Most would agree that music from the 80s has a distinct sound no matter what category it falls into. I’d love to review all of my favorites in every single category-too many to name-but I’ll have to save that for another day. Picking one favorite was especially challenging because I consider myself a music fanatic-which by my definition is a nice word for “fan-addict.” Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation,” released at the tail end of the 80s in 1989, Madonna’s “Like A Virgin,” and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” were all the epitome of excellence. However, my hat goes off to the one and only who was “the artist formerly known as Prince” and is now known as Prince all over again.
“1999” was one album that sent Prince’s popularity through the roof (we are still partying “like it’s 1999,” and here it is 2009). “Controversy” was another winner.
But after much reflection, I settled on one favorite album, “Purple Rain,” which I still listen to, and it moves me the same way it did back in the 80s. This one particular album brings back some of the most vivid, memorable times of my early adult life and represents the perfect blend of ultimate sounds, where the music is, in my opinion, the work of a genius. Prince almost effortlessly creates an eclectic mix of pop/rock music with funky blends of R&B in an eccentric fashion that would blow anyone away. Purple Rain was the most amazing pop/rock album, with songs that repeatedly topped the charts. (Was there even one not-so-great song on this album?)Purple Rain consists of mostly top-of-the-chart songs like “Let’s Go Crazy,” “Take Me With You,” “The Beautiful Ones,” and “Computer Blue.” We certainly can’t forget “Darling Nikki.” And “When Doves Cry” makes anyone want to do almost anything but cry. “I Would Die 4 U” was a huge hit, as was “Baby, I’m a Star.” The title track, “Purple Rain” is a tribute to the hit motion picture by the same name.
Purple Rain, which went platinum 13 times over, was released in 1984 under Warner Bros. Records. According to www.about.com, in 1993, Time Magazine ranked it “the 15th greatest album of all-time.” VH1’s “The Greatest Rock n’ Roll Album of All Time” placed Purple Rain at number 18. Rolling Stone Magazine ranked it the 72nd greatest album of all time, and in 2007, Vanity Fair’s editors labeled it simply, “the best soundtrack of all time.” In addition, Purple Rain sold over 10 million copies in the U.S. alone, remained the number one album for 24 weeks, and won three Grammy awards.
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