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Prince's best songs

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On Tuesday afternoon, Prince released a new song called "The Breakdown." It's a great, funky song, but just not of Prince's usual quality. But we can expect to hear a lot more of Prince, now that he has gained back control of his Warner Bros. catalog.

In a new deal, Warner Brothers, who Prince once claimed treated him like a "slave," will release new songs on iTunes and new videos on YouTube. Some will be newly recorded songs, while others will be unreleased songs. Either way, it is an excellent deal for Prince and his millions of fans.

To celebrate the latest announcement, we though it would be a great time to list Prince's five best singles. He has had so many hits that it is hard to pick just five. Our picks are somewhat risky and they are bound to cause controversy with Prince's most die-hard fans.

For example, "Alphabet Street," released in 1988, wasn't exactly one of Prince's biggest hits. However, it represents the superstar in one of his most creative stages. Most critics consider 1988's LoveSexy to be one of the best albums of the late 1990s. This was the album Prince released right before the Batman soundtrack. Even though the title single made it to number one, the song didn't make our list.

"Delirious," which was released in late 1983, also wasn't a huge hit. However, it not only influenced future pop hits by other artists, but is one of the funnest songs Prince has ever recorded. It was his last single before the Purple Rain explosion in June of 1984. The single "Purple Rain" made our list. Usually, Prince's fans consider this his best single. The absolutely amazing guitar rift combined with Prince's sultry vocals made this one of the biggest hits of 1984. It was rare that Prince had a power ballad chart so high, but it did.

Without further ado, here is our list of Prince's top five songs. You are welcome to disagree with us, but tell us why in the Comments section.

5-Purple Rain
5-Purple Rain Photo by Long Beach Music Examiner, used with permission.

5-Purple Rain

"Purple Rain" was the third single release from Prince's mega-hit soundtrack Purple Rain. It was his first power ballad hit, but made it to number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the Fall of 1984.

4-Erotic City
4-Erotic City Photo by Long Beach Music Examiner, used with permission

4-Erotic City

"Erotic City" was never officially released as a single, but remains one of Prince's most sexy records to date. It was the type of song parents hated for their kids to listen to.

3-Dilerious Photo by Long Beach Music Examer, used with permission.


Released in the Fall of 1983, "Dilerious" wasn't a huge hit, but remains one of the most funky records Prince has ever recorded. He still sings this song at all of his concerts.

I Would Die 4 U
I Would Die 4 U Photo by Long Beach Music Examiner, used with permission.

I Would Die 4 U

"I Would Die 4 U" was the 4th release from the Purple Rain soundtrack and peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in December of 1984.

1-Alphabet Street
1-Alphabet Street Photo by Long Beach Music Examiner, used with permission.

1-Alphabet Street

"Alphabet Street" was the first single from Prince's flop album LoveSexy. While nobody remembers the rest of the album, "Alphabet Street" remains one of Prince's most loved songs.


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