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9 Prince tracks that changed music

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On the 21st April 2016 the world lost one of its true visionaries, in every sense of the word. Prince was found dead at his recording studio in Minnesota. We could hardly believe it.

To many, Prince was much more than just a musician, which inevitably led to his universal love.

He was an icon to those who had become uncomfortable with their sexuality through force and aggression. At a time when homosexuality maintained a negative mainstream image he was an inspiration of freedom through his blatant ignorance of conformity.

These pieces are always difficult to narrow down. Providing a ‘best of’ category for any artist is difficult, with Prince it’s probably impossible. Forgive me for your beloved tracks that I have missed, and immerse yourself in a few of my favourites.

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Purple Rain

Perhaps Prince’s most iconic song, and certainly his most celebrated, the title track is taken from the 1984 album, Purple Rain. Performed by Prince and The Revolution it reached 143rd in a list of the 500 greatest songs of all time, conducted by Rolling Stone. Pitchfork also named it the greatest song of the 80’, and we haven’t even mentioned the Oscar yet.

It’s a gospel influenced number, and this influence transcended into Prince’s performance at the Minnesota Dance Theatre on August 3rd 1983, a performance that has been described as his “sweatiest and most soulful hometown concert yet.”

It has everything. Powerful, emotive lyrics and dazzling, roaring guitar riffs make for a passionate and soulful piece of music.


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