Top 10 Alternative Rock David Bowie Covers

David Bowie was easily one of the most influential musicians of all time. Every era of music that has followed the 60’s/70’s classic rock era has featured artists who were influenced by Bowie. In the 80’s you had bands like The Smiths, whose frontman Morrissey definitely carried on Bowie’s sense of style and lyrical phrasing. In the 90’s, artists like late Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland cited Bowie as one of their top musical influences, with Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor even reworking “I’m Afraid Of Americans” to help Bowie have his biggest hit in years.

The 2000’s had bands like The Killers who helped revive Bowie’s dark glam rock sound, with Bowie giving one of his final live performances with Arcade Fire. In this article, we are focusing on the greatest Bowie covers performed by 90’s alternative rock artists. Rest in peace David.

10. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Suffragette City”

9. Scott Weiland – “The Jean Genie”

8. Alice In Chains – “Suffragette City”

7. The Smashing Pumpkins – “Space Oddity”

6. Chris Cornell – “Lady Stardust”

5. Scott Weiland – “Ashes to Ashes”

4. A Perfect Circle – “Ashes to Ashes”

3. The Wallflowers – “Heroes”

2. Nirvana – “The Man Who Sold The World”

1. Stone Temple Pilots – “Andy Warhol”

  • Angrytomato

    Bowie was a big influence on alternative and punk while also a being mainstream star.

  • Felonious Punk

    Notice how that cover of “Fame” Scott did from Happy In Galoshes isn’t on this list? That’s because it’s a cover so bad, it’s best forgotten entirely. See for yourself..

    • Chris

      In my opinion, that is the only album by either Scott, STP or anybody from STP that genuinely sucks (not counting covers, Xmas albums or the whole Linkin Park catalogue).

      • Felonious Punk

        I like Happy In Galoshes. It has a nice mix of styles from all aspects of his career. A few duds here and there, but overall his creativity was at an artistic high point during those sessions. It just didn’t sell.

        That’s why I think Blaster sounds so dull to me: there’s an obvious drop in quality from the stuff on HIG and the last STP album.

        • Roxxane D’troyt

          i loved his rendition of Fame,and all the Bowie covers Scott did as he sounded so much like him when he tried. Happy In galoshes is a great album,and Blaster got good commercial reviews. The man was constantly striving to change.

  • Raj

    Man Who Sold the World and Andy Warhol are still my two favs, but Suffragette City by Alice is done well. I thought Billy overdid Space Oddity in his version.


    hey…what about the cover of “under pressure” by that rapper of the early 90´s?

    • Chris

      You evil man.

    • Shane99

      Iced from the list.

  • ChelonianRiot

    If I am ever given access to a time machine, I will travel back to a time before Jakob Dylan was conceived and convince Bob Dylan to get a vasectomy, just to prevent the Wallflowers from covering “Heroes”.

    • Roxxane D’troyt

      i dnt see whats so wrong with it as a cover..

      • ChelonianRiot

        It sucks every ounce of passion out of the song and makes it boring. “Heroes” should never be boring.

        • ChelonianRiot

          (My hatred of bad Bowie covers might be considered… excessive… by some people.)

        • Roxxane D’troyt

          i agree i didnt find it boring..

  • dakotablue

    Weiland’s big elegant B&W photo an homage to Bowie’s startling Heroes cover photo. And Station to Station. He had such a visual sense.
    Have always liked Nirvana’s Man Who Sold the World. Probably because Kurt didn’t mess with the vocals and pretty much sang it just like the Man, a form of honor and tribute. You just can’t “make something your own” if somebody else already did.
    As much as I love Alice, that Suffragette song bugs me,
    No covers of Golden Years? (Nina Hagen, Marilyn Manson, Loose Ends and others?) Love that song.