Black Music Month: 10 reasons Prince was the greatest artist of the 1980s


Happy Birthday, Prince Rogers Nelson.

The legendary funk-rock-pop-soul musician turns 55 today (June 7th) and there isn’t a better time to acknowledge the greatness and remarkable legacy of one of the greatest artists of his era.

No, actually–the greatest artist of his era.

No disrespect to the King of Pop or the Boss or the Material Girl, but from a strictly musical standpoint, no other artist influenced the sounds and styles of recording artists in the Decade of Excess quite like Prince. Maybe he didn’t have the most iconic videos of his era and maybe he wasn’t a constant fixture in the media, but when it comes to the actual music, there’s really no debate as to who cast the biggest artistic shadow.

Don’t agree? Well, here are 10 reasons why Prince was the greatest artist of the 1980s…

Stereo Williams
Stereo Williams

Todd "Stereo" Williams, entertainment writer based in New York City. He co-founded Thirty 2 Oh 1 Productions, an indie film company.

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