18 Awesome Prince Rip-Offs

A handful of artists that made their songs a little more purple

Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk" (2014)

Ronson had to add the Gap Band as writers on "Uptown Funk" due to similarities between his Number One pop hit and the Gap Band's "Oops Upside Your Head." But the song is also filled with musical ingredients that Prince popularized in the mainstream: splintered guitars nudging around the same note with manic intensity, dive-bombing synths, an electronic handclap beat. Only the horns are off-brand – Prince preferred lighter, more sinuous brass sections. And, of course, Prince recorded his own ode to "Uptown" on 1980's Dirty Mind.

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