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post Aug 25 2018, 08:59 PM
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Prince's Top 20 biggest hits on the Official Chart
25 August 2018 | By Rob Copsey

We reveal Prince's all-time Top 20 biggest singles in the UK for the first time.

Prince's catalogue of hits on the Official Chart is nothing short of iconic.

During his 20-year peak, the Minnesota-born musician notched up 40 Top 40s on the Official Singles Chart, during which he morphed through many different guises and musical styles. Look at Prince's complete Official UK Chart history here.

Initially a slower burner when it came to chart success, Prince's oldest hit in his all-time Top 20 is 1984's When Doves Cry from his Purple Rain album. A Number 4 hit that summer, the track has sold 578,000 across physical, download and streaming equivalent sales.

His most recent entry in the chart is 1995's Gold at Number 13 (154k). Released when Prince was going under the moniker of an unpronounceable symbol, the star was confident the song would be a hit, touting it as the next Purple Rain. While it didn't quite reach the same level of success (it reached a respectable Number 10 in the UK), it's one of two songs that hasn't been available to download or stream until this month, likely affecting its placing in the Top 20.

Another of his highest charting hits, The Number 2-peaking Batdance (from the 1989 Batman soundtrack), ranks as his eighth biggest single in the UK (259k), while 1986's Top 10 hit Kiss is fourth (457k).

Meanwhile, Prince's only UK Number 1, The Most Beautiful Girl In The World, places seventh in his all-time chart (262k). The track was the lead single for his album The Gold Experience and his third release as 'symbol' (The Artist Formerly Known As Prince).

Taking second place on Prince's all-time Top 20 is Purple Rain (693,000). The track, written and recorded for the 1984 film of the same name, was originally intended as a country duet with Stevie Nicks. The song first peaked at Number 8 and has re-entered the Official Singles Chart numerous times over the years thanks to regular outings on TV talent shows like The X Factor. After his death, the song hit a new high in the UK at Number 6.

Landing at Number 1 is a double A-side hit: 1999 and Little Red Corvette. Both are considered among Prince's signature songs, peaking at Number 2 when they were reissued as a double release (they charted at 25 and 54 respectively as standalone releases in 1983). 1999 was a defining moment in Prince's trajectory to superstardom, finding Top 10 success across the globe. The track was re-released in late 1998 to accompany its namesake year, where it re-entered at Number 10. The double A-side's total combined sales stand at 855,000.

Prince's all-time Top 20 songs on the Official Singles Chart*

POS TITLE ARTIST PEAK YEAR
1 1999/Little Red Corvette - Combined AA + Tracks Prince 2 Jan-85 855,000
2 Purple Rain Prince & The Revolution 6 Sep-84 693,000
3 When Doves Cry Prince 4 Jun-84 578,000
4 Kiss Prince & The Revolution 6 Mar-86 475,000
5 Let's Go Crazy / Take Me With You Prince & The Revolution 7 Feb-85
6 Raspberry Beret Prince & The Revolution 25 Jul-85
7 The Most Beautiful Girl In The World Artist Formerly Known As Prince 1 Apr-94 262,000
8 Batdance Prince 2 Jun-89 259,000
9 Gett Off Prince & The New Power Generation 4 Aug-91
10 Sexy MF / Strollin' Prince & The New Power Generation 4 Jul-92
11 Sign O' The Times Prince 10 Mar-87
12 U Got The Look Prince 11 Aug-87
13 Gold Artist Formerly Known As Prince 10 Dec-95 154,000
14 Girls And Boys Prince & The Revolution 11 Aug-86
15 Cream Prince & The New Power Generation 15 Sep-91
16 My Name Is Prince Prince & The New Power Generation 7 Oct-92
17 Controversy Prince 5 Dec-93
18 Diamonds And Pearls Prince & The New Power Generation 25 Dec-91
19 Thieves In The Temple Prince 7 Aug-90
20 Alphabet Street Prince 9 May-88
©2018 Official Charts Company. All rights reserved.

*This chart is based on combined physical, download and streaming sales.
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post Aug 25 2018, 09:11 PM
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Are they just adding the streams and sales of both songs of that double A-side to the same entity then?

They should, for songs originally released as Double As, have the two as separate but with sales of the original Double A counting for both. Then I think '1999' would definitely be on top especially as it also had a re-release itself in... 1999, and 'Purple Rain' would perhaps be #2? (or did 1999/Little Red Corvette sell enough to push LRC's own sales ahead of Purple Rain's?)
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post Aug 26 2018, 06:24 AM
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I imagine The Most Beautiful Girl In The World would be much higher if it was actually available to download/stream. Seems mad to me his only UK #1 is not available, even now the rest of itís parent album is on streaming.
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^ j want to have that song so badly .
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On the plus side, ĎGoldí is finally now available to download/stream - it seems forgotten these days but I love it
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"1999" and "Cream" are my favourite Prince songs, such a legend.

And yeah "The Most Beautiful Girl In The World" really should be available for streaming by now.


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QUOTE(GTH @ Aug 26 2018, 07:24 AM) *
I imagine The Most Beautiful Girl In The World would be much higher if it was actually available to download/stream. Seems mad to me his only UK #1 is not available, even now the rest of itís parent album is on streaming.



It never seems to make it on to any of his hits collections either. Very odd for a No.1 single.
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QUOTE(PeaceMob @ Aug 26 2018, 11:30 AM) *
"1999" and "Cream" are my favourite Prince songs, such a legend.

And yeah "The Most Beautiful Girl In The World" really should be available for streaming by now.



Yeah Cream is one of my faves.


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When doves cry is my favourite

was The most beautiful girl released on another label?? seems strange is not available if it was in the same label as the rest
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QUOTE(Bjork @ Aug 27 2018, 06:48 PM) *
When doves cry is my favourite

was The most beautiful girl released on another label?? seems strange is not available if it was in the same label as the rest
According to Wikipedia:
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With the consent of Prince's usual record distributor Warner Bros. Records, "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" was released by NPG Records and Edel Music, and independently distributed by Bellmark Records, under the control and guidance of Music of Life, as a one-off single, topping five different charts.
I do think its unavailability is probably intentional, as 'The Gold Experience' album is on Spotify but with the song greyed out (even if that's a different version of it). It may also be to do with the song coming from an EP rather than a proper album. I get the feeling though that it's a song that hasn't endured anyway, and I wouldn't be surprised if he no longer liked it or something (particularly since it hasn't been included on any of his compilations).
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^

I once read that Warners refused to release 'The Most Beautiful Girl In The World' which is why it appeared on a different label and was independently distributed.
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That's interesting! I looked it up and found this in a biography on Google Books:



I was surprised because, being a radio-friendly ballad and an anomaly in his post-1992 chart success, I'd have sooner guessed the song to have been label-demanded (hence thinking he might not have liked it). The few pages of that book I read while finding that are fascinating.
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