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  • NothingFails
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    Originally posted by jio
    I admit "Stand Back" was a bit of a stretch since he only did the synth-line. But he is credited in the European editions of the album.
    Nice! I was disappointed when I bought a copy of "The Wild Heart" and his name was nowhere to be found among the musicians on the track. And no "Jamie Starr"/"Alexander Nevermind" type of alias either.

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  • jio
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    I admit "Stand Back" was a bit of a stretch since he only did the synth-line. But he is credited in the European editions of the album.

    As far as "Jungle Love" is concerned, there is more Time further up

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  • NothingFails
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    15.JUNGLE LOVE (performed by The Time) (1984)
    album "ICE CREAM CASTLE"

    Great track! The best Time song by far, and easily their most iconic.


    14.STAND BACK (performed by Stevie Nicks) (1983)
    album "THE WILD HEART"

    Without a doubt my favorite solo Stevie track. Although admittedly I didn't expect it to show up since Prince didn't write it, and Stevie's album didn't even credit him in the liner notes. And it is the synth-line that really makes the song brilliant.


    13.SOFT AND WET (1978)
    album "FOR YOU"

    Easily an early favorite of his.

    12.PRIVATE JOY (1981)
    album "CONTROVERSY" (album track)

    Fun song. The LaToya cover is fun too. Its a shame Joe Jackson was such a douche whenever it came to anyone who could possibly rival Michael (and really Prince was the only artist around in the early 80's who could) that he was all jealous and bitter at the thought of another extremely successful black artist. I remember he even made some anti-Prince comments to Jam and Lewis when they started working with Janet. But then, this is the same guy who beat his children and talked about how much money his son netted for him over the years just two days after his death, so disliking Prince because the idea of a "rival" is hardly the worst of his things. One of the best tracks off "Controversy"


    11.7 (with the New Power Generation) (1992)
    album "SYMBOL"

    One of his last real "classic" hits, and the last one before the infamous name-change. A fun catchy song.

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  • Tiger
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    14.STAND BACK (performed by Stevie Nicks) (1983)

    Very nice

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  • Blondini
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    Stand Back is fantasticly uplifting, as you say!

    7 is amazing.

    The other songs there are all good though i'm stunned you have Soft and Wet so high!

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  • jio
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    Originally posted by NothingFails

    18. I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER (1979)

    Classic track. Prefer the album version to the single edit because the musicianship in the last three minutes of it is just as good as the vocal parts IMO and could keep going on even more than 6 mins.
    I feel exactly the same way. Actually the song became a favourite only after buying the album (I had The Hits much much earlier)

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  • jio
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    15.JUNGLE LOVE (performed by The Time) (1984)
    album "ICE CREAM CASTLE"




    ..."I wanna take you to my cage
    Lock you up and hide the key
    You only get water, baby
    'Cause if you're hungry, take a bite of me"...


    The "Purple Rain" film did not just give Prince his biggest hit ever ("When Doves Cry") and Apollonia 6 their only R&B and dance Top 10 but also gave The Time their biggest '80s hit in the shape of this jam. The song peaked at #20 on the Hot 100, #6 on R&B and #9 on Dance/Club Play and, along with their other "Purple Rain" hit "The Bird", helped make its parent album the most successful '80s Time album. The Prince-penned "Ice Cream Castle" album climbed as high as #24 on the BB 200. "Jungle Love" remains a staple in Time concerts and the performance of this song was probably the best performance in the whole of Prince and friends' "Rave Un2 The Year 2000" concert.
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    14.STAND BACK (performed by Stevie Nicks) (1983)
    album "THE WILD HEART"



    ..."No one knows how I feel
    What I say unless you read between my lines
    One man walked away from me
    First he took my hand take me home"...


    The story of this song goes something like this. Stevie Nicks drives in her car with her husband during their honeymoon and listens to Prince's "Little Red Corvette" on radio. She first starts humming to the melody and then gets inspired to write "Stand Back" by the synthesizers in that song. So they stop, buy a tape recorder and record the song in their honeymoon suite. When finally in the studio recording "Stand Back", she calls Prince to tell him he's the inspiration and, the same day, Prince appears in her studio, plays the synthesizers for the song and then abruptly leaves. "Stand Back" became a major hit peaking at #5 on the Hot 100 and, 24 years later, at #2 on Dance/Club Play in the shape of the Crystal Vision remix in 2007. The combination of Stevie's songwriting and vocals and Prince's synth line is pure heaven
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    13.SOFT AND WET (1978)
    album "FOR YOU"



    ..."You're just as soft as a lion tamed
    You're just as wet as the evening rain
    How will I take it when you call my name
    Your love is driving me, you're driving me insane"...


    This was Prince's first ever single and as the rest of its parent album was produced, arranged, composed and performed by Prince, a rare feat for a debuting act (although producer Chris Moon who first discovered Prince did co-wrote two songs including "Soft And Wet"). The song managed to crack the Hot 100 by peaking at #92 and also made it to #12 on R&B. It is by far the best song in an album which shows a lot of promise but is somehow uneven. The album itself peaked at #163 on the BB 200 and #21 on R&B, but the interest spike in everything Prince-related in the '80s helped it sell just under 1m. copies worldwide, despite the chart positions
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    12.PRIVATE JOY (1981)
    album "CONTROVERSY" (album track)



    ..."You're my little lover, Orgasmatron
    Only I know, baby, what turns you on
    You're my little secret neon light
    Girl I wanna turn it on every night"...


    This was probably the most pop-oriented song Prince did by 1981 which makes it kind of weird that it was never released as a single. Despite Prince not taking advantage of this fantastic song (other than including it in the "Do Me Baby" single as the b-side) other people did. LaToya Jackson responded to an offer to record relatively unknown Prince songs by Prince's publishing company by picking this one for her 1984 album "Heart Don't Lie". Her version was released as a single in Japan, although her father, who was also her manager at the time, did not give his permission for it to be released in the USA. That was just the first in a series of incidents between Prince and the Jackson family including the rivalry between Prince and Michael Jackson, Prince's refusal to duet Michael on "Bad" or to participate in "We Are The World" and Janet Jackson choosing Prince's associates Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis (of The Time) to declare her independence from her family with the very Prince-sounding "Control" .
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    11.7 (with the New Power Generation) (1992)
    album "SYMBOL"



    ..." And I saw an angel come down unto me
    In her hand she holds the very key
    Words of compassion, words of peace
    And in the distance an army's marching feet
    but behold, we will watch them fall "...


    This was the third single taken from Prince's fantastic 1992 album "Symbol" and, by a weird coincidence, it peaked at #7 on the Hot 100. It also peaked at #61 on R&B and at #27 on the UK Singles Chart. The song's lyrics seem to be refering to the Bible, albeit in a rather interesting subtle way. The song (as with most of the "Symbol" songs) was part of the soundtrack to Prince's musical "3 Chains O' Gold" with its video being a direct cut from that musical. The musical itself was considered so bad (especially coming after the mega-flop of "Graffiti Bridge") that was released straight to video, although that doesn't excuse Warner's failure to release it on DVD yet. The album itself is one of Prince's absolute best '90s albums. It was the first Prince album that I bought and it's just fantastic. The album became Prince's fourth UK #1 album, topped the album charts in Australia as well and peaked at #5 on the BB 200 and #8 on R&B.
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  • NothingFails
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    20. SEX SHOOTER (performed by Apollonia 6) (1984)

    I wouldn't rank it so high but I do like the track. Surprised it only went to #85 considering how successful Purple Rain was.

    19. HEAD (1980)

    Love it, wonder how shocking it must've sounded in 1980. This song is also responsible in a sense for how Lisa Coleman came into the Prince-camp, as Gayle Chapman left The Revolution due to religious objection to this song.

    18. I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER (1979)

    Classic track. Prefer the album version to the single edit because the musicianship in the last three minutes of it is just as good as the vocal parts IMO and could keep going on even more than 6 mins.


    17. SEXY M.F. (with the New Power Generation) (1992)

    What is funny is that this song would be nowhere as shocking today with the F-word all over top 40 radio. A nice funk record.


    16. GETT OFF (with the New Power Generation) (1991)

    Diamonds And Pearls is nowhere among my favorite Prince albums but this song was an instant classic IMO.

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  • Blondini
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    Originally posted by jio
    No, "17 Days" didn't make it. I do like the song, just not as much as the others

    I didn't really understand if you agree or disagree on my "The Cross" comment, probably you disagree so let me explain what I mean. I am not religious personally, yet I don't really have a problem with anyone's religious beliefs. You might have noticed I listed several songs which are religious and "The Rainbow Children" is among my favourite Prince albums despite its message. "The Cross" is a Christian religious song, even with its original lyrics and that doesn't bother me at all. What I do find annoying is the fact that Prince felt compelled to change one word in the song to be in comformity with his new religious beliefs, because that screams of narrowmindness to me. It's not the word "Christ" which bothers me, I would have said the same if the original song was "The Christ" and the new version was "The Cross".
    I knew what you meant - was just adding my own comment. But then - that's what happens if you change your beliefs like that - he doesn't believe in the cross anymore so he can't sing about it. He also doesn't sing some of his more lewd songs any more. Would have been better if he just avoided the song rather than bastardize it like that.

    Sex Shooter is good.

    The others are all classics. For a long time, i preferred the more dancefloor friendly mix of Gett Off - which charted as a UK album (#33) before the single. It took me a while to love the drum-heavy album version but i did/do. Have you got a link for the other mix? It's either called the Damn Near 10 Minutes mix or just Extended. Radio 1 played it for a few weeks until the album mix suddenly appeared.

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  • jio
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    Well I can say that IIWYG is not my #1 (and don't try to guess what it is because u will probably find it and I don't want to reveal) lol

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  • ShayLaB
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    Nuts...I have left it too long. There is too much to comment on it all.

    Sex Shooter
    OK, not great.

    Head.
    Terrific. Brilliant in a concert movie (Birthday Parade) that I have. "Enough of that tame shit...who wants some Head".

    I Wanna Be Your Lover.
    Overplayed.

    Sexy M.F. and Gett Off
    Really fab.

    Erotic City.
    Wouldn't have displaced any of the tracks on the album.

    A Love Bizarre.
    Her best song.

    U Got The Look.
    One of my least favourite tracks on the album.

    The Cross.
    One of my favourite tracks on the album.

    Pop Life.
    Fab.

    Strange Relationship.
    OK. Not strong enough to have been a single given the tracks that surrounded it.

    Bambi.
    TBH I had forgotten about this. It has been so long since I listed to this (or the first) album.

    The Question of U
    Probably my favourite track from an underwhelming album.



    I know you won't reveal it but if I were to guess your #1 I would go for If I Was Your Girlfriend.

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  • jio
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  • jio
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    20.SEX SHOOTER (performed by Apollonia 6) (1984)
    album "APOLLONIA 6"




    ..."Listen boys...
    no girl's body can compete with mine
    no girl's rap can top my lines
    no girl's kiss can ring your chimes
    Come on boy let's make some time"...


    Apollonia 6 was Prince's protege girl-group formed when Vanity 6's lead singer Vanity left the group and was subsequently replaced by Patricia (renamed Apollonia) Kotero. They released just one album, which peaked at #62 on BB 200 and #24 on R&B. The irresistibly catchy "Sex Shooter" was the first single taken from that album, helped greatly by the fact that a full performance of the song was included in the film "Purple Rain" (where Apollonia starred). The song peaked at #85 on the Hot 100, #7 on R&B and #7 on Dance/Club Play. Despite receiving a totally unfair Golden Raspberry nomination for Worst Song, it has become sort of an underground '80s pop/dance classic, which has been covered by Shannon among others.
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    19.HEAD (1980)
    album "DIRTY MIND"



    ..."and you said, "I must confess I wanna get undressed and go to bed"
    With that I jammed, you fool, you married me instead
    Now morning, noon and night I give you head"...


    Yes, this song is about that certain action that everybody loves receiving but for which opinions widely differ when it comes to giving. Singing about "Head" was not usual (to put it mildly) back in 1980 and this song (and "Little Sister" which is about incest) probably did much to establish Prince as an underground sensation. Shock-factor aside, "Head" is musically one of the funkiest songs he ever released with a killer synth-line. Of course the subject matter guaranteed it wouldn't go anywhere near the charts (although it did climb to #5 on Dance/Club Play as an E.P. featuring also "Uptown" and "Dirty Mind").
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    18.I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER (1979)
    album "PRINCE"



    ..."I ain't got no money
    I ain't like those other guys you hang around
    It's kinda funny
    they always seem to let you down
    And I get discouraged, yes you do baby"...


    This was Prince's first ever hit single (it peaked at #12 on the Hot 100, #1 on R&B and #2 on Dance/Club Play (along with "Sexy Dancer"). Musically it's a world away from "Head" and the rest of the deep funk Prince would become famous for in the early '80s. Instead, what we have here is a smooth R&B tune. Take a look at the video though and you'll see the Prince we know shining through. The single helped the "Prince" album to become Prince's first hit album, making it to #22 on the BB 200 and #3 on R&B. "I Wanna Be Your Lover" had been covered by Millie Jackson, 50 Cent and Corinne Bailey Rae among others
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    17.SEXY M.F. (with the New Power Generation) (1992)
    album "SYMBOL"



    ..."I'm even with the blindfold, gagged and bound
    I don't mind, see this ain't about sex
    It's all about love being in charge of this life and the next
    Why all the cosmic talk? I just want you smarter than I'll ever be
    when we take that walk"...


    This song was the first single taken from Prince's 1992 "Symbol" album and musically it is rap/R&B meets jazz with an eye on the dancefloor. The word "M.F." on the title made sure it was released only in a censored form in the States and was mostly responsible for its poor performance over there (#66 on Hot 100 and #76 on R&B). Still though, it did become a massive hit in the UK (where it peaked at #4) and was released as a video-single as well. The song is also included in Prince's musical "3 Chains O' Gold"
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    16.GETT OFF (with the New Power Generation) (1991)
    album "DIAMONDS AND PEARLS"



    ..."Honey, them hips is gone, that's alright, I clock 'em that way
    Remind me of something James used to say
    "I like 'em fat", "I like 'em proud", "ya gotta have a mother for me"
    Now move your big *ss 'round this way so I can work on that zipper, baby
    Tonight you're a star and I'm the big dipper"...


    I swear, the appearance of all sex-related songs next to each other is a pure coincidence lol. The early '90s saw Prince entering the new decade's musical landscape with more ease than most other '80s superstars. His flirt with rap and new jack swing led to the creation of a new backing band (New Power Generation) which essentially debuted in this single. It also led to this fab groove, which resulted from Prince's experimentation with the James Brown 1969 song "Mother Popcorn", his own 1986 single "Glam Slam" as well as his 1990 songs "Love Machine" and "Gett Off" (the b-side to the "New Power Generation" single). The result was a tune which hardly sounded like it came from an artist with a 13 years of career behind him. It made it to #21 on the Hot 100, #6 on R&B, #1 on Dance/Club Play and #4 on the UK Singles Chart. It was released as a video-single as well and it's the song which basically made me seriously interested on Prince. Unfortunately though, as fantastic as the single was, the use of modern new jack sounds in the whole of the "Diamonds And Pearls" albums led to the huge success of that album in the charts (#3 on the BB 200, #1 on R&B and #2 on the UK Albums Chart) on the expense of the quality of the music itself. The album sounds both hit-and-miss and rather dated today. The success of that album also formed the basis for Prince's later dispute with Warner with the unfortunate late '90s side-effects for his career.
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  • jio
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    No, "17 Days" didn't make it. I do like the song, just not as much as the others

    I didn't really understand if you agree or disagree on my "The Cross" comment, probably you disagree so let me explain what I mean. I am not religious personally, yet I don't really have a problem with anyone's religious beliefs. You might have noticed I listed several songs which are religious and "The Rainbow Children" is among my favourite Prince albums despite its message. "The Cross" is a Christian religious song, even with its original lyrics and that doesn't bother me at all. What I do find annoying is the fact that Prince felt compelled to change one word in the song to be in comformity with his new religious beliefs, because that screams of narrowmindness to me. It's not the word "Christ" which bothers me, I would have said the same if the original song was "The Christ" and the new version was "The Cross".

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  • Blondini
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    Erotic City

    "I don't think anyone will be surprised that this is the highest ranking Prince b-side"

    Well, yes. To me, 17 days or She's Always In My Hair are more obvious. Did you list 17 Days?
    This is a fantastic track but not in the same league as those two.

    Sheila E track is good.

    U Got The Look is my alltime fave of his (that Numan cover is atrocious and a self-confirmed career low for him! )
    The keyboard line - the Easton/Prince seductive call and response, the simplicity of the lyric - it's flawless!

    The Cross
    "Prince has, rather tastelessly, altered the song's lyrics following his Jehovah's Witness coversion and he is recently performing it as "The Christ"."

    How sad. You can't believe in Jesus but not the cross. That's like skydiving without a parachute.
    I love that song - it sounds so righteous and so intense - on a level with his other Christian songs God, 4 The Tears In Your Eyes and Temptation.

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  • NothingFails
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    25.EROTIC CITY (with The Revolution feat. Sheila E.) (1984)
    from "LET'S GO CRAZY" single (b-side)
    Actually this was a huge airplay hit in its own right (and was probably singlehandedly why the rock-oriented Let's Go Crazy went #1 on the dance chart), and still gets played on US "Jammin' Oldies" stations. Definitely an all-time classic and there was space to add this to Purple Rain

    24.A LOVE BIZARRE (with Sheila E.) (1985)
    album "ROMANCE 1600"
    I got to see Prince and Sheila do this when I saw him in Minneapolis in 2007. A night I won't forget. Awesome song and definitely my second favorite Sheila E song

    23.U GOT THE LOOK (with Sheena Easton) (1987)
    album "SIGN O' THE TIMES"
    Awesome awesome awesome.

    22.THE CROSS (1987)
    album "SIGN O' THE TIMES" (album track)
    One of his best rock songs. I always thought Lenny Kravitz took more than a little influence from this track

    21.WHEN THE LIGHTS GO DOWN (1999)
    album "THE VAULT:OLD FRIENDS 4 SALE" (album track)
    Nice song

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  • jio
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    25.EROTIC CITY (with The Revolution feat. Sheila E.) (1984)
    from "LET'S GO CRAZY" single (b-side)




    ..."If we cannot make babies, maybe we can make some time
    thoughts of pretty u and me, erotic city come alive
    We can f*ck until the dawn, making love 'til cherry's gone
    Erotic city can't u see, thoughts of pretty u and me"...


    I don't think anyone will be surprised that this is the highest ranking Prince b-side. It is also a song which is so good that could have easily been a #1 hit had it been released as a single. But for some weird reason Prince decided to waste it as the b-side of one of his most average songs ever, "Let's Go Crazy". The inclusion of this song in the "Let's Go Crazy" single was probably a major factor that single went to #1 in the States. "Erotic City" however refused to just die. It appeared again as the b-side to 1986's "Girls And Boys" before finally becoming a proper single in 1989 (albeit only in Germany). It has been covered by George Clinton and Berlin among others, it has been also sampled by both Diddy and Ashanti.
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    24.A LOVE BIZARRE (with Sheila E.) (1985)
    album "ROMANCE 1600"



    ..."The moon up above, it shines on upon your skin
    Whispering words that scream of outrageous sin
    We all want the stuff that's found in our wildest dreams
    It gets kinda rough in the back of our limousine"...


    "Romance 1600" was Sheila E.'s sophomore album which, like her debut, was composed by Prince. The album didn't exactly set the charts on fire (it only peaked at #50 on the BB 200 and #12 on R&B) but did produce this single, which still ranks among both Prince and Sheila E.'s absolutely best. Used also in the soundtrack of the movie "Kush Groove" (in which Sheila E. appeared), the song peaked at #11 on the Hot 100, #2 on R&B and #1 on Dance/Club Play and just refuses to die as an airplay hit in my place lol.
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    23.U GOT THE LOOK (with Sheena Easton) (1987)
    album "SIGN O' THE TIMES"



    ..."Closin' time, ugly lights, everybody's inspected
    but you are a natural beauty unaffected
    Did I say an hour? My face is red
    I stand corrected"...


    This was the third single taken from Prince's 1987 album "Sign O' The Times" and also the rock banger of that album. It was an unexpected (considering the poor performance of the previous single "If I Was Your Girlfriend") success peaking at #2 on the BB Hot 100, #18 on Dance/Club Play and #11 on the UK Singles Chart. The live-performance-in-a-dream video was originally shot for the promotion of the single and only later incorporated in the concert movie "Sign O' The Times", becoming the only performance in that film not being taken from the "Sign O' The Times" tour. The song has been covered by Gary Numan among others and sampled countless times, including in this rather fun '80s greek song
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    22.THE CROSS (1987)
    album "SIGN O' THE TIMES" (album track)



    ..."Black day, stormy night
    No love, no hope inside
    Don't cry for He is coming
    Don't die without knowing the cross"...


    This was the big rock ballad off "Sign O' The Times" and, as with "Strange Relationship", its failure to become a single didn't stop it becoming a fan favourite and a Prince concert staple. The performance of this song in the "Sign O' The Times" film is one of the most memorable moments in that film. Prince has, rather tastelessly, altered the song's lyrics following his Jehovah's Witness coversion and he is recently performing it as "The Christ".
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    21.WHEN THE LIGHTS GO DOWN (1999)
    album "THE VAULT:OLD FRIENDS 4 SALE" (album track)



    ..."How many ask your number before they even know your name?
    How many out there tired of playing this silly old time game?
    and when the lights go down it's just you two
    It's when you and your lover do what you just wanna do"...


    Warner and Prince feuding led to Warner actively trying to sabotage Prince albums of new material by releasing its own Prince albums at the same time. So around the time of the release of "Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic" Warner released a compilation of Prince previously unavailable for the most part (at least legally) outtakes called "The Vault" which peaked at #85 on the BB 200 and #29 on R&B. The fact that that combination was focused on Prince's more jazzy songs and it included just 10 of them meant that it was a surprisingly cohesive and strong album, dare I say Prince's best late '90s album. So from that album comes this gorgeous jam, which makes me wonder how many more amazing songs could be hidden in Prince's allegedly vast collection of outtakes known to his fans as "The Vault"
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  • NothingFails
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    Sorry for the lag

    40.1+1+1=3 (2001)
    album "THE RAINBOW CHILDREN" (album track)
    Funky track, one of the only TRC songs I like

    39.LOVE...THY WILL BE DONE (performed by Martika) (1991)
    album "MARTIKA'S KITCHEN"
    Excellent track that seems to be forgotten now even though it was a US top 10

    38.PHEROMONE (1994)
    album "COME" (album track)
    Good track

    37.SHE'S ALWAYS IN MY HAIR (with The Revolution) (1985)
    from "RASPBERRY BERET" single (b-side)
    Definitely one of his best b-sides and a song that would've been a hit had it been a single on its own

    36.AND GOD CREATED WOMAN (with The New Power Generation) (1992)
    album "SYMBOL" (album track)
    Nice ballad and one of my faves off O+>

    35.YO MISTER (performed by Patti LaBelle) (1989)
    album "BE YOURSELF"
    Good and underrated. When Prince made a rare appearance on Arsenio Hall in 1991 (back when Prince on talk shows was far rarer than it is now), Patti was also there to talk about him

    34.D.M.S.R. (1982)
    album "1999" (album track)
    Pure epic. Also used in the party scene of "Risky Business"

    33.SIGN O' THE TIMES (1987)
    album "SIGN O' THE TIMES"
    A song that remains relevant 24 years later. I'm still surprised a song so minimalistic and melodiless still was such a hit, but that's the sign of a great song.

    32.WILLING AND ABLE (with The New Power Generation) (1991)
    album "DIAMONDS AND PEARLS" (album track)
    One of the best non-singles off D&P

    31.FUTURE BABY MAMA (2007)
    album "PLANET EARTH" (album track)
    Not bad, but surprised it's this high

    30.POP LIFE (with The Revolution) (1985)
    album "AROUND THE WORLD IN A DAY"
    Another great single from the mid-80's. Too bad there was no video

    29.STRANGE RELATIONSHIP (1987)
    album "SIGN O' THE TIMES" (album track)
    Even though SOTT already had 4 (5 if you count Hot Thing charting as a b-side) singles, I'm surprised this wasn't even considered.

    28.BAMBI (1980)
    album "PRINCE"
    While the lyrics are naive and could even be interpreted as homophobic (since he's telling a lesbian sex with him is better), the song rocks and was one of the earliest indicators that he was going to dabble in more than just funk/r&b.

    27.THE QUESTION OF U (1990)
    album "GRAFFITI BRIDGE" (album track)
    Probably the greatest track off Graffiti Bridge (which IMO was an underrated record. The movie sucked but the album was good)

    26.LET'S WORK (1982)
    album "CONTROVERSY"
    This song proves that he was still saving some great funk jams for himself instead of giving them all to The Time at that point.

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  • Blondini
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    Pop Life fantastic, Strange Relationship is a quirky delight, Bambi is an amazing rocker, Let's Work is good. Not so keen on the other song.

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  • jio
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    30.POP LIFE (with The Revolution) (1985)
    album "AROUND THE WORLD IN A DAY"




    ..."What's the matter with your world?
    Was it a boy when U wanted a girl?
    Don't U know straight hair ain't got no curl?
    Life it ain't real funky unless it's got that pop"...


    So what do you do when you have scored one of the most successful albums of all time? If you are Michael Jackson, you wait five years, you release something roughly similar with big budget promotion and you repeat the feat. If you are Prince you wait less than a year and you come back with the most musically different album possible with no promotion at all. That was "Around The World In A Day" for you: Prince's statement that he is more of an artist than a chart star with a bigger need of releasing music than trying to achieve maximum chart impact. "Around The World In A Day" was released approximately 10 months after "Purple Rain" without Prince's presence on the cover and without a promo-single. This bizarre strategy was chosen because of Prince's own wishes. He just wanted the music to shine by itself. And shine it did: the album became Prince's second US #1 album and peaked at #4 on R&B and #5 on the UK Albums Chart. The first single from the album was released a full month after the album itself, but it was the third overall single, "Pop Life", which sounded the closest to Prince of old and thus it is the highest ranking song from the album in my Top 100. "Pop Life" peaked at #7 on the Hot 100, #8 on R&B, #5 on Dance/Club Play but missed the Top 40 in the UK. A cover of the song by Elvis Costello was never materialised because of Prince's refusal to permit it.
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    29.STRANGE RELATIONSHIP (1987)
    album "SIGN O' THE TIMES" (album track)



    ..."I came and took your love, I took your body
    I took my self respect you ever had
    I took you for a ride and baby, I'm sorry
    The more you love me, sugar, the more it makes me mad"...


    "Strange Relationship" is actually a song which sat in Prince's vault for five years before Prince let it shine in "Sign O' The Times". Originally composed in 1982, it was re-recorded numerous times and considered for a number of aborted 1986 projects such as "Dream Factory", "Camille" and "Crystal Ball". Thankfully Prince included it in his 1987 "Sign O' The Times" album. The song remained an album track for 18 years, during which it became a concert sing-a-long favourite. Finally in 2005 a live version of the song tour was released as a single, making "Strange Relationship" the Prince song with the longest from-album-to-single history.
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    28.BAMBI (1980)
    album "PRINCE"



    ..."All your lovers, they look just like you
    but they can only do the things that you do
    Oh come on baby and take me by the hand
    I'm gonna show you what it's like to be loved by a man"...


    Although Prince flirted with rock also on "Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad", it was this single which saw him going all the way. As a skilled guitarist (among other musical instruments he plays) rock songs almost always feature in Prince's albums but, to be honest, he rarely (if ever) surpassed this gem. The song was released, in most of the world, as the b-side to the rather unspectacular ballad "Still Waiting", although Belgium got a better deal. In that country the single was flipped over with "Bambi" becoming the a-side and "Still Waiting" the b-side. T.C. Ellis recorded a rather dull rap version of this rock banger.
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    27.THE QUESTION OF U (1990)
    album "GRAFFITI BRIDGE" (album track)



    ..."Which way do I turn when I'm feeling lost?
    If I sell my soul, now what will it cost?
    Must I become naked, no image at all?
    Shall I remain upright or get down and crawl?"...


    Everybody knows the "Purple Rain" film, few know that it actually had a sequel. And that was 1990's "Graffiti Bridge", written and directed by Prince and starring Prince himself and Morris Day of The Time. The film entered the Box Office Weekend Chart at #8 (on the strength of "Purple Rain"), dropped down like a rock and became another enormous success at the Golden Raspberry Awards where it was nominated for Worst Picture, Worst Actor (Prince), Worst Screenplay (Prince), Worst Director (Prince) and Worst New Star (Ingrid Chavez). Even though it lost in all categories (I am shocked by this), I have to say that the film was so bad that made "Shanghai Surprise" look like "Gone With The Wind" in comparison. In fact it was so bad that Madonna herself, not exactly famous for her talent in picking movie roles, refused to star in it. Still though, the film had a soundtrack performed by Prince and related artists and that soundtrack was pretty good. It became Prince's third UK #1 album and peaked at #6 on both the BB 200 and R&B. So from that album comes this amazing ballad (originally composed in 1985), which sounds like it came out of some stage musical rather than a pop album.
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    26.LET'S WORK (1982)
    album "CONTROVERSY"



    ..."I'd love to turn you on
    I'd work you all night long
    if I could get you in the raw
    I'd make you climb the walls"...


    This was the second single from Prince's 1981 album "Controversy". Originally refering to a Minneapolis dance craze called "the rock", Warner refused to release it as a non-album single so Prince reworked it and changed its name from "Let's Rock" to "Let's Work" and the result was this fab funk song. Musically,it is typical early '80s Prince and it was the first Prince US single to feature a non-album b-side (the UK single "Gotta Stop (Messin' About)" which narrowly missed my Top 100). It peaked at #9 on R&B
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  • Blondini
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    All good - that Patti song is great - should have been bigger than that.

    Sign is of course a masterpiece.

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    35.YO MISTER (performed by Patti LaBelle) (1989)
    album "BE YOURSELF"




    ..."Her father cried when I told him that Cara twice got knocked up
    He said"Just like her mama, aha, she shows her body
    when she wants to show love, she tried that stuff with me
    and I beat her down, there's no way I could let her stay
    Couldn't let her stick around"...


    Pati LaBelle needs no introduction at all: a legend, a twice Grammy Award winner, a Grammy Hall Of Fame inductee and of course an amazing voice. In 1989, the two legends worked together in two songs from Patti's album "Be Yourself" and this Prince-penned fab single peaked at #6 on R&B, becoming one of just 11 R&B Top 10s for Patti. Enjoy.
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    34.D.M.S.R. (1982)
    album "1999" (album track)



    ..."I say everybody scr*w the masses
    We only want to have some fun
    I say do whatever we want wear lingerie in a restaurant
    Policeman got no gun, you don't have to run"...


    Prince's "1999" album was a major step in Prince's career. It was the album that first included The Revolution (as a backing band without a leading co-credit, in contrast with Prince's next three albums), it was Prince's first prolific album clocking in at 70 minutes instead of the more usual, for its time, half-an-hour and bringing the electronic sounds, which Prince started using since the beginning of the '80s, to the forefont. If you only want to listen to one song to understand how the album sounds, you should choose "D.M.S.R.". It's a record of 8 minutes of pure, deep funk which, rather tastelessly, was not included in the short edition of the album released along the main one. This was never released as a single or even as a b-side but still remains one of Prince's best songs ever. Oh and "D.M.S.R." stands for "Dance, Music, Sex, Romance", in short everything Prince stood for at the time
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    33.SIGN O' THE TIMES (1987)
    album "SIGN O' THE TIMES"



    ..."Is it silly no, when a rocket blows
    and everybody still wants to fly
    Some say that man ain't happy, truly
    until a man truly dies. Oh why?
    Sign o' the times"...


    "Sign O' The Times" was an ambitious project and its lead single, the title track, was similarly an ambitious song. The song has a very minimal production, not unlike Prince's biggest hit ever "When Doves Cry", and the lyrics provide a caustic commentary on the ethos of the period the song was written and released, a commentary which doesn't sound out of place even today, 24 years later. Prince wanted the public to pay attention to the lyrics which is why the video of this song (which luckily can be found in youtube) consists of a black screen with just the lyrics passing through. This didn't stop the song from becoming a sizeable hit peaking at #3 on the Hot 100, #1 on R&B, #2 on Dance/Club Play and #10 on the UK Singles Chart. It has been covered by the Simple Minds, Nina Simone and Chaka Khan among others
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    32.WILLING AND ABLE (with The New Power Generation) (1991)
    album "DIAMONDS AND PEARLS" (album track)



    ..."Let me take a bite to see if you're ripe
    I'm kinda thinkin' about takin' a hunk chunk
    A piece of your love tonight"...


    Even though "Diamonds And Pearls" is one of the most dated Prince albums ever IMO, it does include more than its fair share of gems. And this is one of them. Here Prince incorporates perfectly both gospel (courtesy of Rosie Gaines) and rap in a pop-structured song and creates an energetic timeless tune which simply stands out. Despite this not being a single or a b-side, a video was filmed for inclusion in Prince's home music video release "Diamonds And Pearls" (albeit Prince himself is not featured in it)
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    31.FUTURE BABY MAMA (2007)
    album "PLANET EARTH" (album track)



    ..."Yeah, I know you might be fine but I've seen it all before
    Cinderella was a waste of time and oops, she's out the door
    To build a house together, the thing that matters more
    is under the floor, a strong foundation that last forever more"...


    Some people consider "Planet Earth" a dissapointment coming after the commercial breakthroughs of "Musicology" and "3121". I disagree. "Planet Earth" was definitely not as ambitious or as chart-oriented as those two albums were, but it still did its job of keeping Prince in the spotlight. It peaked at #3 on the BB 200, #1 on R&B and reached thousands of homes in the UK as a free give-away with both tickets for Prince's concerts and the "Mail On Sunday" newspaper, a technique Prince used also with his latest album "20Ten". The music was ranging from bubblegum rock to soft rap to more serious rock and R&B. Despite the album having three different single releases, this retro sounding R&B ballad was the definitive highlight, since it managed to become the only charting song from the album by peaking at #39 on R&B and to win a Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, all of this without even being released as a single
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  • Blondini
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    She's Always In My Hair was one of two b-sides that really should have been a-sides. It's insane that he would hide such a song away (17 Days being the other one).

    Love... is a great little track.

    And God... is cute.

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  • jio
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    Why nobody told me that I messed up the "3121" and "Fury" years of release?

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    40.1+1+1=3 (2001)
    album "THE RAINBOW CHILDREN" (album track)




    ..."This is how it's gonna b
    If u wanna b with me
    Take ur tie and think it thru
    If this is what u wanna do
    I ain't really that hard 2 please
    'cause 1+1+1 is 3"...


    "The Rainbow Children" was the album where Prince stopped trying to score a hit and just focused on what was at his heart at the time: religion and, specifically, the Jehovah's Witness' narrative. Yes, it's a religious album through and through and that probably explains why it was such a flop on the charts peaking at #109 on the BB 200, #33 on R&B and #4 on Independent Albums. If you can get over the message though, you'll discover a fab album musically, definitely his best since "The Gold Experience". Much more jazzy than anything he did under his own name, this album was for me Prince being back as a great musician and as a controversial figure (albeit for different reasons). Even though the line "There's a theocratic order" is hard to ignore, the deep funk of "1+1+1=3" more than makes up for it and that's why this track is my favourite from the album. And Prince can certainly do mathematics, can't he?
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    39.LOVE...THY WILL BE DONE (performed by Martika) (1991)
    album "MARTIKA'S KITCHEN"



    ..."Even when there's no peace outside my window
    There's peace inside
    And that's why I can not longer run
    Love... thy will be done"...


    Martika was a somehow more sophisticated version of the female teen idols standard which had emerged in the late '80s, mostly known for her 1989 US #1 hit "Toy Soldiers". But as the early '90s proved disastrous for the careers of fellow teen sensations Tiffany and Debbie Gibson, Martika turned to Prince to give her a hand with her material. "Love...Thy Will Be Done" was the first single to be released from her sophomore album and peaked at #10 on the Hot 100, #9 on the UK Singles Chart and #1 in Australia. Like "Nothing Compares 2 U", Prince has sang his own version of this song on tour numerous times. And Martika? She has been successfully recording Latin music the past years.
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    38.PHEROMONE (1994)
    album "COME" (album track)



    ..."Her eyes are closed but there's no penetration
    He just makes her point the pistol to his nose
    while he masturbates and now I see a tear
    heading down towards her smile "...


    This drum-heavy song is the highest entry from an album very few people appreciated. And this of course is 1994's "Come". That album came out in a time of extreme tension between Prince and his label. Prince had already decided to release the best of his material independently without using the name "Prince" while giving Warner enough songs to release a string of albums and thus terminate his contract earlier than expected. That was also the point behind the "1958-1993" inscription on the cover of the album: Prince, the Warner's artist, had died. That meant of course that the album was released with almost no promotion at all, which resulted in peaking at a mere #15 on the BB 200 and #2 on R&B. The album did manage though to become Prince's fifth (and final) #1 album in the UK despite dropping down the charts relatively fast. A common misconception (thanks to the "1958-1993" inscription) is that the album contains older material. In fact the vast majority of the songs were recorded in the exact same sessions which produced "The Gold Experience" songs and were intended for the aborted musical "Glam Ulysses", except of the lovely Orgasm which was recorded in the early '80s (no surprise there).
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    37.SHE'S ALWAYS IN MY HAIR (with The Revolution) (1985)
    from "RASPBERRY BERET" single (b-side)



    ..."Whenever I feel like givin' up, whenever my sunshine turns to rain
    Whenever my hopes and dreams are aimed in the wrong direction
    She's always there tellin' me how much she cares
    tellin' me she's always in my hair"...


    And here is another case of what the hell Prince was thinking releasing this song as a b-side. Well, to be fair, it didn't match the style of his "Around The World In A Day" album much, which is probably why this gem ended as the b-side to the first single from that album ("Raspberry Beret" in the US, "Paisley Park" in the UK) despite being probably better than both of its a-sides. The song apparently refers to Jill Jones, a Prince backing singer and protege. D'Angelo did an interesting cover of the song for the soundtrack of the film "Scream 2"
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    36.AND GOD CREATED WOMAN (with The New Power Generation) (1992)
    album "SYMBOL" (album track)



    ..."And if I never see u again
    It's alright, for I am guilty of no sin
    They can have you, I'll have your love in the end
    Soul of my soul"...


    This is the best ballad in Prince's 1992 "Symbol" album IMO. It is another ode to women and I don't really have anything to say about it, other than "Symbol" was the first Prince album I ever bought and "And God Created Woman" was an early favourite song from that album and remains one until now.
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