25 Essential Prince Songs

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

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"Little Red Corvette" (1983)

The chorus of Prince's first Top Ten hit suggests it's a straightforward car song. But look beneath the hood and it's all supercharged sex (the flipped wordplay on "Trojan horse" is especially inspired). Despite the bedroom allusions and those more straightforward ("Girl, you got an ass like I never seen"), the song resonated on mainstream pop radio, thanks mainly to its irresistible sing-along chorus. The story goes that Prince came up with the lyrics while riding in Revolution member Lisa Coleman's hot-pink Edsel, but in the spring and summer of '83, there was nothing flashier than Prince's 'Vette.

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