Remembering Prince’s Best Songs
Today, Prince passed away at the age of 57. To honor the truly original performer, we’ve compiled some of his most beloved songs.
Pop music would not be what it is today if not for innovative oddities like Prince. His career was comprised of musical experiments, social critiques and unabashed pop songs, all offering something truly special for listeners. So, let’s take a listen to the versatile artist’s catalogue and remember one of the very best.
“When Doves Cry”
This classic track was America’s first introduction to The Purple One. It’s as heartbreaking as it is infectious.
Who hasn’t lost themselves on the dance floor to this song? It exemplifies Prince’s unique style and whisper-soft delivery.
“Let’s Go Crazy”
This party anthem, and the subsequent video, gave fans at peek at the enigmatic artist’s live shows. This was the opening track on his monster album Purple Rain.
Like many of Prince’s songs, this track is dripping with sensuality and pent-up angst. It’s all tongue-in-cheek implications and makes for a racy pop gem.
Prince wrote this strange, funky track for Tim Burton’s 1989 film Batman. It’s a hodgepodge of dissonant synth and guitar featuring snippets from the now-classic film, showcasing the virtuoso’s shredding skills.
Groovy and bouncy, this 1985 single is a tribute to a truly Prince-worthy hat. Like many of his tracks, a sweet story unfolds along with the infectious groove.
“U Got the Look”
Like previous singles, this decadent, moody track joyously celebrates the performer’s ruminations on the opposite sex. It’s as danceable as it is dissonant, a quirk of his songwriting.
Perhaps his most famous track, “Purple Rain” is the titular song of the accompanying movie and came to define a generation.
“The Most Beautiful Girl in the World”
This sweet track is a small departure for the rhythm-oriented songwriter, opting instead for a casual, catchy tune about romance. No frills, just good vibes.
“Sign O’ the Times”
Prince discusses drugs and hardship in this broody track. Sidestepping an anthemic hook, the song instead explores the sonic landscape amid tragic lyrics.
“Little Red Corvette”
Many songs have been written in honor of classic cars, but this one has earned a special place among fans. It’s bouncy and simple, like a nice scenic drive.
“Diamonds and Pearls”
This pop wonder works its way into your ear and never lets go. Offering R&B vocals and elaborate synth scales, the track melds all the influences that made Prince’s music so definitively unique.
Every singer needs a song honoring the alphabet, right? Prince’s “Alphabet St.” is comprised of his favorite elements: dance-y rhythm, silly lyrics and don’t forget about the classic saxophone.
A party anthem since its inception, “1999” is at its heart a simple, now iconic chord progression that makes everyone want to party their hardest, even though 1999 is long gone.
“I Wanna Be Your Lover”
Infusing his strangeness with his razor-sharp pop sensibility, this single is both a disco throwback and a confident exploration.
“I Hate U”
Lush and docile, this sparkling song is the icon’s version of the breakup song. And you gotta love when Prince incorporates silly spoken-word fun.
Incorporating a hip-hop beat and some blues textures, this sassy number was clearly aiming for the charts. It also offers some good advice.
This is a song stuffed with many, many influences. It is a jazzy, rhythmic gumbo contemplating this great country of ours.
“My Name Is Prince”
Bold and edgy, this single is industrial and funky, offering newcomers an introduction to the performer…like he needs one. It has more attitude than most Prince songs, which is always welcome.
As textured as the title’s namesake, this sexy track is confident and understated. His unique vocal style truly thrives set to a sashaying R&B stride.