#18 – Blondie – “Heart of Glass” – (1978)

This was one of Blondie’s biggest hits and best songs. It might be #1 of both of those things, but I don’t feel like comparing all of their singles to see which was the biggest commercial success. This was a #1 hit all over the place – from the Hot 100 to New Zealand. It’s a new wave song, but there’s a hint of disco to it as well. Good stuff.

#6 – Blondie – “Atomic” – (1979)

This is one of Blondie’s best songs. It topped the charts in the U.K. but only barely cracked the top 40 in the U.S. It’s a blend of new wave, disco and rock – in fact, it was released right at the dawn of new wave and acted sort of a prototype for many songs to follow. But I find it much cooler than most of the really 80s new wave that followed.

#79 – Blondie – “The Tide is High” – (1980)

This song was originally done by The Paragons in 1967 but it wasn’t a hit in the slightest sense of the word. Blondie covered it for their 1980 album Autoamerican – and they added a very nice reggae beat. Blondie had a bigger hit the same year with (“Call Me”) but I like “The Tide is High” better. Perhaps it’s for the prophetic lyrics: “I’m gonna be your number one” – and it was… this song was their third #1 hit in the U.S.