Mott the Hoople didn’t leave us with just that one great hit “All The Young Dudes,” but most know the band for that one smash hit. Featuring David Bowie, who also wrote the song for the boys, it has gone down in history as Mott the Hoople’s greatest hit. But let’s take a look at the band’s top five greatest hits of all time.
“One of the Boys”
Mott the Hoople was about to fall off the map before David Bowie took them under his iconic wings and offered the musical group a number of his songs to cover. “One of the Boys” is one those songs. This track is the band’s longest song they had ever recorded, and it put them back in the game as the rockstars they are known as today.
“Crash Street Kidds”
This song appeared on the band’s final studio album The Hoople in 1974. The four-minute and 31-second-long song boasts aggressive, rebellious lyrics like “See my thoughts and see my scars / See my clothes / I dress to kill / See my blood and see my gun.”
“All the Young Dudes”
As we’ve covered in the intro, this is the song the boys are known for. It was released as a single in 1972, it was and still is considered an anthem for the genre of glam rock. Bowie told Rolling Stone, “All the Young Dudes is a song about this news. It’s no hymn to the youth, as people thought. It is completely the opposite.”
“Hymn for the Dudes”
As a sort of sequel, one might say, along came “Hymn for the Dudes” on their sixth studio album Mott, which landed at number 7 on the UK Charts during its radio reign. Ian Hunter, lead singer, and the band’s primary songwriter wrote the tune.
As the follow-up single to “All the Young Dudes,” it exists thanks to Bowie’s involvement once again. While the band produced it on their own, they followed the plan Bowie had given them for it. It rings in as a more laid back tune, but its still topped with a good dose of their signature glam rock sound.