Goodnight Sweet Prince: Remembering the Legend's Sexiest Songs

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I guess you could say he was a sex fiend. Prince -- who died on April 21st, 2016 at the young age of 57 -- dedicated a lot of musical acreage on most of his albums to unabashed sexual expression. There was plenty of macho posturing, for instance, boasting in the 1980 song "Head" about intercepting a bride on the way to her wedding with his animal charisma, so much so that she's compelled to give him a BJ, ditch her groom and marry Prince instead. 

But there was also female empowerment -- he imbued some of his female characters with their own sexual agency and power. For every woman he sang about seducing, there was another about him being seduced by a woman who knew what she wanted ("Little Red Corvette," "Darling Nikki"...). And as a promoter of egalitarian sex, he made sure the favor of oral sex was returned (over and over) to the woman in "Head" (see lyrics below) -- a lesson plenty of men still have to learn over 25 years later. 

Pushing the boundaries of stereotypical gender roles went beyond the usual 80s man-make-up and frilly pirate garb (though there was, of course, plenty of that): while celebrating his hyper-heterosexuality, Prince also wholeheartedly embraced androgyny, singing in 1984's "I Would Die 4 U," I'm not a woman, I'm not a man, I am something that you'll never understand. His tiny, topiary-ed mustache straddling uber-glossed lips; his overwrought hairstyles that often looked like your mom's; his willingness to objectify his own perfectly sculpted, half-naked body; and a peach-like ass that you probably couldn't quite peg as male or female in a blind trial -- you might expect these kind of image choices from gay or bisexual pop icons like Boy George and David Bowie, but from a straight dude? 

In spite of -- or perhaps because of -- his small stature (a full 2 inches shorter than Kevin Hart), he did everything over the top: the oozing sexuality, the obscene lyrics, the pretty-boy style, and the pretentious name changes that could only be tolerated from someone with that kind of musical genius. In the process, Prince did wonders for the sex appeal of short guys everywhere -- and, it could be argued, for the sexual enlightenment of the masses. He gave us permission, no matter what we looked like or what gender we were (or even identified with), to pursue and enjoy sex -- indeed, life -- without apology. 

We do not "dig u better dead," Prince! Who's going to write the songs that make the whole world cream? Nothing compares 2 u, as these sexy, sometimes silly, but always soulful songs of yours attest:

"I Wanna Be Your Lover" (off 1979's Prince)

I ain't got no money

I ain't like those other guys you hang around

It's kinda funny

But they always seem to let you down

And I get discouraged

Cause I never see you anymore

And I need your love, babe

That's all I'm living for, yeah

I didn't want to pressure you, baby

But all I ever wanted to do

I want to be your lover

I want to be the only one that makes you come running

I want to be your lover

I want to turn you on, turn you out

All night long, make you shout

Oh, lover! Yeah!

I want to be the only one you come for

I want to be your brother

I want to be your mother and your sister, too

There ain't no other

That can do the things that I'll do to you

And I get discouraged

Cause you treat me just like a child

And they say I'm so shy

But with you I just go wild!

I didn't want to pressure you, baby (No)

But all I ever wanted to do

I want to be your lover

I want to be the only one that makes you come running

I want to be your lover

I want to turn you on, turn you out

All night long make you shout

Oh, lover! Yeah!

I want to be the only one you come for, yeah

"Dirty Mind" (off 1980's Dirty Mind)

There's something about you, baby

It happens all the time

Whenever I'm around you, baby

I get a dirty mind

It doesn't matter where we are

It doesn't matter who's around

It doesn't matter, I just want to lay ya down

In my daddy's car

It's you I really want to drive

But you never go too far

I may not be your kind of man

I may not be your style

But honey, all I want to do is just love you for a little while

If you got the time

I'll give you some money

To buy a dirty mind

Don't misunderstand me

I never fool around

But honey, you got me on my knees, won't you please let me lay ya down

I really get a dirty mind (mind, mind, mind)

Whenever you're around

It happens to me every time (time, time, time)

You just gotta let me lay ya

Gotta let me lay ya, lay ya

You just gotta let me lay ya

Gotta let me lay ya down

In my daddy's car

It's you I really want to drive

Underneath the stars

I really get a dirty mind

Whenever you're around

I don't want to hurt you, baby

I only want to lay you down

"Do Me, Baby"  (off 1981's Controversy)

Here we are in this big old empty room

Staring each other down

You want me just as much as I want you

Let's stop fooling around

Take me baby, kiss me all over

Play with my love

Bring out what's been in me for far too long

Baby, you know that's all I've been dreaming of

Do Me Baby, like you never done before

Give it to me till I just can't take no more

Come on and do me baby, like you never done before

I want you now, I just can't wait no more, can't wait

Here we are looking for a reason

You to lay me down

For a love like ours is never out of season

So baby please stop teasing me

What you do, I can never love no other

You're the best I ever had

Whenever we're not close to one another

I just want you so bad

So do me baby, like you never done before

Give it to me till I just can't take no more

Come on, do me baby, like you never done before

I want you now, I just can't wait no more

I said

Do do do do me baby

(Do me baby)

Do me baby all night long

(Give it to me)

Do me baby

I want you now

Do me baby

Give it to me

Do me baby, don't wanna do it all alone

I want your love

Do me baby

Give it to me

This feeling is too strong, make me wait too long

(I want u now)

You're leaving me no choice

Okay, what are you gonna do

You just gonna sit there and watch?

Alright

Are you sure you don't wanna close your eyes?

Well, isn't it supposed to take a long time?

I'm not gonna stop until the war is over

Help me!

There okay okay

I'm so cold, just hold me

"Cream" (off 1991's Diamonds and Pearls)

This is it

It's time for you to go to the wire

You will hit

'Cause you got the burnin' desire

It's your time (Time)

You got the horn so why don't you blow it

You are fine (Fine)

You're filthy cute and baby you know it

Cream

Get on top

Cream

You will cop

Cream

Don't you stop

Cream

Sh-boogie bop

You're so good

Baby there ain't nobody better (Ain't nobody better)

So you should

Never, ever go by the letter (Never ever)

You're so cool (Cool)

Everything you do is success

Make the rules (Rules)

Then break them all 'cause you are the best

Yes you are

Cream

Get on top

Cream

You will cop

Cream

Don't you stop

Cream

Sh-boogie bop

Look up in the air, it's your guitar

Do your dance

Why should you wait any longer?

Take a chance

It could only make you stronger

It's your time (It's your time)

You got the horn so why don't you blow it (Go on and blow it)

You're so fine (you're so fine)

You're filthy cute and baby you know it (you know it)

Cream

Get on top

Cream

You will cop

Cream

Don't you ever stop

Cream

Sh-boogie bop

Cream

Cream

Cream

Sh-boogie bop

Cream

Cream

Right there

Cream

Don't you stop

Cream

Sh-boogie bop

Sh-boogie

And let us not forget these gems:

"Darling Nikki" (off 1984's Purple Rain)
I knew a girl named Nikki

I guess you could say she was a sex fiend

I met her in a hotel lobby

Masturbating with a magazine

She said how'd you like to waste some time

And I could not resist when I saw little Nikki grind

She took me to her castle

And I just couldn't believe my eyes

She had so many devices

Everything that money could buy

She said sign your name on the dotted line

The lights went out

And Nikki started to grind

Nikki

The castle started spinning

Or maybe it was my brain

I can't tell you what she did to me

But my body will never be the same

Her lovin' will kick your behind

Oh, she'll show you no mercy

But she'll sho'nuff sho'nuff show you how to grind

Darlin' Nikki

Woke up the next morning

Nikki wasn't there

I looked all over and all I found

Was a phone number on the stairs

It said thank you for a funky time

Call me up whenever you want to grind

Oh, Nikki, ohhhh

Come back Nikki, come back

Your dirty little Prince

Wanna grind grind grind grind grind grind grind grind grind

"Hello, how are you? I'm fine. 'cause I know

That the Lord is coming soon, coming, coming soon."

"Head" (off 1980's Dirty Mind)
. . . You know you're good, girl

I think you like to go down

You wouldn't have stopped

But I, I came on your wedding gown

And you said, "I must confess,

I want to get undressed and go to bed."

With that I jammed, you fool,

You married me instead

Now morning, noon, and night

I give you

Head

Til you're burning up

Head

Til you get enough

Head

Til you're love is red

Head Love you til you're dead . . .

"Sexuality" (off 1981's Controversy)
 . . . Let me take you to another world, let me take you tonight

You don't need no money, you don't need no clothes

The second coming, anything goes

Sexuality is all you'll ever need

Sexuality, let your body be free . . .

"Delirious" (off 1982's 1999)
. . . My temperature's runnin' hot

Baby you got 2 stop

'Cuz if you don't I'm gonna explode

And girl I got a lot . . .

"Let's Pretend We're Married" (off 1982's 1999)
. . . I wanna f@#$ you so bad it hurts, it hurts, it hurts

I wanna, I wanna, I wanna, I wanna, I wanna, I wanna, I wanna f@#$ you

Yeah, I wanna, I wanna, I wanna wanna, I wanna f@#$ you

Look here Marsha, I'm not sayin' this just 2 be nasty

I sincerely wanna f@#$ the taste out of your mouth

Can you relate? . . .

"International Lover" (off 1982's 1999)
. . . Good evening

This is your pilot Prince speaking

You are flying aboard the Seduction 747

And this plane is fully equipped with anything your body desires

If for any reason there is a loss in cabin pressure

I will automatically drop down to apply more

To activate the flow of excitement

Extinguish all clothing materials and pull my body close to yours

Place my lips over your mouth, and kiss, kiss, normally

In the event there is over excitement

Your seat cushion may be used as a flotation device

Uh-uh, la, la, la, la, la, la uh-uh

We ask that you please observe the no letting go sign

I anticipate a few turbulence along the way

We are now making our final approach to satisfaction

Please bring your lips, your arms, your hips

Into the upright and locked position

For landing, can you feel it?

Can you feel it? . . .