But he's got some famous music out there, such as:
That's "Space Oddity," his first and most famous hit. It's one of those songs you probably heard a lot growing up, and maybe never found out who did it. But there you are, a bona fide David Bowie classic. Probably the obvious source for the quirkiness of his later career. Imagine if the Beatles started out as Sgt. Pepper's...
"Life on Mars," which I'm most familiar with from the short-lived Jason O'Mara TV show (which itself was an adaptation of an earlier BBC series) of the same name. The song recurred and was an anthem in more than one way. So I'll always have that among my treasured memories. I loved that show.
"Under Pressure," which he did with Queen. I discovered this song from the soundtrack to the John Cusack classic Grosse Pointe Blank, and it's long been a favorite of mine (the soundtrack, this song in particular, both).
That's all I can say definitively about David Bowie's work in my life. I had to look up "Space Oddity" to find that out, which in turned reminded me about "Life on Mars." But still, it's sad to see the legend go. Could be very interesting to see how the culture keeps his memory alive. Personally, I'd love a Bowie biopic, maybe from someone like Charlie Kaufman, who could really make his more interesting personality quirks pop.
It's also worth noting that Bowie is the father of the brilliant director Duncan Jones, who's given us two great films already, Moon (2009) and Source Code (2011), and hopefully many more to come.