David Bowie

1947 - 2016

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David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), known professionally as David Bowie ( BOH-ee), was an English singer, songwriter, musician, and actor. He is regarded as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Bowie was acclaimed by critics and musicians, particularly for his innovative work during the 1970s. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of David Bowie has received more than 62,125,845 page views. His biography is available in 114 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 110 in 2019). David Bowie is the 14th most popular singer (down from 13th in 2019), the 75th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 79th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular British Singer.

David Bowie is most famous for being a singer, songwriter, and actor. He was also a producer and an arranger.

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  • 62M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 75.99

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 114

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 6.37

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 6.11

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)


Among singers, David Bowie ranks 14 out of 4,381Before him are Luciano Pavarotti, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Toto Cutugno, Charles Aznavour, Tina Turner, and Julio Iglesias. After him are Dalida, Adriano Celentano, Frank Sinatra, Jim Morrison, Joan Baez, and Demis Roussos.

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Among people born in 1947, David Bowie ranks 7Before him are Hillary Clinton, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Johan Cruyff, Paulo Coelho, and Stephen King. After him are Elton John, David Letterman, Brian Johnson, Dilma Rousseff, Florentino Pérez, and Brian May. Among people deceased in 2016, David Bowie ranks 7Before him are Muhammad Ali, Fidel Castro, Johan Cruyff, Shimon Peres, Umberto Eco, and Bud Spencer. After him are Debbie Reynolds, Alan Rickman, Bhumibol Adulyadej, Leonard Cohen, Zaha Hadid, and Imre Kertész.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, David Bowie ranks 75 out of 8,785Before him are Alex Ferguson (1941), James Clerk Maxwell (1831), Edward Heath (1916), Ridley Scott (1937), John Dee (1527), and George III of the United Kingdom (1738). After him are Charlotte Brontë (1816), Lewis Carroll (1832), Alfred the Great (849), George VI (1895), Elton John (1947), and J. M. W. Turner (1775).

Among SINGERS In United Kingdom

Among singers born in United Kingdom, David Bowie ranks 2Before him are Mick Jagger (1943). After him are Brian Johnson (1947), Joe Cocker (1944), Ozzy Osbourne (1948), Phil Collins (1951), Kate Bush (1958), George Michael (1963), Marianne Faithfull (1946), Rod Stewart (1945), Ian Gillan (1945), and Bonnie Tyler (1951).