In honor of Prince and his nearly 40 year career, we have collected the best Prince songs of all time.
Prince Rogers Nelson, born June 7, 1958, passed away today, April 21, 2016, at his Paisley Park outside of Minneapolis Minnesota. With an incredible music catalogue spanning from his start with Warner Brothers in 1977 until his untimely death, he released 39 albums, 97 singles, 34 promotional singles, 21 internet singles and 8 internet downloads. His first chart hit, Soft and Wet peaked on the Billboard charts at #92 in 1978. In his nearly 40 year career, he has sold 49 million units in the United States and over 150 million units worldwide. Remarkably, he scored at least one top 40 hit every single year from 1979 until 1999. And you definitely want to pick up Ultimate Prince.
The Best Prince Songs of All Time
I Wanna Be Your Lover
I Wanna Be Your Lover stands as Prince’s first big hit, peaking at #11 on the Billboard charts in 1979. Released as the lead single from his second album titled simply Prince, the song first put Prince on the pop radar.
Do Me, Baby
Released as the third and final single from his 4th album, Controversy, Do Me, Baby criminally failed to make the charts. Today the song is considered one of his best ballads and is still a recurrent radio staple. The video below is an absolutely amazing live performance of the song from a show at the Capitol Theater in Passaic New Jersey on January 30, 1982.
Released in 1982 as the lead single off of the 1999 album and hit #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. This single and the 1999 album put Prince into the pop stratosphere forging a career that very few have ever enjoyed.
Little Red Corvette
The second single off of the 1999 album, Little Red Corvette peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Comparing a one night stand to various automotive terminology never sounded sexier.
When Doves Cry
The first single off of the classic Purple Rain album, When Doves Cry became Prince’s first US #1 hitting the Billboard Hot 100’s pole position and remaining there for 5 weeks in 1984. The song is featured in musical film of the same name. The song features his backing band The Revolution and is actually billed as Prince and The Revolution.
Let’s Go Crazy
Let’s Go Crazy was the opening track for the Purple Rain film and album and was done by Prince and The Revolution. Beginning with a eulogy to “this thing called life”, Let’s Go Crazy hit #1 on Billboard Hot 100.
The third single from Purple Rain mixed rock, pop and gospel music for 8 minutes and 41 seconds of pure perfection. Prince sings about strained relationships in his (arguably) signature song that hit #2 on Billboard hot 100.
The first single off of the 1985 album Around the World in a Day by Prince and The Revolution was a straight up pop song that hit #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Raspberry Beret tells of a teenage romance and the first sexual experiences with a girl who is wearing a raspberry beret. This song has been covered by multiple artists and had been a staple on nearly every Prince tour.
U Got The Look
The third single off of the Sign o’ the Times album, U Got The Look, is a fast paced rock pop song featuring uncredited co-lead vocals by Sheena Easton. It hit #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was played at many Prince shows.
Diamonds and Pearls
Diamonds and Pearls, released in 1991, was the fourth and final single off of the Diamonds and Pearls album. Hitting #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, the song features Rosie Gaines on co-lead vocals. Gaines was a member of Prince’s latest band The New Power Generation.
The Most Beautiful Girl In The World
The last Prince single to hit the Top 10 was the 1994 single The Most Beautiful Girl In The World. The only single released from The Gold Experience album, was billed not as Prince, but as an unpronounceable symbol (dubbed Love Symbol #2) due to a dispute with his long term record label Warner Brothers. ‘The Artist Formerly Known As Prince’ did not return to using his name until the year 2000.
Baltimore was released in 2015 and featured vocalist Eryn Allen Kane. The song was a tribute to a recent spat of controversial shootings by police officers towards young unarmed black men. With lyrics like “Does anybody hear us pray for Michael Brown or Freddie Gray?”, the song was released in conjunction with Prince’s first concert in nearly 20 years in Baltimore to raise money for the cause.
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