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Many old school new wave fans view "Rapture" as the point at which Blondie officially lost the plot, but listened to in the context of the band's entire career, this early foray into hip-hop makes perfect sense. Debbie Harry and Chris Stein had always had their eye on the downtown music scene, and the birth of the emergent hip-hop nation must have seemed to them much like the early days of punk. Not to mention the fact that the song is actually pretty wonderful. The first half (the part nobody remembers) features some of Harry's most alluring singing and a killer melody riding above the disco-funk guitar and bass riffs. The second half (the part everyone remembers) was, for 1981, pretty darn impressive. Harry raps with greater authority and flow than many "authentic" MCs of the era, name-dropping Fab Five Freddy and Grandmaster Flash ages before anyone outside of New York City had ever heard of either and giving her rap more of an actual beginning, middle and end than was common at the time. Add in the heavy metal guitar solo at the end and they've predicted the rise of rap-rock lamers like Limp Bizkit nearly two decades before the fact. "Rapture" was a generation of suburban junior high school students' initial introduction to hip-hop. There could have been worse ways to discover the music. (Vanilla Ice, anyone?)

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Autoamerican 1980 Caroline Distribution 9:59
The Best of Blondie 1981 Chrysalis Records 5:36
Once More Into the Bleach 1988 Chrysalis Records 6:58
Rock the First, Vol. 4 1992
Various Artists
Sandstone Music / Sandstone 5:36
Mega Hits Dance Classics, Vol. 11 1994
Various Artists
Priority Records
The Platinum Collection 1994 Chrysalis Records 4:57
No Image 1994 Capitol
Mighty Real Dance Classics 1995
Various Artists
Capitol 4:57
Only Dance: 1980-1984 1995
Various Artists
Rhino / JCI Associated Labels 5:36
The Brilliant! The Global Dance Music Experience, Vol. 5 1995
Various Artists
SBK Records 7:08
The Remix Project 1995 Chrysalis Records / Capitol 7:08
VH1: The Big 80's 1996
Various Artists
Rhino 6:31
Retro Dance Club, Vol. 3 1996
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution / Capitol 7:07
Back to Back Hits 1996 EMI-Capitol Special Markets / Capitol / Special 5:36
Rock On: 1981 1996
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 5:39
80's Hot Ladies 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 5:36
Rock On: 1980-1984 1997
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 5:39
Nick at Nite Goes to Outer Space 1997
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 5:38
Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Dance Hits 1997
Various Artists
1981: 20 Original Chart Hits 1997
Various Artists
A Time To Remember 5:33
Gold and Platinum, Vol. 4: 1980-1984 1997
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 5:37
1998 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras 1998
Various Artists
Central Station Records
DJ Mix: 25 Years of Dance 1998
Various Artists
Simitar Distribution
Dance Club Retro, Vol. 3: Pop Hits 1998
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 7:22
Awesome '80s, Vol. 2 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 4:57
No Exit 1999 Beyond 0:00
The Best of Blondie [CEMA Special Products] 1999 EMI-Capitol Special Markets / CEMA Special Markets 4:58
Atomic: The Very Best of Blondie 1999 EMI Music Distribution 7:13
Break Dance: Return of B-Boy 1999
Various Artists
Cold Front Records / K-Tel Distribution 5:36
Dancemania Club Classics, Vol. 2 2000
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:27
Lucky Numbers 2000
Original Soundtrack
Atlantic 4:55
I Want My 80's Box 2001
Various Artists
Hip-O 4:57
Old School Jams, Vol. 3 2001
Various Artists
SPG 9:59
A Year in Your Life: 1981, Vol. 2 2001
Various Artists
Definitive 6:26
Essential Mix: Classic Edition 2002 FFRR 2:55
Old School Rap Party, Vol. 1 2002
Various Artists
Thump Records 4:54
Greatest Video Hits 2002 Capitol
Mastercuts: Bar Life 2002
Various Artists
Mastercuts 3:42
Retro 80's, Vol. 4 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 9:59
Best 80s Modern Rock Album 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:57
#1 Hits of the 80's [EMI Special Markets] 2003
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:58
New Woman 2003 2003
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:59
Best of Blondie [Collectables] 2003 Collectables 4:58
Best of Blondie [Platinum Disc] 2003 Platinum Disc 4:58
Back to the 80's: The Long Versions, Vol. 2 2003
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 7:13
DJ Yoda's How to Cut and Paste: 80's Edition 2003 Antidote 0:54
Blondie [Collection] 2003 Platinum Disc 4:58
Old School Jams [SPG Box Set] 2004
Various Artists
SPG 9:59
Singles Box 2004 Capitol / EMI Records / EMI Music Distribution 10:02
Absolutely the Best of Modern Rock 2004
Various Artists
Fuel 2000 5:38
Absolutely the Best of the 80's, Vol. 2 2004
Various Artists
Fuel 2000 5:36
Video Hits 2005 Capitol
Greatest Hits: Sound & Vision 2006 Chrysalis Records / Capitol 5:36
No Image 2006 Capitol / Chrysalis 7:07
Lovebox Weekender 2007 Lovebox 8:01
Platinum [Capitol] 2007 EMI Music Distribution 9:59
Holiday Gift Pack 2007 Capitol 4:59
Top of the Pops 1981 [EMI] 2008
Various Artists
BBC Worldwide / EMI 5:01
The Collection 2008 EMI / EMD Int'l / EMI Gold 4:59
Blondie Singles Collection: 1977-1982 2009 EMI Music Distribution / Chrysalis Records / EMD Int'l
Anthems: Electronic '80s 2009
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 3:34
Essential 2011 Capitol / EMI / EMI Gold 4:59
Shame 2011
Original Soundtrack
Sony Classical 5:32
Greatest Hits Deluxe Redux/Ghosts of Download 2014 Noble Id 5:34
100 Hits: 80s Chartbusters
Various Artists
100 Hits / Demon Music Group / DMG 100 4:58
25 Years Of Chrysalis Music
Various Artists
Sony CMG
80s 12'' Party
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire / Parlophone / Warner Music 7:13
Atomic/Atomix EMI Digital / Parlophone 7:12
Glitterbox London
Various Artists
ADA / Defected / Glitterbox 3:06
Original Hits: 80s Pop
Various Artists
EMI 4:57