By | April 22, 2018

In 1994, as a result Prince not being happy with the fact that he didn't own the master recordings his music, and with his record label wanting the highly prolific artist to slow down the release schedule for those albums, he began a battle to get free his lucrative Warner Brothers recoding contract. After a nasty and very public two-year fight, he was free, and has spent the ensuing decades releasing singles and records independently or through a series one-f licensing deals with other major labels.

During this time, Prince endured a rather dramatic reduction in mainstream radio and television airtime — partially as a result his role naturally changing in the ever-shifting, youth-oriented music industry, and partially because his choice to constantly take the more difficult path business-wise.

But as our list the Top 20 Prince Songs the Last 20 Years shows, you'd be a fool to think he wasn't still creating or releasing great music during this time. To the contrary, he's continued to push himself creatively, incorporating an ever-widening range influences and styles into his work. It's been an amazing flood music, much which is hard to sample legally online due to Prince's amazingly effective team YouTube video-removing specialists. But hopefully this list will point you in the right direction and help you catch up on some the great music Prince has made in the past two decades.

(Oh by the way, Prince eventually won his battle and gained control his master recordings, including such classic albums as 'Purple Rain,' before his untimely death. Always bet on purple!)

In memory Prince, who passed away from an accidental drug overdose two years ago today (April 21), The Boombox highlights the top 20 Prince songs from 1994-2014.

Rest in peace, Purple One. You may be gone but you will never be forgotten.