T Minus 3
Mariah Carey, who started this countdown and appeared throughout it, wasn’t the only one to write a perennial song that could be called their retirement plan. Somebody beat her to it by years, and that somebody was the late great artist forever known as Prince.
Even though it originally came out 37 years ago, you know the song, which is the title track from his album 1999. It seemed to get played every New Year’s ever in the last two decades of the 20th Century, and got played to death in December of 1998, then throughout all of 1999. It still makes regular New Year’s Eve comebacks, especially in years ending in 9, and since this is one of those, and the 20th anniversary of the song year, expect to hear it a lot if you happen to go out tonight anywhere that music is playing in public.
Even nearly 40 years later and for all of its glorious 80s synth-pop sound, the song still holds up today, and I dare you to not find yourself moving to this one as you listen, whether it’s full-on choreography on your feet or a bit of a chair dance. Happy New Year — it’s already happened for some of you, of course — and here’s to the last year of the 2010s being better than the last few!