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.