500 Greatest Songs of All Time
Blondie, 'Heart of Glass'
Writers: Deborah Harry, Chris Stein
Producer: Mike Chapman
Released: Sept. '78, Chrysalis
21 weeks; No. 1
Blondie singer Harry and guitarist Stein, her boyfriend, wrote the song as "Once I Had a Love" in their dingy New York apartment; keyboardist Jimmy Destri provided the synthesizer hook. The result brought punk and disco together on the dance floor. "Chris always wanted to do disco," Destri said. Not all of their rock fans agreed. "We used to do 'Heart of Glass' to upset people," he added.
Appears on: Parallel Lines (Capitol)