Next standard... Life On Mars? Suggested by @Ome, "Life On Mars?", also known as "(Is There) Life On Mars?", is a song by written by David Bowie whose original rendition first appeared on the 1971 album Hunky Dory. In 1968, Bowie wrote the lyrics "Even a Fool Learns to Love", set to the music of a 1967 French song "Comme d'habitude". Bowie's version was never released, but Paul Anka bought the rights to the original French version and rewrote it into "My Way". The success of the Anka version prompted Bowie to write "Life On Mars?" as a parody of Sinatra's famous 1969 recording. Bowie noted that Rick Wakeman "embellished the piano part" of his original melody and guitarist Mick Ronson "created one of his first and best string parts" for the song. The liner notes for Hunky Dory say the song was "inspired by Frankie". One reviewer suggested the song was written after "a brief and painful affair" with actress Hermione Farthingale. While on tour in 1990, Bowie introduced the song by saying "You fall in love, you write a love song. This is a love song. With cryptic lyrics, the song has been described by by BBC Radio 2 as "a cross between a Broadway musical and a Salvador Dalí painting". The line "Look at those cavemen go" is a reference to the song "Alley Oop", a one-off hit in 1960 for American doo-wop band The Hollywood Argyles. Bowie summed up the song as "A sensitive young girl's reaction to the media." In 1997, he added: "I think she finds herself disappointed with reality... although she's living in the doldrums of reality, she's being told that there's a far greater life somewhere, and she's bitterly disappointed that she doesn't have access to it." When released as a single in 1973, Bowie's version reached #3 in the UK Singles Chart and stayed on the chart for thirteen weeks. The song re-entered the UK charts at #55 over thirty years later, largely because of its use in the original British television series Life On Mars. It also belatedly became a Top Ten hit in France in 2013. "Life On Mars" has been covered many times, including... Barbra Streisand (1974); The King's Singers (1975); Anni-Frid Lyngstad ("Liv på Mars?", 1975); The London Symphony Orchestra (1977); Marti Webb (1985); Cæcilie Norby (1996); Anggun (1998); Jasper Steverlinck and the Kolacny Brothers (2002); Seu Jorge (2004); The Dresden Dolls (2008); VAMPS (2009); Keren Ann (2010); Momus (2015); Trey Songz (2016); Joanna Forest (2017). Over a hundred and thirty versions can be found here. Explore, enjoy and then list your favourites in this thread. Please list up to ten versions with a minimum of three choices. We'll bring voting to a close next Wednesday night after which our favourite version will be revealed.