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David Bowie performs his final concert as Ziggy Stardust at the Hammersmith Odeon, London. The concert later became known as the Retirement Gig. (Photo by Steve Wood/Getty Images)

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David Bowie: “Ziggy Stardust”

The Hook: Bowie came up with the song in the front room of the house where he and the Spiders From Mars were all living.

Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars

Year: 1972

David Bowie

Stats: Although never released a single, it’s ranked number-277 on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Background: Guitarist Mick Ronson explained in a 1990 interview that “Ziggy Stardust” was the song that not only kicked off the creation of one of Bowie’s great concept albums, but also showcased a new sound for Bowie.

The late guitarist Mick Ronson on how the song “Ziggy Stardust” kicked off not just a concept album, but a new band sound for David Bowie. OC:…more electric. :25

“’Ziggy Stardust’ started off in Haddon Hall where we used to all live. David came up with that song right there in the front room and we started to get this whole idea of a concept for an album together. It kind of turned out to be somewhat of an electric album because we’d just gotten some new people in the band and it was a pretty raw band. I brought a couple of people down from a band I was playing with down in Hull called The Rats and we started making things much more electric.”