15 Great Prince Songs That Were Hits for Other Artists

The purple touch that helped the Bangles, Sinead O'Connor, Chaka Khan and more

Vanity 6, "Nasty Girl" (1982)

Hot 100 Chart Position: Didn't chart, but Number One U.S. Hot Dance Club Play

Four years before Janet Jackson converted "nasty" from a pejorative into a positive, Vanity 6 got the wheels greased with "Nasty Girl." The 1982 single was the first (and only) hit by the Prince-assembled girl group. He also wrote and produced the track, whose sleazy pleasures were tailor-made for the dance floor (as well as the stripper pole). "At first, Prince wanted to call me Vagina," said Vanity, who was born Denise Matthews, in an interview with Bam in 1985. "Even though he pronounced it Va-jeana, that would have been too weird. His next choice was Vanity. I liked that." The song reached the top spot in Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play chart, only to be knocked off, ironically enough, by Prince's "1999."