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Debbie Harry Charts First Alternative Songs Hit Since 1990, Thanks to Just Loud’s ‘Soul Train’

The Blondie icon debuts as a featured artist at No. 40.

For the first time in nearly three decades, Debbie Harry graces Billboard‘s Alternative Songs airplay chart.

The Blondie frontwoman debuts at No. 40 on the Dec. 1-dated tally as a featured artist on Just Loud’s “Soul Train.” Harry makes her fourth visit to the list, which began in 1988, and her first since her solo track “Kiss It Better” (credited to Deborah Harry), which peaked at No. 12 in January 1990.

Harry previously reached Alternative Songs with the No. 2-peaking “I Want That Man” (November 1989) and “Liar, Liar,” which peaked on the very first Alternative Songs chart (No. 14, Sept. 10, 1988). (Blondie has never made the ranking, although it almost certainly would have had the chart existed during the band’s late-’70s/early ’80s prime.)


Harry has, however, recently appeared on a Billboard airplay chart. “Long Time,” the lead single from Blondie’s 2017 album Pollinator, hit No. 19 on the Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart in June 2017. The song marked the band’s first on an airplay survey since “Maria” in 1999.

“Soul Train” is the second Alternative Songs-charting title in 2018 for New York-based singer Just Loud, following the No. 26-peaking “Electrified” (Aug. 4). His debut album is due in March 2019.