His 1996 set at the BRIT Awards. Michael Jackson was on the same bill with "Earth Song", so as the show's closer — and pushing fifty to boot — Bowie, with backup from Pet Shop Boys on "Hallo Spaceboy", had no choice but to unleash his full powers of awesomeness in a three-song medley. Not only did he sing live (Jackson did not), he did it all in a darling pair of heels. And that's why we love 'im.
The words in the song 'Quicksand'... "I'm not a Prophet or a Stone age man, just a mortal with potential of a superman." Awesome.
""Heroes"", just ""Heroes"".
To give an example of the awesomeness of the "Heroes" album, John Lennon is quoted that his mission when writing Double Fantasy was to make something half as good as "Heroes" was.
From 1971 to the end of 1977, the man made ten albums. And forgetting how impressive it is for a mainstream artist (who would have to juggle all that with touring) to make that much music in that period of time, eight of them are some of the greatest albums of all time.
Alongside all this — and producing material for artists such as Lou Reed and Iggy Pop (co-writing and performing on both of the latter's 1977 albums and touring with him that year as his pianist) and making The Man Who Fell to Earth — he would deal with a crumbling marriage (with a toddler-aged son caught in the middle), substance addictions that damaged his health and sanity, money problems, and a drawn-out split from manager Tony DeFries during this period. He wouldn't fully move past all of these problems until the early 1980s. Far too many musicians have died for fewer problems than these, and yet he not only lived through it but accomplished so much of worth...
How can these tropers forget about "Life on Mars?" With the combination of weird, absurd lyrics, bombastic keyboard and guitar work, soaring, triumphant chorus, and beautiful string section (a friggin' string section!), this is a particularly awesome moment in David Bowie's catalog.
The complete surprise of The Next Day. One of the biggest names in rock music records a comeback album after a decade and somehow manages to keep it completely under wraps until the sudden, unexpected announcement? Bravo.
In the UK, both "Where Are We Now?" and The Next Day topped the iTunes Singles and Albums Charts respectively upon release. The latter did this just through pre-orders.
When The Next Day was actually released, it went to #1 on iTunes in 64 different countries, and to #1 in physical sales in 12 countries. This is particularly impressive given how little promotion he's done for it — there's been no interviews (though collaborators such as producer Tony Visconti talked to the press) or live performances/talk show appearances. He's just brought out a string of videos.
Complementing the Moment of Awesome, everyone regards this as one of the best comeback albums ever around the world, and fans demand tours and concerts for it.
A regular live song is "Waiting for the Man" by Velvet Underground. Bowie first heard the song when his manager brought back an early acetate copy of their debut album (before the album's release in the US), and taught it to his band, who then started playing it at gigs. Not only was Bowie the first person to cover the VU, he did it before the original album was even released.
In May 2013, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield recorded a music video for "Space Oddity" from the International Space Station, the first music video ever to be shot in space, before his return to Earth. With surprisingly good singing, slightly revised lyrics, and shots of the planet Earth in the background as Hadfield takes 'a last glimpse of the world', the song takes on new, emotional, beautiful meaning.