14 Popular Songs You Didn’t Know Prince Wrote

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Manic Monday by The Bangles (1984)

Prince wrote this one for Apollonia 6, but then offered to The Bangles under the writer pseudonym ‘Christopher.’


With This Tear by Celine Dion (1992)

The ballad was written as a gift for Celine Dion, who put in on her self-titled album Celine Dion.


Round and Round by Tevin Campbell (1990)

Prince wrote this first single from the debut album he produced for Tevin Campbell.


The Glamorous Life by Sheila E. (1984)

Prince wrote this for girl group Apollonia 6, but it was eventually given to Sheila E.


I Feel for You by Chaka Khan (1984)

Prince wrote and released this song in 1979 before it became the title track of a Chaka Khan solo album.


Stand Back by Stevie Nicks (1983)

This was a Top 5 hit for Stevie Nicks; the former Fleetwood Mac singer enlisted Prince’s help in finishing up the song, telling him she was inspired to write after hearing his hit Little Red Corvette.


How Come You Don’t Call Me by Alicia Keys (2002)

Prince wrote this song, originally called How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore?, in 1982 for the flip side of his hit 1999, but it didn’t become a chart topper until Alicia Keys recorded it and tweaked the title.


Get It Up by TLC (1993)

Though first sung by The Time in 1981, girl group TLC recorded this Prince-penned song for the soundtrack to Poetic Justice and later, the group’s greatest hits album, Now and Forever: The Hits.


When You Were Mine by Cyndi Lauper (1983)

This one was on Prince’s 1980 album Dirty Mind, but Cyndi Lauper covered in on her debut album in She’s So Unusual.


Sugar Walls by Sheena Easton (1984)

Prince was undercover as ‘Alexander Nevermind’ when he wrote this dance hit for Sheena Easton.


Nothing Compares to You by Sinead O’Connor (1990)

He wrote this song for his side project, a band called The Family, but it didn’t become a huge it until it was recorded by a  controversial, bald, and Irish singer.


Love… Thy Will Be Done by Maritka (1991)

He co-wrote this with Maritka for her debut album Maritka’s Kitchen.


Love Song by Madonna (1989)

Prince co-wrote, played guitar, and sang Love Song with Madonna for her album Like a Prayer.


Jungle Love by The Time (1983)

Prince wrote this song with Morris Day and Jesse Johnson for the Time album Ice Cream Castle. Day sang lead vocals, Johnson played guitar, and Prince played all the other instruments.


 

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