I’m probably the 10 millionth blogger to write up their favourite Prince songs today, but I couldn’t help but stick my oar in too. Unfortunately, I can’t provide video links for most of Prince’s songs as he believed you should pay for music. It’s hard not to agree with him. Artists work hard creating music and they deserve to be paid, like anybody else who is trying to make a living. Also, I think paying for music rather than relying on YouTube lends to a less throw-away attitude to music. Listeners become invested in the music and artists they are listening to.
So, farewell our Purple Prince. Thank you for leaving us with the most wonderful music.
10. Manic Monday by the Bangles
Whoa, so the first track I choose isn’t actually performed by Prince? It’s a Prince song nonetheless, written under the pseudonym Christopher and reached no.2 for the Bangles in 1986.
9. Let’s Go Crazy
Sadly, I don’t think the lyrics could be any more poignant now. Examples for you are:
We are gathered here today
To get through this thing called life”
“We’re all excited
But we don’t know why
Maybe it’s ’cause
We’re all gonna die”
8. Diamonds & Pearls
From the album of the same title, this song was released in 1991 and reached no.25 in the UK charts.
7. Alphabet St.
From the 1988 album Lovesexy, this reached no.9 in the UK charts. I was obsessed with visiting Alphabet Street in New York City because of this song and you’ll be please to learn readers, that I did one day. Almost twenty years later. Except, I was so drunk that I can’t remember much about it. Pretty cool, huh?
6. Money Don’t Matter 2 Night
Despite the grammatical errors in the title, I’m still happy to claim this as Prince’s most underrated song. It’s a moving song and like many of his songs, it has a profound and politic message.
5. Sometimes it Snows in April
Prince really could write stunning songs and this is possibly the most beautiful and heartbreaking of them all. From the 1986 Parade album, it was never released as a single, but remains one of his most popular songs among fans.
4. Little Red Corvette
Released in 1983 from the 1999 album, it reached no.2 in the UK charts. The lyrics of this song make pragmatic sense to me:
“I guess I should’ve known
By the way you parked your car sideways
That it wouldn’t last”
Always, judge your other half on their parking skills. Always.
3. Raspberry Beret
Has anybody ever located a Raspberry Beret? If so, please let me know. I’m not sure why I’d want one as I’d look like a dick in one, but that’s besides the point. Unbelievably, for one of Prince’s most popular tracks this song only got to no.25 in the UK charts. It was released in 1985 and was from the Around the World in a Day album.
2. When Doves Cry
When I’ve looked at other ‘the best of Prince’ articles, I can’t quite believe that this track is often omitted. However, many would consider it as Prince’s signature tune. It’s not my second favourite Prince song for that reason though. It’s here because it is an incredible, gut wrenching tune that gets your heart beating as soon as you hear the opening bars. It was promoted as the lead single from the Purple Rain album and reached no.4 in the UK and no.1 in the US.
1. Purple Rain
I think you have probably worked out what is my number one is, but just in case, at the top for me is the outstanding Purple Rain. In fact it is one of my all time favourite songs. I can sing this song word-perfect and I think most of you can too (especially after a few shandies- amirite?). It also won the Oscar for best original song score in 1985. It’s another one of his more emotive tracks and there is something about it that makes me feel emotional no matter what mood I am in. That there, is talent. I’ll leave you with these lyrics from Purple Rain:
“If you know what I’m singing about up here
C’mon raise your hand
Purple rain, Purple rain”
(You’re singing it now, aren’t you?)
The ones that almost made the list: Take Me With You & 7