Prince's Essential Ballads and Love Songs (1995-2010)

Prince by Herb Ritts

The period of 1995-2010 was one marked by many changes for Prince. Not only was it the period in his career when he fought most aggressively against the confines of the major label recording industry and found pioneering ways to release his music on his own terms, but it was also a period when he enjoyed deep and meaningful romantic relationships with his first wife, Mayte Garcia (who he wed in 1996), and second wife, Manuela Testolini (who he married in 2002), and completely overhauled his understanding of his faith. Look no further than the ballad "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" — his first single released without the aid of his longtime label, Warner Bros. Records — for evidence that Prince was shifting his attention in this era toward exploring unconditional love, spirituality, and lasting romantic partnerships in song. For Prince, a ballad wasn't just an excuse to slow-jam his way through some sensual lyrics; it was a vehicle for expressing his most deeply-held beliefs about the power of human connection.

—Andrea Swensson

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  1. 1.
    Prince: Shhh

    Shhh

    Prince
    The Gold Experience
  2. 2.
    Prince: Future Soul Song

    Future Soul Song

    Prince
    20Ten
  3. 3.
    Prince: Future Baby Mama

    Future Baby Mama

    Prince
    Planet Earth
  4. 4.
    Prince: Satisfied

    Satisfied

    Prince
    3121
  5. 5.
    Prince: Call My Name

    Call My Name

    Prince
    Musicology
  6. 6.
    Prince: Last December

    Last December

    Prince
    The Rainbow Children
  7. 7.
    Prince: The Greatest Romance Ever Sold

    The Greatest Romance Ever Sold

    Prince
    Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic
  8. 8.
    Prince: The Love We Make

    The Love We Make

    Prince
    Emancipation
  9. 9.
    Prince: I Can't Make U Love Me

    I Can't Make U Love Me

    Prince
    Emancipation
  10. 10.
    Prince: Welcome 2 The Dawn (Acoustic Version)

    Welcome 2 The Dawn (Acoustic Version)

    Prince
    Crystal Ball
  11. 11.
    Prince: 2morrow

    2morrow

    Prince
    Crystal Ball
  12. 12.
    Prince: The Most Beautiful Girl in the World

    The Most Beautiful Girl in the World

    Prince
    The Gold Experience

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