The Beautiful Ones…And The Hot Messes: The Best And Worst Covers Of Prince Songs Over The Years

April 25, 2013 ‐ By Clarke Gail Baines


There’s not too many people in music who can put out the caliber of music Prince has since he debuted in the late ’70s. And maybe it’s for that reason so many artists, young and old, new and veterans, have tried to cover his joints and make them their own. Even Janelle Monáe and Tina Turner have done his work live and in concert. But it’s hard to outdo or really “cover” the Purple One.  However, these people gave it a try and released their attempts as singles. Some to great success, others to some “what-the-hot-hell??” results. But hey, it never hurts to try, right? Check out these cover attempts and let us know which ones were good, and which one’s you thought missed the mark.

*The original Prince tracks (which were hard to find) have been hyperlinked in the descriptions if you’d like to take a walk down memory lane…

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  • Another Prince Fan

    I fkg LOVE Prince’s music ! Could care less about his hair, he can do NO wrong! #ForeverALegend #MusicalGOD #GODgaveHimAGift #FavoriteMusicianForAllTime

  • dingo_egret

    There was no recording, except on BET music awards tribute to Prince but Esperenza Spaldings version of “If I were you boyfriend” was amazing!

  • Alexa S.

    Has anyone heard Leann Rhimes’ version of Purple Rain? O think it’s done well.

  • SUN

    Oh and as for PRINCE pure musical genius and Legend~Respect

  • SUN

    Mimi and Sisqo’s~Beautiful Ones has always been one of my fave Prince covers.You can really hear that lil blonde Thong Song Freak can sing.

  • sammi_lu

    Anthony Hamilton kills ‘Adore’ live in concert.. Alicia Keys cover of ‘How Come You Don’t…’ is my fav cover.

  • one word. KISS.
    I love my Prince, but I enjoyed Tom Jones as well.

    • rainydaze80

      i’m surprised that one didn’t make the list!

  • Lana

    I know Prince is a legend and all that but Alicia Keys’ cover of “How come you don’t call me anymore” is just amazing and has been on my iPod for 10 years. But I like Stephanie Mills’ version.

  • T

    you guy’s forgot Trey Song’s weak version of Purple rain and Rihanna’s messy live version of Darling Nicki

    • rose

      ugh. just no. please.stop

  • I love Beyonce’s cover of Beautiful Ones also, that’s one of my fav Prince songs!! Not too many people can pull off a cover!!

    • hollyw

      Beyonce did a cover of Beautiful Ones?? Which album???

      • Teekake

        Not on an album but when she performed life for Bet awards when she headlined in Paris on BBC network

      • Izzy White

        She performed it as a part of her set list during the 2011 Glastonbury Festival in London, she blended it with Sex On Fire by Kings Of Leon

  • Vonnie

    They should do a part 2 of this because they are more Prince covers out there. For example, the hot mess cover of “Private Joy” by LaToya Jackson

    • Ladybug94

      Oh, no.

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  • Candacey Doris

    I love Chaka Khan’s cover (Had to put on my Chaka Khan wig and dance around to that!) and Corinne Bailey Rae’s cover too. CBR’s version may be different but i like the way it sounds.

  • jjac401

    WOW! Mariah and Dru Hill did a killer remake of the Beautiful Ones! I always thought that the song was very special in a mystical way.

  • BrwnSuga

    Never heard the cover of The Beautiful Ones, but they did a GOOD a$$ job! makes me wanna download the original!