9 Songs Penned by Prince That Other Artists Made Famous

by Raphael Chestang 3:38 PM PDT, April 22, 2016
Playing 9 Songs Penned by Prince That Other Artists Made Famous

As one of the most prolific musicians of all time, Prince had countless hits, including some that few people knew he was responsible for.

While fans would sing along to such tunes as "Little Red Corvette" and "1999" at Prince concerts, the rock, funk and R&B icon's genius extended beyond his own catalog as he also penned songs for other singers and allowed his lesser-known music to be covered.

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Here are nine songs Prince wrote that other artists made famous.

1. "The Glamorous Life" by Sheila E.

Prince initially wrote this song for Apollonia 6, but was later given to Sheila E. The percussionist and singer transformed the song into a No. 1 dance chart hit in 1984, and it garnered two GRAMMY nominations.

2. "Nothing Compares 2 U" by Sinead O'Connor

The Purple One originally wrote this emotional hit for his funk band, The Family. After it was given to O'Connor in 1990, the song quickly became an international chart topper, reaching No. 1 in 16 different countries.

3. "I Feel for You" by Chaka Khan

While Prince wrote and recorded this ballad in 1979 for his self-titled album, it wasn't until Khan covered the song in 1984 that it became popular. Khan's version earned Prince a songwriting GRAMMY for Best R&B Song.

4. "Manic Monday" by The Bangles

Like "The Glamorous Life," "Manic Monday" was also originally meant for Apollonia 6. In 1986, two years after he initially wrote it, Prince gave the catchy tune to The Bangles under the pseudonym "Christopher."

5. "Sugar Walls" by Sheena Easton

Prince created this number under a pseudonym as well, this time going with "Alexander Nevermind." Easton made the song a dance hit in 1984.

6. "You're My Love" by Kenny Rogers

In 1986, Prince went country under the name "Joey Coco," writing this tune, which was recorded for Rogers' album, They Don't Make Them Like They Used To. According to Rolling Stone, years after releasing "You're My Love," Rogers admitted that Garth Brooks and Prince were the two artists he wanted to see perform live one day.

7. "Love Song" by Madonna

Prince co-wrote the song with Madonna for her 1989 album, Like a Prayer. Prince also sang and played guitar on the track.

8. "With This Tear" by Celine Dion

The late legend presented this song to Dion as a gift. The ballad appeared on her 1992 self-titled album, which helped propel her to stardom.

9. "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore?" by Alicia Keys

While Prince recorded this track in 1982, it wasn't until he let Keys do a cover version in 2002 that it reached commercial success. Keys' rendition appeared on several charts worldwide.