Few knew what this "99" meant when it was first heard in late 1979. The debut single from the group's second album, Hydra, boasted a seamless blend of R&B, pop, and smoothly executed hooks. Fans would expect nothing less from a group made famous by being Boz Scaggs' Silk Degrees-era studio dogs. Oh yeah, what does "99" mean? Reportedly the idea for this came from the eerie George Lucas film THX-1138 that depicted society in the 25th century. That's the reason why the love interest here is without a name. Did it matter? Nope, the point was made through the music. In fact, during its release, "99" seemed to possess a sorrow that a lot of draggy, pensive ballads couldn't muster. That fact makes this a classic. Emotionally what makes this work are Steve Lukather's pitch-perfect and poignant vocals. David Paich's skillful keyboard work is the glue that keeps this together. Without the tickling piano throughout and the synth solo midway through, the song's not there. This is a rare track. Sure it's 1979-1980 coming and going, but the strength and nuance of the playing will continue to wow. Who needs a name?