Today is sad day as the world mourns the loss of Prince, a man who pioneered “the Minneapolis sound” and took on the music industry in his fight for creative freedom.
“It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson, has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57,” said his publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure.
In memory of Prince, we share 11 of the music industries most popular songs that were written by the talented hand of Prince. These were songs that many of us know, have sang and have special memories attached to.
Rest peacefully Prince.
1. “Nothing Compares 2 U“ by Sinead O’Connor. While Prince keeps churning out hit song after hit song, Sinead O’Connor only had one with “Nothing Compares 2 U” in 1990.2. “Manic Monday“ by The Bangles. The rock band broke out in 1986 with this song written by Prince (under the pseudonym Christopher). “Manic Monday” was the first single of their second record “Different Light.”
3. “When You Were Mine“ by Cyndi Lauper. This song was a b-side to Cyndi Lauper’s “Controversy” in 1981.
4. “How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore“ by Alicia Keys. It was a b-side on Prince’s song “1999” in 1982. Alicia Keys covered the song in 2001.
5. “Jungle Love“ by The Time. While The Time was Prince’s rival band in the movie Purple Rain, Prince and Morris Day were actually good friends in real life. Prince co-wrote the song “Jungle Love” with Day for Purple Rain, while it was also used in Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back.
6. “Stand Back“ by Stevie Nicks. Prince co-wrote “Stand Back” with Stevie Nicks, which sounds very similar to “Little Red Corvette,” when she went solo in 1983.
7. “I Feel For You“ by Chaka Khan. Prince actually wrote “I Feel For You” in 1979, but Chaka Khan covered it and it became a monster hit in 1984, which was also the same year as Purple Rain and the next song on this list.
8. “The Glamourous Life” by Sheila E. Prince originally wrote the song for Apollonia 6, but it just feels better for Sheila E, don’t you think? Prince gave her the song in 1984.
9. “Round and Round“ by Tevin Campbell. The song appears on the soundtrack for Graffiti Bridge, which Prince also wrote, directed, and starred. “Round and Round” was Tevin Campbell’s first ever single.
10. “Pray“ by M.C. Hammer. “Pray” was M.C. Hammer’s second single after “Can’t Touch This.” While the song is very much an original, it heavily samples Prince’s “When Dove’s Cry.”
11. “Love Song“ by Madonna. She co-wrote “Love Song” with Prince for the record “Like a Prayer” in 1989. He also sang backup vocals and guitars on the song.
Prince was no doubt and amazing writer, singer, musician and overall artist. He was taken from this world far too soon, but will forever live on through all of his incredible music.