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Thread started 10/15/14 10:44am

ThomasBjj

Top 5 Artists that you love as much/almost as much as Prince

Prince will always be my favorite artist. No one else gets as much listening time as Prince.

Who else do you love as much as (or almost as much as) Prince.

Let's try to keep the lists short... top 5 or 6, just to keep it easy to wrap our brains around. A list of 20+ artists I never heard of just gets lost and hard to absorb. Also, I consider most of Prince's associated artists (The Time, The Family, Vanity 6, etc to be part of the Prince grup.)

My List:

*BILLY IDOL: Probably born of my love of all things 1980's. Still putting out greatness. Check out "Devil's Playground" album. New album out Oct 20.

*NEW ORDER: 80's new wave and club dance music, blended with cryptic AND personal lyrics. "Republic" is a great album, not to mention classics like "Low Life" and "Brotherhood"

*NINE INCH NAILS: Trent Reznor lists Prince as a major influence. Musically both VERY different and similar at the same time. "Pretty Hate Machine" (1988-89) was a big favorite of mine, when I read the liner notes where he thanked Prince as a big influence, I said "oh, ok. that makes sense."

*DEPECHE MODE: The last two albums have been very spotty. A brilliant track or two, and the rest very unremarkable. "Playing the Angel" had some real greatness. "Pain that I'm used to", "Precious", "Suffer Well". "Music For the Masses" is their defining album. "Violator" is a highlight.

*INCUBUS: Another artis who claims Prince as a major influence. "Make Yourself" (2000-2001) album is Incubus-perfection from beginning to end. "Stellar", "I Miss You", "Consequence", and my all-time favorite Incubus track "Nowhere Fast". "Morning View" album is pretty solid as well.

*Honorable mentions: SADE, NO DOUBT, GEORGE MICHAEL (just missed the cut off on my top 5).

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Reply #1 posted 10/15/14 10:56am

Mindbells9

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Meshell Ndegeocello, Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, Laura Nyro (the eras 1967-1978) , and Curtis Mayfield are my favorite artists outside of Prince.

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Reply #2 posted 10/15/14 11:02am

TrevorAyer

Robert Smith / The Cure

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Frank Black / Pixies

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(pre strays) Jane's Addiction / Porno for Pyros

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Jimi Hendrix

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Bob Marley

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Bob Dylan

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(I only listen to prince more because he puts out more, but the above all have as many great songs as prince and quite frankly ... less total rubbish to sort thru)

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Reply #3 posted 10/15/14 11:06am

emesem

Belle and Sebastian

Fleetwood Mac

Bowie

The Smiths/Morrissey

After that it gets tough but these guys are up there:

Kate Bush, Zep, Floyd, Beatles, Stones, Liz Phair, Smashing Pumpkins, The Cure,

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Reply #4 posted 10/15/14 11:07am

SquirrelMeat

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Muse

Damien Rice

Regina Spektor

Stevie Wonder

A-ha

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Reply #5 posted 10/15/14 11:09am

Thibaut

P-Funk

The Beatles

Stevie Wonder

Marvin Gaye

Tupac

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Reply #6 posted 10/15/14 11:13am

Rimshottbob

Bob Dylan

John Coltrane

Duke Ellington

Tom Waits

The Beatles

all way ahead of Prince, much as I love him.

Also:

Billie Holiday

Rolling Stones

Marvin Gaye

Nick Cave

Neil Young

Aretha Franklin

...are also ahead of Prince for me.

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Reply #7 posted 10/15/14 11:17am

Graycap23

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P-Funk/Bootsy

Mint Condition

Donny Hathaway

James Brown

Stevie Wonder

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Reply #8 posted 10/15/14 11:17am

SuperSoulFight
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Bob Dylan
Kate Bush (thanx to the London shows )thumbs up!
James Brown
Rolling Stones
Marvin Gaye
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Reply #9 posted 10/15/14 11:20am

alandail

the Bee Gees

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Reply #10 posted 10/15/14 11:21am

novabrkr

P-Funk
Miles

Herbie

Bowie

Rundgren

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Reply #11 posted 10/15/14 11:21am

thedance

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The Beatles
Pink Floyd
Electric Light Orchestra (ELO)

Queen (of course with Freddie Mercury)
Supertramp (plus Roger Hodgson solo)

Prince 4Ever. heart
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Reply #12 posted 10/15/14 11:27am

WorldofPeace

Prince is my fav of all time.

Simple Minds

The Brand New Heavies

Fleetwood Mac

Cocteau Twins

Stevie Nicks

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Reply #13 posted 10/15/14 11:29am

geeque

Frank Zappa

Todd Rundgren

Ween

Dandy Warhols

Broken Social Scene

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Reply #14 posted 10/15/14 11:49am

KingSausage

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Batman
The Power Generations
Unknown artist [aka Jimi Hendrix]
3rdEyeBlind
Batman!
"Drop that stereo before I blow your Goddamn nuts off, asshole!"
-Eugene Tackleberry
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Reply #15 posted 10/15/14 12:26pm

Scarfo

- Nirvana (RIP Kurt)

- Alice In Chains (RIP Layne)

- 2Pac (RIP Tupac)

- Michael Jackson (RIP MJ)

- Madonna

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Reply #16 posted 10/15/14 12:30pm

vainandy

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Rick James

The Barkays

Cameo

Lakeside

Con Funk Shun

Andy is a four letter word.
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Reply #17 posted 10/15/14 12:37pm

3rdeyedude

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3rdeyeblindgirl

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Reply #18 posted 10/15/14 12:40pm

GiggityGoo

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Queen - my all-time favorite band, above and beyond all others (even Prince)

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Matthew Sweet - his power pop was the soundtrack for my 90s life

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A Flock Of Seagulls - the greatest of the New Romantic bands

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My Bloody Valentine - their seminal album "Loveless" is my favorite album of all time

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XTC - Andy Partridge is the greatest pop lyricist of our generation (if not ever)

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Reply #19 posted 10/15/14 12:41pm

HatrinaHaterwi
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P Funk

Miles Davis

Donald Byrd/John Coltrane

Stevie Wonder

Tupac/Michael Jackson

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Reply #20 posted 10/15/14 12:41pm

ForbiddenFruit

Talking Heads
Kate Bush
The Doors
The Rolling Stones
The Blow Monkeys
James Brown
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Reply #21 posted 10/15/14 12:48pm

Shawy89

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Bob Dylan
The Smiths
Michael Jackson
Amy Winehouse
Bruce Springsteen

You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger. - Buddha
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Reply #22 posted 10/15/14 1:09pm

XNY

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Not a comparison...they all have qualities in their music that find me:

Stevie Wonder

Terence Trent D'Arby

Lenny Kravitz

George Michael

Queen

Metallica

The Time

and... prince

"Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion" -- Martha Graham
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Reply #23 posted 10/15/14 1:13pm

RudeNephew

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Ween

Sly Stone

P-Funk

Frank Zappa

Bob Dylan

Honorable Mention

Phish

Miles Davis

Grateful Dead

Al Dimeola

Ween

Anything with Dave Weckl drumming

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Reply #24 posted 10/15/14 1:44pm

NoSwan

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I'll try to be as concise as n. 5 is:

Joy Division / New Order

Pixies

Soul Asylum

Smashing Pumpkins

Madrugada

...plus 2:

Modest Mouse

Chemical Brothers

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Reply #25 posted 10/15/14 2:03pm

Gunsnhalen

Prince & The Revolution
Prince & The New Power Generation

Prince & 3eYED GIRL
The Time
Weny & Lisa

Pistols sounded like "Fuck off," wheras The Clash sounded like "Fuck Off, but here's why.."- Thedigitialgardener

All music is shit music and no music is real- gunsnhalen

Datdonkeydick- Asherfierce

Gary Hunts Album Isn't That Good- Soulalive
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Reply #26 posted 10/15/14 2:11pm

Romeoblu

There's no one who really comes close, however Todd Rundgren's A Wizard, A True Star is my third favorite album of all time.

Artists that I highly rate and consider to have a very strong discography.

Todd Rundgren
Jimi Hendrix
The Pfunk mob, Funkadelic,Parlament, Bootsy
Sly And The Family Stone.
Stevie Wonder
Bruce Springsteen.
Steely Dan/ Donald Fagen.
Prefab Sprout
Terence trent D'arby
D'angelo (only 2 albums, but two stone cold classics)
Outkast.


If Janelle Monae continues as she's been doing she could well join the above.
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Reply #27 posted 10/15/14 2:28pm

nayroo2002

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Gene 'n' Dean Weener (sadly broken up confused )

Trent Reznor/N I N (and all his collaborators. Just great musical vision)

I give a great nod to real 60's - 70's - 80's rock. (Too many bands to name, but you just might know who I mean to list lol )

Adam, Adam, & Mike. Them Beasty Boys. (RIP, Yauch. I'm originally from NY. 'nuff said)

James Brown. (he laid down the law for anyone afterwards)

If i get a number six, it would have to be just one song... "Magic Man" by Heart.

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Prost!

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Reply #28 posted 10/15/14 2:42pm

gold31

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Bon Jovi

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Reply #29 posted 10/15/14 2:43pm

Philly76

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Although they all don´t reach Prince i also like

Stevie Wonder

Jamie Cullum

D´Angelo

Alicia Keys

Jamiroquai

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