Parallel Lines by Blondie (1978)
This is another album that I once owned on vinyl and it has always been my favourite Blondie album (although I do retain a certain fondness for their second album Plastic Letters, which I may have once had on tape but never owned). The Internet tells me that Parallel Lines that was much more commercial than their previous two. It certainly contains some hits - Hanging on the Telephone, Picture This, Sunday Girl and disco driven Heart of Glass all feature on this album, which pretty much guaranteed it commercial success. These are not my favourite tracks on the CD though - I prefer their less poppy tracks. My particular favourites are 11:59 (the only track on the album written by keyboard player Jimmy Destri), Will Anything Happen and Fade Away and Radiate. There's a definite pop-punk feel to this album and it seems obvious to me that it influenced some of the later pop-punk bands like The All American Rejects and Green Day. I can see why the album was number 1 in the album chart - I don't listen to it often now - but I definitely still enjoy it when I do.