Year Released: 1982

Notable Songs: “1999”, “Little Red Corvette”, “Delirious”, “D.M.S.R.”, “Automatic”, “Let’s Pretend We’re Married”

Album MVP: “1999”

Why I Loved It: He had been making good music for a while before this, but to be honest I’d never heard or Prince before this album dropped in late 1982.  1999 put Prince dead smack into the middle of popular music, whether he wanted to be or not.

This album demonstrated his faculty to merge all his preferential genres as one and every track felt exactly how it was supposed to be composed.

 As an 11-year old, the most fascinating thing about 1999 I initially remember is it being a double album despite containing just 11 songs.  Each single was a minimum of four minutes and up to around eight minutes. Despite what’s generally an excessive length, none of them felt too long.  You hear the word “genius” being tossed around all the time but Prince truly was a musical genius. Little Red Corvette was sexy as hell both literally and figuratively, as I didn’t quite understand back then that the song is actually about having sex. Of course, 1999 would become an anthem both in ’82-83 and some 17 years later when the calendar would actually reach 1999.  I loved this album and it also prepped me for what would come next, Purple Rain.

Commercial Success: His fourth studio effort, 1999 was Prince’s breakthrough album that put him on the map when it came to pop music in America.  1999 wasn’t a massive success commercially but was universally lauded critically and although we didn’t know it at the time, became the appetizer for his iconic Purple Rain album that’d come next.  Released very late in 1982, 1999 only reached number-nine on the Billboard Top 200 (it would go on to reach seven after his death in 2016) but it’s staying power near the top part of the charts lasted long enough for it to finish fifth on the year-end 1983 Billboard Top 200 and 22nd in 1984.  Little Red Corvette was the most commercially successful single, reaching four on the Billboard Hot 100 and finishing ’83 ranked 25th on the year-end Billboard Hot 100.  Delirious peaked at eight on the Billboard Hot 100.  1999 (the single) only reached No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 (number-one on Dance Club songs) but became one of Prince’s longest tenured and recognized hits.  Let’s Pretend We’re Married made an appearance on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching No. 52 before stalling.  In total the album has sold more than four million copies in the United States.

Fun Facts: Courtesy Of, while 1999 is one of the ultimate party songs the theme of it is actually gravely serious.

“Written in 1982 during the height of the Cold War, this party jam has a much deeper meaning, as Prince addresses fears of a nuclear Armageddon. Under the Reagan administration, the United States was stockpiling nuclear weapons and taking a hawkish stance against the Soviet Union, which he referred to as the “Evil Empire.”

This scared a lot of people, and Prince voices their concerns:

Everybody’s got a bomb
We could all die any day

He’s far more optimistic though, responding by making the point that we should enjoy whatever time we have on earth while we still can, even if it all ends by the year 2000:

But before I’ll let that happen
I’ll dance my life away

In this purple-skied world, life is just a party, and parties weren’t meant to last.”


 100.  Van Halen – OU812 

99. Stevie Wonder – In Squared Circle

98. Taylor Dayne – Can’t Fight Fate

97. Kool & The Gang – Emergency 

96. Stevie B – In My Eyes 

95. Keith Sweat – Make It Last Forever 

94. Michael Bolton – Soul Provider 

93. Go Go’s – Beauty & The Beast 

92. LL Cool J – Bigger And Deffer (Bad) 

91. Twisted Sister – Stay Hungry 

90. Def Leppard – Hysteria

89. New Edition – Heartbreak

88. Don Henley – Building A Perfect Beast

87. Beverly Hills Cop – Movie Soundtrack

86. Culture Club – Kissing To Be Clever 

85. Rolling Stones – Tattoo You

84. Asia – Asia 

83. Tiffany – Tiffany 

82. Lionel Richie – Dancing on the Ceiling

81. Barbara Streisand – Guilty 

80. Phil Collins – …But Seriously 

79. Air Supply – The One That You Love

78. J. Geils Band – Freeze Frame

77. Duran Duran – Rio 

76. Billy Ocean – Suddenly 

75. Run DMC – Raising Hell

74. Pat Benatar – Crimes of Passion

73. John Cougar – American Fool

72. Huey Lewis and The News – Picture This

71. Top Gun – Movie Soundtrack

70. Steve Winwood – Back In The High Life

69. Air Supply – Lost In Love

68. LL Cool J – Radio

67. Journey – Frontiers 

66. Styxx – Paradise Theater

65. Madonna – Like A Prayer

64. Eric B & Rakim – Paid In Full 

63. Tears for Fears – Songs From The Big Chair

62. Tina Turner – Private Dancer 

61. Steve Nicks – Bella Donna

60. U2 – The Joshua Tree

59. Bon Jovi – New Jersey 

58. Huey Lewis and the News – Fore!

57. Janet Jackson – Rhythm Nation 1814


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