Prince's "Little Red Corvette" was a smash hit

July 29, 2011 12:00 AM

One of the classic songs that references cars is Prince's "Little Red Corvette," which was released in 1982 on the famous album "1999."

"Little Red Corvette" was the second single off the album, and at the time, it was actually a bigger hit than "1999." As time went on, more people ended up remembering the lyric "We're gonna party like it's 1999" - especially as it got closer to the new millennium. But in actuality, "Little Red Corvette" is the song that catapulted Prince to superstardom.

The lyrics aren't anything truly groundbreaking - essentially it's comparing a woman to a "little red Corvette." Yet the song caught on due to it's catchy beat that mixed R&B with rock. In fact, the guitar solo in the song, played by band member Dez Dickerson, is often cited as one of the best ever.

Also of note was the fact that this was one of the first songs to have a music video. MTV had just launched, and "Little Red Corvette" entered heavy rotation alongside other hits like Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean." This undoubtedly added to the song's immense popularity.

"Little Red Corvette" may not be the most remembered song nowadays, but it's integral role in launching Prince's career makes it one of the better songs about cars of all time. 

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