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A Look Back on Prince’s Musical Legacy

By Dontaira Terrell
Posted On Apr 22, 2016
A Look Back on Prince’s Musical Legacy

The world came to a screeching halt following the devastating news that musical genius Prince was found deceased at his Paisley Park Estate. Mourners from around the world were left shocked, stunned, and deeply saddened by the untimely passing of a true legend. From his innovative style to blazing the charts with classic tunes, the 57-year-old left an indelible mark for legions of fans and future generations.

It goes without saying that his musical legacy will stand the test of time, especially since it was revealed that the musician has a vault filled with hundreds of unreleased recordings. Many have stated that he was the true embodiment of love and light personified. He was authentic, captivating, and unapologetically fearless.

It is only right that we take a trip down memory lane and reminisce about his musical pen game. He further expanded his catalog by not only writing hit tracks for himself but for a host of other artists as well.

Madonna: Love Song

On this particular musical combination, Prince not only co-wrote the track with the Queen of Pop but also played the guitar and provided background vocals.

Chaka Khan: I Feel for You

Although it originally appeared on Prince’s self-titled album, I Feel for You did not pick up the momentum it should have. Fortunately, a few years later, the legendary Chaka Khan re-released the song and added her own personal twist. Leading to a 1984 song-writing Grammy win for Prince.

Cyndi Lauper: When You Were Mine

The Dirty Mind album featured this 80s groove but was later re-recorder by pop princess Cyndi Lauper and became a mega hit!

Alicia Keys: How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore

Ahead of his time with this number, How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore, was initially written for the B-side of 1999. However, it was not until Alicia Keys burst onto the scene in the early 00s with her rendition that it skyrocketed to the top.

Sinead O’Connor: Nothing Compares 2 U

Considered one of the biggest hits of her career, Nothing Compares 2 U spent four weeks at the No.1 spot on the charts, received three Grammy noms, and was written by the Purple Rain singer himself.

Sheila E: The Glamorous Life

Absolutely, one of my all-time faves! Prince wrote and produced this infectious song for singer, percussionist, and former fiancé Sheila. E. If you have never listened to The Glamourous Life, then gab your headphones and be prepared to experience musical magic.

Stevie Nicks: Stand Back

The dynamic duo teamed up to write this masterpiece. Throughout the years, Nicks has been extremely vocal about how the epic collab came to be. She has previously stated, “I phoned Prince out of the blue, hummed a melody, and he listened… I hung up, and he came over within the hour. He listened again, and I said, ‘Do you hate it?’ He said, ‘No,’ and walked over to the synthesizers that were set up, was absolutely brilliant for about twenty-five minutes, and then left.”

Celine Dion: With This Tear

As a gift to the multi-talented songstress, Prince wrote this song for the Canadian singer to include on her self-titled album, Celine Dion.

For your listening pleasure here is one more penned composition Prince (literally) had a hand in, but trust us there are many, many more!

Patti LaBelle: Yo Mister

Rest peacefully Prince, you will be greatly missed. We will continue to honor your legacy and celebrate a life well-lived.