Remembering Prince: A Provocative Playlist

Legendary performer Prince has died at the age of 57 at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota early Thursday morning 07/04/2011 © Photoshot, PacificCoastNews

On April 21, 2016, the world lost a true musical genius – the iconic Prince Rogers Nelson, better known simply as Prince. Prince was the total musician, playing multiple instruments, composing his own songs, and stylistically restless, incorporating rock, pop, RB, hip-hop, and jazz into his music. Into the 00s, Prince’s music remained cutting edge, even though the explicit language and overtly sexual nature of his music were tempered down compared to his heyday in the 80s and 90s. Here’s a provocative list of some of Prince’s more risqué, sensual songs. Some are hits while others are overshadowed by the hits on his respective albums. 

1) “Head” (Dirty Mind, 1980)

Provocative lyric(s): “I’ll give you head till you’re burning up / head till you get enough / head till your love is red /head love you till you’re dead”

Prince wasn’t exactly subtle with this standout track from 1980’s Dirty Mind. Funky and incredibly infectious, “Head” clearly sees Prince’s “dirty mind” come alive. So what’s the narrative of “Head” besides, err, the obvious play on words? Basically, Prince meets a good, innocent girl and ‘corrupts’ her you might say (“I didn’t want you to be misled / but I’ve got to have you baby / I got to have you in my bed”).

2) “Sexuality” (Controversy, 1981)

Provocative lyric(s): “Sexuality is all you’ll ever need / sexuality, let your body be free”

The aforementioned lyric says it all. According to Prince, all the human race needs is sexuality. Basically, he suggests liberation – “Reproduction of a new breed / Leaders, stand up, organize!” To his credit, beyond sex, Prince definitely makes some valid points about society and future generation, particularly as he sings, “No child is bad from the beginning / they only imitate their atmosphere.”

3) “Little Red Corvette” (1999, 1982) 

Provocative lyric(s): “I guess I should’ve closed my eyes when you drove me to the place / where your horses run free / cuz I felt a little ill when I saw all the pictures / of the jockeys that were there before me”

First things first – “Little Red Corvette” isn’t really about a car! No, it’s clearly about
“getting it on” to put it nicely. And judging upon the lyric above, the girl that Prince is clearly about to hook up with has “been around.” Of course, the word “horses” also has multiple meanings…

4) “Darling Nikki” (Purple Rain, 1984)

Provocative lyric(s): “I knew a girl named Nikki / I guess you could say she was a sex fiend / I met her in a hotel lobby / masturbating with a magazine…”

Prince was definitely unapologetic – bold when it came to sex. “Darling Nikki” created quite a stir, thanks to referencing the “m” word, clearly considered taboo musically. Often, the song is cited when it comes to the creation of the parental advisory label. Even though the first verse is eye popping, this is tame compared to some of Prince’s more overt songs…


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