Musicheads® Essentials is a web feature that gives the Current staff a chance to share some of our favorite albums of all time with our listeners. Join us each week as a different Current host or staff member picks an essential album from their collection and tells you why they love it.

893 Essential Songs

893 Essential Songs web graphic

A musicheads guide to the listener-generated list of 893 essential songs.

Musicheads Essentials: Prince - 1999

Prince - 1999

On October 27, 1982, Prince released '1999,' the first album to playfully credit The Revolution, so we asked Bobby Z all about it.

Musicheads Essentials: Prince - Controversy

Prince Controversy Album cover

Released on October 14, 1981, 'Controversy' is Prince's fourth full-length album. The record is notable for several firsts, and was a firm foundation to launch him into megastardom.

Musicheads Essentials: Prince - Dirty Mind

Prince - Dirty Mind album cover

With 'Dirty Mind,' released on October 8, 1980, Prince jumped to the head of the class, laying the sonic blueprint that would help define the music of the '80s and beyond.

Musicheads Essentials: Morris Hayes on 'Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic'

Morris Hayes talks with Sean McPherson at The Current

Morris Hayes has it all: candor, a sense of humor, and musical chops that earned him the title of keyboardist, then musical director in Prince's band. He sat down with Purple Current host Sean McPherson for a marathon interview about Prince albums from 1995-2010, plus miscellaneous other stories he remembered as they went. Due to overwhelming demand, we're publishing the full interview album by album.

Listen to Musicheads® Essentials features from #893albums

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During the 893 Essential Albums countdown, the music was interspersed with Musicheads Essentials features, produced by The Current's Derrick Stevens. Listen to 30 of those features using this Musicheads Essentials playlist.

Musicheads Essential Artists: Beastie Boys

Beastie Boys

Each day during Minnesota Public Radio's Spring Member Drive, The Current will highlight a different artist who has made a significant contribution to the music world and a lasting impression on the music we listen to today. We call them Musicheads Essential Artists, and today we're highlighting Beastie Boys.