Parallel Lines (studio album) by Blondie

Parallel Lines
Parallel Lines by Blondie
Year: 1978
Overall rank: 295th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 803 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 5 albums of 1978 (2nd)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1970s (73rd)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (295th)
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BLONDIE PARALLEL LINES 8 TRACK TAPE 1978 ONE WAY OR ANOTHER HEART OF GLASS
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Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 83 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 803 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 80.9/100, a mean average of 80.2/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 81.0/100. The standard deviation for this album is 13.4.

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95/100
From 09/09/2020 03:55
Rock? New wave? Punk? Who knows, it's been called all of them, but the one thing I do know. It's bloody brilliant. Magnificent listen from start to finish. Not one filler track amongst them. Some do take a bit of warming up to but all tracks well slotted to make this an all time classic. Nothing else she done comes close.
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90/100
From 08/19/2020 06:43
A near perfect collection of well crafted pop songs. Picture this is just outstanding. The days of 4 or 5 killer radio friendly singles on an album. Too sweet and lightweight for some but I regard this as a quality pop record.
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80/100
From 06/08/2020 23:02
Great album -- I don't think the album tracks are nearly as good as the singles ("Heart of Glass," "One Way or Another," "Hanging on the Telephone," "Sunday Girl," and "Picture This"), but given that the singles are basically half of the album, it's fantastic. The other songs are good too, just not as much so.
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85/100
From 04/22/2020 01:25
It gets better every time you play.
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From 04/03/2020 16:49
This is a seriously good album! I came to it very late [being a prog rock snob :-)]. And what variety too. Most people don't realize that Robert Fripp (of King Crimson fame) is playing on "Fade Away and Radiate." A solid band with a superb frontwoman in Debbie Harry.
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From 07/23/2019 18:43
Favorite Tracks:Pretty Baby, I Know But I Don't Know
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85/100
From 07/09/2019 14:55
85/100

i get surpriseed when i read NME, rolling sotne and other guys ranked this album as one of the top 100 or something best albums of all time

please dont
good album, but nothing more
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75/100
From 10/30/2018 07:47
I've always respected Blondie as a singles band and pick any one of the plethora of Blondie Best Of's out there and you've got yourself a slam dunk winner

Having said that 'Parallel Lines' is a great album as an album and is easily their best

'Parallel Lines' is some thing of a strange beast that some how works brilliantly with not 1 but 2 obscure Nerves covers in opener "Hanging on the Telephone" and side 2 opener "Will Anything Happen?" , plus a 3rd cover version this time Buddy Holly's "I'm Gonna Love You Too". The album also includes IMHO 2 perfect 100/100 tracks in "Picture This" and the legendary "Heart of Glass"

This album gets me every time

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85/100
From 02/13/2018 18:58
Irresistible record. Go on, have a bop to this one.
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80/100
From 01/13/2018 02:21
Generally great songs, punctuated by a couple of exceptional ones.
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Best Albums of 1978
1. Darkness On The Edge Of Town by Bruce Springsteen
2. Parallel Lines by Blondie
3. This Year's Model by Elvis Costello
4. The Cars by The Cars
5. Van Halen by Van Halen
6. Die Mensch·Maschine [The Man-Machine] by Kraftwerk
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16. The Modern Dance by Pere Ubu
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