Moonage Daydream (3:51)

Cover of Ziggy Stardust

From Ziggy Stardust and 64 other releases

“Moonage Daydream” is a song written by David Bowie in 1971 and first released as a single under the name Arnold Corns. A rerecorded version was released in 1972 on the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Song’s classic guitar solo, performed by Bowie’s guitarist Mick Ronson, was ranked 85. on Guitar World’s “100 Greatest Guitar Solos”.

Story: The alien messiah is revealed/created, and his destiny to save the world from the disaster in “Five Years” is also hinted at, as well his fate as the quintessential “soul lover”. In terms of the plot, this is one of the most important songs as it describes the creation of Ziggy from a combination of religion, romance, sexual freedom, rebellion, and passion; he metamorphoses into the archetypal rock star.

Moonage Daydream: The Life and Times of Ziggy Stardust is the title of a book written by David Bowie, published in 2002 by Genesis Publications, named after this song. The book documented the years 1972-73 and was fully illustrated with the photography of Mick Rock. David and Mick met in 1972 and formed a working relationship and lasting friendship. Subsequently, Mick Rock was allowed to become the only photographer authorised to record the 2-year career of Ziggy Stardust.


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I'm an alligator, I'm a mama-papa coming for you
I'm the space invader, I'll be a rock 'n' rollin' bitch for you
Keep your mouth shut, you're squawking like a big monkey bird
And I'm busting up my brains for the words

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  • Pepexepex

    I thought it is pink monkey bird.

    Yesterday 2:46pm Reply
  • arc_he

    squawking like a big monkey bird. nice...

    20 Apr 6:33am Reply
  • maccrash

    the way 'soul love' segues into this is absolutely genius

    18 Apr 6:55pm Reply
  • Andy_warhola

    Don't know what's so shameful about that... both the song and Guardians of the Galaxy rock. Unless you're a pretenseful person and only enjoy what your elitist peers tell you, you can enjoy.

    2 Apr 10:44am Reply
  • CureVaNiNawl


    2 Mar 11:12pm Reply
  • Slim_rafa


    16 Feb 3:25pm Reply
  • Angel_Blue-

    Indeed a surprise that Moonage Daydream has been his most played song here, if this is all about this movie, explains a lot.

    26 Jan 2:38am Reply
  • HenryBadaroh

    Since when people listen to Moonage Daydream? Oh, found the hype. Guardians of the Galaxy. Shame.

    17 Jan 6:32pm Reply
  • venicechance

    Great song, great production.

    14 Jan 6:37pm Reply
  • Placebionic


    9 Jan 10:46pm Reply
  • raphaelmg94

    awesome mix vol 1

    5 Jan 3:35am Reply
  • electricmonster

    monange daydream

    13 Dec 2014 Reply
  • juanpalaciosde

    Freak out in a moonage daydream.

    20 Oct 2014 Reply
  • dorothydorothy

    keep your electric eye on me babe, put your ray-gun to my head

    18 Sep 2014 Reply
  • licoricepizza

    Well, that was a nice surprise! (Guardians of the Galaxy).

    6 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Keithcow

    Never heard this for years - nice guitars

    3 Jul 2014 Reply
  • shellbyrne


    30 Apr 2014 Reply
  • sl8221958

    i'm getting the Ziggy version and goosebumps which is pretty impressive after all these years [2] Don't fake it baby, lay the real thing on me!

    31 Mar 2014 Reply
  • pokeydevlin

    i'm getting the Ziggy version and goosebumps which is pretty impressive after all these years

    22 Mar 2014 Reply
  • SoRave

    oh my god, i completely forgot about how obsessed i was with this song.

    24 Feb 2014 Reply
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