Did you know that Blondie’s ‘Rapture’ was arguably the first song to feature Rap vocals to top the Billboard Hot 100?
‘Rapture’ included a rapped verse by Blondie’s lead singer Debbie Harry and topped that Hot 100 during the week of March 28th in 1981. The tune is widely regarded as the first song that incorporated Rap vocals to hit #1 on the chart but there is another contender for that title.
Queen’s ‘Another One Bites The Dust’ reached #1 on the Hot 100 during the week of October 4th 1980 and it was famously kicked off by a rap/sung verse by Freddie Mercury. However, many critics argued that Mercury was actually singing instead of rapping and refuse to accept its significance to the increased popularity of Rap and Hip-Hop culture.
Watch the videos for both Blondie’s ‘Rapture’ and Queen’s ‘Another One Bites The Dust’ below:
Blondie – ‘Rapture’
Queen – ‘Another One Bites The Dust’