13 Songs You May Not Know Were Written By Prince

An innovator, icon, immensely talented as a musician, songwriter, producer and entertainer - but did you know he wrote these songs too?

(Prince and Chaka Khan. Photo by M. Caulfield/WireImage/Getty Images)

Prince is an icon. It's undeniable he was an artist in every sense of the word. An innovator and an influence, immensely talented as a musician, songwriter, producer and entertainer.  

We know the hits, we love them and play them regularly; "Purple Rain", "Kiss", "Raspberry Beret", "1999", "Cream"... the list goes on, and on!

But, did you know that he was also responsible for writing these mega-hits for other artists?

Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinead O'Connor

First, here's the original recording which has just been released along with some private rehearsal studio footage!

Manic Monday - The Bangles

Cyndi Lauper - When You Were Mine

This song won Cyndi a couple awards at the AMA's in 1985, check out her acceptance speech and live performance...

Stand Back - Stevie Nicks

I Feel For You - Chaka Khan

For your convenience, we've created a great Spotify playlist featuring 13 tracks that Prince wrote, starting with the newly released original demo of "Nothing Compares 2 U" and you'll find the Sinead O'Connor version in there too for comparison. Enjoy tracks by Madonna, The Bangles, Cyndi Lauper and more... can you hear his influence? 

And for the Prince purists, here's a playlist of all his hits & more...