5. David Bowie

Throughout the month of February, 102.9 WMGK will count down the 20 greatest classic rock singers decided by our listener vote. 

We’ll dedicate daily blocks to one singer who’s made the list every weekday throughout the month.

MGK will celebrate David Bowie on Wednesday, Feb. 22.

Bowie made a name for himself through the late 1960s most memorably with “Space Oddity.” He took the next step after the release of The Man Who Sold the World in 1970 and Hunky Dory in 1971 featuring “Changes” as his hit single.

He revolutionized the importance of stage presence and a persona that fed his popularity by creating his alter ego Ziggy Stardust in 1972.

The attraction to this character helped his album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars fly off the shelves.

Bowie developed a special connection with the city of Philadelphia throughout his career. He recorded David Live at the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby in 1972, and he recorded the majority of Young Americans at Sigma Sound Studios on 12th street in Center City.

Bowie’s career has earned him the #5 spot on the list in 2023.

MGK’s Top 20 Classic Rock Singers

20. Brad Delp

19. Steven Tyler

18. Bruce Springsteen

17. Don Henley

16. Jon Anderson

15. Mick Jagger

14. Phil Collins

13. Stevie Nicks

12. Billy Joel

11. Chris Cornell

10. Elton John

9. Ann Wilson

8. Paul Rodgers

7. Paul McCartney

6. Roger Daltrey

5. David Bowie

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David Bowie: His 40 Greatest Songs

Colin Newby is a digital content contributor for 97.5 The Fanatic, 93.3 WMMR, and 102.9 WMGK in Beasley Media's Philadelphia cluster. Topics include sports, music, entertainment, and Philadelphia local stories. He earned degrees as a Bachelor of Arts from Temple University and a Master of Science from Saint Joseph's University. His writing experience includes credentialed coverage of the NHL and the Philadelphia Flyers. He joined the Professional Hockey Writers' Association in 2022.

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