500 Greatest Songs of All Time
Prince, 'Sign 'O' The Times'
Released: March '87, Paisley Park
14 weeks; No. 3
When Prince broke with his longtime group the Revolution, he aborted an ambitious, 18-song project called Dream Factory. One of the songs from those sessions served as the title track for Sign 'O' the Times. A stark socio-political talking blues written by Prince using the pre-programmed sounds on his synth, it brought Sly Stone-like realism to Eighties pop radio.
Appears on: Sign 'O' the Times (Warner Bros.)