Prince singles discography

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Prince singles discography
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Singles 104
Promotional singles 34
Internet downloads 23
Airplay-only songs 3
Streams 11
Extended plays 13

This article includes the singles discography of Prince. See also The New Power Generation, Madhouse and 94 East discographies for singles released under these monikers. See Prince albums discography for his albums.

Prince released several hundred songs both under his own name and under pseudonyms and/or pen names, as well as writing songs which have been recorded by other artists. Estimates of the actual number of songs written by Prince (released and unreleased) range anywhere from 500 to well over 1,000. He has released ninety seven singles, thirty four promotional singles, twenty one internet singles, and eight internet downloads. After signing a contract with Warner Bros. Records in 1977 at age 18, he released his debut album For You the following year. Prince's first entry on the Billboard Hot 100 was "Soft and Wet" (1978), which peaked at number 92. The following year, he released "I Wanna Be Your Lover", which became a top-forty hit in several countries and peaked at number 11 in the United States; it topped the Billboard R&B chart in early 1980. The album Prince spawned a top twenty R&B hit single ("Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?") and a top five dance hit ("Sexy Dancer"). His next two albums, Dirty Mind (1980) and Controversy (1981), furthered his success on the dance/R&B charts, spawning the top five hits "Dirty Mind", "Uptown", "Head", "Controversy", and "Let's Work". In 1982, Prince released the album 1999, which spawned the Billboard Hot 100 hits "1999", "Little Red Corvette", and "Delirious" throughout 1983, during which time he earned distinction as one of the first black artists to be played on MTV alongside Michael Jackson. Purple Rain (1984) gave Prince two American number one singles ("When Doves Cry" and "Let's Go Crazy") while the three other singles, "Purple Rain", "I Would Die 4 U", and "Take Me with U" became worldwide top ten hits and established him as one of the most popular performers of the decade.[1]

Throughout 1985 and 1986, Prince scored the worldwide top forty hits "Raspberry Beret", "Pop Life", "Paisley Park", "America", "Girls & Boys", "Mountains", and "Anotherloverholenyohead",[2] as well as the number-one hit "Kiss", from the musically diverse albums Around the World in a Day and Parade. His 1987 double-album Sign o' the Times garnered a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year and spawned the top twenty hits "Sign o' the Times", "If I Was Your Girlfriend", "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man" and "U Got the Look". His success in Europe and Asia increased throughout the late-1980s with his 1988 album Lovesexy which crafted the top-forty hits "Alphabet St.", "Glam Slam", and "I Wish U Heaven". Prince closed the 1980s recording the soundtrack to the massively successful 1989 film Batman, which included the worldwide number-one hit "Batdance" as well as the top 20 hits "Partyman", "Scandalous!", "The Future" and "The Arms of Orion". By the end of the decade, he had amassed the most entries on the Hot 100 of any act in the previous ten years,[3] including six worldwide number-one singles.[2]

Prince entered the 1990s with the soundtrack to Graffiti Bridge; the album spawned the top ten hit "Thieves in the Temple" and the top-forty hit "New Power Generation". His 1991 album Diamonds and Pearls spawned several hit singles including the title track, the number-one hit "Cream", "Insatiable", "Money Don't Matter 2 Night", "Gett Off", and "Thunder". The 1992 follow-up record, the Love Symbol Album, scored several top forty hits including "Sexy MF", "My Name is Prince", "7", "Damn U", and "The Morning Papers". Prince's first compilation album, The Hits/The B-Sides (1993) included the top forty hits "Pink Cashmere" and "Peach", while his 1994 album Come scored the hits "Letitgo" and "Space".[2] That same year, he released a duet with Nona Gaye, "Love Sign" taken from his compilation album 1-800-NEW-FUNK.

In 1994, he released "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World", the second most successful hit of his career after "When Doves Cry" ten years earlier; the single reached the top ten of twenty countries worldwide.[2] The song's album in question, The Gold Experience, was released the following year and hit the top forty with the singles "I Hate U" (Prince's last original single to reach the United States top forty), "Gold", and "Endorphinmachine" (in Japan), while the promotional single "Purple Medley", a remix of his greatest hits, reached the top twenty worldwide. After scoring the UK Top 40 hit "Dinner with Delores" in 1996, Prince released the triple CD set Emancipation which spawned the top twenty hits "Betcha by Golly, Wow", "The Holy River", and "Somebody's Somebody" throughout 1996 and 1997. A re-release of the hit song "1999" in 1998 brought Prince back to the pop charts. "The Greatest Romance Ever Sold", released in late 1999, became a moderate worldwide success as Prince's single releases became less frequent.

Following the release of 2004's comeback record Musicology, the title track and "Call My Name" reached top forty positions. In 2006, several compositions including "Black Sweat", "Fury", and "Te Amo Corazon" reached the top twenty of charts throughout Europe and Asia.

Prince has sold over 150 million records worldwide,[4] including 48.9 million certified units in the United States, 4.7 million in France[5] and over 5 million records in the United Kingdom, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time.

He has accumulated five US number-one singles and fifteen worldwide number 1 hits, as well as 8 worldwide number one albums. He was the most successful artist on the Billboard charts from 1980 to 2000, scoring 8 number 1 R&B singles and 7 number 1 Dance singles (tied for second place for male entertainers with Enrique Iglesias and Michael Jackson). He has scored over fifty top 40 hits around the world since 1979. He has been ranked as the 21st most successful sales act of all time,[6] the 26th most successful chart artist worldwide,[7] including 27 overall number-one entries,[8] and being the most successful chart act of the 1980s,[3] as well as the 10th most successful chart act of the 1990s.[9] His most commercial period was from 1982's 1999 to 1996's Emancipation, however, he has maintained a loyal audience since and experienced a commercial resurgence with 2004's Musicology, paving the way for several successful albums to follow including his latest, Art Official Age, released in September 2014 reaching all major Top 40 markets. Prince has scored at least one top forty hit every year from 1979 until 1999.[2]

Singles[edit]

Commercial singles[edit]

This section presents all commercial singles released on retail market in a record store, a digital store, or at a Prince concert merchandise stall by Prince, and / or his record companies regardless of format or variant.

Year Song Peak chart positions Album
US
[10]
US
R&B

[10]
US
Dance

[10]
AUS
[11]
AUT
[12]
CAN
[13]
GER
[14]
NLD
[15]
NOR
[16]
SWE
[17]
SWI
[18]
UK
[19]
IRE
[20]
NZ
[21]
1978 "Soft and Wet" 92 12 For You
"Just as Long as We're Together" 91
1979 "I Wanna Be Your Lover" 11 1 2 62 41 3 Prince
1980 "Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?" 13
"Still Waiting" 65
"Sexy Dancer" 2
"Bambi"
"Uptown" 101 5 5 Dirty Mind
"Dirty Mind" 65
"Head" (limited release)
1981 "Do It All Night" (UK only)
"Gotta Stop (Messin' About)" (UK only) Non-album single
"Controversy" 70 3 1 15 28 Controversy
"Let's Work" 104 9
1982 "Sexuality" (Germany & Australia only) 88
"Do Me, Baby"
"1999" 12 4 1 2 6 75 14 2 21 4 1999
1983 "Little Red Corvette" 6 11 61 8 5 2 12
"Delirious" 8 18 27 33
"Let's Pretend We're Married" 52 55 52
"Automatic" (Australia only)
1984 "When Doves Cry" [A] 1 1 1 1 19 1 16 6 10 18 17 4 2 2 Purple Rain
"Let's Go Crazy" [A] 1 1 1 10 2 11 7 13
"Purple Rain" [A] 2 3 3
[22]
4 3 5 1 5 5 4 6 8 8
[23]
"I Would Die 4 U" [A] 8 11 50 96 12 7 58
1985 "Take Me with U" [A] 25 40 7
"Raspberry Beret" [A] 2 3 4 13 8 35 23 25 24 2 Around the World in a Day
"Paisley Park" [A] (Europe & Australia only) 38 40 18 11 26
"Pop Life" [A] 7 8 5 67 65 60 29 44
"America" [A] 46 35
1986 "Kiss" [A] 1 1 1 2 8 4 4 3 10 16 3 6 11 2 Parade
"Mountains" [A] 23 15 11 45 32 16 45 15 37
"Anotherloverholenyohead" [A] 63 18 21 36 15 36
"Girls & Boys" [A] (Europe only) 27 12 11 4
1987 "Sign o' the Times" 3 1 2 29 20 5 35 7 7 14 11 10 6 4 Sign o' the Times
"If I Was Your Girlfriend" 67 12 17 15 20 8 48
"U Got the Look" (with Sheena Easton) 2 11 90 23 22 61 11 11 9 8
"I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man" 10 14 4 33 30 29 10 9
1988 "Alphabet St." 8 3 22 20 14 18 3 1 5 5 9 3 1 Lovesexy
"Glam Slam" 44 76 33 9 29 11 12
"I Wish U Heaven" 18 53 20 24 9 24
1989 "Batdance" 1 1 1 2 17 1 10 4 1 5 1 2 2 1 Batman
"Partyman" 18 5 45 38 31 32 16 25 14 6 16
"The Arms of Orion" (with Sheena Easton) 36 88 13 27 5 44
"Scandalous!" (limited release) 5 95 17 21
1990 "The Future" (Europe only) 39 9 15
"Thieves in the Temple" 6 1 9 16 5 21 8 4 11 12 7 2 5 Graffiti Bridge
"New Power Generation" 64 27 91 18 26 11
1991 "Gett Off" [B] 21 6 1 8 9 25 13 3 7 13 3 4 3 13 Diamonds and Pearls
"Cream" [B] 1 2 4 2 21 7 3 6 3 15 7 5
"Insatiable" [B] (US only; limited release) 77 3
"Diamonds and Pearls" [B] 3 1 13 19 5 28 15 12 7 25 8 8
1992 "Money Don't Matter 2 Night" [B] 23 14 18 23 19 48 9 34 23 19 10 20
"Thunder" [B] (Europe only) 28 3
"Sexy MF" [B] 66 76 5 6 11 11 4 5 13 8 4 5 6 Love Symbol Album
"My Name Is Prince" [B] 36 25 9 9 7 5 19 8 15 14 7 5 7
"7" [B] 7 61 25 3 77 34 28 27 12
"Damn U" [B] (US only; limited release) 32
1993 "The Morning Papers" [B] 44 68 87 8 39 31 52
"Pink Cashmere" 50 14 87 7 The Hits/The B-Sides
"Peach" 107 28 25 45 8 7 39 13 14 20 15
"Controversy" (re-issue; UK only) 5
1994 "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" 3 2 1 5 6 9 1 4 13 1 1 4 1 The Gold Experience
"Letitgo" 31 10 22 29 20 45 14 7 21 30 26 24 Come
"Space" (limited release) 91
1995 "Purple Medley" (limited release) 84 74 40 30 19 33 Non-album single
"I Hate U" 12 3 33 25 62 18 31 20 22 The Gold Experience
"Gold" 88 92 94 39 58 25 19 10 23
1996 "Dinner with Delores" (UK only) 36 Chaos and Disorder
"Betcha by Golly Wow!" 18 9 62 42 27 11 24 Emancipation
1997 "The Holy River" 31 92 63 19
"NYC"[24] Non-album single
"The Truth"[25] The Truth
1998 "1999" (re-issue) 40 45 86 31 10 18 1999
1999 "The Greatest Romance Ever Sold" 63 23 79 71 65 Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic
"1999: The New Master" (1999 re-recording) 47 40 1999: The New Master
2001 "U Make My Sun Shine" (with Angie Stone) 59 108 The Chocolate Invasion
"When Will We B Paid?" (with Audio Stepchild) Non-album single
"Supercute" The Chocolate Invasion
"The Work, pt. 1" The Rainbow Children
2002 "Days of Wild" Non-album single
2004 "Musicology" 120 44 29 32 19 27 32 Musicology
"Cinnamon Girl" 89 34 43
"Controversy (Live in Hawaii)" Non-album single
2005 "S.S.T." 111
"Te Amo Corazón" 67 61 7 58 11 37 24 3121
2006 "Black Sweat" 60 83 2 80 29 52 43 41
"Fury" 72 92 60 47
2007 "Guitar" 13 29 63 81 Planet Earth
"F.U.N.K." (download-only single) Non-album single
2009 "Dance 4 Me" (download-only single/EP) MPLSound
2011 "Extraloveable" (featuring Andy Allo) (download-only single)[ * ] Hit n Run Phase Two
2012 "Rock and Roll Love Affair" [ * ] 121
2013 "Screwdriver" [C] (download-only single)[ * ]
"Fixurlifeup" [C] (download-only single) Plectrumelectrum
"Breakfast Can Wait" (download-only single) Art Official Age
2014 "Pretzelbodylogic" [C] (download-only single) 90 Plectrumelectrum
"Fallinlove2nite" (featuring Zooey Deschanel) (download-only single)[26] [ * ] 113 Hit n Run Phase One
"Breakdown" (download-only single) Art Official Age
"Clouds" (download-only single)
2015 "Baltimore" (download-only single)[27] [ * ] Hit n Run Phase Two
"Hardrocklover"[28] Hit n Run Phase One
"This Could B Us" (download-only single)[29]
"Free Urself" (download-only single)[30] Non-album single
* ^ Single version differs from the album version.

Promotional singles[edit]

This section includes promotional singles; some that have not been made available as retail releases.

Year Song Peak chart positions Album
US
[10]
US
R&B

[10]
US
Dance

[10]
UK
[19]
1980 "When You Were Mine" Dirty Mind
1983 "D.M.S.R." 1999
1984 "Another Lonely Christmas" "I Would Die 4 U" single
"Erotic City" 1 "Let's Go Crazy" single
1987 "Hot Thing" 63 14 4 Sign o' the Times
1989 "Trust" Batman
1992 "Willing and Able" Diamonds and Pearls
1993 "Nothing Compares 2 U" 62 The Hits/The B-Sides
1994 "Pope"
"Love Sign" (with Nona Gaye) * 32 1-800-NEW-FUNK
"Come" Come
1995 "P. Control" The Gold Experience
"Dolphin"
"Endorphinmachine"
"Slave" Emancipation
1997 "Somebody's Somebody" 15 19
"Face Down"
1998 "Extraordinary" The Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale
1999 "The Rest of My Life"
"5 Women"
"It's About That Walk"
"Baby Knows" Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic
2000 "Man'O'War"
2001 "She Loves Me 4 Me" The Rainbow Children
2002 "Last December"
One Nite Alone... Live EP One Nite Alone... Live!
2003 Live at the Aladdin Las Vegas Live at the Aladdin Las Vegas DVD
2004 "Call My Name" 75 27 Musicology
2006 "The Song of the Heart" Happy Feet
"Beautiful, Loved & Blessed" (with Támar Davis) 3121
2007 "Chelsea Rodgers" Planet Earth
"Future Baby Mama" 39
"The One U Wanna C"
2009 "U're Gonna C Me" MPLSound

* Charted at number 72 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart instead of the main Hot 100.

Airplay-only songs[edit]

This section includes songs that were not released as commercial or promotional singles, but charted in the US due to airplay by radio stations.

Year Song Peak chart positions Album
US
[10]
US
R&B

[10]
US
Dance

[10]
UK
[19]
1995 "Shhh" 62 The Gold Experience
2007 "Satisfied" 70 3121
2009 "Better with Time" 78 MPLSound

Internet downloads[edit]

In this section all full songs are listed that only have been made available for download on the internet.

Year Song Website
2000 "One Song" Love4OneAnother.com
"Cybersingle" NPGOnlineLtd.com
2004 "Bataclan" NPGMusicClub.com
2005 "Glasscutter"
"Live from Paisley Park"
"Strange Relationship" (Live in Minneapolis)
2007 "Guitar" (original "demo" version) 3121.com
"Love" (acoustic version)
2013 "Rock and Roll Love Affair" (Remix 7) 3rdeyegirl.com
"Screwdriver" (Remix) [C]
"Boyfriend" (Demo) [C]
"That Girl Thang" [C]
"Live Out Loud" [C]
"Ain't Gonna Miss U When U're Gone"
(featuring Ledisi)
"Extraloveable Reloaded"
"Menstrual Cycle" [C]
"Octopus Heart" [C]
"Groovy Potential"
"The Sweeter She Is" [C]
"Something in the Water" (Paisley Park Rehearsal) [C]
"Da Bourgeoisie"
2015 "What If" [C] Live Nation email download
"The X's Face"

"Extraloveable Reloaded" and "Groovy Potential" were finally included on the album HITnRUN Phase Two (2015). "The X's Face" was later included on the album HITnRUN Phase One (2015).

Streams[edit]

This section lists full songs that only have been streamed over the internet by Prince or a third-party affiliated to Prince, or to which Prince delivered a song for streaming purposes like music streaming services.

Year Song Website/Streaming service
1999 "U're Still the One" Love4OneAnother.com
2003 "Xylophone" NPGMusicClub.com
2009 "In a Large Room with No Light" Montreuxjazz.com
2010 "Purple and Gold"[31] Vikings.com
"Cause and Effect"[32] 89.3 The Current website
"Hot Summer"[33]
"Rich Friends"[34] KTU.com
2013 "Same Page Different Book" [C] 3rdeyegirl.com
2015 "Stare" Spotify, Tidal
"Pretzelbodylogic Reloaded" Tidal
"If Eye Could Get Ur Attention"

Extended plays[edit]

Year EP details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US
[10]
AUS
[11]
AUT
[12]
GER
[14]
NZ
[21]
SWI
[18]
UK
[19]
1989 The Scandalous Sex Suite EP
(featuring Kim Basinger)
  • Released: December 1, 1989
  • Label: Warner Bros.
25
1990 New Power Generation Remixes
  • Released: November 29, 1990
  • Label: Paisley Park, Warner Bros.
1991 Gett Off Remix EP [B]
  • Released: August 12, 1991
  • Label: Paisley Park, Warner Bros.
33
Cream Remixes [B]
  • Released: November 4, 1991
  • Label: Paisley Park, Warner Bros.
1992 My Name Is Prince Remixes [B]
  • Released: October 22, 1992
  • Label: Paisley Park, Warner Bros.
51
7 Remixes [B]
  • Released: December 3, 1992
  • Label: Paisley Park, Warner Bros.
1994 The Beautiful Experience
  • Released: May 17, 1994[35]
  • Label: NPG, Bellmark Records
92 14 16 29 47 4 18
Letitgo Remixes
  • Released: September 27, 1994
  • Label: Warner Bros.
Space Remixes
  • Released: November 1, 1994
  • Label: Warner Bros.
1995 I Hate U Remixes
  • Released: September 19, 1995
  • Label: NPG, Warner Bros.
1999 1999: The New Master [A] [B]
  • Released: February 2, 1999
  • Label: NPG
150
The Greatest Romance Ever Sold Remixes
  • Released: November 23, 1999
  • Label: NPG, Arista Records
2013 The Breakfast Experience[36][37][38][39]
  • Released: October 24, 2013
  • Label: NPG

Certifications[edit]

Year Single US[40] UK[41] AUS[42]
1979 "I Wanna Be Your Lover" Gold
(1,000,000)
1982 "1999" Silver
(250,000)
1984 "When Doves Cry" [A] Platinum
(2,000,000)
Silver
(250,000)
"Let's Go Crazy" [A] Gold
(1,000,000)
"Purple Rain" [A] Gold
(1,000,000)
1986 "Kiss" [A] Gold
(1,000,000)
1989 "Batdance" Platinum
(1,000,000)
Silver
(200,000)
Gold
(35,000)
"Partyman" Gold
(500,000)
1990 "Thieves in the Temple" Gold
(500,000)
1991 "Gett Off" [B] Gold
(500,000)
1992 "Cream" [B] Gold
(500,000)
Platinum
(70,000)
1993 "7" [B] Gold
(500,000)
1994 "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" Gold
(500,000)
Silver
(200,000)
Platinum
(70,000)
A^ With The Revolution
B^ With The New Power Generation
C^ With 3rd Eye Girl

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  21. ^ a b "New Zealand Charts". New Zealand charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2010-05-08. 
  22. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. May 2, 2016. Retrieved April 30, 2016. 
  23. ^ http://nztop40.co.nz/chart/singles?chart=4227
  24. ^ Sold directly from Prince's 1-800-new-funk phone service and 1800newfunk.com in February, 1997.
  25. ^ Sold directly from Prince's 1-800-new-funk phone service in January, 1997.
  26. ^ "Urban/UAC Future Releases". All Access Music Group. Archived from the original on 2014-03-16. 
  27. ^ "Baltimore". itunes.com. Retrieved 2 September 2015. 
  28. ^ "Hardrocklover". itunes.com. Retrieved 2 September 2015. 
  29. ^ "This Could B Us". itunes.com. Retrieved 2 September 2015. 
  30. ^ "Free Urself". itunes.com. Retrieved 28 September 2015. 
  31. ^ "Prince's Vikings Song – Purple and Gold". Retrieved 2011-02-25. 
  32. ^ "Prince – Cause And Effect". Retrieved 2011-02-25. 
  33. ^ "Prince – Hot Summer". Retrieved 2011-02-25. 
  34. ^ "Prince – Rich Friends". Retrieved 2011-02-25. 
  35. ^ Uptown, 2004, p.162
  36. ^ Ad for The Breakfast Experience on 3rdEyeGirl's YouTube Channel
  37. ^ The Breakfast Experience on iTunes
  38. ^ Promotional party announcement at okayplayer.com
  39. ^ Boardman, Madeline (6 February 2013). "'Breakfast Can Wait': Prince Releases A New Track". Huffington Post. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
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  • Uptown: The Vault – The Definitive Guide to the Musical World of Prince: Nilsen Publishing 2004, ISBN 91-631-5482-X

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