During his long career, Prince has been known by several names - one of them being a symbol. But in the 80's, he was, thankfully, just known as Prince.

His music career started in 1978, but Prince's first UK success came in 1983 with the first release of the single and album "1999". The single was even more successful when it was re-released in 1985 and reached No.2 in the UK charts. Incidentally, it was re-released again in time for the 1999 New Year celebrations, but only just scraped into the Top 40 in the UK.

Real UK success came in 1984 with the "Purple Rain" soundtrack album. It featured the hit singles "When Doves Cry" (one of my personal favourites and Prince's biggest US hit single which spent five weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 from July 7th 1984) and "Let's Go Crazy" which were both No.1 in the U.S. Also released as a single were the title-track "Purple Rain" and "I Would Die 4 U".

Prince's success continued throughout the 1980's with five more albums. In 1985 he released the hit album "Around The World In A Day" which featured the hit singles "Raspberry Beret" (No.2 - U.S.) and "Paisley Park" which was also a Top Ten U.S. Hit.

1986 saw the release of the next hit studio album "Parade". The first single "Kiss" shot to No.1 on the Billboard Top 100 in the U.S. At the same time, "Manic Monday" by the Bangles - which was written by Prince under the name "Christopher" - also went to No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Two more highly successful albums "Sign O' The Times" (1987) and "Lovesexy" (1988) went platinum in the U.K.

In 1989 Prince released the "Batman" soundtrack album which featured the hit singles "Batdance", "Partyman" and "The Arms Of Orion" (with Sheena Easton).

Unfortunately, there are hardly any videos available with sound as Universal have taken the sound off most of them on Youtube.

Raspberry Beret (1985)
This was the lead single from the album Around The World In A Day, reaching #25 in the UK and #2 in the U.S. The song was first recorded in 1982, but was re-worked by Prince and The Revolution for this single release. The American B-side was a rock 'n' roll track entitled She's Always In My Hair, whilst in the UK a different track was included entitled Hello

Other artists who have released Prince songs as singles during the 1980s

Chaka Chan - I Feel For You (1984) #1

The Bangles - Manic Monday (1986) #2

Age Of Chance - Kiss (1987) #50

Taja Sevelle - Wouldn't You Love To Love Me? (1988) #59

Tom Jones ft. Art Of Noise - Kiss (1988) #5

Simple Minds - Sign O' The Times (on the Amsterdam EP) (1989) #18

And although this was released in 1990, I just had to mention Sinead O' Connor with Nothing Compares 2 U which reached #1.

Best-Selling Prince Albums in the 80s

1. Music From Purple Rain (1984) - 13x Platinum US

2. 1999 (1983) - 4x Platinum US

3. Batman Soundtrack (1989) - 2x Platinum US

4. Sign Of The Times (1987) - 2x Platinum US

5. Around The World In A Day (1985)

6. Parade - Music From The Motion Picture (1986)

 Prince and the Revolution - Let's Go Crazy

Sadly, the audio has been disabled on Youtube for the majority of Prince videos, therefore, I can now only bring you the info on this one...

Let's Go Crazy
was the second single to be released from the 1984 album Purple Rain. It reached No.1 in the U.S. and was the opening track on both the album and the film Purple Rain. In the UK this was released as a double-A side along with Take Me With U.

The cover of the single Let's Go Crazy

Prince on the cover of Record Mirror in November 1984
Record Mirror 24th Nov 1984