Prince Rogers Nelson died yesterday morning at the age of 57. The music icon was found in his Paisley Park home in Minnesota, his rep Yvette Noel-Schure said in a statement.
Prince recorded almost 40 studio albums from his debut in 1978 all the way up to the two-part record “HITnRUN” just last year, many with the bands The Revolution and The New Power Generation.
To say the music world lost a legend today would be a gross understatement. Here’s a look back at some of his top songs that changed the industry forever. (These are in no way a complete list, just 10 of his best-selling works.)
When Doves Cry’ – 1984
The 1984 classic hit no. 1 on the Billboard charts and held that spot for five weeks, according to Billboard magazine’s list of his top hits.
With lyrics like “How can you just leave me standing? / Alone in a world that’s so cold?” this song is one that any music fan thinks of when they think of Prince.
‘Purple Rain’ – 1984
“Purple Rain” was a song that showcased Prince’s range. It comes from Prince’s sixth studio album, which is in turn the soundtrack album to the film “Purple Rain.” Prince won an Oscar for Best Original Song Score (a now-defunct award) for the film, as well as two Grammy Awards in connection with the album.
The song opens with, “I never meant to cause you any sorrow / I never meant to cause you any pain / I only wanted to one time to see you laughing / I only wanted to see you / Laughing in the purple rain.”
‘I Wanna Be Your Lover’ – 1979
Lines line “I ain’t got no money / I ain’t like those other guys you hang around / And it’s kinda funny / But they always seem to let you down” earned Prince his first top 40 hit.
The song is less than 3 minutes long, but that’s all it took to help this single peak at 11 on the Billboard charts.
‘Kiss’ – 1986
This song hit no. 1 on all kinds of charts in the States. Julia Roberts made it even more famous when she sang it in a popular scene in the movie “Pretty Woman.”
The icon won yet another Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with this song.
‘1999’ – 1982
Possibly one of Prince’s catchiest songs, “1999” tells the tale of an epic party at the turn of the century.
“They say two thousand zero zero party over, oops, out of time / So tonight I’m gonna party like it’s 1999,” are lyrics almost anyone knows off-hand.
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