Heroes Songs Ranked

‘Heroes” is a song by English singer-songwriter David Bowie. It was co-written by Bowie and Brian Eno, produced by Bowie and Tony Visconti, and recorded in July and August 1977 at Hansa Studio by the Wall. It was released on 23 September 1977 as the lead single from his 12th studio album of the same name, backed with the song “V-2 Schneider”. A product of Bowie’s “Berlin” period, the track was not a huge hit in the United Kingdom or the United States after its release, but it has since become one of his signature songs. In January 2016, following Bowie’s death, the song reached a new peak of number 12 in the UK Singles Chart. “‘Heroes'” has been cited as Bowie’s second-most covered song after “Rebel Rebel”. “‘Heroes'” has received numerous accolades since its release, including inclusion on lists of the greatest songs of all time; Rolling Stone named the song the 23rd greatest ever, and NME named it the 15th greatest. Bowie scholar David Buckley has written that “‘Heroes'” “is perhaps pop’s definitive statement of the potential triumph of the human spirit over adversity” Here are ll of Heroes songs ranked.

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10. Sense of Doubt

“A song so scary that it could’ve been featured in a horror movie or video game. It features mostly mellotron and piano, but what makes it particular is the wind that howls throughout the song, as well as the weird creature/children sound in the middle of the song that makes it overall very bizarre. I’m not sure where the title comes from.”

9. Neuköln

 “Neuköln”, a song inspired by Neukölln (a borough of Berlin where Bowie lived for some time in 1977), features mostly Bowie playing the sax, making it look like a lament, mixed with an ambient drone. The ending is very abrupt, as the saxophone is played is a very plaintive way.”

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8. Moss Garden

“Moss Garden”, another instrumental, is a less stressing song, and actually it’s from far the most relaxing song on “Heroes”. It features Bowie plucking a koto, a traditional Japanese string instrument, and even features bird sounds here and there in the background.”

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7. Joe the Lion

“Fripp’s guitar is very powerful from the beginning to the end of the song, and adds a darker tone to it. The track is in part a tribute to performance artist Chris Burden, who was famous for having himself nailed to a Volkswagen in 1974”

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6. Sons of the Silent Age

“Sons of the Silent Age” shows Bowie signing in a very cold voice, coupled with a bizarre and loud music. The synthy experimental nature of the album actually relates well to the rock songs on here, it’s nice he was able to combine the two to create something entirely fresh yet again.”

5. Beauty and the Beast

“The album begins with “Beauty and the Beast”, a song that apparently has nothing to do with the fairy tale. It’s a very good way to start the album with its strong guitar riffs mixed with some piano. It was chosen as a single but charted poorly.”

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4. Blackout

“Blackout” is a dark song with very bizarre lyrics and a very raw guitar can be heard throughout the song, giving the same dark effect that could be heard in Joe the Lion.”

3. The Secret Life of Arabia

“The Secret Life of Arabia” doesn’t look in the right place on the album. Author David Buckley considers it “a great song, but its position on the album spoils the dramatic effect… the last note of ‘Neuköln’ really ought to have been the last sound on the album. It is indeed very good, and is a first impression of what was to come with Lodger.”

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2. V-2 Schneider

“V-2 Schneider” starts the instrumental block of the album is a very good way, even though it’s not officially instrumental, as we can hear Bowie saying V-2 Schneider twice… It starts with what looks like an airplane sound, then followed by a short bass riff, before the guitar and sax kick in to make for a very strong sound. “

1. Heroes

“Heroes”” is a great song that allies beautiful and optimistic lyrics (an optimism that is overall very hard to find in other songs from the Berlin trilogy albums) with an almost hypnotic music elaborated by Eno and Bowie, with some help from Fripp. Brian Eno’s synthesizer work creates a very soothing ambiance throughout the song. The song was also released in different languages, including German and French.”