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Saturday, November 07, 2009

Timeless 50

Recently, Volkswagen asked us to join a campaign to discover what people consider to be 'timeless', and have asked people to choose their most iconic music, television shows, fashions, foods and designs of all time. It's a very interesting project (and one you can get involved in here), and it really got me thinking: is there one single that, for me, stands out as 'timeless'? I've been pondering it long and hard, and I've finally come up with an answer:

'Heart of Glass' by BlondieIt was a song that propelled Blondie out of new-wave/punk underground obscurity and firmly into the public domain- a place they've stayed ever since. But, aside from being classic disco fare, 'Heart of Glass' undoubtedly has that certain something that has made it stand the test of time. Only this year, Gucci used it in their fragrance adverts.
But what is it that makes this song- or any song so timeless? Will we ever truly be able to put our finger on the pulse of what differentiates a one-hot wonder from an icon such as Blondie? For me, it is the sheer transience of this song that makes it unique. It was a revelation when it was first released in 1979, but even today when it comes on the radio, it remains a song people seem to connect with.
So for me, 'Heart of Glass' will forever remain timeless. What about you?

MP3: 'Heart of Glass'- Blondie

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