Ground Control\\
Oh no, don't say it's true\\
(Later in song) Ashes to ashes, funk to funky\\
We know Major Tom's a junkie\\
Strung out in heaven's high\\
Hitting an all-time low"
* Here's Bowie's take on Creator/BertoltBrecht's "The Drowned Girl" -- a cruelly detailed recounting of a demise.
* [[ "Strangers When We Meet"]] from both ''The Buddha of Suburbia'' and ''1. Music/{{Outside}}'' is a rather strange example. While it works as a TearJerker at the end of the latter '''musically''', its '''text''' adds even more to the creepiness of this album if you consider that it's supposed to be sung by the Minotaur character.
* The album version of [[ "Dead Man Walking"]] from Music/{{Earthling}} is a high-energy EarWorm. However, [[RearrangeTheSong the acoustic]] [[ version]] makes the lyrics present in the original a clear case of LyricalDissonance.
-->"And I'm gone, like I'm dancing on angels\\
And I'm gone, through a crack in the past\\
Like a dead man walking"
* Many songs from ''Hours...'', especially this [[ live version of "Seven."]]
** "Thursday's Child", particularly the [[ video]], is another sad song -- but is, at least, hopeful.
* Many songs from ''Music/{{Heathen}}'' are tearjerkers, especially the title track.
** [[ The live version of "Slip Away"]] is particularly heartbreaking, considering it opens with a clip from ''The Uncle Floyd Show,'' the song's subject matter, which is - in a weird way - a mediation on death.
--> Did you ever stop and think if there wasn't an Uncle Floyd show, what everyone else would be doing?
** The opening track, [[ "Sunday"]], was heart-wrenching enough when it was released. Then Bowie died on January 10th 2016, which fell on a ''Sunday''.
* ''Reality'' runs headlong into this.
** "The Loneliest Guy." Even the ''title'' is depressing.
** "Looking For Water" has this gutpunch of a line. It's doubly depressing if you interpret it as being about [[WarOnTerror the September 11th terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers.]]
--> ''Well I lost god in a New York minute''\\
''Don't know about you but my heart's not in it.''
** "Days". "Do I need a friend? Well, I need one now..."
** As it became clear that nothing would bring him out of his retirement in TheNewTens, the final track, "Bring Me the Disco King" went down as his bittersweet, introspective swan song...and then, nearly ten years later, ''The Next Day'' said otherwise.
* The sudden relaunch of the official website, the announcement of ''The Next Day'', and release of its first video on January 8, 2013 jerked a lot of tears worldwide. That "Where Are We Now?" turned out to be such a poignant song/video -- specifically the full-body reveal of a melancholy-looking Bowie on the "As long as there's me" line -- only made it worse.
* On January 10th 2016, [[ one simple Facebook status broke the hearts of David's fans.]]
--> January 10 2016 - David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the familyís privacy during their time of grief.
** What's even sadder is that the fans went into a state of denial, asserting that it ''had'' to be a hoax. These hopes were squashed by a [[ heartrending tweet from his son]] Creator/DuncanJones confirming his death.
** On the 11th, not only were fans and camera crews from throughout the world gathered at the David Bowie Mural in Brixton town centre (which remains a shrine to this day), but that evening, ''two'' parties in celebration of his life and music were held; one in Windrush Square, the other in the pub in Coldharbour Lane. It's no exaggeration to say that Brixton Town Centre was shut down that night.
** His death makes certain lyrics in his last album, ''Music/{{Blackstar}}'' (especially in the TitleTrack), haunting due to the factor that his cancer had been diagnosed 18 months before the album's release.
-->''Look up here, Iím in heaven\\
Iíve got scars that canít be seen\\
Iíve got drama, canít be stolen\\
Everybody knows me now\\
This way or no way\\
You know, Iíll be free\\
Just like that bluebird\\
Now ain't that just like me?'' ("Lazarus")
:::The video for "Lazarus", with Bowie singing from a hospital bed, is starting to take on an eerie resonance in the wake of his death.
** ''Especially in Blackstar'' is putting it rather mildly. It takes over four and a half minutes (of a near-ten minute song) to get to what could be considered a traditional verse. And the first thing Bowie sings?
-->''Somethin' happened on the day he died.\\
Spirit rose a metre and stepped aside.\\
Somebody else took his place...\\
...and bravely cried.''
** If only to concur with how much of a (only just) retroactive tearjerker these lyrics were, Creator/TheBBC released a sequel to their ''"David Bowie: Five Years"'' documentary which they titled ''"David Bowie: The Last Five Years"''. Set to images of fans attending his memorial, were those (and the next few) lines from ''Blackstar''. Just Bowie's (acapella) singing, the images and nothing else besides spoken audio quotes from the man himself for the first minute.
** The lyrics of the final track, "I Can't Give Everything Away", as well as the general feel of the song itself, are especially this after his death. The song could be interpreted as his final farewell message to all of his fans over the years.
-->''I know something is very wrong\\
The pulse returns for prodigal sons\\
The blackout's hearts with flowered news\\
With skull designs upon my shoes\\
Seeing more and feeling less\\
Saying no but meaning yes\\
This is all I ever meant\\
That's the message that I sent\\
I can't give everything\\
I can't give everything\\
** Confirmed [[ on Facebook]] by Bowie's long-time collaborator and coproducer of ★, Tony Visconti:
--->His death was no different from his life - a work of Art. He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift.
** And then there's the {{Bookends}} feeling of the entire album. The styles of each track go in reverse order of every style Bowie has done throughout his career, before finally ending with a song reminiscent of his ''Music/LowDavidBowieAlbum'' sound.
** A few days after the release of ''Blackstar'', it was [[ revealed]] that Bowie wanted to make another album and made demo recordings of five songs, and called his producer Tony Visconti a week before his death wanting to work again. The fact that he was still working up to the very end and doesn't seem to have been ready to die somehow makes his death feel even more tragic.
** Though now, commemmorating what would have been his 70th birthday, it's possible that three of these "five songs" (unless the songs he mentioned and the material for the "Lazarus" musical weren't one and the same) have now seen the light of day in the form of an online-only EP called ''No Plan''.
** [[ David will never see his grandchild]].