5 Famous Songs You Didn't Know Were Written By Prince

The man who famously played all 27 instruments on an album was also a prolific writer for other artists

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We all know Sinead O'Connor's 'Nothing Compares 2 U' was written by the purple man, but did you know Prince also wrote these famous tracks?

1 | 'Manic Monday' by The Bangles

The song was originally recorded for a band called Apollonia 6 but after hearing The Bangles debut album All Over the Place, Prince offered the song to the band's rhythm guitarist Susanna Hoffs, under the pseudonym Christopher.

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2 | 'How Come You Don't Call Me' by Alicia Keys

Originally released as 'How Come You Don't Call Me Anymore'? by Prince as a B-side to his single 1999. Alicia's cover went to number 26 in the UK singles chart.

3 | 'Pray' by MC Hammer

MC Hammer's follow up to the smash hit U Can't Touch This samples Prince's When Dove's Cry. Pray is one of a handful of songs Prince legally sanctioned to be sampled.

4 | 'I Feel For You' by Chaka Khan

Appearing on Prince's self titled album in 1979, Chaka Khan turned it into a hit in 1984. Prince won a Grammy for the track in 1985.

5 | 'When You Were Mine' by Cyndi Lauper

Another Prince B-side turned into album track. 'When You Were Mine' appeared on Cyndi Lauper's debut album She's So Unusual in 1983.