Music
464 voters

Inspiring Prince Songs and Lyrics That Inform How You Live

Updated September 9, 2019 2.6k votes 464 voters 44.7k views21 items

It’s impossible to fully understand the genius of an artist like Prince. He didn’t just transcend pop music and whatever genre radio tried to label him as, and he wasn’t just a savant who could play any instrument he picked up. The man was an honest to goodness genius when it came to writing music. One aspect of Prince's songwriting that tends to get overlooked is his lyrical content. On first listen, Prince's songs sound like they’re either about gettin’ down with a fine lady, or dancing until the sun comes up, but for each "Little Red Corvette" there was a sly philosophic undercurrent buried in another track. This list takes a look at the most meaningful Prince lyrics that can enrich your life.

Once you delve into Prince’s lyrical content you begin to realize he was a man who was not only aware of his place in the world of pop music, but someone who was concerned about what it meant to love someone - and to love yourself. Some of his more androgynous lyrics paint a picture of a person transcending heteronormative roles, all the while finding spirituality on the dance floor. Take a look at these Prince lyrics that inform how you live and think about how to make yourself just a little bit more Prince today than you were yesterday.

Vote up the most inspirational Prince lyrics, and if your favorite lines aren't already on the list, feel free to write them up for everyone in the comments. And if you love him, be sure to cast your vote in our list of the best Prince albums.

Photo:
  • Purple Rain
    Video: YouTube

    I know times are changing
    It's time we all reach out for something new

    This is one of those great lyrics that remains prescient no matter how much time has passed since the song was released. Despite the ever changing world we live in, it never hurts to try to find something new.
    181
    17
    Is this inspiring?

    More Purple Rain 

    #569 of 1,189 Every Oscar Winning Film Ever#94 of 206 Musical Movies With the Best Songs#435 of 3,110 The Greatest Albums of All-Time

    Amazon buy button
  • When Doves Cry
    Video: YouTube

    Maybe I'm just too demanding
    Maybe I'm just like my father too bold

    Nestled in this classic hit is the fear of becoming your parents, and repeating the mistakes of their past. If any song can help you steer yourself in another direction, it's this one.
    153
    19
    Is this inspiring?
    Amazon buy button
  • Let's Go Crazy
    Video: YouTube

    If you don't like the world you're living in
    Take a look around you
    A
    t least you got friends.

    So much of "Let's Go Crazy" can be applied to one's life that it's hard to pick one set of lyrics. But if you've got nothing else, it's important to remember that there are people out there who care about you.
    140
    15
    Is this inspiring?
    Amazon buy button
  • The Most Beautiful Girl in the World
    Video: YouTube

    When the day turns into the last day of all time 
    I can say I hope you are in these arms of mine

    Admit it, if someone wrote that for you in a Valentine's Day card you would instantly melt. Take it from Prince, find the one person you want to be with and let them know.
    146
    21
    Is this inspiring?

    More The Most Beautiful Girl in the World 

    #59 of 162 The Best Songs with World in the Title#52 of 157 The Best Songs with Girl in the Title#49 of 121 The Best Songs with Beautiful in the Title

    Amazon buy button