Art of Noise feat. Tom Jones, "Kiss" (1988)
Hot 100 Chart Position: Number 31
Prince's 1986 bluesy stomper "Kiss" has a long lineage. He originally wrote it for bass player Brown Mark's band Mazarati, but – just as Bruce Springsteen did with "Hungry Heart" when he wrote it for the Ramones – Prince stole it back for 1986's Parade, and the song went to Number One. Soon, Tom Jones added the song to his Vegas live show. The avant-garde group the Art of Noise got in touch after seeing him perform it on TV, and the unlikely pair teamed up. The result was an industrial and funky, the best thing Jones had done in years. "When they sent me the finished version I thought, 'If this isn't a hit, I'll bloody well pack it all in.' It was a busting hit." It got Jones on MTV for the first time, kicking off a commercial comeback.