Home » Arts & Entertainment » Music & Audio » Urban & Hip-Hop » The song ‘Rapture’ by Blondie (1981) was the first single featuring a rap to reach number one on the US Billboard Hot 100. Debbie Harry, lead singer of Blondie, has said many rappers, including the Wu-Tang Clan and Mobb Deep, told her it was the first rap song they ever heard.

The song ‘Rapture’ by Blondie (1981) was the first single featuring a rap to reach number one on the US Billboard Hot 100. Debbie Harry, lead singer of Blondie, has said many rappers, including the Wu-Tang Clan and Mobb Deep, told her it was the first rap song they ever heard.

Rapture (Blondie song)

“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 became their fourth and last single to reach number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it stayed for two weeks. It was the first number-one song in the U.S. to feature rap vocals. The song peaked at number four in Australia and number five in the United Kingdom.

“Rapture” is a combination of disco, funk, and hip hop with the rap section forming an extended coda.

Music video

The music video made its U.S. television debut on Solid Gold on January 31, 1981, and not only became the first rap video ever broadcast on… Continue Reading (5 minute read)

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