Updated: Sep 18, 2019
Today (June 7), we remember the late Prince, who would've been celebrating his 61st birthday.
Prince, a man who not only changed music forever but also challenged the world's standards of sexuality, beauty, and masculinity.
Perhaps you sang along to Purple Rain in high school or surreptitiously listened to the shocking Darling Nikki in a covert corner. You undoubtedly grooved to 1999 at a wedding or to ring in the millennium. You might have dropped When Doves Cry or Nothing Compares 2 U onto a break-up playlist at one point. If you're lucky, you got to see Let's Go Crazy performed live.
With more than 100 million records sold around the globe, Prince's music has occupied the world's pop-music soundtrack for more than three decades.
5 Reasons The Music Legend Was One Of a Kind
Number One: His incomparable Super Bowl performance
No wardrobe malfunction or boy-/girl-band reunion will ever hold a candle to what Prince pulled off on the world's biggest stage in 2007. With a medley that included "Let's Go Crazy" and "1999," Prince also inhabited captivating covers of "Proud Mary," "All Along the Watchtower" and "Best of You." In the middle of a naturally occurring downpour, he closed with a "Purple Rain" so jaw-dropping, it convinced rough-and-tumble football fans in the stands to sing along with the coda's soaring falsetto.
Number Two: His impish sense of humor
Whether it was laughing along with "Chappelle's Show" for its true(!) story about Charlie Murphy's basketball- and pancake-filled adventures at Paisley Park, or using Chappelle's impersonation of him as the cover art for the single "Breakfast Can Wait," there was that an impish grin that let fans know he wasn't just in on the joke, he was having the last laugh.
Number Three: His ubiquitous influence
From Beyoncé, Madonna, Justin Timberlake, Sinead O’Connor, D' Angelo, Lenny Kravitz, Beck, Usher, Cyndi Lauper, Bruno Mars, Red Hot CHilli Peppers, Pharrel, Alicia Keys, Frank Ocean, The Weeknd, Rihanna, Miguel to Robyn, you'd be hard-pressed to find a reputable musician who didn't marvel at Prince's powerful contributions to pop, rock, soul, dance and R&B over a four-decade span.
Number Four: His fearless fashion
Whether it was sporting pants with provocatively placed holes, rocking any and all shades of purple or wearing his hair in any fashion and carrying it with an effortless confidence, Prince could pull off any look flawlessly.