500 Greatest Songs of All Time
Prince and the Revolution, 'Purple Rain'
Released: June '84, Warner Bros.
16 weeks; No. 2
Bobby Z of the Revolution recalled the first time he heard Prince play "Purple Rain": "It was almost country. It was almost rock. It was almost gospel." The basic tracks were recorded live at a 1983 club date in Minneapolis, benefiting the Minnesota Dance Theater. But the seeds came from Prince's 1999 tour; Bob Seger was touring at the same time, and Prince decided to try writing a song in the same anthemic vein.
Appears on: Purple Rain (Warner Bros.)