The First Rap Song to Reach Number One

Blondie Live in 1982

Blodie Live in 2014 - Some things are better left alone!!

Remember Blondie?

The first rap song to gain real popularity is "Rapture" by Blondie. It was released in January 1981. It was the second release of their 1980 Album Autoamerican.

It did reach #1 on Billboard Hot 100.

This song was not the first rap song ever it is the first one reach the top 100 on the charts. There were several predecessors but "Rapture" was definitely the first to reach the holy grail of #1.

Many other artist have remixed this song and it has been released in several different versions.

The first official remix was in 1988 in "Once More Into the Beach" then again in 1994 with "The Platinum Collection, Beautiful" and "Remix Remade Remodel".

Several other artist have sampled this song as well.

Notably artist such as:

  • Grandmaster Flash - "The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel"
  • Foxy Brown - "I'll Be"
  • Wong-G - "Caught up in the Rapture
  • KRS One - "Step into a World (Rapture's Delight)"
  • Kid Gamma - "Bills to Pay"
  • Jungle Brothers - "In Days 2 Come"
  • Joe Pesci - "Wise Guy"

One of the most noted adaptations on record is when it was fused with The Door "Rider in the Storm" into "Rapture Riders".

It has also been covered by other artist

  • Erasure - In 1997
  • Nicole -In 2006

With all of the other artist that have used the success of this song in their works it will be a classic for all time and sure to be reused, reworked, remixed and re covered for years to come.

* Source of Information http://wikipedia.org

Comments 3 comments

denalaurens 7 years ago

Rapture was not just the first rap song to be recorded or hit #1. It was THE first rap song, period. Rap music (rapping) evolved from Rapture.


DJ Blades 7 years ago

Where do you get your info from denalaurens? "Rapture" wasn't even close to being the first rap song. Rap music was created in the Bronx in 1974 by DJ Kool Herc. Though "Rapture" is the first rap song to reach #1 on the billboard charts, "Rapper's Delight" by Sugarhill Gang was the first rap song to be played on the radio, 2 years earlier, in 1979. Debbie Harry and Chris Stein have both stated that they first learned about rap music and hip hop culture from their good friend and hip hop pioneer, Fab Five Freddy. This is why in "Rapture" she says, "Fab Five Freddy told me everybody's fly, dj spinning I said "my my". She's talking about her introduction to rap music. "Rapture" was definitely influential because it expanded rap beyond the inner city to mainstream america. It is NOT, however, where rap music evolved from. IT evolved from rap music, which had already existed for years.


Koolmerc 5 years ago

Blades is on the money. I love blondie and I love Debbies contribution to the arts period but he's got it in one that hip hop started with kool hercs block parties. Act like ya know and google if you don't.

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