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Known for his innovative sound crossing R&B, rock, and pop, which led him to become one of the biggest acts of the 1980s, he went on to build his status as an icon and never stopped recording and performing. His appearances, from the Super Bowl halftime show to the Grammys, were legendary.
Remember what made Prince great with this list we’ve compiled of his best songs and biggest hits – at least, those available online:
One of Prince’s best-known songs, it was a chart-topper in 1982 and was the title track on his album of the same name.
“When Doves Cry”
The lead single on his 1984 album “Purple Rain” – accompanying the movie of the same name – it was Prince’s first No. 1 single.
“Let’s Go Crazy”
The good times kept going for Prince and the “Purple Rain” album, as this was his second No. 1 single.
This was the catalyst behind the 1984 album and film, and won the Oscar for Best Original Song.
“Little Red Corvette”
Prince came up with this song, legend has it, when he passed out from exhaustion in the back of music composer Lisa Coleman’s pink Ford Edsel.
A classic from his 1986 album “Parade.”
This was the first time Prince diverged from his rock roots. The song has an international sound that would lead him to pushing the boundaries of his music.
Prince’s 2007 Super Bowl halftime show
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Prince delivered several hits when he got on the stage at the Super Bowl, and ended it all with a searing rendition of “Purple Rain” – in the middle of a rainstorm.