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BartVanHemelen

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"Prince's 50 greatest singles – ranked!" by Alexis Petridis in The Guardian

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Reply #1 posted 09/12/19 10:14am

SimonCharles

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BartVanHemelen said:

https://www.theguardian.c...les-ranked

Thanks for posting the link.

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I know this is all worth a ha'penny of bubblegumtar and that but, I'm moved to say, I spent that read wondering when Anotherloveholenyohead would feature...and kept wondering...and kept wondering...and then thought, "top twenty?"...then thought, "Top ten?"...and then thought, "but he's not mentioned Kiss, yet...". To have a top 50 that includes Gotta Stop, Gold and Guitar (amongst others) and not to feature Anotherlover...well...I must to a darkened corner and fan myself.

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Reply #2 posted 09/12/19 10:20am

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SimonCharles said:

BartVanHemelen said:

https://www.theguardian.c...les-ranked

Thanks for posting the link.

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I know this is all worth a ha'penny of bubblegumtar and that but, I'm moved to say, I spent that read wondering when Anotherloveholenyohead would feature...and kept wondering...and kept wondering...and then thought, "top twenty?"...then thought, "Top ten?"...and then thought, "but he's not mentioned Kiss, yet...". To have a top 50 that includes Gotta Stop, Gold and Guitar (amongst others) and not to feature Anotherlover...well...I must to a darkened corner and fan myself.

Agreed. It's obvious the writer is a massive fan, which is great.


But then lauding Baltimore as the track suggestive of a latter career resurgence is an absolutely horrid reference for the uninitiated.


Baltimore is the ONE SINGLE TRACK on HNR2 that is vomit inducing. The rest of the album is a gem....

[Edited 9/12/19 10:24am]

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Reply #3 posted 09/12/19 10:45am

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Fenwick said:

SimonCharles said:

Thanks for posting the link.

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I know this is all worth a ha'penny of bubblegumtar and that but, I'm moved to say, I spent that read wondering when Anotherloveholenyohead would feature...and kept wondering...and kept wondering...and then thought, "top twenty?"...then thought, "Top ten?"...and then thought, "but he's not mentioned Kiss, yet...". To have a top 50 that includes Gotta Stop, Gold and Guitar (amongst others) and not to feature Anotherlover...well...I must to a darkened corner and fan myself.

Agreed. It's obvious the writer is a massive fan, which is great.


But then lauding Baltimore as the track suggestive of a latter career resurgence is an absolutely horrid reference for the uninitiated.


Baltimore is the ONE SINGLE TRACK on HNR2 that is vomit inducing. The rest of the album is a gem....

[Edited 9/12/19 10:24am]

Yes, Mr Petridis is a huge fan...which makes me question all the more! Only in jest, I add. It's a treat to have a list like this published and think, "you know, he's missed some out, here...".

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Reply #4 posted 09/12/19 11:46am

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SimonCharles said:

BartVanHemelen said:

https://www.theguardian.c...les-ranked

Thanks for posting the link.

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I know this is all worth a ha'penny of bubblegumtar and that but, I'm moved to say, I spent that read wondering when Anotherloveholenyohead would feature...and kept wondering...and kept wondering...and then thought, "top twenty?"...then thought, "Top ten?"...and then thought, "but he's not mentioned Kiss, yet...". To have a top 50 that includes Gotta Stop, Gold and Guitar (amongst others) and not to feature Anotherlover...well...I must to a darkened corner and fan myself.

Lol, yes! of course this is completely subjective but I couldn't agree more. anotherloverholenyohead is one of my all-time favorite Prince songs (out of a long list). I spent my time reading this article marveling at how someone can even compile such a list, especially when comprised of Prince songs, lol.

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Reply #5 posted 09/12/19 12:11pm

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Fenwick said:



SimonCharles said:




BartVanHemelen said:


https://www.theguardian.c...les-ranked




Thanks for posting the link.



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I know this is all worth a ha'penny of bubblegumtar and that but, I'm moved to say, I spent that read wondering when Anotherloveholenyohead would feature...and kept wondering...and kept wondering...and then thought, "top twenty?"...then thought, "Top ten?"...and then thought, "but he's not mentioned Kiss, yet...". To have a top 50 that includes Gotta Stop, Gold and Guitar (amongst others) and not to feature Anotherlover...well...I must to a darkened corner and fan myself.




Agreed. It's obvious the writer is a massive fan, which is great.


But then lauding Baltimore as the track suggestive of a latter career resurgence is an absolutely horrid reference for the uninitiated.


Baltimore is the ONE SINGLE TRACK on HNR2 that is vomit inducing. The rest of the album is a gem....


[Edited 9/12/19 10:24am]



Opinions opinions eh? I'd rate Baltimore as one of the better tracks on there. Funny auld list, no Diamonds and Pearls but Cinnamon Girl is on there.
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Reply #6 posted 09/12/19 12:52pm

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jaawwnn said:

Fenwick said:

Agreed. It's obvious the writer is a massive fan, which is great.


But then lauding Baltimore as the track suggestive of a latter career resurgence is an absolutely horrid reference for the uninitiated.


Baltimore is the ONE SINGLE TRACK on HNR2 that is vomit inducing. The rest of the album is a gem....

[Edited 9/12/19 10:24am]

Opinions opinions eh? I'd rate Baltimore as one of the better tracks on there. Funny auld list, no Diamonds and Pearls but Cinnamon Girl is on there.

Makes for a very crowded watercooler, a list like this one...

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Reply #7 posted 09/12/19 12:57pm

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SimonCharles said:

jaawwnn said:

Fenwick said: Opinions opinions eh? I'd rate Baltimore as one of the better tracks on there. Funny auld list, no Diamonds and Pearls but Cinnamon Girl is on there.

Makes for a very crowded watercooler, a list like this one...

Haha! Indeed!


There are very few songs in the cannon I loathe as much as Baltimore. Ironically enough, almost all of them reside on HNR1!!!! (Along with Karmasutra and NPS).


The cheesy melody and chant chorus hurt Baltimore a lot. Not what I'm looking for in a Prince tune. But the out and out misinformed/misguided lyrics transform it from cheesy to downright unlistenable. (Only IMO - not looking for a debate on the lyrical content).

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Reply #8 posted 09/13/19 5:21pm

slida23

Anotherloverholeinyourhead should have been a big hit. He didn't make a video for it, instead it was a live performance, which was fine, but not how you'd want to present this fine studio track. I wish he'd made this the second single instead of Mountains.

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Reply #9 posted 09/14/19 6:22am

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Fenwick said:

SimonCharles said:

Makes for a very crowded watercooler, a list like this one...

Haha! Indeed!


There are very few songs in the cannon I loathe as much as Baltimore. Ironically enough, almost all of them reside on HNR1!!!! (Along with Karmasutra and NPS).


The cheesy melody and chant chorus hurt Baltimore a lot. Not what I'm looking for in a Prince tune. But the out and out misinformed/misguided lyrics transform it from cheesy to downright unlistenable. (Only IMO - not looking for a debate on the lyrical content).


For those people who say you like the song Baltimore, is it simply that you like its socio-political message? Or do actually believe the way the message expressed (i.e. the lyrics) is clever or sophisticated, and/or you find the music to be aesthetically pleasing?



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Reply #10 posted 09/14/19 8:34am

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Pretty good list and I wouldn't really argue with the order much. Personally I have never particularly liked I Would Die 4 U and I too am surprised to not see Anotherloverholenhohead.
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Reply #11 posted 09/14/19 12:42pm

TheFman

That's actually a pretty decent list.

Until i saw Guitar way to high, but it was forgiven

Until i saw Baltimore in there at 17. What mushroom is that writer on???

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Reply #12 posted 09/15/19 4:20pm

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I'd have had the three Gold Experience singles way higher, and "Gett Off" has always been kinda 'meh' to me (don't hate it either, though). The top 10's otherwise solid enough.

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Reply #13 posted 09/17/19 2:47am

Harps

Surprised that Paisley Park didn't make the list, as well as Anotherlover... and D&P. Personally I'd also have RocknRoll Love Affair ahead of Baltimore and Screwdriver.

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Reply #14 posted 09/17/19 2:51am

Harps

And where the hell is Stare? His last great single in my opinion!

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Reply #15 posted 09/17/19 7:10pm

ToTheDawn

Great list. I would have included Sign of the Times instead of Baltimore.

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