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BartVanHemelen

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"Nothing Compares 2 U" is one of Q Magazine's "The 112 Greatest Love Songs Of The Last 60 Years (1960-2020)"

From the April 2020 issue of UK music monthly Q Magazine:

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The 112 Greatest Love Songs Of The Last 60 Years (1960-2020)

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Whether in passion’s full bloom or tumbling into a pit of despair, those who are love-struck always require a song to describe their emotional state. Luckily, those songs exist. On the eve of Valentine’s Day 2020, we asked the expert Q writing team, as well as our readers, to nominate the greatest love songs of the last 60 years, decade by decade. These songs will save your life.

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A 15-page love-in

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The 1990s

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Nothing Compares 2 U -- Sinéad O’Connor (1990)

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The Irish singer turned this Prince outtake into an anguished ballad which is all the more stark by the absence of a bass track, the tale going that producer Nellee Hooper forgot to add it when he sent it to be mastered.

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Reply #1 posted 02/13/20 5:03am

EmmaMcG

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I never liked the Sinead O'Connor version. Long before I even knew who Prince was, I hated that song. Then I heard the Prince version with the saxophone solo and everything and it clicked. I wouldn't personally put it anywhere near my list of all time best love songs though.
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Reply #2 posted 02/13/20 7:20am

leecaldon

Back in the day, this version would make my godmother burst into tears every time she heard it. Songs can have so much power.

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Reply #3 posted 02/13/20 7:26am

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leecaldon said:

Back in the day, this version would make my godmother burst into tears every time she heard it. Songs can have so much power.

One of the few Prince-penned songs my mother has any time for as well, she loves the Sinead O'Connor version so much.

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Reply #4 posted 02/13/20 8:24am

BartVanHemelen

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Older, long article on the making of: https://www.soundonsound....mpares-2-u

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Reply #5 posted 02/13/20 12:46pm

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This song always puts me to sleep after the first line, which admittedly is a pretty stellar opening to a song. All versions.

Meander City, can't you see?

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Reply #6 posted 02/14/20 12:53am

Wolfie87

Adore, Pink Cashmere is so much better. In composition and execution. Is there really no Prince song (performed by him) on that list?!
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Reply #7 posted 02/14/20 7:53am

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Adore, Pink Cashmere is so much better. In composition and execution. Is there really no Prince song (performed by him) on that list?!

That's what I thought. I'm suddenly realizing that none of his chart-toppers were love songs (unless "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" counts), and most of his big hits weren't love songs. As album cuts, they're less recognizable for a list like this. I suppose it's a compliment to Prince that he tried not to be pinned down by these labels. Would "Joy in Repetition" make this list? Of course not. Why? It's too good. Ditto a more popular song like "I Would Die 4 U."

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