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"One Way or Another" is a song by American new wave band Blondie from the album Parallel Lines. The song was released as the fourth single in the US and Canada as the follow-up to the no. 1 hit "Heart of Glass". "One Way or Another" reached No. 24 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 7 on the RPM 100 Singles.

"One Way or Another"
Blondie - One Way Or Another.jpg
Side-A label of U.S. vinyl single
Single by Blondie
from the album Parallel Lines
B-side"Just Go Away"
Format7-inch single
LabelChrysalis (US)
Producer(s)Mike Chapman
Blondie singles chronology
"Sunday Girl"
"One Way or Another"
Audio sample
Music video
"One Way or Another" (TopPop, 1978) on YouTube


Song informationEdit

Written by Debbie Harry and Nigel Harrison for the band's third studio album, Parallel Lines (1978), the song was inspired by one of Harry's ex-boyfriends who stalked her after their breakup.[4] Harry explained in an interview with Entertainment Weekly:

I was actually stalked by a nutjob so it came out of a not-so-friendly personal event. But I tried to inject a little bit of levity into it to make it more lighthearted. I think in a way that's a normal kind of survival mechanism. You know, just shake it off, say one way or another, and get on with your life. Everyone can relate to that and I think that's the beauty of it.[5]

The song was included on the US and Canadian versions of the band's first hits compilation, The Best of Blondie (1981), as it was released as a single there, but not on the international releases. Although never officially released as a single in the United Kingdom, the song charted there from download sales in February 2013 due to the success of One Direction's cover/mashup "One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)".

Blondie released a manipulated live version of the song (with the audience noise removed) as the theme for the 1999 US television series Snoops. This version was released in the US as a bonus track on the Live live album.[6] The original un-edited live version was later included on the European edition of Live, which was re-titled Livid, instead of the manipulated one.[7]

Rolling Stone ranked the song #298 on its list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[8]

Track listingEdit

US 7" (CHS 2336)
  1. "One Way or Another" (Nigel Harrison, Debbie Harry) – 3:31
  2. "Just Go Away" (Harry) – 3:21
US 12" promo (CHS 10 PDJ)
  1. "One Way or Another" (Harrison, Harry) – 3:31


Cover versionsEdit

In popular cultureEdit

The song is featured in the videogame Driver: Parallel Lines[19] and the film Mean Girls.[20]

A variation of the song is sung on the Bob's Burgers episode "Dr. Yap". Bob's sister-in-law, Gayle, who thinks Bob is in love with her, sings about how she is going to "get" him.


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  13. ^ "1979 Top 200 Singles". RPM. Vol. 32 no. 13. Library and Archives Canada. December 22, 1979. Retrieved January 24, 2014.
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  15. ^ "Aquamarine (2006) – Soundtracks". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved July 13, 2014.
  16. ^ "One Direction to record Red Nose Day 2013 single". Metro. December 9, 2012. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
  17. ^ "Must Be The Music 6, odc. 2: Terra Bite dali czadu! Posłuchaj!" (in Polish). September 9, 2013. Retrieved July 13, 2014.
  18. ^ "One Way Or Another – Single by Until The Ribbon Breaks". iTunes. Apple Inc. Retrieved November 4, 2014.
  19. ^ "Driver Parallel Lines Goes 1970s". IGN. February 14, 2006. Retrieved July 13, 2014.
  20. ^ Rohwedder, Kristie (April 29, 2014). "The Music from 'Mean Girls' Is As Grool Now As It Was 10 Years Ago". Bustle. Retrieved January 26, 2018.

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