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Chart positions
Explanation of the data
  DE 40 02/23/1981 (13 weeks)
  UK 5 01/24/1981 (8 weeks)
  US 1Template: Infobox chart placements / maintenance / NR1 link 01/31/1981 (20 weeks)

Rapture ( English " Rapture ") is a song by Blondie from 1981 , written by Deborah Harry and Chris Stein.


Rapture combines the directions of New Wave , Pop , Funk and contains extensive rap passages in the second half . Rapper's Delight by the Sugarhill Gang was the first successful hip-hop song in 1979 . Rapture was the second rap song to receive a gold record , along with Kurtis Blows The Breaks , and the first to become a number one hit. The rap lines contain references to hip-hop pioneers Fab 5 Freddy and Grandmaster Flash .

Released on January 12, 1981, the song became a number one hit in the United States.

Use in popular culture

Music video

The music video was shot in the East Village , Manhattan . At the beginning of the video, a man dressed in white (played by Fab 5 Freddy) goes to a window dancing; there is a party there. During a tour, Deborah Harry sings the song both there and in the city center and speaks to the DJ of the party. Then some scenes repeat in fadeouts . Downtown, the Blondie members and the white-clad man go to a club that they end up leaving. In 1981, this was the first rap video to air on MTV .

Cover versions

Individual evidence

  1. Sources chart positions: DE - UK - US
  2. Music video on Youtube.com