The Time, "Jungle Love" (1984)
Hot 100 Chart Position: Number 20
Before splitting off to become one of the top songwriting/producing teams in the business, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis were members of the Time, the Prince-assembled group whose first hit came in 1984 with "Jungle Love." It's not hard to see why it made a splash; the song's hard funk groove, Tarzan-esque motif and hooky refrain carried all the formidable dance-floor oomph of a Prince song. Prince is credited as co-writer and producer of the track, although the Time's guitarist Jesse Johnson soon disputed his former boss' role in its creation – in less than diplomatic terms. "Prince is such an asshole," Johnson told the NME in 1986. "I wrote, played and produced stuff like 'Jungle Love,' that's my sound."