With the COVID-19 pandemic taking center stage all over our social media feeds and news cycles, I've not been focusing on a lot of the music milestones I normally track on my Twitter account and other blog sites. But let me for a minute or two put the doom and gloom feelings of COVID-19 aside and celebrate the life and music of one of the most talented musicians in the modern era of music. Prince Rogers Nelson left us way too soon back on April 21, 2016. For me to try to convey in this blog post how talented a singer and musician that Prince was would take an entire blog in itself. His career began in the late 70s and his sound back then consisted of a bit of funk and a little bit of disco, but as the 70s moved into the 80s, his sound began to become more diverse. In terms of his musician skills, he became proficient in each and every musical instrument he needed for the music he created. Case in point, as you scroll the rest of this post, you'll see him in action on the music video for the 1989 movie Batman. Prince would write and record the entire soundtrack. For the purpose of this post, we'll focus on some of the most requested songs that have shown up on wedding playlists over the years, as well as some of the artists whose careers got off the ground because of him and his producing and song writing skills.
While it's only been four short years since his passing, we will not soon forget his tremendous body of work, spanning close to four decades. As one of the top wedding DJs in the Holy City, this post has been a long time coming and actually should have been done a long time ago. Be sure to jot down some of your favorite Prince songs to add into your wedding playlist.
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"Kiss" | 1986
Back in 1986, Prince would release his Parade and "Kiss" would be the first single to be released in February of 1986. The song would show up on Rolling Stones list of the 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time. "Kiss" would become one of the biggest songs of his career by peaking at #1 on the Hot 100, the Dance Club Songs, and the Hot R&B song charts. "Kiss" is still one of the most popular songs by Prince by a lot of my wedding clients.
"Cream" | 1991
"Cream" was the second single to be released from his 1991 album Diamonds and Pearls. The song was released in September of 1991 and would peak at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
"I Would Die 4 U" | 1984
1984 was probably one of the biggest years of Prince's career. He'd release the Purple Rain album, which was the soundtrack to the movie he also starred in alongside the very lovely Apollonia. "I Would Die 4 U" is a great dance song that was released in November of 1984 and would peak at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
"Let's Go Crazy" | 1984
"Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today for you and your fiance to have the time of your life. ..." Well, the lyrics to "Let's Go Crazy" don't exactly sing like that, but I think you know where I was going here :) With his song "Erotic City" on the B side, "Let's Go Crazy" was released in July of 1984 and became one of the most popular Prince songs. "Let's Go Crazy" is also one of the most requested songs for the last dance song of the night.
"Batdance" | 1989
I still remember having the mother of one of my childhood friends take me and my friends to the movie theater on a hot Saturday night in July 1989 as Batman opened in theaters. I remember hearing the Batdance on the radio and was instantly hooked. When I found out that Prince wrote the entire soundtrack to the movie, I was instantly hooked. "Batdance" was released in June 1989 a few weeks before the release of the movie and would make it all the way to #1 on the Hot 100 and Dance Club songs chart.
"I Wanna Be Your Lover" | 1979
Back in the summer of 1979, Prince released his second album, which was self-titled and would score his first big hit in America. "I Wanna Be Your Lover" had that R&B / funk style of Prince's earlier work. He'd score a #1 song on the Hot R&B / Hip-Hop songs chart, and peak at #11 on the Hot 100.
"Delirious" | 1983
In 1982, Prince would release the album 1999 which would spawn three big hits. "Delirious" would be the third song to be released from the album in the summer of 1983, and would peak at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100.
"7" | 1992
In 1992, Prince released the Love Symbol Album. "7" would be released as a single in the fall of 1992, and peak in the Top 10 in the winter of 1993.
"U Got The Look" | 1987
If someone asks me to pick a favorite Prince, this would probably be it. Back in 1987, Prince would release the album Sign o' the Times, which featured this collaboration with the lovely and talented Sheena Easton. The song has a 12 inch remix (as did most 80s hits) titled (The Long Look) and it's definitely worth a listen. "U Got The Look" would be released in the summer of 1987 and peak at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the fall. "U Got The Look" is also featured on my Best Funk Songs For Your Cocktail Hour Playlist"
"Little Red Corvette" | 1983
Because Prince was so successful, it's hard to pick which would be his signature song. "Little Red Corvette" can be found his 1999 album and would be his first song to reach the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100.
"Sign 'O' the Times" | 1987
In the spring of 1987, Prince would release his 9th record Sign O the Times. The title track was released in February of 1987 and would peak at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
"Raspberry Beret" | 1985
In 1985, Prince released the follow-up album to the mega-selling Purple Rain. Around The World In A Day was released in the spring of 1985 and would spark two Top 10 hits on the Hot 100. "Raspberry Beret" was released in May 1985 and would make it all the way to #2 on the Hot 100 chart.
"Nothing Compares 2 U" | 1984
Originally written and recorded by Prince in 1984, it would be Sinead O'Connor who would score a Number 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. The original recording by Prince would not be released until 2018.
"The Glamorous Life" | Sheila E
Sheila E played with Prince on the Purple Rain soundtrack by singing vocals to Let's Go Crazy and Erotic City. In 1984, she released her album The Glamorous Life. Originally written by Prince, the title cut would top the dance club chart that summer.
"I Feel For You" | 1979
Chaka Khan released her cover of this 1979 Prince song in 1984 and would score a Top 5 hit on the Hot 100 for 3 weeks at the latter part of 1984. Prince originally wrote and recorded the song for his 1979 self-titled record.
"Jungle Love" | 1984
Morris Day & The Time appeared in Purple Rain, and that appearance would spark their career. "Jungle Love" was released in December 1984 and would become a Top 20 hit on the Hot 100. Prince does receive a songwriter credit on "Jungle Love".
"Round And Round" | Tevin Campbell
In 1990, Prince would write and direct the sequel to Purple Rain. The soundtrack to Graffiti Bridge this song by Tevin Campbell, which would more or less launch his career at the ag eof 14. "Round And Round" features Prince in the music video and would make it all the way to #3 on the Hot R&B chart in 1991. The song is featured on one of my publications about The Best 90s Music in 1991. You should check it out.
"Controversy" | 1981
Back in 1981, Prince released the album Controversy. The title track to the record was released in September of 1981 and would soar all the way to Number 1 on the Hot Dance Club charts.
"Diamonds and Pearls" | 1991
Diamonds and Pearls would be Prince's thirteenth album. The album was released in October of 1991. The title track was released in November of 1991 and would peak at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
"Purple Rain" | 1984
The title track to his incredible 1984 album would make it all the way to #2 on the Hot 100. The song would be re-released after his death in 2016 and make it all the way back to #4 on the Hot 100 chart.
"When Doves Cry" | 1984
While I mentioned up above that it would be difficult to name one song that would Prince's signature song, this song is more than likely his most popular song. "When Doves Cry" would become his first Number 1 song.
"1999" | 1982
Originally released at the latter part of 1982, the song barely would crack the Top 40. It would end up being re-released in 1983 and peak in the Top 15 during the summer.
"A Love Bizarre" | 1985
Written by Prince and Sheila E, "A Love Bizarre" was released on the album Romance 1600 and would peak at #2 on the R&B chart, and #11 on the Billboard Hot 100.
"Sugar Walls" | 1984
3 years before the 1987 release of "U Got The Look, Sheena Easton would release the album A Private Heaven. The album would produce two hits; "Strut", and "Sugar Walls", which was a song written by Prince. "Sugar Walls" would peak at #1 at on the Dance Club chart, and break into the Top 10 on the Hot 100 at peak at #9.
"Manic Monday" | 1986
"Manic Monday" was a song written by Prince and would be released in the winter of 1986. 1986 would also be the year that Prince would release his album Parade, which featured his hit "Kiss". "Manic Monday" would peak at #2 on the Hot 100, being kept out of the #1 spot by "Kiss.
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I still cannot believe that Prince is no longer with us, but his music will live on for years and years. The music of Prince will continue to grace the wedding playlists of many modern brides and grooms for many years to come. It was very therapeutic to put this blog together in the midst of a global pandemic. For me personally, I love to get lost in the music during bad times, and I hope this blog post allowed you a brief escape from what is going on out there in the world right now. Looking to get married later this year or next? Click the link up above to be transported over to my contact form. There you'll be asked to fill out some of the basic details of your big day. Let's talk soon.
One more thing
Oops. I almost forgot. This is a screenshot of a double CD I purchased close to 10 years ago. CD 1 has on it most all of his huge hits, but CD 2 has some amazing 12 inch remixes on it. This is a must for the person who loves the music of Prince.