Playlist: A Celebration Of Prince

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to celebrate a man named Prince…

There have been countless incredible artists that have graced us with their music over the years, but very few come close to touching the genius that Prince possesses. There have been an excess of moments over the course of his 35 year career where the Purple One has been a polarizing and controversial figure, but his music has always won out (as it should.) Between dawning scandalous outfits to match his scandalous lyrics, dissolving incredible backing band after incredible backing band, changing his name to an unpronounceable symbol, to being one of the first artists to fully embrace the internet, all before completely denouncing it’s many perils, Prince the Artist has always been an enigmatic being that’s kept us on our toes. However, Prince the Musician is undeniably a bonafide genius. Not only is he renowned for being a one-man music machine (writing, recording, producing, and performing EVERYTHING on his records,) but his talents are far above the rest. He can play almost any instrument you can put in his hands, and play it better than almost anyone you know. Realistically, his guitar playing can go head-to-head with the greatest virtuosos of all time. Not to mention, his voice embodies the emotion and passion of Otis Redding, the power of Freddie Mercury, the rawness of Al Green, the charisma of Little Richard, the soul of Sam Cooke, and the control of Aretha Franklin… all with his own very distinct spin. His confusingly large catalog (he’s averaged just about an album or major project a year since 1978,) is brilliantly diverse. If you can think of a genre of music, Prince has already covered it…pop, dance, rock, jazz, soul, hip hop, rockabilly, country, blues, funk, reggae… and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. So, with the (relatively) limited selection of Prince material featured on Spotify, I present to you a playlist in Celebration of Prince… one of the most dynamic, well-rounded, and undeniably talented artists in the history of music. It features some of his biggest hits, most famous album cuts and b-sides, noteworthy extended mixes, incredible covers (including the breathtaking “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” performed with Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, and Dhani Harrison at his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony,) and tracks written and/or produced by the Purple One himself performed by other artists. Prepare to go crazy!

A CELEBRATION OF PRINCE

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THE PLAYLIST:

  1. For You
  2. Let’s Go Crazy [Special Dance Mix]
  3. My Name Is Prince
  4. Housequake
  5. 1999
  6. Erotic City
  7. The Beautiful Ones
  8. I Wanna Be Your Lover
  9. When You Were Mine
  10. I Feel For You (Performed by Chaka Khan)
  11. Raspberry Beret
  12. When Doves Cry
  13. Girls & Boys
  14. Thieves In The Temple
  15. Alphabet St.
  16. If I Was Your Girlfriend
  17. Gett Off
  18. 7
  19. Nothing Compares 2 U (Performed by Sinéad O’Connor)
  20. Little Red Corvette
  21. Kiss [Extended Version]
  22. Sexy M.F.
  23. Peach
  24. Cream
  25. Sign ‘O’ The Times
  26. Guitar
  27. Fury
  28. Computer Blue
  29. Darling Nikki
  30. U Got The Look
  31. Paisley Park
  32. Manic Monday (Performed by The Bangles)
  33. Strange Relationship
  34. She’s Always In My Hair
  35. Dirty Mind
  36. Soft and Wet
  37. Do Me, Baby
  38. Adore
  39. Pop Life
  40. I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man
  41. Mountains
  42. Jungle Love (Performed by The Time)
  43. Sexy Dancer
  44. Head
  45. How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore
  46. Around The World In A Day
  47. Delirious
  48. I Would Die 4 U
  49. Sometimes It Snows In April
  50. Batdance
  51. Uptown
  52. Sexuality
  53. The Glamorous Life (Performed by Sheila E.)
  54. A Love Bizarre (Performed by Sheila E.)
  55. Bambi
  56. Screwdriver
  57. Black Sweat
  58. Money Don’t Matter 2 Night
  59. D.M.S.R.
  60. Diamonds and Pearls
  61. Let’s Work
  62. Take Me With U
  63. Love… Thy Will Be Done (Performed by Martika)
  64. Controversy
  65. Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?
  66. 17 Days
  67. A Case Of U
  68. Letitgo
  69. Condition Of The Heart
  70. Baby I’m A Star
  71. Anotherloverholenyohead
  72. Round and Round (Performed by Tevin Campbell)
  73. Scandalous
  74. The Song Of The Heart
  75. Crimson and Clover
  76. Slow Love
  77. When We’re Dancing Close And Slow
  78. Thunder
  79. Sugar Walls (Performed by Sheena Easton)
  80. Let’s Pretend We’re Married
  81. Under The Cherry Moon
  82. Partyman
  83. The Bird (Performed by The Time)
  84. Jack U Off
  85. Irresistible Bitch
  86. Extraloveable
  87. Free
  88. Just As Long As We’re Together
  89. God
  90. Yo Mister (Performed by Patti Labelle)
  91. The Arms Of Orion
  92. Escape
  93. Space
  94. Somewhere Here On Earth
  95. S.S.T.
  96. Melody Cool (Performed by Mavis Staples)
  97. The Ladder
  98. The Cross
  99. While My Guitar Gently Weeps [Live, with Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, and Dhani Harrison]
  100. Purple Rain

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