Part two of a list of my ten favorite Prince songs!
THE BERKELEY PLACE TOP 10 PRINCE G.O.A.T.s: #6-4
#6 Sexy M.F. (“Love Symbol” 1994)
In the 1990s, Prince started merging rap and funk. I usually didn’t like it. But this song is so funky, it rises in spite of the rap.
Further listening: Another solid rap fusion by Prince was the extended version of Alphabet Street. And another song where he channels James Brown: Hot Thing (“Sign O’ The Times” 1987). But the best example of another song like this one is from the very same album: My Name Is Prince with Tony M.
Covers: Couldn’t find a single good one.
#5 Nothing Compares 2 U with Rosie Gaines (“The Hits/B-Sides” 1993)
A song made famous by Sinead O’Connor, and which wasn’t released for almost a decade. Prince’s version is just as good as Sinead’s.
Further listening: How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore (“The Hits/B-Sides” 1993), I Feel For You (“Prince” 1979), When U Were Mine (“Dirty Mind” 1980). All terrific tunes made more famous by others. When U Were Mine was a hit for Cyndi Lauper, but her album cover wasn’t as great as this guy’s…
Covers: Just one. Y’all know about Sinead already, and if you don’t know by now I can’t help you.
#4 Starfish and Coffee (“Sign O’ The Times” 1987)
I have sentimental attachment to this song—when I was dating my wife, she would play it on continuous loop and dance around looking cute.
Plus, I love a good song about breakfast food.
Further listening: Another cute, simple tune: Blue Light (“Love Symbol” 1994)
Covers: From the internet live archives, here is a direct-link mp3:
Matt Nathanson (with “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees)