Blondie is one of the most famous bands in rock and roll. After all, it was one of the pioneers of new wave in the mid 1970s. However, Blondie went on to incorporate influences from other genres of music such as pop, rap, and reggae, with the result that it has a one-of-a-kind sound. The band broke up for a time from the early 1980s to the late 1990s. Since then, Blondie has reunited in every sense, as shown by how it has released five of its eleven studio albums from the 1990s to the 2020s.
11. Ghosts of Download
In 2014, Blondie released Blondie 4(0)Ever, which was a double album meant to celebrate the band’s 40th anniversary. One of the two albums consisted of re-recordings of chosen songs. Meanwhile, the other was Ghosts of Download, which was a collection of new music. The latter had some points of interest. To name an example, it saw the band experimenting with electronic dance music for the first time. Unfortunately, it was very much overshadowed by its counterpart.
10. The Curse of Blondie
The Curse of Blondie is a release from the early 2000s. It is interesting in that it saw Blondie experimenting with a wide range of music, with the result that some people loved it while other people loathed it. Certainly, The Curse of Blondie had some good songs. However, there is a reason that it is one of the band’s more forgotten releases.
9. Panic of Girls
Speaking of which, The Curse of Blondie was followed by Panic of Girls. There was a sizable gap of eight years between the two releases. However, the two releases nonetheless had some similarities such as their willingness to experiment. Unfortunately, both of them are also similar in that while they had some good content, the rest wasn’t capable of competing with the band’s best.
8. The Hunter
Anyone who has ever laid eyes upon the cover of The Hunter will recognize that it comes from the first part of Blondie’s existence. After all, the big hair was an iconic element of the 1980s. In any case, The Hunter was the last studio album that Blondie released before the break-up in 1982. On the whole, it was very much the work of an experienced band who had managed to make its way to the top. Sadly, The Hunter failed to hit the same heights as its predecessors, thus creating the fatal impression that the band was running low on passion at the time.
7. No Exit
No Exit received a lot of interest. This is because it was Blondie’s first release in 17 years, meaning that there were a lot of people curious whether the band would be able to make a successful comeback or not. As it turned out, the answer was “Yes,” as shown by how Blondie is still around in modern times. In considerable part, this was because of No Exit’s performance. It didn’t quite roar to the top of the music charts. However, the release nonetheless managed to make a strong impression.
Having been released in 2017, Pollinator would be the most recent of Blondie’s studio albums. It was another change of pace after the band’s experimentation with electronic dance music on its previous release. Something that was helped along by the wide range of artists who contributed to the writing of its content. The result was surprisingly enjoyable, thus making it very clear that Blondie is still capable of putting out exceptional music even though it has been around since the 1970s.
Experimentation isn’t exactly a new thing for Blondie. For proof, consider Autoamerican from 1980, which didn’t just stick with rock and pop but instead ventured out to explore everything from jazz and blues to ska and rap. It was fun; it was successful; and it was influential.
4. Plastic Letters
Blondie had managed to make its name with its self-titled debut studio album. However, the band proceeded to cement its position with Plastic Letters, which was a very solid release that served two purposes very well. One, it showed the band’s mastery of its chosen genres of music. Two, it proved that the band wasn’t just a one-time thing, meaning that there were better works still to come.
On a related note, it should come as no surprise to learn that Blondie would occupy a high position on this list. At the time of its release, there were those who saw it as a lackluster studio album on which everyone showed minimal effort. However, it seems safe to say that most people didn’t share that opinion because it went on to do quite well, thus paving the way for the rest of Blondie’s body of work. Some people see the songs on Blondie as straddling the line between a rougher sort of pop and a more experimental sort of rock, which to be honest, isn’t the worst way to describe the band’s earlier work.
2. Eat to the Beat
Eat to the Beat was the band’s fourth studio album. It did very well in a commercial sense, as shown by how it went platinum in both the United States and the United Kingdom. Music-wise, Eat to the Beat was very much a pop release, though even then, it was clear that the band had an interest in venturing beyond a very restrictive selection of music genres. The result was filled with life and emotion, both of which served to make it sell.
1. Parallel Lines
If people had to name a Blondie song, chances are good that they would name “Heart of Glass,” which was one of the hits that came from the band’s third studio album Parallel Lines. Simply put, this was the band at the peak of its pop music, with the result that it was met with a positive response from pretty much everyone. There are a lot of people who look down on both pop and pop rock, but Parallel Lines is an excellent reminder that said opinion is much too condemnatory.