David Bowie

All the Young Dudes

Composed by David Bowie

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David Bowie's biggest songwriting success with a tune that became more famous in someone else's hands, "All the Young Dudes" not only helped revive Mott the Hoople's career but became a deserved classic, a singalong with a brain to go along with its considerable heart. The brain specifically can be found in his sharp lyric about a teen after rock's boom years trying to look for some sort of inspiration (and memorably finding it in part with Bowie's major glam rock rival T. Rex), while the heart comes from the way the verses rise into the melancholic but powerful chorus. Ian Hunter's delivery and concluding ad-libs really make the Mott the Hoople version the keeper, as does the band's performance of the steady, anthemic melody, but Bowie's own recorded versions of the song -- including a reasonable enough demo take and an all right version on his David Live album from 1974 -- each have their points.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Aladdin Sane 1973 Atlantic / Elektra / Parlophone / Rhino / Warner Music 0:00
Rarest One Bowie 1995 Trident Music International 4:10
The Best of David Bowie 1969-1974 1997 Virgin 4:11
Best of Bowie 2002 Virgin 0:00
The Platinum Collection 2006 Virgin 4:11
Nothing Has Changed 2014 Columbia / Legacy 3:08
Five Years (1969-1973) 2015 Parlophone / Warner Music 1:38
Who Can I Be Now? (1974-1976) 2016 Parlophone 4:18
No Image 2016 Columbia / Legacy / Sony Music 0:00