One of the first things I heard when I came out from the other side of the roller coaster ride known as “my appendectomy,” was the deeply sad news that Prince had died. This one got me, dear reader. Prince is one of the artists who makes up the musical tapestry of my adolescence. But he also managed to slip into my pop culture world too. When I think of him, these clips come to mind:
For the record, I would have reacted like Nick.
Seven years ago, I entered into one of my infamous Great Debates with my good friend Chance. I wrote about it on my website in 2009 and I thought it would be fitting to dip into the archives in order to once again share my love for an incredibly talented man. Enjoy.
The other night, I was in a particularly good mood and decided to call my old friend up to tackle another great debate. What are the top 5 Prince songs of all time?
Fortunately, Chance is able to pull himself away from legal briefs in order to discuss this important matter with a clear and open mind. Since we had “issues” with the Michael Jackson debate, I decide we should start by simply listing all the Prince songs that we like in two minutes. Then we can both narrow our list down until we reach a solid top 5. Here’s what we came up with:
- Little Red Corvette
- Raspberry Beret
- When Doves Cry
- Purple Rain
- Let’s Go Crazy
- Diamonds and Pearls
- U Got the Look
- The Most Beautiful Girl
- Darling Nicki
- Take Me With You
Then Chance suggests something completely out of left field. This information brings us to the first sound bite of the night:
Chance: “Beautiful Ones.” That’s a good song.
Me: What the heck is “Beautiful Ones?” I’ve never heard of that in my life.
Me: I’m serious. I’ve never heard of it. Sing it.
Chance (humming something unrecognizable): It’s hard to recreate.
Chance: It’s just Prince being beautiful. Don’t write that down.
Me: Too late. You said it. It’s on the record.
A few minutes later, we learn that “Little Red Corvette” and “Purple Rain” have both made it to the top 5 in each of our lists. I’m not sure the thought process behind Chance’s selection, but I personally chose these two stellar songs because they remind me of the time the seniors danced a Prince medley at our Bobcat Belle Spring Show. Listening closely to the lyrics of “Little Red Corvette” later in life, I’m quite shocked that our director let us bust out a few jazz hands to that song. I executed a perfect pirouette in the Hallsville High School auditorium circa 1994 with lyrics about the singer having a pocket full of Trojans.
Chance: “Let’s Go Crazy” is looking like a solid contender.
Me: You have GOT to be kidding me. Are you serious?
Chance: But I have moves to that song. The part about picking up the phone…
Me: There are a ton of songs better than “Let’s Go Crazy.” What about “7” or “Diamonds and Pearls?” “Raspberry Beret” for sure!
Chance: Oh! “Raspberry Beret” is good too. Am I weird if that’s in my top 5?
Me: You already admitted that you’re weird with this “Beautiful Ones” nonsense. Just own it.
Here’s where we landed in no particular order:
When Doves Cry
Little Red Corvette
Let’s Go Crazy
Little Red Corvette
U Got the Look
It’s up to y’all to decide. Who has the better list? Who knows the true meaning of what Prince represented before he was the Artist Formerly Know As? Would any of you put “Beautiful Ones” in your top five?
This is 2016 Lincee speaking now. I think “When Doves Cry” should be on my list. And “Let’s Go Crazy.” I love that “dearly beloved” part! I’m so confused. Help me by sounding off in the comments below!