Peak UK Chart Position: #1 in March 1980.

Written by Debbie Harry and Jimmy Destri, and produced by Mike Chapman, “Atomic” was the highest new entry on the UK charts on this day in 1980 at number three. It was released as the third single from the band’s Platinum-selling 1979 album “Eat to the Beat”, and was the third of six number ones for the group. Chapman had already created a string of hit singles for artists including The Sweet, Suzi Quatro, Smokie, Mud and Racey with business partner Nicky Chinn, creating a formularised sound that became identified with the “Chinnichap” brand. He went on to produce breakthrough albums for Blondie and The Knack.

Quick facts:

  • “Atomic” was remixed and re-released in the UK in September 1994 by Richard Dearlove (under the moniker Diddy) where it peaked at number 19 on the UK singles chart.
  • The track was remixed again four years later for the UK compilation “Atomic – The Very Best of Blondie” and the ’98 Xenomania mix was later included on the first “Queer as Folk” soundtrack album.
  • The song was used in Coca-Cola’s global television ad for 1998 and 2002 FIFA World Cup campaigns. Both ads use the “Eat football. Sleep football. Drink Coca-Cola” (or “Vivez Football, Vibrez Football, Buvez Coca-Cola”) strapline.
  • It was the 21st best-selling single of 1980. Their other two number ones that year also made the top fifty of that list – “Call Me” was at 48, while “The Tide Is High” was number 6.


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