As we all know by now, the world has lost one of its greatest pop stars. Just days after releasing his newest, jazz-inspired album, Darkstar, David Bowie, age 69, has died of cancer. According to posts on his social media feeds, Bowie “died peacefully, surrounded by his family” on Sunday, after an “18-month battle with cancer.”
Bowie’s influence was wide and lasting—inspiring generations in the fields of music, fashion and art. He entertained us, challenged our ideals, and redefined cool several times over during his career.
In memory of the rock icon, we’re looking back on the shooting star that was his career with a list of his most memorable moments.
1. The Laughing Gnome. No more to be said about this one. Now pass the Dutchie, please.
2. That time when we all suddenly realized just how awesome Under Pressure really was. Even without the band.
3. When he took SNL to places it had never, ever been. Seriously. Never.
4. When we realized he really did love Ricky Gervais.
5. The time he took over the MMVAs in 1999.
6. When the Goblin King did what we all wanted to do and punted one of those evil little Muppets. (Go ahead and take a moment, crank this one up, and dance to it like you did when you were a teenager.)
7. How he predicted the future of the Internet.
8. That time he gave us the warm fuzzies with Bing Crosby.
9. Or when he called out MTV in 1983 for not playing enough music from black artists.
In our 1983 David Bowie interview, he criticizes MTV for not playing enough music videos by black artists. https://t.co/G2ePJFcaRN
— MTV News (@MTVNews) January 11, 2016
10. And when first we learned the man could seriously act, because of course.
Be sure to catch MUCH CELEBRATES DAVID BOWIE, a 24-hour tribute on Sunday, Jan. 17 beginning at 6 a.m. ET.