You’ve Heard These 10 Smash Hits, But Did You Know That Prince Brought Them To Life?

Although we rung in the new year a few short months ago, 2016 has already taken David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Harper Lee, Natalie Cole, and Otis Clay, to name a few.

And we’re now in the throes of another major loss. The Artist Formerly Known as Prince left us on April 21, 2016, and it’s already proven to be a crushing blow.

When larger-than-life entertainers suddenly exit stage left, it’s hard to imagine the world without them. Although losing them is always hard, they leave us trails of breadcrumbs that we can follow whenever we need a little comfort. Seeing doves, for example, will undoubtedly strike a chord with Prince fans all over the world from now on.

But did you know that The Purple One contributed to way more material than the music that helped him top the charts? Here are 10 popular songs that got the Prince treatment.

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1. “Manic Monday” by The Bangles

Being a lover of pseudonyms, Prince decided to drop his royal moniker and keep a low profile while helping The Bangles out with this tune. He called himself Christopher Tracy instead.

2. “Stand Back” by Stevie Nicks

The songstress loved “Little Red Corvette” so much that she drew inspiration from the track while writing “Stand Back.” Nicks sent it along to Prince and he loved it, so he hit the studio and helped her arrange the piece.

3. “Jungle Love” by Morris Day & The Time

This was actually The Time’s first major hit. Prince assembled the group and co-wrote “Jungle Love” with Jesse Johnson.

4. “The Glamorous Life” by Sheila E.

You can hear Prince’s signature funkiness in this hit. The track is full of life without being fussy, which lends “The Glamorous Life” its undeniable appeal.

5. “Yo Mister” by Patti LaBelle

Prince experimented with a new style called swingbeat when he wrote and produced this chart topper for Ms. LaBelle, and it has proven to be one of her most successful tracks.

6. “With This Tear” by Celine Dion

Before Dion released her self-titled album back in 1992, Prince decided to give her “With This Tear” as a gift. She then repackaged that gift and gave it to us.

7. “Nothing Compares 2 U” by Sinead O’Connor

Although “Nothing Compares 2 U” was originally written for one of The Purple One’s side projects, the tune took off when he let Sinead O’Connor run with it.

8. “How Come You Don’t Call Me” by Alicia Keys

Originally a lesser-known Prince B-side that goes by the name of “How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore,” Keys reinterpreted the song so beautifully that the two artists became fast friends. This version of the track brought his music to the attention of a new generation.

9. “Love Song” by Madonna

Even the Queen of Pop got a little help from Prince back in the day. The two royals co-wrote “Love Song” and the superstar added his voice to the mix.

10. “Sugar Walls” by Sheena Easton

Never one to shy away from controversy, Prince helped Sheena Easton pen this song, which the Parents’ Music Resource Council deemed one of their “Filthy Fifty” songs that kids should never listen to. That didn’t put a damper on its success.

Prince wowed listeners and industry heavy hitters for decades, and his work will continue to do so. Seeing him in action speaks volumes about his unforgettable, undeniable talent.

We miss you already, Prince. May your music, sass, and epic side-eye live on forever.

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12 Times That David Bowie Touched Our Lives — And Changed Music Forever

David Bowie, after battling cancer for 18 months, has passed away.

According to a statement posted on his social media accounts, he “died peacefully, surrounded by his family.” Bowie’s final album, Blackstar, was released only days ago on January 8th, his 69th birthday.

He was an incredible artist who challenged society’s notions of rock with his glam rock, punk, and electronica hits.

During his 40-year career, he pushed boundaries, changed lives, and served as an inspiration for countless people both young and old.

These are just a few of the songs and moments in which he seemed to change everything — and they’re ones we will always remember.

1. Space Oddity

2. Changes

3. Heroes

4. Ziggy Stardust

5. Dance Magic (as the Goblin King from Labyrinth)

6. Ashes to Ashes

7. Dancing In The Street

8. Modern Love

9. The Man Who Sold The World

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10. Rebel, Rebel

11. Golden Years

12. Blackstar (the titular song from his most recent and final album)

Illustrator Helen Green drew a picture of David Bowie every year on his birthday…resulting in this simply spectacular animated .gif that she posted to her tumblr.

If you’d like to order prints of these incredible illustrations, please visit Helen Green’s website.

“I don’t know where I’m going from here but I promise it won’t be boring.” -David Bowie (1947-2016)

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Being Buried is SO Last Century. How About Being Made Into Some Of These Items?

Who wants to be buried when they die? That’s so old fashioned! These days, there are more options for the deceased (or soon-to-be deceased) than ever before. Maybe you want to be turned into a pencil? Or perhaps you see yourself as a diamond?

Believe it or not, these things can be done to your body when you die. For the right price, of course. But it would totally be worth it for #5. It’s so cool.

1.) Become A Photograph.

1.) Become A Photograph. Gizmodo

One enterprising design studio in Norway found a way to create rig up their printer to accept the ashes of a dearly departed loved one instead of ink. Now you can be printed out as a photo of yourself. How cool is that?

We should give you fair warning: This technique was only used with the ashes of a pet dog, so it might not work the same way with humans. Any volunteers?

2.) Become An Hourglass.

2.) Become An Hourglass. John Morgan

Urns are so boring. Why not have your loved one’s ashes turned into an hourglass instead? It’ll only cost you a measly $330. Nothing says “your time is running out” like an hourglass full of someone’s ashes.

3.) Become A Speeding Bullet.

3.) Become A Speeding Bullet. William Hook

This might be the weirdest thing on this list, but you can have your ashes turned into bullets. For just $1,250, your ashes will be stuffed into your choice of 250 shotgun shells, 100 rifle cartridges, or 250 pistol cartridges. Talk about a 21-gun salute. 

4.) Become Pencils.

4.) Become Pencils. Gizmodo

Humans are mostly carbon, and the graphite in common pencils is also made out of carbon. It only makes sense that humans are the perfect candidates for becoming pencils when we die.

Each one of these pencils is custom stamped with the name of the deceased and their death date. Plus, the box doubles as a sharpener. Nifty, eh?

5.) Become A Vinyl Record.

5.) Become A Vinyl Record. Dave Parker

Are you a music lover? Then you should have your ashes made into a vinyl record. Starting at just $4,800, you can have your ashes turned into a vinyl record with up to 24 minutes of audio (12 minutes on each side). 

6.) Become A Street Sign.

6.) Become A Street Sign. The Tire Zoo

When you’re cremated, any metal implants you have get left behind. This includes fake hip joints or dental fillings. A company in England collects these odd pieces of human metal. They then melt them down to make street signs and lamp posts. I think it might actually be pretty cool for part of me to live on as a stop sign.

7.) Become A Diamond.

7.) Become A Diamond. Gizmodo

They say diamonds are forever, right? Now you can become a diamond thanks to Algordanza. While pricing isn’t available on their website, they do say they offer payment plans. So if you start saving now, you might be able to afford to live forever in diamond form. 

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These are all pretty cool. I would totally love to become a vinyl record after I die. How awesome would that be? What would I sound like?

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