One Year Without Prince

Yanne Diogenes, Staff Writer

This month, it will mark one year since the passing of one of the most influential people of our generation and the generation before us, and I think it’s time for The Wigwam to recognize his genius.

Prince had a 40 year long career, up until the minute he died, but I’m going to touch on my top three favorite albums of his.

  1. Prince (1979)

This album came out in the peak of disco. Although the common phrase to say right now is “DISCO SUCKS!”, those people obviously haven’t listened to “I Wanna Be Your Lover.” That song in my opinion is the best on the album; it’s so funky and you can’t help but dance to it. It really shows what Prince was able to do with his music and how his voice could fit into almost anything.

  1. 1999 (1982)

This album opens up with the song “1999” which gives us a little lesson about the cold war, since everyone believed that we would have been attacked by Russia by the year 2000, making 1999 the year of partying. The second song on this album, “Little Red Corvette,” is possibly my favorite Prince song of all time. This song can make you cry during the verses and dance during the chorus. It has an obvious 80s vibe throughout the song, but if it doesn’t get you in your feels, something must be wrong. Although throughout the song he is comparing a girl to a car, it’s a really good analogy to the type of girl and the type of car he’s talking about, evident when he says “Baby, you’re much too fast.”

  1. Purple Rain (1984)

I just love how Prince hit us with so many emotions with the movie and the soundtrack. Every song on this album flows so well together. “Let’s Go Crazy” is the best intro to an album that I’ve heard in a long time. Skipping ahead, “Computer Blue” is an overlooked song on the album. It has a very dance-y feel and, at least for me, I can see Prince dancing to it in my head. Another song on the album that can’t not be touched on is “When Doves Cry.” The song starts with a guitar riff that gives you an eerie feeling of what is to come next. The next song, “I Would Die 4 U,” is completely different from the previous song, but it is one that showcases Prince’s talent a lot more than the past one. The last song on the album, “Purple Rain,” is just one everyone knows. It’s the one everyone listens to in the car and belts out the HOOOO’s at the end after the solo. Whenever I listen to this song I see Prince performing it at the Super Bowl Halftime Show in 2007. He performs this song with so much emotion that you can see it in his face and while he is doing the guitar solos.

It is well known that Prince had a variety of talents, but when you listen to these albums in order (coincidentally, they’re in chronological order), you can see his growth as well as how his talents were only augmented with every album he’s released. He obviously has other albums out there, but these are the three to listen to if you’re going to start listening to him.

Prince, thank you for blessing us with your talents, rest in peace.