My Favorite Prince Songs

I can’t bring myself to write a proper tribute to Prince. My lifelong connection to him, his music and especially events in his life that mirrored my own is far too personal to share online. And anything less than that kind of honest reflection would feel inauthentic and unworthy of what he meant to music and to me. Instead I will simply offer a list of my personal favorite Prince songs, which I’ve been listening to ever since the shocking news of his death hit me yesterday. To paraphrase another’s words, Bowie was like someone you knew, Prince was like an essential part of our language. He was music.

“Greatest Romance Ever Sold”
“Thieves in the Temple”
“7”
“When Doves Cry”
“Little Red Corvette”
“Purple Rain”
“Darling Nikki”
“Get Off”
“Black Sweat”
“Raspberry Beret”
“1999”
“I Would Die 4 U”
“Controversy”
“Nothing Compares 2 U”
“When You Were Mine”
“If I was Your Girlfriend”
“Kiss”
“Let’s Go Crazy”
“Cream”
“Diamonds & Pearls”
“Life Without End at Last”
“Dear Mr. Man”
“My Name is Prince”
“Musicology”
“The Most Beautiful Girl in the World”
“You Got the Look”
“Baby I’m a Star”
“Batdance”
“3121”