Prince was a renowned musical talent, who was prominent in producing, writing and performing. In celebration of his memorable career, here is a rundown of some of his best tracks.
With a main tune that will not leave your head for hours afterwards, Prince knew how to create a party anthem, and this is one of his most prominent examples. Taken from the 1982 album of the same title, it features guest vocals from Dez Dickerson, Lisa Coleman and Jill Jones. Interestingly, this track did not receive recognition in the UK charts until 1985, after its second re-release.
Highlighting his way of taking inspiration from many genres, this is a track features a typical 1980s synth pop melody with a funk-influenced tune woven in. A noticeable track for its unusual title, it was the second single from Prince’s 7th album, Around the World in a Day.
Most Beautiful Girl in the World
Time for a power ballad now. Taken from the 1995 album The Gold Experience, this is a track which is able to highlight the impressive vocal range of this musician. It was the only Prince track to reach number one in the UK charts.
When Doves Cry
It was difficult not to list the whole Purple Rain soundtrack, but this is one of the stand-out tracks by far. Radiating sensuality, this is a track with a strong rhythm and a terse melody. The leading single from Purple Rain was always going to be a gem, which this track clearly is.
Possibly the most well-known of his tracks, the title song from the Purple Rain soundtrack cannot be overlooked. Showcasing the dynamic talent of Prince as a vocalist, it is an epic 8 minute track, which shows Prince to be a real musical virtuoso. It is clear why it won an Oscar for ‘Best Original Song Score’, and it is likely to remain a classic for years to come. As it was too difficult to overlook a range of other tracks too, the following were also hot contenders for the top five:
- Sign of the Times
- Let’s Go Crazy;
- Take Me with You
- I Would Die For You
- Little Red Corvette
- Darling Nikki