Prince was a man of many songs — so many, many songs. Picking his best tracks is a near impossible task, but we here at the NME office have attempted it. Thank you for the music, Prince. Leonie Cooper. Alex Flood.
1. ‘I Wanna Be Your Lover’ – 1979
Prince's music catalog has no shortage of iconic hits. From there, he used his platform as an outrageously attired, unapologetically sexy performer who just so happened to be a virtuoso musician and an innovative studio genius to craft some of the most taboo-cracking, musically forward-thinking hits to every break the mainstream. Sure, he had no trouble stirring up headlines every few months or so with some cryptic or outrageous maneuver, which only added another layer to his volatile mystique. But what truly touched the world was his music — songs that moved us emotionally, sensually, intellectually or just plain locomotive-ally. Here, just a sampling of some of his best. But the seeds were there. Or, according to another story, it came to him in a Birmingham, Alabama hotel room while listening to John Lennon. Am I straight or gay?
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Prince was one of the most talented musicians of all time, and was a true one-off star that perfectly suited the '80s 'MTV Generation'. He was a one-man band who wrote and produced the vast majority of his output, could play pretty much any instrument put in front of him, and he entertained millions around the world. Picking just a handful of his best songs is no easy feat, but here's our ranking of his 15 greatest tracks for a perfect Prince playlist:.
This article includes the singles discography of Prince. See Prince albums discography for his albums. Estimates of the actual number of songs written by Prince released and unreleased range anywhere from to well over 1,