Songs Inspired by Prince

Dearly, beloved we are gathered here today to celebrate Prince Rogers Nelson’s birthday! Prince would have been 58 yesterday, and although the singer passed away on April, 21st he is still celebrated today by many.  In honor of the late singer’s birthday, here's a list of Prince’s songs that were sampled by other artists.You'd be surprised who used some of his records to create their own hits!

"If I Was Your Girlfriend" (1987)

Sampled by:

Jay-Z feat. Beyonce"03 Bonnie and Clyde," (*lowers baseball cap*) “If I was your girlfriend I'd be there for you! If somebody hurts you! Even if that somebody was me.

Photo Cred: Jeff Daly/PictureGroup for Parkwood Entertainment   

Photo Cred: Jeff Daly/PictureGroup for Parkwood Entertainment  

Mobb Deep, “Young Love” (2007)

Lady Gaga feat. T.I., Twista, and Too Short, "Jewels and drugs" (2013)

TLC covered their version of the song, with 1994's album "TLC."

"The Ladder" (1985)

Sampled by:

Tupac, "I Get Around" (1993)

"Do Me Baby" (1981)

Sampled by:

Tupac, "To Live, and Die in L.A." (1996)

Twista, "I Can Make You Say" (2009)

Saigon, "The Reason" (2009)

"When We're Dancing Close and Slow" (1979)

Sampled by:

Jay-Z and Kanye West, “Welcome to the Jungle” (2011)

"Raspberry Beret" (1985)

Sampled by:

Justin Timberlake, "Until the End of Time" (2006)

Teedra Moses, "Complex Simplicity" (2004)

Darling Nikki (1984)

Sampled by:

Nicki Minaj, "Blow Ya mind" (2010)

Tupac, "Heartz of Men" (1996)

"Walk Don't Walk" (1991)

Sampled by:

Jay-Z feat. Pharrell, "Excuse Me Miss"(2002)

"Alphabet Street" (1988)

Sampled by:

Arrested Development, "Tennessee" (1992)

“Let's Go Crazy”

Sampled by:

Public Enemy “Brothers Gonna Work it Out” (1990)

Eazy-E, “Easy-duz-it” (1988)


Sampled by:

Notorious B.I.G feat. Diddy and Lil Kim “Would You Die For Me?” (1999)

Maroon 5 covered the song on their 2012 album "Exposed."

These are just a few songs compared to the countless samples and covers of Prince’s repertoire. It’s no secret that Prince has inspired many artists of all genres. Happy Birthday Prince!