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Nothing Compares 2 U

Warner Bros. Records

Prince could stand in your shoes and write something as if it’s from your point of view.

Prince originally wrote Nothing Compares 2 U in July 1984 and was released on his side-project album for The Family the following year. Prince subsequently gave the track to Sinead O’Connor, which she rerecorded and released in 1990 and became her breakthrough single.

Following Prince’s death, the original version, with Prince performing all the instruments and lead vocals, accompanied by Susannah Melvoin and St. Paul Peterson on backing vocals, was released in 2018. It was released via digital platforms on 19 April, and then physically on vinyl on 21 April which included a limited run of 1984 copies on picture disk. On 21 June 2019, the track was included on Originals a compilation album of Prince’s original demo versions of songs that he gave to other artists.


All Instruments
Eric Leeds
Backing Vocals
Susannah Melvoin
St. Paul Peterson


NPG Records
Warner Bros. Records
2 years, 8 months ago on 19 April 2018
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Orig. Formats


  1. Nothing Compares 2 U (4:40)

Nothing Compares 2 U – review

Probably Prince’s most recognisable song, this 1984 original version of Nothing Compares 2 U was released in 2018, and make no mistake this no demo but a full studio is a production of this seminal song, which in fact is the best version available. Utterly tragic to hear it in the wake of Prince’s death, this version oozes more power and emotion than O’Connor and even the duet he recorded with Rosie Gaines and which Warner released in 1993. This original version is both mesmerising and haunting in equal measure.

Nothing Compares 2 U

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