Following Prince’s sudden passing Thursday morning at his Paisley Estate in Minneapolis, the world stood back and remembered one of the greatest performers ever to walk the earth. But beyond his catalogue of nearly 40 records dating back to the 70s, Prince was also a master songwriter for other artists. Whether he was mentoring young female songwriters, helping to pave the way for their success, or writing for legendary musicians, Prince consistently wrote chart-topping tracks for more than his personal collection.
Take a look at some great songs Prince wrote, many of which he performed instruments or sang on. Enjoy:
Stevie Nicks – Stand Back
Stevie Nicks came up for the idea of “Stand Back” while listening to Prince’s “Little Red Corvette” during her honeymoon with Kim Anderson. She hummed the synthesizer part into a tape recorder. Once at the studio, Nicks called Prince and told him the story. He showed up that night, recorded the synthesizer parts, and then “got up and left as if the whole thing happened in a dream.”
Celine Dion – “With This Tear”
“With This Tear” was a birthday gift for Dion from Prince while she worked on her self-titled album.
Chaka Khan – “I Feel For You”
“I Feel for You” originally appeared on Prince’s early self-titled album. While originally written as demos for Patrice Rushen, the track was later recorded by Chaka Khan, from her eponymous album. Prince later won the 1985 Grammy Song of the Year for “I Feel For You”.
Sinead O’Connor – “Nothing Compares 2 U”
“Nothing Compares 2 U” is another track originally released by Prince that became a bigger hit by another artist. Sinead O’Connor released her version as the second single from I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got, becoming the biggest hit of her career.
Cyndi Lauper – “When You Were Mine”
“When You Were Mine” also comes from a Prince album originally, 1980’s Dirty Mind. Cyndi Lauper adopted it for her debut album in 1983 as a mid-tempo ballad, the same album “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” is on.