Chris Rock said it best last year in his HBO Special Never Scared.
"Remember back in the 80s when we used to wonder who was better [between Michael and Prince]?...Prince won!"
I remember someone on the defunct africana.com had an article between Prince and Michael Jackson and someone said you could tell which girls were Michael fans and those who were Prince fans.
If you were a dad in the 80s and your daughter had a MJ poster, you weren't upset. But if she had a Prince, you'd be very concerned...if she wasn't sexually active, she would be very soon.