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For more Blondie and Deborah Harry info, visit the busiest and best Blondie and Debbie website and forum at 8min version of Rapture on a hot summers day at Glastonbury 1999 (complete with stage invader)
Clem shines as usual too.

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Rapture on Wikipedia
Blondie - Rapture.pngNorth American artwork
Single by Blondie
from the album Autoamerican
B-side"Walk Like Me"
ReleasedJanuary 12, 1981
  • 7" single
  • 12" single
  • Disco
  • new wave
Length6:31(US Single), 4:58(UK Single)
  • Deborah Harry
  • Chris Stein
Producer(s)Mike Chapman
Blondie singles chronology

"Rapture" is a song by the American pop rock band Blondie from their fifth studio album, Autoamerican (1980).

In January 1981, "Rapture" was released as the second and final single from the album. The song reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it stayed for two weeks. It was the first No. 1 song in the U.S. to feature rap. The song peaked at No. 4 in Australia and No. 5 in the United Kingdom.


  • 1 History
    • 1.1 Music video
  • 2 Personnel
  • 3 Versions
    • 3.1 Remixes
    • 3.2 Rapture Riders
    • 3.3 Covers
  • 4 Track listing
    • 4.1 Rapture Riders
  • 5 Chart performance
    • 5.1 Weekly charts
    • 5.2 1994 Remix chart positions
    • 5.3 Year-end charts
    • 5.4 Sales and certifications
    • 5.5 Rapture Riders chart positions
  • 6 See also
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links


"Rapture" is a combination of disco, funk, and hip hop with the rap section forming an extended coda.[1][2] The song title "Rapture" served to indicate this element. While it was not the first single featuring rapping to be commercially successful, it was the first to top the charts. Its lyrics were especially notable for namechecking hip-hop pioneers Fab Five Freddy and Grandmaster Flash.

Music video

The music video made its U.S. television debut on Solid Gold on January 31, 1981,[3] and not only became the first rap video ever broadcast on MTV, but was part of its first 90-video rotation.[4] Set in the East Village section of Manhattan, the "Man from Mars" or "voodoo god" (dancer William Barnes in the white suit and top hat) is the introductory and central figure. Barnes also choreographed the piece.[5] Much of the video is a one-take scene of Debbie Harry dancing along the street, passing by graffiti artists, Uncle Sam, an American Indian and a goat. Fab Five Freddy and graffiti artists Lee Quinones and Jean-Michel Basquiat make cameo appearances. Basquiat was hired when Grandmaster Flash did not show for the filming.[6] The UK 7" version of the song is used in the video.


  • Deborah Harry – vocals
  • Clem Burke – drums
  • Jimmy Destri – electric keyboards
  • Nigel Harrison – bass
  • Frank Infante – guitar
  • Chris Stein – guitar, tympani
  • Tom Scott – saxophone


The versions appearing on the U.S. and UK 7" and 12" singles were quite different. The US 7" single, also issued with a different cover picture, used the Autoamerican album version and the US 12" single used a version with an additional verse, making it just 40 seconds longer. For the UK and other market single releases, producer Mike Chapman remixed the track completely. The Special Disco Mix has a different intro, a longer instrumental break with new percussion overdubbed and includes the extra verse, making it ten minutes long. The UK 7" version (4:59) was an edit of this Special Disco Mix without the extra verse and a slightly different edit with the extra verse (5:33) appeared on the band's first 'greatest hits' compilation The Best of Blondie in 1981. The album track "Live It Up" was also extended and remixed for the B-side of the non-U.S. 12" single. This 8-minute version was included on the 1994 UK CD edition of Autoamerican and was re-issued as part of EMI's 15-disc Blondie Singles Box in 2004.

Blondie re-recorded the song for their 2014 compilation album Greatest Hits Deluxe Redux. The compilation was part of a 2-disc set called Blondie 4(0) Ever which included their 10th studio album Ghosts of Download and marked the 40th anniversary of the forming of the band.

The picture of Debbie Harry used for the UK editions of the original 7" and 12" "Rapture" singles was later used for the cover of 1995 compilation Beautiful: The Remix Album.


Other than the original remixes from 1981, the first official remix of "Rapture" can be found on the 1988 compilation album Once More into the Bleach. The track was remixed again and reissued as a single in both the UK and the US in 1994 this time peaking at No. 8 in the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play.[7] This remix was included on compilations The Platinum Collection, Beautiful: The Remix Album and Remixed Remade Remodeled: The Remix Project.

Rapture Riders

In 2005, "Rapture" was "mashed" with The Doors' 1971 single "Riders on the Storm" into "Rapture Riders" by Go Home Productions. This unofficial mashup remix was later approved by both bands and released as a single credited to Blondie vs. The Doors. It was also included on Blondie's 2005 Greatest Hits: Sight + Sound compilation.[8] "Rapture Riders" made the top ten on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart and was a Top 40 hit in Australia and Europe.


Grandmaster Flash scratch mixed "Rapture" on his single "The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel" and also included the track on his 2002 DJ mix album Essential Mix: Classic Edition, editing out all the rap parts. In 1997, Foxy Brown (featuring Jay-Z) used the song as the base for the remix of her hit "I'll Be". It was also sampled by Won-G for his single "Caught Up in the Rapture", and was interpolated by rapper KRS-One on his 1997 single "Step into a World (Rapture's Delight)". In 2000, it was sampled once more by Glamma Kid on his single "Bills 2 Pay". In that same year, Destiny's Child sampled it on their single "Independent Women". The song was also sampled by the Jungle Brothers in the song "In Days 2 Come" from the album "Done by the Forces of Nature". Elements of "Rapture" were recreated for the Joe Pesci song "Wise Guy", in which he raps in-character as Vincent LaGuardia Gambini from the film My Cousin Vinny.

English synthpop duo Erasure covered "Rapture" in 1997 album (featured as a B-side track in the UK and included on the U.S. version of their album Cowboy), with Vince Clarke providing the rap. It was also included in the setlist for their 2005 tour, "The Erasure Show".

In 2004 at VH1's annual Diva's Live concert, Debbie Harry performed "Rapture" with rapper Eve, who performed her own original rap.

At the 2003 Brit Awards, Justin Timberlake performed part of the song with Kylie Minogue singing the rap, as the finale of a medley including his hit songs "Cry Me a River" and "Like I Love You".

Chilean musician Nicole also did a cover of this song in 2006, included on her album Apt.[9] Dub Pistols covered the song for their 2007 album Speakers and Tweeters, featuring Terry Hall on vocals.

In 2009, the song was remixed side by side with the Beastie Boys' "Intergalactic" in a "Versus" mix track for the Rhythm video game "DJ Hero"

Alicia Keys performed a cover of this song on the Sex and the City 2 soundtrack, released on May 25, 2010.[10]

Eurobeat/Italo disco artist Sophie (Elena Ferretti) released an Italo disco cover of the song in 1989 initially on her My World album. The song later appeared on Super Eurobeat Volume 1 in 1994.[11][12]

Track listing

US 7" (CHS 2485, January 1981)

  1. "Rapture" (Album version) (Deborah Harry, Chris Stein) – 6:33
  2. "Walk Like Me" (Jimmy Destri) – 3:45

US 12" (12 CHS 2485, January 1981)

  1. "Rapture" (US 12" Mix) (Harry, Stein) – 7:13
  2. "Walk Like Me" (Destri) – 3:45

UK 7" (CHS 2485, January 1981)

  1. "Rapture" (UK 7" Mix) (Harry, Stein) – 4:59
  2. "Walk Like Me" (Destri) – 3:45

UK 12" (CHS 12 2485, January 1981)

  1. "Rapture" (Special Disco Mix) (Harry, Stein) – 10:01
  2. "Live It Up" (Stein) (Special Disco Mix) – 8:14

US 1994 Remix CD (7243 8 85277 2 3)

  1. "Rapture" (K-klassic Radio Mix) – 4:20
  2. "Rapture" (Original Single Version) – 4:57
  3. "Rapture" (Guru's Fly Party Mix) – 4:11
  4. "Rapture" (K-klassic Mix) – 7:07
  5. "Rapture" (Original Disco Mix) – 10:00 *
  6. "Rapture" (Pharmacy Dub) – 6:00
  7. "Rapture" (Phactory Beats) – 4:22
  8. "Call Me" (American Gigolo Version) – 8:04

Rapture Riders

CD (0946 3475502 3)

  1. "Rapture Riders" (Single Edit) – 3:50
  2. "Rapture Riders" (Full Version) – 5:41
  3. "Rapture" (7" Version) – 4:57
  4. "Rapture" (Special Disco Mix) (2001 Remaster) – 9:59

12" (347 550 1)

  1. "Rapture Riders" (Full Version) – 5:41
  2. "Rapture" (Special Disco Mix) (2001 Remaster) – 9:59

See also

  • Hot 100 number-one hits of 1981 (United States)


  1. ^ Grundy, Gareth, "Blondie record Parallel Lines", The Guardian (UK), Friday June 10, 2011. "June 1978: Number 22 in our series of the 50 key events in the history of pop music"
  2. ^ Pareles, Jon, "Pop Review; No Debutante: Blondie Returns to Its Roots", The New York Times, February 25, 1999
  3. ^ Debbie Harry introducing the premiere of Rapture on Solid Gold on YouTube
  4. ^ Kamer, Foster. "The 40 Biggest Hip-Hop Moments in Pop Culture History". Retrieved May 5, 2017. 
  5. ^ IMDB, "Blondie: Video Hits"
  6. ^ "Rock Meets Rap" on Pop-Up Video
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h "Blondie awards on Allmusic". Allmusic. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  8. ^ "'Rapture Riders' by Blondie v the Doors". November 20, 2005. Retrieved 2013-12-19. 
  9. ^ nicolemusica. "Rapture on SoundCloud". Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Sex and the City 2: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [Soundtrack]"., Inc. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Eurobeat-Prime 3.0". Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Eurobeat-Prime 3.0". Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  13. ^ " – Blondie – Rapture" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  14. ^ "Rapture in Canadian Top Singles Chart". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Rapture in French Chart" (in French). Dominic DURAND / InfoDisc. July 8, 2013. Retrieved July 8, 2013.  You have to use the index at the top of the page and search "Blondie"
  16. ^ " – Blondie – Rapture". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  17. ^ "Rapture in Irish Chart". IRMA. Retrieved July 8, 2013.  2nd result when searching "Rapture"
  18. ^ "Indice per Interprete: B". HitParadeItalia (it). Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Blondie search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  20. ^ " – Blondie – Rapture" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  21. ^ " – Blondie – Rapture". Top 40 Singles.
  22. ^ " – Blondie – Rapture". VG-lista.
  23. ^ John Samson. "Rapture in South African Chart". Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  24. ^ " – Blondie – Rapture". Singles Top 100.
  25. ^ "1981 Top 40 Official UK Singles Archive – 31st January 1981". Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  26. ^ "Canadian 1981 Top 100 Singles". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  27. ^ "Billboard Top 100 – 1981". Retrieved 2010-12-29. 
  28. ^ "British single certifications – Blondie – Call Me". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 29 March 2012.  Enter Call Me in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search
  29. ^ "American single certifications – Blondie – Call Me". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 29 March 2012.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  30. ^ " – Blondie vs. The Doors – Rapture Riders". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  31. ^ " – Blondie vs. The Doors – Rapture Riders" (in French). Ultratip.
  32. ^ " – Blondie vs. The Doors – Rapture Riders" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  33. ^ "Blondie vs. The Doors: Rapture Riders" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  34. ^ " – Blondie vs. The Doors – Rapture Riders" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.

External links

  • "Rapture" Official Music Video on YouTube
  • Rapture Songfacts entry
  • Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

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