“Let’s Pretend We’re Married” (1982). A 22-year-old Prince in his come-hither prime. Extra points for the neon headboard, mascara and gloves.
“Pop Life” (1985). This crying woman (a segment of artist Doug Henders’s painting for that year’s Around the World in a Day
album) illustrates that “life, it ain’t real funky.”
“Alphabet St.” (1988). Kanye West just went with this concept 25 years later for Yeezus
: a plain see-through sleeve with a sticker. Revolutionary.
“Raspberry Beret” (1985). Another piece of the Around the World in a Day
illustration: woman wears raspberry beret.
“When Doves Cry” (1984). These circular rock-star mirror shades should sit in a Hard Rock Café somewhere. Iconic.
“America” (1985). Artist Jim Warren was commissioned to paint the original artwork for Around the World in a Day
. This psychedelic image still rules. (Note flying dove.)
“Mountains” (1986). Black-and-white Jeff Katz photos capture Prince at his prime. Midriff, sombrero... what's not to like?
“If I Was Your Girlfriend” (1987). This stark image in Prince's signature peach and black of the period might be his all-time best.
“Anotherloverholenyohead” (1986). Tuxedo. Finger-waves. Questions?
“1999” (1982). An undeniably style icon, this single marks Prince at the very start of his Edwardian jacket and ruffled shirt phase. Classic.
“Breakfast Can Wait” (2013). Get thee to Chappelle’s Show
if you don’t get the joke. Pancakes on Prince. (And perhaps some basketball...?)
“Sign o’ the Times” (1987). This sleeve fooled many a Prince fan in its day, though the presumed cross-dressing hardly fazed anyone. Dancer Cat Glover poses as Prince.
“Kiss” (1986). Another all-time-great contender for best Prince sleeve ever. Photographer Jeff Katz captures the pouty 27-year-old genius at the peak of his powers.