25 Essential Prince Songs

The best of the Purple One's world-changing, genre-defying hits

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"7" (1992)

In the midst of his rebranding as an unpronounceable symbol, the Artist Formerly Known as Prince expanded his sonic palette on "7," tapping into tablas and sitars, widescreen multi-tracked vocals and a sample of Lowell Fulson's "Tramp." Of course, given his out-there status at the time, Prince may have also been dabbling in numerology– seven represents the seeker and the searcher of truth, though it's also entirely possible the seven he rails against are folks at Warner Bros. Records. Was he fighting for freedom? Searching for respect? Looking for easy access to your boudoir?

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