Revisiting the Style Behind Prince's '1999' on the Album's 40th Anniversary

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On this day, forty years ago, Prince’s legendary album 1999 was released. That’s right, 1999 is celebrating its 40th anniversary, and to commemorate the occasion, we’re looking at all of the iconic style moments that went along with it. Released October 27th, 1982, 1999 was Prince’s first top ten album on the Billboard 200, and was an interesting era for the artist.

Though Prince had experienced some chart success up to that point, he wasn’t quite at the massive popularity level that he would achieve two years later with Purple Rain (though the 1999 era paved the way for the Purple Rain era), but he wasn’t a total newbie to the music industry the way he was when he made his debut in 1978.

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The 1999 era would also experience a resurgence seventeen years later in the year 1999, because there was an impending sense of doom from quite a few individuals who believed the world was going to end (or explode) once it turned 2000.

Suffice to say, 1999 became the year where you had a percentage of the population crossing everything possible off their bucket list because they literally thought that year was going to be their last, and the song “1999” was their anthem. Did Prince somehow have an inkling in 1982 that something unique was going to go down in the year 1999? Well, he was a genius, so that very well could be a possibility. Speaking of the word genius, that’s exactly what the album 1999 was. Considered to be one of the greatest albums of all-time, this is its style story.

The Color Purple

1999 The Video

Little Red Corvette Video


Let’s Pretend We’re Married

1999 Tour

1983 Rolling Stone Cover

Other Songs From 1999 That You Should Listen To

Everybody knows the hit singles obviously, but if you plan on listening to the album to celebrate the anniversary, definitely give songs like “All the Critics Love U in New York” and “D.M.S.R.” a shot.

Happy 40th to a classic album. Make sure to stay updated with us for more style articles and content. 

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