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10 Songs You Had No Idea Were Written by Prince

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Popular songs tend to be associated with the artists who sing them, but sometimes the most beloved hits have surprisingly different authorsThis is a list of some of the songs you probably didn't know Prince wrote. Some he wrote for himself before passing them along, and others he wrote specifically for other artists. The following tracks written by Prince all were in the top 20 on the Billboard charts; some even charted internationally.

Prince recorded 39 albums, won seven Grammys and an Oscar, and ruled the '80s music scene. Since his death he's been remembered for his unmistakable gender-bending style and his gifts as a producer, singer, and songwriter, as well as his mastery of multiple instruments. For someone so flamboyant on stage, he was notoriously reserved and rarely gave interviews. His desire for privacy extended to his music. He often co-wrote songs under pseudonyms (including Jamie Starr and Joey Coco) and occasionally provided background vocals and instruments.

In honor of The Purple One, here are some of the best songs Prince wrote for others that he doesn't get enough credit for. 

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