Maria

Album: No Exit (1999)
Charted: 1 82
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • This was written by Blondie keyboard player Jimmy Destri, who when asked what this song was about replied: "Desire. Teenage desire because I have a teenage daughter and she's pretty beautiful and I watch all these boys gawk at her. I put myself in their shoes thinking about what I used to do with girls back then. I wasn't a very forward guy at all, I was like from afar and I'd go home and write a poem about her - I was really a sad little bastard. It sounds cute but you don't get any attention that way. So 'Maria' is about desire and the whole idea of using the Ave Maria thing is a way of saying she's on a pedestal, she's almost holy. It's not a religious thing at all, I don't believe in religion really." (from the official Blondie website - thanks, Simon - welling, England)
  • This was Blondie's comeback song - their lead singer Debbie Harry was 53 when it was released. The band re-formed in 1998 for a tour and album after breaking up in 1982. The new version of the band was made up of original members Chris Stein (guitar) and Deborah Harry (vocals) as well as former members Jimmy Destri (keyboards) and Clem Burke (drums) along with two new members. The band was gone for about a generation, which meant there were a lot of new fans who were just discovering Blonde and hearing their earlier hits for the first time.
  • When this hit #1 in the UK, Blondie became the first act to have #1s in the UK in the '70s, '80s and '90s.
  • This may seem like a great Karaoke choice, but it's more challenging to sing than many people think. Says Debbie Harry, "It has undone many a Karaoke singer. And me."

Comments: 10

  • Joe from Sheffield, UkWhat a tune! Takes me straight back to 1999 and being 16 at a school disco.

    Just had my heart broken for the first real time as my best friend was getting off with the guy I really liked. This was on at the time as I looked around the room and felt utterly gutted.

    Haha, seems silly now looking back, but in my mind's eye, whenever this song comes on I'm taken straight back to that moment. Strange the power of music to recall memories.
  • Chris from Germany One of their best songs ever

    and a huge hit on the worldwide charts
    peaked at #3 on the German Charts but was the 11th best selling single that year
  • John# from Melbourne, AustraliaWhen the song reached No. 1 in the UK in February 1999, Debbie Harry, who was then 53 & 255 days old and became the oldest female singer to achieve that feat. The previous record was held by Cher the week before with the song 'Believe.'
  • Mjn Seifer from Not Listed For Personal Reason, EnglandRe My last comment: I got the wrong song, I meant to put it in "Heart of Glass" I don't know how it got here!

    I love this song too though, I have opinions of the vid though as I haven't seen it.
  • Mjn Seifer from Not Listed For Personal Reason, EnglandI love this song! The music video is a TINY bit "look at me!", but not as much as a lot of other vids out there.
  • Joanne from Virginia Beach, VaThis is one of the best Blondie tunes of them all. Excellent product!
  • Darren from Hull, EnglandWith this song Debbie Harry became the oldest female to have a UK number 1 hit single. As mentioned, she was 53 when this hit the top.
  • Dave from Cardiff, WalesStrictly speaking, it's incorrect that Blondie were the first act have No.1 UK hits in the 70s, 80s and 90s - Cliff Richard has had a UK No.1 in every decade since the 50s (apart from the 2000s, but I'm sure he'll achieve that feat eventually)
  • David from Waco, TxI thought this was a great "Blondie" song. I had really missed them
  • Pete from Nowra, Australiathis particular song was used in an episode of The Bold N the Beautiful, models were parading to the song on the catwalk
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Jonathan Edwards - "Sunshine"

Jonathan Edwards - "Sunshine"They're Playing My Song

"How much does it cost? I'll buy it?" Another songwriter told Jonathan to change these lyrics. Good thing he ignored this advice.

Phil Hurtt ("I'll Be Around")

Phil Hurtt ("I'll Be Around")Songwriter Interviews

Phil was a songwriter, producer and voice behind many Philadelphia soul classics. When disco hit, he got an interesting project: The Village People.

David Bowie Lyrics Quiz

David Bowie Lyrics QuizMusic Quiz

How well do you know your David Bowie lyrics? Take this quiz to find out.

80s Music Quiz 1

80s Music Quiz 1Music Quiz

MTV, a popular TV theme song and Madonna all show up in this '80s music quiz.

British Invasion

British InvasionFact or Fiction

Go beyond The Beatles to see what you know about the British Invasion.

He Hit Me (And It Felt Like A Kiss): A History Of Abuse Pop

He Hit Me (And It Felt Like A Kiss): A History Of Abuse PopSong Writing

Songs that seem to glorify violence against women are often misinterpreted - but not always.