Musicheads®

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 - 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.

Listen to Musicheads® Essentials features from #893albums


893 essentials wide

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.

Musicheads Essential Artists: The Velvet Underground


The Velvet Underground

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 the Velvet Undergroud.

Musicheads Essential Artists: Patsy Cline


Patsy Cline

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 Patsy Cline.