Space Oddity

Released Date
July 11, 1969
David Bowie
David Bowie
About Space Oddity


First released as a 7-inch single before becoming the opening track on David Bowie's second studio album, it is one of Bowie's signature songs. It tells the story of fictional astronaut Major Tom.


The song is one of four included in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. The Major Tom character reappeared in his songs "Ashes to Ashes" and "Hallo Spaceboy."