Thursday, April 21, 2016

Goodbye Sweet Prince: His Top 50 Songs / Top 20 by Other Artists

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The world was shocked by the news of Prince's death today at the age of 57. As his fans await details on what led to the tragedy, they celebrate his massive talent and contribution to music. The DMDB updates its list of his top songs as a performer and a writer. This was originally presented on the DMDB Facebook page on January 1, 2013, as a top 25 list and later expanded to a top 50 list for the blog. That version also included a list of the top 20 songs he wrote for others.

Top 50 Songs Performed by Prince

1. When Doves Cry (1984)
2. Purple Rain (1984)
3. Kiss (1986)
4. Little Red Corvette (1982)
5. 1999 (1982)
6. Sign ‘O’ the Times (1987)
7. Let’s Go Crazy (1984)
8. Raspberry Beret (1985)
9. Cream (1991)
10. The Most Beautiful Girl in the World (1994)

11. U Got the Look (with Sheena Easton, 1987)
12. Batdance (1989)
13. I Wanna Be Your Lover (1979)
14. I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man (1987)
15. Alphabet Street (1988)
16. I Would Die 4 U (1984)
17. Gett Off (1991)
18. When You Were Mine (1980)
19. Diamonds and Pearls (1991)
20. Thieves in the Temple (1990)

21. Delirious (1982)
22. Pop Life (1985)
23. If I Was Your Girlfriend (1987)
24. 7 (1992)
25. Controversy (1981)

26. Money Don’t Matter 2 Night (1991)
27. Take Me with U (with Appolonia, 1985)
28. Partyman (1989)
29. Mountains (1986)
30. My Name Is Prince (1992)

31. I Hate U (1995)
32. The Arms of Orion (with Sheena Easton, 1989)
33. Betcha by Golly Wow! (1996)
34. Sexy M.F. (1992)
35. Nothing Compares 2 U (1993)
36. Let’s Pretend We’re Married (1982)
37. Hot Thing (1987)
38. America (1985)
39. Anotherloverholenyohead (1986)
40. Pink Cashmere (1993)

41. Darling Nikki (1984)
42. Letitgo (1994)
43. New Power Generation (1990)
44. Black Sweat (2006)
45. The Morning Papers (1992)
46. Adore (1987)
47. Soft and Wet (1978)
48. Uptown (1980)
49. The Beautiful Ones (1984)
50. Gold (1995)

Top Songs Written by Prince and Performed by Others

1. Nothing Compares 2 U…Sinead O’Connor (1990)
2. I Feel for You…Chaka Khan (1984)
3. Manic Monday…Bangles (1986)
4. Stand Back…Stevie Nicks (written with Nicks, 1983)
5. Pray…MC Hammer (samples “When Doves Cry”, 1990)
6. The Glamorous Life…Sheila E (1984)
7. Love, Thy Will Be Done…Martika (written with Martika, 1991)
8. Jerk Out…The Time (written with Morris Day, Jimmy Jam, & Terry Lewis, 1990)
9. Sugar Walls…Sheena Easton (1984)
10. Round and Round…Tevin Campbell (1990)

11. Kiss…Art of Noise with Tom Jones (1988)
12. Jungle Love…The Time (written with Morris Day, 1984)
13. A Love Bizarre…Sheila E (written with Sheila E, 1985)
14. The Belle of St. Mark…Sheila E (1984)
15. The Bird…Time (written with Morris Day & Jesse Johnson, 1984)
16. How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore…Alica Keys (2002)
17. ’03 Bonnie & Clyde…Jay-Z with Beyonce (samples “If I Was Your Girlfriend, 2002)
18. Darling Nikki…Foo Fighters (2003)
19. The Screams of Passion…The Family (1985)
20. Born 2 B.R.E.E.D….Monie Love (written with Love & Levi Seacer Jr., 1993)


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