I know we’re all trying—and failing—to make sense of a world in which Prince does not exist. The only way I can begin to ease the pain is by offering up this weird collection of songs he wrote, only maybe you didn’t know he wrote them. But also, maybe you did because you’re just as obsessed with Prince as I am. (In reality, I hope you know every single one of these songs and consider me a basic bitch for thinking this information is noteworthy.) If, however, you don’t, please listen to all of them ASAP and then come over so we can cry together.
“Nothing Compares 2 U”
Yes, I know you already know he wrote this song, and I think we can all agree that Sinead’s version is basically perfect. But have you listened to Prince’s version? It’s on his greatest hits album. And it’s great.
“Manic Monday” by the Bangles
God, I miss Susannah Hoffs’ sweet, vulnerable voice. Also, the Bangles had this rad girl drummer, Debbi Peterson, who kind of rocked it out on their cover of “Hazy Shade of Winter.” But back to the point. “Manic Monday” is beyond catchy, and Prince wrote it.
“I Feel for You” by Chaka Khan
Can you think of a better song? I cannot. Also, Stevie Wonder played harmonica on it. Also, Prince won a Grammy for best R&B song for it. Also, the Pointer Sisters recorded a version of it a couple years before Chaka made it a hit. Also, there is this little moment of a descending slap bass that will make you happy you were born.
“Love Song” by Madonna and Prince
This is credited to both Madonna and Prince, but this song is so Princey, which means it’s so weird and good. It was on Madonna’s Like a Prayer, and I feel like no one talks about it even though they should.
“Love…Thy Will Be Done” by Martika and Prince (produced by Prince)
Of course you’re obsessed with Martika’s entire oeuvre from Kids Incorporated, because who among us isn’t, but this weird little song from her album Martika’s Kitchen is dreamy, atmospheric, and it’s especially fun to listen to when driving alone on a foggy night in L.A.
“The Glamorous Life” by Sheila E.
Sheila collab’d with Prince as his drummer and musical director for his band, The New Power Generation. She’s an insanely good drummer, and you can hear her profound cowbell work on this song.
“How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore” by Alicia Keys
Prince recorded this for his 1982 album 1999, and it might will change you.
“Round and Round” by Tevin Campbell
This tune was written and produced by Prince, and when you listen again with ears pricked for Princeyness, you will hear him doing all the background harmonies towards the end of the song. And doesn’t the intro to this song sound like the intro to Madonna’s “Justify My Love”? Just saying.
“Nasty Girl” by Vanity 6
Fun fact: This was the song playing in the strip club scene in Beverly Hills Cop. There’s this sick music cue as Eddie tells Taggart and Rosewood about this nice little place they’ll love. (Yes, I pulled those names out without Googling. Am I proud of that? I actually don’t know.) Here’s a snippet of the strip club scene, but I highly suggest watching BHC tonight for that music cue. You’ll freak.
In short, Prince is all things. Prince is everything. And Prince is gone. But is he? I know that “I Wanna Be Your Lover” is almost always playing somewhere in my heart, so we kind of have him forever.