Prince Rogers Nelson, popularly dubbed as Prince, influenced the whole world from his compositions that went on to become the top chartbusters of the music industry. Moreover, he wrote songs which became bigger hits by other artists. In addition, he played background instruments in some of the songs. Without wasting your time, here are the ten songs he wrote for other artists.
1. When You Were Mine(1983) by Cyndi Lauper
Written and recorded by Prince in his 1980 release Dirty Mind, this love song takes on a new meaning when sung by Lauper. The song described the pop culture of the early eighties and was a part of her debut album She’s So Unusual.
2. Sugar Walls by Sheena Easton
The track is the second single from Easton’s 1984 album A Private Heaven. It was composed by Prince under his pseudonym Alexander Nevermind. The song represented some “personal walls”rather than the ones in our houses.
3. How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore ? (2002) by Alicia Keys
Originally released on the B-Side of the Prince’s1999, Keys included the track as her third single for her 2001 album Songs in A Minor. The original track came out when Keys was less than a year old. The lyrics convey feelings of isolation and confusion with bluesy tone.
4. Yo Mister(1989) by Patti Labelle
Prince wrote this song for Labelle’s Be Yourself album. It is an anecdote on when a father fails to overlook his daughter’s imprudence.
5. With This Tear(1992) by Celine Dion
This song not only showed Prince’s lyrical proficiency but also his ability to match the right content with right artists. From top to the bottom, Prince and Dion nailed it.
6. The Glamorous Life(1984) by Sheila. E
This title track was a big breakthrough for Sheila for her album with the same name, who met Prince in 1978. Moreover, she provided backup vocals for Prince’s 1984 album Purple Rain.
7. I Feel For You(1984) by Chaka Khan
Originally appeared in Prince’s 1979 self-titled album, five years later, the song was covered by R&B singer Chaka Khan, which appeared on her fifth solo album with the same name.
8. Donald Trump (Black Version) by The Time
As it sounds like, the song featured a prominent political figure, Donald Trump. It was written in 1990, for an R&B/Funk group, The Time. It was featured in band’s 1990 album Pandemonium. The song helped explore the Afro-American retelling of wall street.
9. Manic Monday(1986) by The Bangles
Prince wrote this song under the alias, Christopher. The song was the band’s first single released from their second studio album, Different Light. The track was originally composed for Appolonia 6 – an American female singing trio formed by him.
10. Nothing Compares 2 U(1990) by Sinead O’Connor
Initially, Prince released this track for his side project, The Family. It was O’Connor’s second single for her second studio album I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got. It was a big hit in 1990.