Prince’s status as one of the greatest musicians of all time has long been assured. That he was a songwriter and producer to match cannot be disputed. In the 80s, he and his paisley cohort changed the game for fashion with a visual flair that bled into his music videos. The best Prince videos didn’t just give fans something to watch; from live performances that seemed to go beyond human capabilities to conceptual works that wove together the wider themes of his art, they created a unique world that set Prince apart as a visionary artist without peer.
Our 25 best Prince videos offer a glimpse into that world.
25: I Wanna Be Your Lover (1979)
In stark contrast to the refined performances of later years, Prince’s first promo video is an endearingly rough-around-the-edges clip with aims to prove the Minneapolis genius was his own boss. An array of Princes provide backing on guitar, keyboards, drums and bass, while the flamboyant frontman Prince cuts a Jagger-like figure in a low-cut leopard-print top and tight, tight denims (which may suggest how he hit those high notes…).