MTV News Playlist: Prince’s Universe

Songs he loved and musicians he influenced

You know Prince through his songs, through his dazzling live performances, and through his film career. But the late rock star's legacy reaches far beyond just his own music — he also mentored, produced, and wrote songs for dozens of musicians. You can find Prince's writing credits on Madonna’s “Love Song” or The Bangles’ “Manic Monday," among many others; you can trace his influence on the music that artists such as Sheila E., Mavis Staples, and George Clinton released on his Paisley Park Records label; you can even hear him playing synths on Stevie Nicks’s “Stand Back” — a song inspired by Prince's 1982 classic, “Little Red Corvette.”

With this playlist, we're giving you a slice of Prince’s universe: a collection of songs by artists he worked with and inspired, including stars like Janelle Monáe and D'Angelo, as well as musicians who influenced his work, like Joni Mitchell and Parliament-Funkadelic. These are the artists who helped expand Prince's artistry, and many will carry it forward today.

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