Purple Rain (8:40)

Cover of 1983: New Orleans, LA, USA

From 1983: New Orleans, LA, USA and 120 other releases

Purple Rain is a power ballad by Prince and the The Revolution. It was recorded live at the Minneapolis club First Avenue in 1983 (with the strings overdubbed later in the studio) and was his third US single (second in UK) and title track from the 1984 album of the same name, which in turn was the soundtrack album for the 1984 film of the same name. The song is an emotional combination of rock and roll, pop and gospel music. It is widely considered Prince’s signature song.

It opens with a lone guitar quickly followed by live drumming and a prominent organ, evoking images of church gospel music. Three verses are followed by a chorus, with a building emotional delivery. After the final chorus, a guitar-solo takes over the song. The song ends with a piano solo and orchestral strings.


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  • enxe3

    This song is almost too good to be real... [5]

    10 Jan 7:52pm Reply
  • eisohs

    This is not Prince in the video, it is some young girl playing the guitar. She is VERY good, but I would rather have Prince

    9 Jan 7:26pm Reply
  • HayleighRayment

    ready brek

    12 Dec 2014 Reply
  • WickedProphet

    I wished every album in the world had this song as the last song [2]

    28 Nov 2014 Reply
  • tobacconist

    I wished every album in the world had this song as the last song

    27 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Wonrei

    some time after the 3 minutes and a half mark comes some of the most emotional musical sections ever written by a human being. Congratulations Prince. You did it.

    18 May 2014 Reply
  • CidaDuarteF

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    15 May 2014 Reply
  • pdc_canarias

    This song is almost too good to be real... [4]

    20 Apr 2014 Reply
  • WickedProphet

    This song is almost too good to be real... [3]

    26 Mar 2014 Reply
  • JakeyWHFC

    Godly outro

    26 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Sonni16

    Ein Inselsong... Muss mit! Top...

    18 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Stadtschrat50

    wahnsinnig gut !!!

    11 Dec 2013 Reply
  • hexe63

    <3 <3 <3

    15 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Keila_M

    This song is almost too good to be real... [2]

    12 Oct 2013 Reply
  • cutiepie100

    i luv him my grandmother luv the movie

    2 Oct 2013 Reply
  • katrand

    Seeing him live was on my bucket list...he was better than could ever have imagined <3

    18 Sep 2013 Reply
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    19 Jul 2013 Reply
  • JamadianUK

    @ KHSonicdude23 That is the frigging truth...

    27 Apr 2013 Reply
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    19 Apr 2013 Reply
  • kmontgomery1979

    The best soundtracks and best musical films EVER!

    4 Apr 2013 Reply
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