He May Have More Hits Than Madonna’s Got Kids, But This List of Essential Prince Songs Has None of Them. Just Songs That You SHOULD Know.
Since Prince left us there’s been lots of lists of his best albums, songs, the best versions of those songs, etc, etc.
Well most lists include the SAME songs that everyone knows and there’s a reason for that: except for us oldsters & die-hards few had access to all of the good stuff and had to be hush-hush about it.
But there’s so much, including legit non-single releases on albums, that’s worth knowing I thought I’d make a starter list while I can, of songs by Prince that aren’t hits or commonly known, that should be on everyone’s radar. Without these tracks you’re missing out on a whole other dimension. They aren’t in any particular order…just as I thought of & found them.
A few were recorded by other artists & I note that.
Rebirth of the Flesh
Extraloveable ‘82 ( there is a 2013 update of this song. You want THIS ONE.)
Lust U Always
Turn It Up
Do Yourself A Favor
Recorded by Jesse Johnson on his Shockadelica album in 1986
Wouldn’t You Love to Love Me? Recorded by Taja Sevelle in 1992
Irresistible Bitch unreleased version There’s a certain… angst (?) to this version.
All My Dreams Very Wendy & Lisa which makes me happy.
Old Friends 4 Sale
One word: Shade
I’ve mentioned before elsewhere that I’m ambivalent about his love songs especially the sincere ones. But my favorites are the anger, threat, hate songs. Like Last Heart.
The Dance Electric Recorded by Andre Cymone in 1985
Dance With The Devil A Batman outtake. Batman soundtrack deserves more attention for its concept and music.
One day soon I’ll write about how I’m a heathen but my favorite Prince songs are his most symbolically spiritual. I don’t know why tho.
This song isn’t mentioned, discussed or fawned over nearly enough. It also has a special place in my heart because my grandfather used to always tell me I needed stuff like I needed a hole in my head when I didn’t need it.
Annie Christian 82 Punk Version
Lady Cab Driver Live 1999 Tour
Joy in Repetition Live
Dinner With Delores
Shhh I guess this is a love song. It’s really more of a sex song.
Billy Jack Bitch There’s a true story behind this song: http://m.startribune.com/c-j-prince-was-indelibly-interesting/376786671/
I Hate U One of my faves. This is the kind of twisted Prince fucked up romance song I like.
Somebody’s Somebody And this one isn’t sappy, it’s got a cute video too.
Beautiful Strange Lovely song that is often overlooked and unfairly.
Prettyman Prince playing Morris…or is he?
BONUS: 1986 Detroit Birthday Performance: Head
If I Was Your Girlfriend SOTT Movie version