I don’t know where to start with David Bowie’s Panic in Detroit, which has been one of my favorite rock songs for a long, long, long time. Everything makes it great. Ronson’s guitar, the tom-toms, congas and cymbals, the background singing, Bowie’s lead vocals… so much to love.
In the 1980s and 90s and 2000s I spent regular time doing weights in gyms, and this song came along for the ride on my choice of musical technology – walkman, discman, MP3 player, phone… and cranked with headphones/ear buds. Very few songs compete with this song cranked up very loud in your ears. Hearing be damned, I want that experience.
Just a reminder – the song number is NOT a ranking. Otherwise, this song would be very close to, if not at, the top.