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Here's Why You Need To Thank Prince For All Your Favorite Songs

If he wasn't your favorite artist, he was your favorite artist's favorite artist.

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1. Beyoncé

Bey sang a line from Prince's "If I Was Your Girlfriend” in her and Jay Z's first collaboration "'03 Bonnie & Clyde."
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Bey sang a line from Prince's "If I Was Your Girlfriend” in her and Jay Z's first collaboration "'03 Bonnie & Clyde."

2. Madonna

Madonna sampled Prince's “Bob George” on "Like A Prayer" and his song “Love Song” on her track “Hung Up.”
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Madonna sampled Prince's “Bob George” on "Like A Prayer" and his song “Love Song” on her track “Hung Up.”

3. Alicia Keys

Keys covered Prince's "How Come You Don't Call Me?" on her first album.
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Keys covered Prince's "How Come You Don't Call Me?" on her first album.

4. Justin Timberlake

Justin sampled Prince's 1985 single "Raspberry Beret" on "Until The End of Time and has also been quoted saying, "He’s [Prince] somewhere within every song I’ve ever written.”
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Justin sampled Prince's 1985 single "Raspberry Beret" on "Until The End of Time and has also been quoted saying, "He’s [Prince] somewhere within every song I’ve ever written.”

5. Miguel

Miguel has been called this generations Prince more times than he can probably count. The crooner spoke about the purple one's influence in an interview last year with Entertainment Weekly, “There’s no way Prince could not be a musical influence of mine. I grew up not only looking up to him as a musician but as an icon, someone who was pushing the boundaries in his art."
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Miguel has been called this generations Prince more times than he can probably count. The crooner spoke about the purple one's influence in an interview last year with Entertainment Weekly, “There’s no way Prince could not be a musical influence of mine. I grew up not only looking up to him as a musician but as an icon, someone who was pushing the boundaries in his art."

6. Jay Z

The mogul has sampled Prince songs on several tracks including "Welcome to the Jungle," "Change Clothes," and "'03 Bonnie & Clyde."
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The mogul has sampled Prince songs on several tracks including "Welcome to the Jungle," "Change Clothes," and "'03 Bonnie & Clyde."

7. The Weeknd

The Weeknd is another crooner who has an obvious Prince influence (have you heard House of Balloons?) and has cited him as his vocal influence in interviews.
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The Weeknd is another crooner who has an obvious Prince influence (have you heard House of Balloons?) and has cited him as his vocal influence in interviews.

8. TLC

The girl group covered Prince's “If I Was Your Girlfriend" on their multi-platinum album Crazy Sexy Cool.
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The girl group covered Prince's “If I Was Your Girlfriend" on their multi-platinum album Crazy Sexy Cool.

9. Nicki Minaj

The rapper sampled the popular Prince hit "Darling Nicki" on her single "Blow Your Mind."
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The rapper sampled the popular Prince hit "Darling Nicki" on her single "Blow Your Mind."

10. Kanye West

Ye sampled Prince's 1979 song “It’s Gonna Be Lonely” on his 2007 tribute to Jay Z “Big Brother.”
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Ye sampled Prince's 1979 song “It’s Gonna Be Lonely” on his 2007 tribute to Jay Z “Big Brother.”

11. Pharrell Williams

Pharrell has given obvious nods to Prince as both a singer ("Frontin") and a producer (he sampled Prince on "Change Clothes" with Jay Z).
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Pharrell has given obvious nods to Prince as both a singer ("Frontin") and a producer (he sampled Prince on "Change Clothes" with Jay Z).

12. Janelle Monae

The icon blessed Monae, who has called him her musical hero, with a rare feature on her song "Given Em What They Love."
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The icon blessed Monae, who has called him her musical hero, with a rare feature on her song "Given Em What They Love."

13. Outkast

Big Boi sampled Prince's “Automatic” on “Mama Told Me” and there's no denying Andre 3000's fashion nods to the icon.
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Big Boi sampled Prince's “Automatic” on “Mama Told Me” and there's no denying Andre 3000's fashion nods to the icon.

14. D'Angelo

D’angelo sampled “I Wonder U” on his hit “Africa” and also covered “She’s Always in My Hair” on one of his albums.
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D’angelo sampled “I Wonder U” on his hit “Africa” and also covered “She’s Always in My Hair” on one of his albums.

15. Usher

The singer said what we all knew to be true in an interview with The Fader, "Every album I’d always do like one song that is very Prince-influenced, because he’s a great influence on me musically, especially just kind of being expansive and creating music that represents many different genres."
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The singer said what we all knew to be true in an interview with The Fader, "Every album I’d always do like one song that is very Prince-influenced, because he’s a great influence on me musically, especially just kind of being expansive and creating music that represents many different genres."

16. Diddy

Diddy sampled Prince's “Erotic City” on the “Last Night (Remix)”
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Diddy sampled Prince's “Erotic City” on the “Last Night (Remix)”

17. Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne sampled the purple one's mega-hit song "Kiss" on his track "Get High Rule The World."
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Lil Wayne sampled the purple one's mega-hit song "Kiss" on his track "Get High Rule The World."

18. LL Cool J

The rapper/actor sampled Prince's “Irresistible Bitch” on his song “Dangerous.”
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The rapper/actor sampled Prince's “Irresistible Bitch” on his song “Dangerous.”

19. Maroon 5

Maroon Five sampled “Kiss” on their song with the same title.
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Maroon Five sampled “Kiss” on their song with the same title.

20. The Notorious B.I.G.

The late rapper featured a “Kiss” sample on “Would You Die For Me?”
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The late rapper featured a “Kiss” sample on “Would You Die For Me?”

21. Tupac Shakur

Tupac sampled Prince’s 1981 hit “Do Me, Baby” on his single “To Live & Die in L.A.”
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Tupac sampled Prince’s 1981 hit “Do Me, Baby” on his single “To Live & Die in L.A.”

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