Prince's Top 20 Greatest Hits

Prince passed away April 21, 2016 at the age of 57

After first making his recording debut in 1978, Prince had ten number one singles on the Billboard Dance chart, eight RandB number one hits, and five singles which hit the top of the Hot 100. Ten of his singles have been certified gold, and two have achieved platinum status. He has also composed and/or produced hits for Chaka Khan ("I Feel For You featuring Stevie Wonder), Madonna, Patti LaBelle, The Time, Vanity 6, Sinead O'Connor, and several more artists. Sly and the Family Stone heavily influenced him, and he has recorded and toured extensively with former Family Stone member, Larry Graham.

Prince passed away suddenly on April 21, 2016 at the age of 57. Here is a look back at 20 of his greatest hits.

1
1984 - "Purple Rain"

Prince performing on his 'Purple Rain" tour in 1984. Richard E. Aaron/Redferns

The title song of Prince's 1984 Purple Rain soundtrack won two Grammy Awards: Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, and Best Album Of Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or A Television Special. The album won an Academy Award for Best Original Score.

The song was certified gold, reaching number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and number four on the RandB chart.

2
1984 - "When Doves Cry"

Prince performing on his 'Purple Rain" tour in 1984. Richard E. Aaron/Redferns

"When Doves Cry" was the first single from the 1984 Purple Rain soundtrack, and it became Prince's first number one song on the Billboard Hot 100, staying at the top of the chart for five weeks. The platinum single was the best selling song of 1984 and was also number one on the RandB and dance charts.

3
1984 - "Let's Go Crazy"

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"Let's Go Crazy" was the second single from Prince's 1984 Purple Rain soundtrack, and like the first single, "When Doves Cry," it also reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100, RandB, and Dance charts.

4
1986 - "Kiss"

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Prince reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100, RandB, and Dance charts with "Kiss" from his 1986 Parade album., The song was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best RandB Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

5
1989 - "Batdance"

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From Prince's 1989 Batman soundtrack, "Batdance" reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100, RandB, and Dance charts. It received a Grammy nomination for Best Male RandB Vocal Performance.

6
1987 - "Sign o' the Times"

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Prince hit number one on the Billboard RandB chart with the title song of his 1987 album and movie, Sign o' the Times. The song also peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100.

7
1987 - "Little Red Corvette"

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From Prince's 1999 album released in 1982, "Little Red Corvette" was his first song to reach the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number six.

8
1979 - "I Wanna Be Your Lover"

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From Prince's 1979 self-titled album, "I Wanna Be Your Lover" reached number one on the Billboard RandB chart, number two on the Dance chart, and number eleven on the Hot 100.

9
1982 - "1999"

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The title song of Prince's 1999 album, released in 1982, became his third number one hit on the Billboard Dance chart.

10
1991 - "Cream

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From Prince's 1991 Diamonds and Pearls album, "Cream" became his fifth number one single on the Billboard Hot 100.

11
1985 - "Raspberry Beret"

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From Prince's 1985 Around The World In A Day album, "Raspberry Beret" reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and number three on the RandB chart.

12
1991 - "Diamonds and Pearls"

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The title song of Prince's 1991 Diamonds and Pearls album became his eighth number one single on the Billboard RandB chart. It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

13
1983 - "Delirious"

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"Delirious" was the third single from Prince's 1999 album and became his second single to reach the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number eight.

14
1994 - "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World"

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From Prince's 1995 The Gold Experience CD, "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, It reached number two on the Billboard RandB chart and number three on the Hot 100.

15
1987 - "U Got The Look" with Sheena Easton

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Prince and Sheena Easton collaborated on the duet "U Got The Look" from the 1987 Sign o' the Times album and it received two Grammy nominations: Best RandB Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, and Best RandB Song.

16
1985 - Pop Life"

Prince receives the award for Best International Artist at the BRIT Awards, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, on February 11, 1985. Georges De Keerle/Getty Images

From Prince 1985 Around The World In a Day album, "Pop Life" was a top ten hit, reaching number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 and number eight on the RandB chart.

17
1981 - "Controversy"

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The title tune of Prince's 1981 Controversy album was his first number one single on the Billboard Dance chart, and also reached number three on the RandB chart.

18
1985 - "A Love Bizarre"

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Prince and Sheila E. collaborated on "A Love Bizarre" from her 1985 Romance 1600 album. The song reached number one on the Billboard Dance chart, number two on the RandB chart, and number eleven on the Hot 100.

19
1984 - "I Would Die 4 U"

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"I Would Die 4 U" was the fourth single released from Prince's 1984 Purple Rain soundtrack,and it was his fourth consecutive top ten pop hit from the album, reaching number eight on the Billboard Hot 100.

20
1987 - "Adore"

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Prince recorded "Adore as the last track on his 1987 double album Sign "O" the Times. It was not released as a single, yet it received extensive radio airplay, and is one of his sexiest songs.