Four… Favourite Prince songs
Yesterday we were preented with the absolutely tragic news that Prince has passed away, aged only 57. There were a few staple musicians I was brought up listening to and continued to listen to throughout my life. Prince probably takes second place, only behind Michael Jackson. I regularly find myself walking around singing Prince songs. Just a couple of weeks ago I had Raspberry Beret firmly lodged in my head and I had been humming it just a few hours before I read that he had a medical emergency aboard his private jet and had to be diverted to a nearby hospital.
But enough about his death, because Prince is an icon, a huge influence, a real genius superstar. And we should celebrate his life, because he wouldn’t have had it any other way. His hits were numerous, but I have just about managed to narrow it down to my four favourites. But this list is not in any particular order, because if I had to order it, I think I would combust.
*I wanted to include the music videos, or at least Spotify links to these songs, but as it turns out, these aren’t really available online. Understandable, Prince, after all, was the one who said if he had a chance nobody would ever cover his music.
Raspberry Beret had to be the first song I mentioned, given the fact that it was stuck in my head not so long ago. There has been a fair amount of discourse trying to guess what the song is really about. But as a child I owned a raspberry beret, so I like to take it at face value.
She wore a raspberry beret,
The kind you find in a second hand store,
I think I love her
It’s easy to say 1999 was overplayed, because it really was the song of the year before the milennium for obvious reasons. This, despite it originally having been released in 1982. He always was well ahead of his times.
Two thousand zero zero,
Party over, oops, out of time,
So tonight I’m gonna party like it’s nineteen ninety nine
Prince wrote a few songs for other people, including Nothing Compares 2 U, eventually recorded by Sinead O’Connor, as well as Manic Monday, which The Bangles took in the end. Kiss was originally written for an 80’s funk band, but thankfully chose to record the song himself. One of the most iconic Prince songs, and especially the video!
You don’t have to be rich to be my girl,
You don’t have to be cool to rule my world,
Ain’t no particular sign I’m more compatible with,
I just want your extra time, and your…
Possibly the most iconic Prince song ever. The first one you think of when you think of him. I’ve heard that apparently this song was about his favoured local American Football team, the Minnesota Vikings, but I get the feeling they just adopted it.
Purple rain, purple rain,
I only wanted to see you underneath the purple rain
This list is absolutely not extensive. There are obviously more songs that need an honourary mention:
– When Doves Cry
– The Most Beautiful Girl In The World
– Sign O’ The Times
– Little Red Corvette
But really, I think most people are just going to spend some time listening to all of Prince’s extensive back catalogue. And rightly so – he made music to be listened to.
Rest in peace, Prince.