500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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Prince, '1999'

215. Prince, '1999'

Writer: Prince
Oct. '82, Warner Bros.
27 weeks; No. 12

When Prince recorded 1999, he would go all day and all night without rest and turn down food since he felt eating would make him sleepy. The opening verse was originally recorded in three-part harmony; Prince split up the vocals, and the harmony parts became a new, odd melody. The single's first release didn't make the Top 40, but Prince put it out again after "Little Red Corvette," and it was finally a hit.

Appears on: 1999 (Warner Bros.)


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