Songs you probably didn’t know were written by Prince

The late great Prince was an amazing singer-songwriter, but many people don’t realise that he also wrote a number of chart-topping hits for other artistes including Celine Dion and Chaka Khan. So I’ve put together a list of songs you probably didn’t know were written by Prince.

Here’s a list of just a few. Let’s be honest, once you’ve heard most of them it’s pretty easy to hear the Prince-esq vocal arrangements and electronica mixed with electric guitar:

Alicia Keys – ‘How Come You Don’t Call Me’

Released in 2002, Alicia Keys’ version of this song was a moderate success and reached the top 30 in the USA. It kicks off my list of Songs you probably didn’t know were written by Prince.



Apollonia 6 – ‘Sex Shooter’

Sex Shooter reached number 7 in the US R&B charts in 1984.



Celine Dion – ‘With this tear’



Chaka Khan – ‘I Feel For You’

This song has son much of prince in it, it’s difficult to image how anyone could expect it NOT to have been written by him.



Cyndi Lauper – ‘When You Were Mine’


Madonna – ‘Hung Up’



Martika – ‘Love… Thy Will Be Done’



Sheila E. – ‘The Glamorous life’



Sheena Easton – ‘Sugar Walls’



Sinéad O’Connor – ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’

Released in January 1990, this Prince-written song was a huge success. It spent 4 weeks at number 1 in the US and had teenage girls crying for months.



The Bangles – ‘Manic Monday’

Manic MOnday reached number 2 in the UK and US Top 40.


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