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1999” is one of Prince‘s best-known songs, and a defining moment in his rise to superstar status. The apocalyptic yet upbeat party anthem saw chart success in 1983, peaking at #12 in the US and #25 in the UK

The song was re-recorded at the end of 1998 with the New Power Generation, reusing portions of the original recording, and was released the following year as “1999: The New Master.” This new version was generally panned by critics; however, it did re-chart at #40 on the US chart, becoming Prince’s last top forty hit to date.

On New Year’s Eve 1999, Prince (his stage name at that time still being an unpronounceable symbol) held a concert entitled Rave Un2 the Year 2000 at his Paisley Park Studios Soundstage, and he later vowed never to play it again. However, in August 2007, as part of his Earth Tour, he reintroduced the song to his set after an absence of eight years.

Rolling Stone ranked the song #212 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Prince – 1999

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