5 moments that exemplify the wonder that was David Bowie

David Bowie died six years ago today (January 10). Since his passing, we now know more than ever that there was no other artist like him, and there probably never will be one like him again. These five moments prove it.

5. He could laugh and not take himself too seriously.

Make no mistake, Bowie was an artist’s artist, but the man was also funny. Just look at this compilation of moments he had with Conan O’Brien for proof.

4. He’s half responsible for the best rendition of a Christmas classic.

So many artists have covered the Christmas classics, but few are responsible for the best interpretations. Think about it: is it really Christmas without listening to Bowie and Bing Crosby‘s version of “The Little Drummer Boy (Peace On Earth)?” The answer you are looking for is “No”.

3. He had the foresight of what the internet would do to/for society

This 1999 BBC Newsnight clip of Bowie talking about the internet is so right it sends shivers down your spine.

2. He wasn’t afraid to take on MTV

Bowie had a bone to pick with MTV in a 1983 interview, and rightly so. In a video released by MTV shortly after his death, Bowie bluntly asks VJ Mark Goodman why there were so few black artists played on the network. Bowie didn’t just bite off one of the hands that was feeding him; he practically gnawed it off and spat it out.

1. He said goodbye in epic fashion

No one knew until it was too late, but Bowie’s final studio album Black Star was his way of saying goodbye to all his fans. It was both devastating and ridiculously cool. Black Star would debut at number one on the Billboard 200 album chart. It was his first number one album in the charts. What a way out.

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Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who knows the label well and is extraordinarily nice.

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