A look back at Prince's biggest musical hits

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Prince Dies at Age 57

Prince wasn't just an incredible musician -- he was a visionary that defined pop music for decades. His sexualized dance moves, flamboyant personality and party anthems will go down in history as some of the best. Prince's catalog of hits soared to the top of the charts regularly and he'll always be remembered for his guitar solos and forward-thinking music.

Following his passing at the age of 57 on Thursday, April 21, we're taking a look back at some of his biggest hits.

"Let's Go Crazy"

Who could ever forget the opener, "Dearly beloved we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life." Then it takes off to a guitar, slinging rock, pop powerhouse that can bring down any house. "Oh no let's go!" The song soared to No. 1 and appeared on the "Purple Rain" album.

"Purple Rain"

It's easily one of his most memorable power ballads and it's a 7-minute ode to heartbreak and what happens when a friendship turns into something more. The title track from his 1984 film of the same name features one of the most memorable guitar solos of all time.

"Kiss"

The song is not only one of Prince's biggest hits, it also went down in history of one of Julia Roberts' most-famous moments in film since she sang the jam, naked in a bathtub in "Pretty Woman." "Kiss" slayed the charts and took a No. 1 spot in 1986. It was featured on his album "Parade" and the lyrics are some of his most memorable ... "You don't have to be rich to be my girl, you don't have to be cool to rule my world, ain't no particular sign I'm more compatible with I just want your extra time and your Kiss, Oh oh."

"Raspberry Beret"

The 1985 hit soared all the way to No. 2 on the Billboard charts and follows the story of a girl who "wore a Raspberry beret ...the kind you find in a second hand store" and not much else and a man who definitely was fond of her.

"Little Red Corvette"

The lyrics of "Little Red Corvette" are hard to forget so it's not a huge surprise that the song was one of his biggest chart-winners off of "1999." The sultry and smooth tune was the kind that you could sway your hips to.

"Cream"

The raunchy song scored a No. 1 on the charts in 1991 and featured lyrics like, "Cause you got the burnin' desire It's your time (Time) You got the horn so why don't you blow it You are fine (Fine) You're filthy cute and baby you know it." You get the gist.

"1999"

More than a decade before the millennium and the year 2000, Prince was prepping for the big year with a catchy tune about how he saw the future of the world. Prince saw the world as a purple-skied, post-apocalypse environment and he made sure he was going to take on Y2K with a bang. The song also was his longest-charting Hot 100 hit, with 28 weeks on the weekly tally in three separate chart runs.

"Batdance"

The 1989 hit closed out the decade for Prince and was the feature song for the summer blockbuster, "Batman." The jam featured voice overs from The Joker and was insanely catchy as it swayed seamlessly through multiple musical genres from pop to funk.

"When Doves Cry"

Another hit from the "Purple Rain" soundtrack that led the Hot 100's top spot for for five weeks. It rules as his longest-running No. 1. The 1984 hit carried a killer beat and insane guitar leading to a groove that was a total standout.

"Baby I'm A Star"

It might not have been one of his most famous chart-toppers, but it was near-foreshadowing of Prince's incredible career. The hit song from "Purple Rain" is a toe-tapping, pop synthesized hit that will definitely have you dancing. "Hey, look me over, Tell me do you like what you see?, Hey, I ain't got no money, But honey, I'm rich on personality, Hey, check it all out, Baby, I know what it's all about
Before the night is through, You will see my point of view, Even if I have to scream and shout, Baby, I'm a star."

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And just like that...the world lost a lot of magic ✨ Rest in peace Prince! Thanks for giving us so much...
I'm Crushed!! UK news reporting Prince Is Dead?! For Real?! Massive Loss for us all! What a Genius! Speechless.
PRINCE passed away???! WTF??!!!
Thank you Prince. All my thoughts & prayers are with all your loved ones. https://t.co/JT52sKlJBJ
"Dearly beloved We are gathered here today 2 get through this thing called Life..." -Prince
Omg..... RIP Prince.... 😨😔😢
Prince....there's no way
Prince was brilliant and larger than life. What a sad day.
Not Prince!! No no no.
THIS CAN NOT BE POSSIBLE!!!!!!! NO NO NO NO NO
Long Live The King.
Oh man. Not Prince.
You can't take Bowie and Prince in the same year. You can't. No. No!!!!
Well...that's awful. #Prince
Crushed to hear the news about Prince... What an artist. What an influence. Thank you for the love. And the funk ✨
Wow. RIP Prince. Another legend gone way too soon.
Prince. No.
So Prince and Chyna die in the same day NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! My heart is hurting :( R.I.P
RIP Prince. You were the king https://t.co/RwKxVsOx8F
We've just lost an incredible talent! So sorry to hear about #Prince we will always love your music forever and ever! #RIPPrince
Prince?!?!
A culture pushing icon and creative genius. Rest in peace Prince. https://t.co/vPWCGipU95
If the news about prince is true it will be a terrible loss of such an amazing music legend and icon.
Damn. Moms just went to prince concert in ATL like 3 days ago...
The Prince is dead. Long live the Prince.
Numb. Stunned. This can't be real.
I was hoping it wasn't true. Until it was breaking news on tv. Gutted beyond words. Soundtrack to all our lives!
One of my biggest inspirations. A true icon. You will be missed. Sad sad news today... #RIPPrince
We just lost a ton of heavy groove. #RIPPrince
R.I.P. Prince. Shocking. A real artist.
OMG I can't believe Prince died :-( we lost a true musical legend today. RIP prince 🙏🏼👑
R.I.P PRINCE, another icon gone to soon
We've lost the greatest artist of my generation. I danced on stage with him when milo was in my belly. Prince, I will forever love you. #RIP
Crushed to hear the news about Prince... What an artist. What an influence. Thank you for the love. And the funk ✨
"Every day I feel is a blessing from God. & I consider it a new beginning. Yeah, everything is beautiful." ~ Prince 💜
Rest in power, Prince.
From one 6/7 to another 6/7… Rest in peace, Prince!
So sad to hear the bad news today. RIP prince. You will be missed!!
Can’t even process this. There will never be another. Thank you for everything, Prince Rogers Nelson.
For real though, shouldn't everyone go home from work and school? It's Prince. Its like hearing the Grand Canyon died.
This fucking sucks... Prince on repeat all day. Just like I did with Michael and Whitney 😔
So sad to hear about Prince- We've not only lost an incredible talent but we've lost a legend. 💜
Not Prince 😪
"Artist" & "Genius" are thrown around carelessly these days. Prince Rogers Nelson was an actual artist & a legit genius. I'm so sad #RIP
This is what it sounds like when doves cry.. Prince R.I.P. Condolences to his family & 2 us all
I am shocked and saddened by the news of the death of Prince. A great brother and music genius.
Dang it... Truly hate hearing we lost Prince. Sad day..
R.I.P. Prince ... One of Miles Davis' last collaborators. You will be woefully missed ...
Long live the Prince. Thank you for the magic you bestowed upon my eyes & ears. The best live show ever witnessed. https://t.co/3ZgxpsLoyk
RIP to #Prince 🙏🏽 your influence will be forever felt... https://t.co/iS5daD5IDj
"Dearly beloved, We are gathered here today to get through this thing called life". --#Prince
This is truly a sad day or maybe a year. All my music heroes are dying. Prince died today. . Prayers and thoughts to his family. #purplerain
Goodbye Prince😔😔😔😔😔 #PurpleRain
Been a fan since this 1978 album. My older intro'd me to his music. She in college, I in grade school. #RIP #Prince https://t.co/GWyK39LG2b
Sorry loves we are rescheduling the live chat to April 28th. Sending condolences to the family, friends, and fans of Prince.
Rest in peace sweet Prince. 💔 https://t.co/JCSeyI3FE4
Im in shock #Prince
Ths average of death for an entertainer is 57. The music legend @prince died at his home today. He was 57.
I'm heart broken #RIP #Prince my favorite singer of all time💔💔💔💔
https://t.co/59LDb3rktb To the man who didn’t need to say a word. The best performer of all time. Rest easy.
I stand Confidently in Peace knowing that our brother Prince knew and loved God. Therefore, ALL is well with his soul RIP our Beloved Prince
Rest in peace, Prince. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
So sad to hear about the loss of Prince today. #RIP #legend #purplerain 💔 https://t.co/GwbL8R975M
Prince's music hit you in your soul. Songs like Adore & Raspberry Beret made me think of falling in love, making love, everything love...
My musical brother... My friend... The one who showed me the possibilities within myself,… https://t.co/UumElgEgFg
This is so heartbreaking💔 I had this Prince pic drawn on my wall years ago because his music inspired so many R.I.P😥 https://t.co/60msa6hm3I
I Miss My Brother. Prince Was A Funny Cat. Great Sense Of Humor. https://t.co/67umQghtbi
Oh my god I can’t believe that Prince has died…he was a great great talent…RIP
Absolutely stunned and heartbroken! #PRINCE
PRINCE, sad to say, has passed on!!! He was a Giant. My deep condolences go out to his family, friends and fans.
Today is the worst day ever. Prince R.I.P I am crying!
RIP Prince. You were the king https://t.co/RwKxVsOx8F
Prince was the greatest live performer I ever saw. A musical genius ablaze with astounding, sexually charged energy. Loved him. RIP
So sad to hear about this terrible loss, Prince was a visionary musician and artist. https://t.co/49ZY5IFpUL
Now Prince? No no no.. RIP You genius x
Prince? Say it isn't so...
I'm in complete shock. More than doves are crying today. Rest in power, Prince.
I can't believe #Prince has passed. This is horrible news. #ripprince so sad :( :(
Just heard the news about Prince. We are losing all our greats. So sad .... Met him several times. Sweet man. The epitome of talent.
He was doing a post EMMY secret show in a tiny club. Maybe 40 people. He pulled me up on stage to dance w HIM. It was A MOMENT #PRINCE
So sad to hear about the loss of Prince today. #RIP #legend #purplerain 💔 https://t.co/GwbL8R975M
Im sooooo very sad right now... PRINCE can't die.
Sending love out to #Prince #AmericanGenius Thank you for all you gave us- https://t.co/fGX0MSfQd3 via @youtube
I'm stunned & so saddened to hear about the passing of Prince. He changed it all!!!! The true definition of talent!! https://t.co/Ni17GvPu67
R. I. P to the King Prince thank u for inspiring me to be a Musician First and using this tool to heal people
Can't breath..RIP Prince...Farewell Sexy Mother Fucker 💝
Deep tragedy. I'm so sorry for your loss Minneapolis. We will try and cheer you up for at least a little while tonight. #RIPPrince
Shocked and soooo sad!! #RIP PRINCE #music #legend #gonetoosoon https://t.co/KlEBPPl40U
LEGEND❤️ 💦PRINCE💦 I wish I could have expressed my love for him before he left. https://t.co/drlyFNWF9X
Today we lost a true artist. Thank you #Prince for all the music you put into this world. #RIP https://t.co/4yZ6Cb5hMb
Prince was a true gentleman, a king among men. He was as sharp and as talented as they come. I'm so glad I was lucky enough to work with him
RIP Prince. The only person I ever saw a crowd part for.
Rest easy, legend ❤️ #RIPPrince
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