1999 (studio album) by Prince

1999 by Prince
Year: 1982
Overall rank: 514th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 696 votes)
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Award Top 10 albums of 1982 (7th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1980s (76th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (514th)

Prince bestography

1999 is ranked 2nd best out of 63 albums by Prince on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Prince is Sign 'O' The Times which is ranked number 182 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 9,157.

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  Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 82 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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79/100 (from 696 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 79.0/100, a mean average of 77.8/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 79.1/100. The standard deviation for this album is 15.5.

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From 09/28/2022 15:16
This album is definitely an inconsistent one. I will start with things that I liked about it, 1999 and especially Little Red Corvette are excellent opening tracks with immaculate production and lyrics more tasteful than any other ones on the record. Not much worse is D.M.S.R. which is one of the rare examples here where length is not dragging a track down and works pretty well, the beat is great and funky too. Delirious and Let's Pretend We're Married are examples of tracks with great energy ruined by either irritating synth or cringy lyrics. Lady Cab Driver would be great if it was trimmed to 4 minutes. The rest is not outstanding or clearly bad - Something In The Water, International Love.
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From 09/07/2022 01:10
Great record
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From 12/02/2021 14:18
thumpy, bumpy to excess. vulgar nonsense. "dance" rock
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From 10/23/2021 11:52
It's a solid album for me - 1999, Little Red Corvette, DMSR and Automatic stand out for me. The rest is good with nothing falling below good.
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From 08/19/2021 06:45
Great start with the first two songs. The rest of the album not so special imo.
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From 04/01/2021 10:05
Let’s be honest the lyrical content on this album is extremely cheesy even by early 80’s cheesy standards which sets the bar rather high in this regard. Not convinced ? Try “1999” with its lets party through the apocalypse mantra or “Lady Cab Driver” being every teenagers wet dream or the simply awful “International Lover” with its “thank you for flying Prince airlines its going to be a bumpy ride”

Regardless this is all inconsequential as ‘1999’ ultimately sold by the truck load, made Prince a household name and would set the scene for what would be the main course ‘Purple Rain’ which would propel the Love Symbol into the mega stratosphere of super stardom alongside the likes of Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen and The Rolling Stones
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From 03/26/2021 01:30
An extremely solid album, but some of the songs need to be trimmed
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From 02/03/2021 18:34
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From 11/22/2020 16:23
On the long side and the peaks aren't quite as high as on Purple Rain, nor are they as well distributed.
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From 04/12/2020 06:40
This album is pretty damn good. Every song is solid and great in it's own right. Obviously 1999 and Little Red Corvette take the cake, but that does not diminish my admiration for tracks like Lady Cab Driver, D.M.S.R., and Let's Pretend We're Married. I think I prefer 1999 to Purple Rain, just because there's more to listen to on this one, and more of any Prince (at least the 80s stuff) is pretty amazing in my book.
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