Blondie were one of the coolest and most successful bands of the late s and early s. Led by their charismatic frontwoman Debbie Harry, the group scored many hits, and are still touring to this day. Here are Blondie 's greatest songs ever, in no particular order Originally titled 'Denise', this song was written by Neil Levenson about his childhood friend, Denise Lefrak. In , Blondie reworked it as 'Denis', and it became one of their breakthrough tracks. It featured a verse with improvised lyrics in French by Debbie Harry.
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Harry was a fan of groups like the Shangri-Las and the Ronettes — hood girls whose toughness concealed their vulnerability — and adapted elements of their image into her Blondie persona. Fittingly, In the Flesh was a homage to them — a velvety slowie, steeped in girl-group harmonies, that could be taken as a daydreamy love song, or as something more base. Always the sick kind. Almost more demo than finished song, this track from the Plastic Letters album is about as lo-fi as early Blondie got. The title, by the way, has nothing to do with ecstasy, which was then years away from being adopted as a recreational drug.
Together with keyboardist Jimmy Destri, drummer Clem Burke and bass player Gary Valentine, Blondie took the pop playbook and ripped it to shreds. Listen to the best Blondie songs on Apple Music and Spotify , and scroll down to read our 20 best Blondie songs. Singing subverted teenage love songs at age 31 is just the kind of tongue-in-cheek appeal that made Harry such a charismatic front woman. As much as the Ramones are given credit for subverting 60s pop and rock, Blondie is just as much responsible for making girl groups sound tragically hip.
Its been over forty years since Blondie released their debut album in When historians refer to the new wave and punk scenes of the late s, it is usually Blondie, Talking Heads , and The Ramones that get the most attention. At the time, disco music had been attacked by a new sound of rebellion in rock music. That revolution aimed to win back fans of early rock and pop that were mesmerized by the disco ball. In their first five years of recording, Blondie would maintain a certain flirtation between the genres of punk, new wave and yes, disco. This Top 10 Blondie Songs list attempts to present the songs that defined them as an extremely successful popular music act that had maintained a long time following forty years later. Most bands are remembered simply for their music. Other bands are remembered for their images. The great ones are remembered as influencing culture though both image and content.