Prince’s 50 greatest singles – ranked!

As a remastered and expanded version of classic album 1999 is announced, we rate the Purple One’s finest funk hits

By the end of the 90s, Prince obviously wanted commercial success again. The album Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic came packed with guest appearances; the smooth hip-hop-soul balladry of The Greatest Romance Ever Sold was a good indication of its musical style. It wasn’t a bad song, but the sense Prince was following trends rather than going his own way was hard to avoid.

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Author: Alexis Petridis