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Billboard #1 Hits: #463: “Heart Of Glass”- Blondie. April 28, 1979. #1 for 1 week in Billboard Hot 100.

  • Single: “Heart Of Glass”- Blondie
  • Record Company- Chrysalis
  • Genre: Disco- New Wave
  • Written by Debbie Harry and Chris Stein
  • Time: 3:58
  • B-side:”11:59″
  • Album- Parallel Lines
  • Grade: A+
  • Peaked at #1 1 week in Billboard Hot 100. #1 in UK Singles Chart. #1 in Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, Switzerland.

New Wave meets Disco. Debbie Harry and Chris Stein 5 years earlier had written a version of the song with the title of “One I Had A Love”- the band would call it “The Disco Song’- it was inspired by “Rock The Boat” by The Hues Corporation. In 1978 they brought the song back out and made it more pop oriented and polished it up and put it on their third album Parallel Lines. The first two albums had yielded no hit singles and didn’t make much of a dent on the album charts. “Heart Of Glass” became their first hit- and help to send Parallel Lines to #6 on the album chart. Blondie would go on to have three more #1’s “Call Me”, “The Tide Is High” and “Rapture” in the next few years but “Heart Of Glass” has to be regarded as their most important single as far as breaking the band. I would argue that their greatest song/ single is one that didn’t do much on the charts- “Dreaming” later in 1979 only went to #27.

5 responses to “BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #463: “HEART OF GLASS”- BLONDIE – APRIL 28, 1979

  1. Whether you like disco or not, it’s a pretty catchy tune. It received massive radio play in Germany and was quite popular at private parties we started having at the time. I ended up buying it as a 45 rpm – in retrospect one of my better disco-influenced 45s!

    • There is certainly a touch or two of disco in it- just enough but not too much IMO.. I bought the album at the time- and it’s a good one. I hadn’t heard of them before this single.

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