Greatest Hits (Blondie album)

Greatest Hits
Released September 19, 2002
Recorded Compilation
Genre Pop, New Wave
Length 67:53
Label Capitol
Producer Mike Chapman
Richard Gottehrer
Craig Leon
Blondie chronology

Greatest Hits
The Curse of Blondie
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars [2]

Greatest Hits is a compilation album of recordings by the band Blondie released by EMI/Capitol Records in 2002.


Following the re-issue of the six original Chrysalis studio albums in 2001, this was the first Blondie "Best of" compilation to be digitally remastered, the first Blondie "Best of" to be officially sanctioned by the band for over 20 years, and also the first to include their comeback hit "Maria", a UK #1 in February 1999.

Compiled by Capitol's Kevin Flaherty and London-based music journalist Steve Pafford, who also wrote the album sleeve notes, Greatest Hits features all the tracks the band's very first hits compilation, 1981's The Best of Blondie, including all four long-deleted 'special mixes' by producer Mike Chapman. Author Pafford was in the early stages of working with Debbie Harry on a lavish illustrated coffee table book entitled BlondieStyle (the sequel to his acclaimed BowieStyle, published by Omnibus Press), though as of 2010 the project is still on hold.

The album charted at Number 38 on the UK's Top 75 Album Chart and charted for 4 weeks. In New Zealand the album reached number 15 and charted for 8 weeks.

The album was accompanied by a DVD release, Greatest Video Hits, which included the original 1981 Best of Blondie video album, however the songs "Call Me" and "Sunday Girl" were not listed on the cover. The 2002 version added the videos for "The Hardest Part" (1979), "Island of Lost Souls" (1982) and the uncensored version of "Maria" (1999).

Track listing


No. TitleWriter(s)Album Length
1. "Dreaming"  Deborah Harry, Chris SteinEat to the Beat 3:06
2. "Call Me"  Giorgio Moroder, HarryAmerican Gigolo (soundtrack) 3:32
3. "One Way or Another"  Harry, Nigel HarrisonParallel Lines 3:33
4. "Heart of Glass" (The Best of Blondie Special Mix)Harry, SteinParallel Lines 4:33
5. "The Tide Is High"  John Holt, Tyrone Evans, Howard BarrettAutoamerican 4:41
6. "X Offender"  Harry, Gary ValentineBlondie 3:14
7. "Hanging on the Telephone"  Jack LeeParallel Lines 2:21
8. "Rip Her to Shreds"  Harry, SteinBlondie 3:22
9. "Rapture" (The Best of Blondie Special Mix)Harry, SteinAutoamerican 5:36
10. "Atomic"  Harry, Jimmy DestriEat to the Beat 4:39
11. "Picture This"  Harry, Stein, DestriParallel Lines 2:54
12. "In the Flesh" (The Best of Blondie Special Mix)Harry, SteinBlondie 2:29
13. "Denis"  Neil LevensonPlastic Letters 2:16
14. "(I'm Always Touched by Your) Presence, Dear"  ValentinePlastic Letters 2:42
15. "Union City Blue"  Harry, HarrisonEat to the Beat 3:18
16. "The Hardest Part"  Harry, SteinEat to the Beat 3:37
17. "Island of Lost Souls"  Harry, SteinThe Hunter 4:41
18. "Sunday Girl" (The Best of Blondie Special Mix)SteinParallel Lines 3:03
19. "Maria"  DestriNo Exit 4:10


The Best of Blondie
No. TitleWriter(s)Album Length
1. "In the Flesh"  Harry, SteinBlondie  
2. "X Offender"  Harry, ValentineBlondie  
3. "Denis"  LevensonPlastic Letters  
4. "Detroit 422"  Destri, SteinPlastic Letters  
5. "(I'm Always Touched by Your) Presence, Dear"  ValentinePlastic Letters  
6. "Picture This"  Harry, Stein, DestriParallel Lines  
7. "Hanging on the Telephone"  LeeParallel Lines  
8. "Heart of Glass"  Harry, SteinParallel Lines  
9. "Dreaming"  Harry, SteinParallel Lines  
10. "Union City Blue"  Harry, HarrisonEat to the Beat  
11. "Atomic"  Harry, DestriEat to the Beat  
12. "The Tide Is High"  Holt, Evans, BarrettAutoamerican  
13. "Rapture"  Harry, SteinAutoamerican  
Bonus Videos
No. TitleWriter(s)Album Length
14. "The Hardest Part"  Harry, SteinEat to the Beat  
15. "Island of Lost Souls"  Harry, SteinThe Hunter  
16. "Maria"  DestriNo Exit  


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