David Bowie Dominates Every Spot on LyricFind Global Chart

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David Bowie photographed in Beckenham, London on April 24, 1972. 

Following the death of international icon David Bowie, the world searched for his words.

Every song on the 25-position LyricFind Global chart (and all but one track on the LyricFind U.S. list, also 25 spots deep) is by Bowie, who died Jan. 10. The charts (dated Jan. 30) rank the fastest momentum-gaining tracks in lyric-search queries provided by LyricFind, the world's leader in licensed lyrics, with data provided by more than 4,000 publishers and utilized by more than 100 services, including Amazon, Pandora, Deezer, Shazam, Microsoft, Yahoo, SoundHound and iHeartRadio.

Bowie's monopolization marks the first time that one artist has occupied every slot on the LyricFind Global tally since it launched in October 2015. (The lone non-Bowie song on the U.S. chart this week? Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello's "I Know What You Did Last Summer," at No. 17.)

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Leading both the LyricFind Global and U.S. charts is "Space Oddity," the song that introduced the character of Major Tom, a fictional astronaut referenced several times in Bowie's work. His first Billboard Hot 100 top 40 hit, "Oddity" peaked at No. 15 in 1973; it re-enters this week's Hot 100 at No. 42 (with three other Bowie songs also ranking on the chart).

While "Oddity" found commercial success upon its original release, several of the trending tracks in lyrics searches for Bowie in the past week were never Hot 100 hits, including the Nos. 2-6 songs on both the Global and U.S. lists.

Here is the top 10 of the current LyricFind Global chart, along with the first lines of lyrics from each song. (And, view the full 25-position LyricFind Global and LyricFind U.S. on Billboard.com.)

(Song, Parent Album, Year, Opening Lyric)
1, "Space Oddity," Space Oddity, 1969
"Ground control to Major Tom / Take your protein pills and put your helmet on"

2, "Life on Mars?," Hunky Dory, 1971
"It's a God-awful small affair / To the girl with the mousy hair / But her mummy is yelling 'No'/ And her daddy has told her to go"

3, "Heroes," Heroes, 1977
"I, I will be king / And you, you will be queen"

4, "Starman," The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, 1972
"Didn't know what time it was and the lights were low / I leaned back on my radio / Some cat was layin' down some rock 'n' roll, 'lotta soul, he said"

5, "Ashes to Ashes," Scary Monsters, 1980
"Do you remember a guy that's been / In such an early song / I've heard a rumor from ground control / Oh no, don't say it's true"

6, "The Man Who Sold the World," The Man Who Sold the World, 1970
"We passed upon the stair / we spoke of was and when / Although I wasn't there / He said I was his friend"

7, "Modern Love," Let's Dance, 1983
"I know when to go out / And when to stay in / Get things done"

8, "Changes," Hunky Dory, 1971
"I still don't know what I was waiting for / And my time was running wild / A million dead-end streets"

9, "Quicksand," Hunky Dory, 1971
"I'm closer to the Golden Dawn / Immersed in Crowley's uniform / Of imagery"

10, "Blackstar," Blackstar, 2016
"In the villa of Ormen, in the villa of Ormen / Stands a solitary candle"

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Notably, the title cut from Bowie's new farewell album Blackstar makes the list above, at No. 10. As previously reported, the set begins at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, marking Bowie's first-ever leader on the chart, with 181,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending Jan. 14, according to Nielsen Music.

Bowie concurrently claims a record 21 of the 50 positions on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart. He additionally roars onto the Billboard Artist 100 chart at No. 1 and rockets 50-3 on the Social 50. On the latter list, he's fueled by a 1,755 percent increase in Wikipedia page views, to 3.6 million, according to Next Big Sound. Bowie also added 507,000 fans on Facebook and 298,000 likes and comments to his YouTube videos.


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