1999 dropped in 1982. It’s synth-heavy; you get the impression that Prince was experimenting with a lot of different keyboards and drum machines. As a child, I was a fan of keyboard-laden music and so one-nine-nine-nine was right up my alley. It was the first of his albums to crack the top 10 (peaking at 9 when it was released and 7 after he died). It’s the album that made people stand up and take notice of the Purple One. The cover is unbelievable; I haven’t seen an album cover that comes close to the artistry that is 1999’s face. 1999 also marks the introduction of The Revolution.