12 songs you had no idea were written by Prince

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Prince died a year ago Friday, and he is still truly missed. His songs made an indelible mark on pop music and the industry behind it.

While he was making albums of his own, Prince, a prolific songwriter and musician, also wrote and produced songs for other artists. And some of them turned into major hits. There are also quite a few covers of Prince songs that became hits for other artists, like Cyndi Lauper and Alicia Keys. 

Prince often used a pen name  in these collaborations with other artists to keep his own spotlight away from the songs.

Here are songs by other artists that were actually written by Prince:

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"Manic Monday," The Bangles (1986)

"Manic Monday," The Bangles (1986)

Prince may have not worked a nine-to-five himself, but he sure understood what it was like. For this song, his pen name was just Christopher. 

 

"Nothing Compares 2 U," Sinead O'Connor (1990)

"Nothing Compares 2 U," Sinead O'Connor (1990)

 

 

"Stand Back," Stevie Nicks (1983)

"Stand Back," Stevie Nicks (1983)

Nicks cowrote this song with Prince, and credited his song "Little Red Corvette" as the inspiration for it. 

 

"How Come You Don't Call Me Anymore," Alicia Keys (2001)

"How Come You Don't Call Me Anymore," Alicia Keys (2001)

Prince's version of this song was on his hit album "1999."

 

"Love Song," Madonna feat. Prince (1989)

"Love Song," Madonna feat. Prince (1989)

Prince cowrote this song from the album "Like a Prayer." He also contributed some vocals to the song. 

 

"I Feel For You," Chaka Khan (1984)

"I Feel For You," Chaka Khan (1984)

This song actually made an appearance on Prince's 1979 self-titled album, but it became a hit with Chaka Khan's cover of it. 

 

"With This Tear," Celine Dion (1992)

"With This Tear," Celine Dion (1992)

Prince wrote the song specifically for Dion. 

 

"Sugar Walls," Sheena Easton (1984)

"Sugar Walls," Sheena Easton (1984)

This song was written under one of Prince's pen names, Alexander Nevermind.

 

“Jungle Love," The Time (1984)

“Jungle Love," The Time (1984)

Morris Day and Prince wrote the song together. The Time performed in a tribute to Prince along with Bruno Mars at the 2017 Grammy Awards. 

 

"When You Were Mine," Cyndi Lauper (1983)

"When You Were Mine," Cyndi Lauper (1983)

The song made its debut on Prince's 1980 album "Dirty Mind," and became a hit with Cyndi Lauper's cover.

 

"Yo Mister," Patti Labelle (1989)

"Yo Mister," Patti Labelle (1989)

Prince wrote this song for LaBelle.

 

"Love... Thy Will Be Done," Martika (1991)

"Love... Thy Will Be Done," Martika (1991)

Prince and Maritka wrote the song together. It started as a hymn, and Prince worked his songwriting magic on it. 

 

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