On this date 33 years ago, Blondie brought 'Rapture' – and rap – to No. 1
"Debbie Harry doing rap disco may seem bizarre, but it works here. The production is expectedly slick and the playing is tight."
Despite seeming bemused, Billboard praised Blondie's "Rapture" in its review of the song in the issue dated Jan. 31, 1981 – the same day the track's video premiered on Solid Gold. That week, the Mike Chapman-produced song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 61, just as Blondie's previous single, "The Tide Is High," crowned the chart. Eight weeks later, "Rapture" blasted from No. 6 to No. 1.