Alicia Keys, "How Come You Don't Call Me Anymore" (2001)
Hot 100 Chart Position: Number 59
On her seven-times platinum debut Songs in A Minor, Alicia Keys interpreted this classic Prince B-side. It wasn't the first time a woman had covered his breakup ballad – just months after he originally issued "How Come You Don't Call Me Anymore" as the flipside to "1999," Stephanie Mills recorded a version with distinctly gospel tones in 1983. But Keys represented a new generation embracing the genius of Prince. The 19-year-old prodigy added a steady and pulsing bass line to the piano arrangement, and hummed and growled huskily in homage to her hero, while adding new details like, "I always thought you'd be by my side, poppa, and now you're gone … and I'm not trying to hear that shit). " She subsequently became friends with the legendary guitarist, and when he entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, Keys inducted him. "There are many kings … but there is only one Prince," she said. "[He wrote] songs that made me look at songwriting as stories that are untold passions dying to be heard."