“She’s Always In My Hair” (B-side to “Paisley Park” and “Raspberry Beret.” 1985)
So you just recorded what would go down as arguably the most hard-charging guitar riff of your remarkable musical canon. And you bury this incredible blues-funk-rock amalgamation at the end of the bench. Indeed, we can go on all day about how “She’s Always In My Hair” should have been included on Prince’s bold post-Purple Rain follow-up Around The World In A Day. But the greatness of this foot-stomping number still managed to shine beyond its b-side confines (and in the ‘80s no one produced b-sides like His Royal Badness) as Prince has since transformed this guitar God showcase into a concert staple for his most recent 3RDEYEGIRL throwdowns.
“Adore” (Sign o’ The Times, 1987)
Arguably Prince’s most beloved album cut, the soulful brilliance of “Adore” encapsulates a what if for the Purple One’s acclaimed double set universally hailed as Prince’s greatest work. Simply put, the man dropped the ball by not releasing this flawless slow jam and R&B radio staple as a single, just one of several slip-ups that many fans and music historians say contributed to Sign’s respectable yet stagnant commercial run. Switch the layered genius of “If I Was Your Girlfriend” (Middle America wasn’t ready for a heavy Camille pontificating on romantic gender politics) with “Adore” and we most likely would have gotten: a Sign o’ The Times tour in the States; more singles; and the kind of massive record sales (3 million is nothing to sneeze at, but still) more befitting an ‘80s landmark recording.