Picking the best Prince songs of all time is a bit like picking your favourite children: they each have different personalities, and sometimes you prefer one over another, but they all come into their own when you most need them. Prince recorded enough material to last several lifetimes, revealing every facet of his personality through both his own unflinchingly honest music and the songs and albums he recorded for side projects and other protégé acts. Throughout it all, his commitment to his art saw him explore sexuality, spirituality and humanity with a deep understanding of their interwoven complexities, setting the bar for every artist that followed.
Though the true breadth of his artistry cannot be contained in a single list, these 35 best Prince songs offer an entry point to an astoundingly rich body of work.
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35: Thieves In The Temple (from ‘Graffiti Bridge’, 1990)
Falling between the juggernaut successes of the Batman soundtrack and the Diamonds And Pearls album, the Graffiti Bridge soundtrack is an often-overlooked outlier partly made up of cuts by The Time and guest stars in the film. Thieves In The Temple, however, comfortably went Top 10 on both sides of the Atlantic and remains a refreshingly stripped-back concoction of industrial-tinged beats and an early foray into Middle Eastern music, bolstered by a promo video in which Prince conclusively proved his dancing skills were as super-human as his musicianship.