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Thread started 06/14/16 2:45pm

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Songs That Should Have Been Hits

For many reasons, especially post Warners Prince has failed to notch major hit songs despite many worthy candidates. Black Sweat is one that has been discussed of late and I agree it should have been a hit. Here are 10 others that come to mind that I believe should have become major hits. What do you think and what would you add?

- Anna Stesia

- Strange Relationship

- The Max

- The Continental

- Endorphinmachine

- Letitgo (should have hit bigger)

- Mountains (should have hit bigger)

- LoveSign

- 1000 Xs & Os

- Another Love

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Reply #1 posted 06/14/16 2:53pm

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When You Were Mine is a big one for me whenever this question arises. His popularity at the time maybe wasn't enough to catapult it to number one or anything, but it definitely had hit and single written all over it, though I guess it differs in that regard from the ones you've mentioned as it was for some reason never released as a single.

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Reply #2 posted 06/14/16 3:11pm

PurpleBabied

"Electric Intercourse."

I don't think he ever released it as a single or on an album AFAIK. It is the most transcendent ode about trying to shock one special person with static electricity and a Lifesaver in the dark at the same time ever.

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Reply #3 posted 06/14/16 4:59pm

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Lady Cab Driver

Strange Relationship

Housequake

Forever In My Life

Lovesexy

Joy In Repetition

The Question of U

The Morning Papers (should have been bigger)

Endorphinmachine

Come (edit it down and get something nasty on the radio)

Damned If I Do (good light rocker)

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to name a few.

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Reply #4 posted 06/14/16 5:23pm

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Agree with a lot of these.

I shall add

17 days

1000 Xs & Os

Call My Name It won a Grammy but not much airplay

Cinnamon Girl

Girls and Boys

Space

In another dicussion it was mentioned that Prince did not do very well with releasing singles from his albums. I do think that Prince was more concerned with albums than with singles.

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Reply #5 posted 06/14/16 5:31pm

rusty1

ANOTHERLOVERHOLENYOHEAD
Girls & Boys
Strange Relationship
Starfish & Coffee
Hot thing
Housequake
Adore
Anna Stesia
Automatic
When u were mine
Under the cherry Moon
In this bed eye scream
Holy River
Bambi
BOB4theFUNK
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Reply #6 posted 06/14/16 8:03pm

PurpleBabied

RaspBerryGirlFriend said:

When You Were Mine is a big one for me whenever this question arises. His popularity at the time maybe wasn't enough to catapult it to number one or anything, but it definitely had hit and single written all over it, though I guess it differs in that regard from the ones you've mentioned as it was for some reason never released as a single.

It kind of was a single though. For Cyndi Lauper -- in Canada.

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Reply #7 posted 06/14/16 11:29pm

teoalcantara

  • Wherever U Go, Whatever U Do
  • Man O' War
  • She Loves Me 4 Me
  • The Marrying Kind
  • Call My Name
  • Fallinlove2nite (with Zoey)
  • The Greatest Romance
  • 1000 Xs & Os
  • Clouds
  • U Know
  • Rock n Roll Love Affair(the HNR version)
  • Vicki Waiting (the live one from NPGMC)
  • Future Baby Mama
  • Black Muse
  • Dance 4 Me
  • Dark
  • Shhhhh
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Reply #8 posted 06/15/16 12:57am

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RaspBerryGirlFriend said:

When You Were Mine is a big one for me whenever this question arises. His popularity at the time maybe wasn't enough to catapult it to number one or anything, but it definitely had hit and single written all over it, though I guess it differs in that regard from the ones you've mentioned as it was for some reason never released as a single.


Yep! That's also the first one I thought about! In those days when Blondie and The Police and The Clash were popular, When You Were Mine fit right in. Did P & WB really believe a single called Dirty Mind had any chance of becoming a hit? When they had this pop gem sitting right next to it? What were they thinking? confuse
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Reply #9 posted 06/15/16 1:02am

SoulAlive

Private Joy

Automatic

Lovesexy

Girls And Boys

The Future

319

And God Created Woman

Live 4 Love

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Reply #10 posted 06/15/16 1:43am

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Endorphinmachine

So Far So Pleased

A Million Days

Hardrocklover

Good Love

Hide The Bone

Rebirth Of The Flesh

Sleep Around

Sex In The Summer

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Reply #11 posted 06/15/16 1:50am

jn2

I think that it has been released in 1986 Last Heart would have been a hit, same thing for Sexual Suicide.

Late / post Warner Era:

Acknowledge Me

Love Sign should have been a mega hit..

Dionne

Sex In The Summer

My Computer

When U love somebody

So far so Pleased

Baby knows

The Sun the Moon and Stars

Wherever U go, whatever U do

Supercute

A Million Days

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Reply #12 posted 06/15/16 2:17am

RODSERLING

this is what should have been big hits with the proper promotion :

I'M YOURS

BAMBI

LADY CAB DRIVER

THE BEAUTIFUL ONES (instead of TAKE ME WITH U)

THE CROSS

AND GOD CREATED WOMAN

SO FAR SO PLEASED

U KNOW

WAY BACK HOME

HARDROCKLOVER

SHUT THIS DOWN

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Reply #13 posted 06/15/16 6:18am

pdiddy2011

Y'all have listed some great songs especially Strange Relationship, The Morning Papers, Girls and Boys, Hardrocklover, and Way Back Home. I would add:

Space

Pop Life

Love 2 the 9s

Eye Hate U

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Reply #14 posted 06/15/16 6:29am

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Freaks On this Side

Push it Up

1000 Xs And Os

Look At Me, Look At You

Baltimore

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Reply #15 posted 06/15/16 6:38am

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When U Love Somebody - I thought this would have been a great summer hit

Come On

So Far So Pleased

The One U Wanna See

Rock N Roll Love Affair

Lovesexy

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Reply #16 posted 06/15/16 6:41am

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1. When U Were Mine (For sureπŸ‘πŸ½, it would have launched him to Gen X leader sooner)
2. Moonbeam Levels (melodic and lyric brilliance. The song is the epitome of his purple genius.It should have been on 1999 and released as 4th single)

3. Love 2 The 9s (can't play it to a newbie and them not recognize that the song is the total πŸ’© R Kelly, Jodeci lick my butthole- they're good but this is high level RnB...up there with Marvin and Al's classic 70's shit)

4. Face Down ( strange song but what a total head banger, if Dr. Dre and Emimen put this out in late 90"s it would have charted big time)

5. So Far So pleased ( Very Underated but kick ass Pop/Rock Track, it needed a very cool video with Gwen & P and it would have charted)

6. U Know ( Very much fits in with today's charts. Again, it needed a great video and some promo and it could have at least been top 40 and gave P a minor hit)

By the way this is not necessarily his best songs but songs that I thinks should have been it least minor hits.
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Reply #17 posted 06/15/16 7:08am

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The One - got loads of Airplay in the UK, but was not released.
Lovesign - ditto
Come On
Shy
Lovesexy
Walk don't walk - I always imagined a really colourful video
Race
Call my name
She loves me for me
Man 'o' war
Lolita - been listening to this a lot lately
Clouds
Black Muse
Baltimore
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Reply #18 posted 06/15/16 7:12am

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Underachieving Chart Performers

  1. Letitgo-would have been bigger but no promotion and released in the heat of the WB battle
  2. New Power Generation-Thieves was a Top 10 hit but the movie tanking and a really late video and commercial avaialbility of the single (which was neccessary to chart) doomed this one
  3. Mountains- UTCM bombing killed the momentum, flew up to the mid-20s and just sort of lifted out of the charts
  4. Anotherloverholenyohead- 3rd single from soundtrack to low performing movie project--never had a chance
  5. Good Love-What a great pop song that just wasnt' pushed to radio for some reason
  6. Fallinlove2nite-I know there is a lot of disagreement about this song on the site but tnhis was a solid chance at Prince getting back on the pop charts, a pretty amazing achievement for anyone over 40 these days
  7. Black Sweat-Should have been a hit
  8. Gold-A song that had everything you would want in a radio hit---except for record comapny support

Songs that Could Have/Should Have Been Hits

  1. The Beautiful Ones---Not released as a single, of course would have been a massive hit
  2. Willing and Able- Premier the video at the Super Bowl pre-show and then switch the single to MDM2N, not sure the logic there. I love Money and it was a Top 20 hit but so somber.
  3. And God Created Woman- I just love this somg so much, too religious probably for a mainstream hit but as hooky and memorable as it comes
  4. So Far So Pleased- Should have been first single choice for Rave
  5. Vicki Waiting--Better choice for second single than Partyman
  6. Elephants and Flowers- Pop song sound but too religious for secular pop radio
  7. In This Bed I Scream-So damn catchy...just too personal to release
  8. The 1 U Want 2 C--Just sounded like a hit song

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Reply #19 posted 06/15/16 7:15am

CAL3

I think the topic is endlessly fascinating/debatable/frustrating... So weird what songs have or have not caught the public's fancy over the years, Prince or otherwise.



To this day, I cannot believe "The Arms of Orion" was not at LEAST a top ten hit. I know it scraped into the Top 40, but it had 'mega mainstream smash' written all over it. Perhaps if there had been a music video, since those were still pretty influential in terms of commercial success in '89.



From 'Lovesexy,' I always thought "Dance On" would've fared much better as a single than either "Glam Slam" or "I Wish U Heaven" (in the U.S. - I think those were more successful singles in the U.K.?)



It's weird how hit singles don't necessarily equate 'best songs' and vice versa...



I think it has been mentioned many times as a missed opportunity for a single, but "Girls and Boys" as a follow up to "Kiss" might've worked well and helped keep momentum going for 'Parade.' I love "Mountains" and "Anotherlover..." but I was never surprised they didn't quite make it on the charts.

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Reply #20 posted 06/15/16 7:25am

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Dazza said:

The One - got loads of Airplay in the UK, but was not released. Lovesign - ditto Come On Shy Lovesexy Walk don't walk - I always imagined a really colourful video Race Call my name She loves me for me Man 'o' war Lolita - been listening to this a lot lately Clouds Black Muse Baltimore

Come On for sure should have been a massive hit.

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Reply #21 posted 06/15/16 7:25am

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Reply #22 posted 06/15/16 8:05am

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When You Were Mine

Let's Work

Baby, I'm a Star (famous song, but not a single, PR could have been milked like Thriller)

She's Always in My Hair (if it had made the album and been a single)

Girls & Boys (love "Mountains," but this was a better choice for 2nd single)

Hot Thing (this made the Hot 100 as a B-side; imagine if it had been been an A)

Adore (got airplay as only an album cut; SOT promotion stopped too soon)

Housequake (was big in clubs)

Lovesexy (love this song; much catchier than 2nd and 3rd singles from album)

The Question of U (reportedly considered to be lead single; a real beauty)

Willing & Able

The Continental
Love Sign

P Control (not for radio; but could have been big club hit; it's become a cult classic; even at karaoke)

319

Shy

Chaos & Disorder

Face Down (too bad EMI folded as this was coming out)

Mad Sex (would have been a fun summer '98 song)

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Reply #23 posted 06/15/16 8:14am

RJOrion

My Medallion
Sticky Like Glue
Its Gonna Be Lonely
My Love Is Forever
Just Another Sucker
Annie Christian
Clouds
LeGrind
And God Created Woman
Sweet Baby
Everywhere
Here
In A Large Room With No Light
Love 2 The 9's
When 2 Are In Love
Hypnoparadise
Dream Factory
Count The Days
U Know
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Reply #24 posted 06/20/16 2:38pm

ForeverPaisley

Oh the list of this will for me always keep growing, but the ones lately that boggle my mind that weren't SMASH HITS:

FUNKNROLL - How the HELL was that not on top of the charts?!

And

A Million Days - what an amazing song, the voice, the lyrics, the musical arrangement. WOW.

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Reply #25 posted 06/20/16 3:10pm

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Electric Chair
Girls and Boys
Baby Knows
Housequake
Adore
The Beautiful Ones
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Reply #26 posted 06/20/16 3:25pm

ForeverPaisley

It is a puzzle that Girls & Boys didn't become a hit. hmm

So mny songs though. There are some from every album that I think this.

His recent albums though, like mentioned FunkNRoll sounds like an instant smash hit but nope.

And RNR Love Affair, feels like it should've made an impression too.

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Reply #27 posted 06/20/16 3:55pm

Silverball

I think Prince was more concerned about album sales than he was hit singles, and in retrospect he would've benefitted from a more 70s style marketing strategy (post Purple Rain), instead of the lead single with accompanying video for MTV approach that Warner Brothers utilized for most of the 1980s and early 1990s. That's not to say that having "Kiss" be the lead single for Parade wasn't effective on some level, but perhaps in the long run it would've been more effective to market the entire album the way Prince's favorite albums and artists from his childhood were marketed. Led Zeppelin never had a hit single, but their songs have been getting constant radio airplay for the last 40 years, and they continue to be one of the biggest selling artists of all time.

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Reply #28 posted 06/20/16 4:09pm

TXfan

I agree with most of the songs listed. I remember hearing early Prince songs on R&B stations first here in Houston. It seems like that dropped off after Purple Rain. They did play some other material later I remember but never like before. Prince was unique in a way that his songs were all over the place,rock,jazz,funk,pop,even religious.It was hard to find a station to play all his work.Remember that radio was the way to go back then.Anyway, almost any song can be a hit if you play it enough (I can't believe some of the hits today) on the right radio station,and it catches on. Lots of Prince songs were hits that were never delivered properly and the only people aware are the fans who went and got it.
Some of my favorites

Anna Stesia
Mountains
Housequake
The morning papers
Girls and boys
Eye hate U
Anotherloverholenyohead
Gold
When 2 are in love
17 days
My name is Prince
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Reply #29 posted 06/20/16 4:17pm

bigbrother

Never understood why these songs didn't fare better considering the music trends of the time:
Just as Long As We're Together
Sexy Dancer
Private Joy
Lady Cab Driver (edited version)
Computer Blue- everyone I know loves this!
America
Strange Relationship
Housequake
Anna Stesia
The Question of U
Live 4 Love
And God Created Woman
Peach
Letitgo
Come
Dreamin About U
The Love We Make
I hate U
Wedding Feast πŸ˜‰
Black Sweat
Fury
Chelsea Rodgers
Colonized Mind
Dreamer
The Breakdown
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