On 11 February 2019 I set myself the challenging of reading 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die by Robert Dimery (ed.) and following the book’s advice to the letter. I’ve previously read 1001 Films… and started 1001 Albums… but felt 1001 Songs… would be a sensible place to start for what I have in mind here.
My challenge is to read about one song per day and listen to it (YouTube and Spotify, I need you tonight!) before sharing my own thoughts. Some songs I will love, others I’ll hate, and I’m sure there will be those that leave me perplexed but listen to them I shall.
I’ll also try, and most likely fail, to pinpoint the best song from the 1001 on offer but I’m nothing if not foolhardy. Instead of one song, I’m predicting I’ll have about 100 favourites by the end and may have to resort to a Top 10 so far to maintain any semblance of sanity.
So long as I post everyday (including Christmas) then this challenge should come to an end on Wednesday 8 November 2021. Staying with the Barney Stinson theme I am hoping that the whole experience will prove to be…
Prince – The Most Beautiful Girl in the World (1994)
” The Most Beautiful Girl in the World” is the lead single from the 1994 EP The Beautiful Experience by Prince, and his 1995 album The Gold Experience . In his singles chronology, it was his third major release since changing his stage name to an unpronounceable ” Love Symbol” (also known as The Artist Formerly Known As Prince).
We’re staying in the US, dear reader, but leaving New York and heading to Minneapolis in Minnesota for what is a third appearance on our list from Prince. It’s 1994 and Prince is now known as a symbol that is difficult to pronounce but concerns love. At least that’s what we are told, I mean how do we know? In the midst of a dispute with his record company, Prince pushed on and released a new single entitled The Most Beautiful Girl in the World.
The Most Beautiful Girl in the World is pretty self-explanatory. Prince pays tribute to the girl who he deems more beautiful than any other in existence. So besotted is he with this girl that he insists that he would happily die now, the reality being that it will never get any better than this. It sounds like this is Prince’s lover and not just someone he is trying to woo but the sentiment is still very real. Being away from her is heartbreaking, being with her is the be all and end all of his existence.
After great success in the 1980s, Prince was determined to prove that he was still marketable and did so with The Most Beautiful Girl in the World. A Top 10 hit in many countries, this would be Prince’s only no.1 hit in the UK and proved to his record company that the public were not tired of this piece of royalty just yet. Said to have been beset by severe pain later in life from his high octane stage performances, Prince sadly died in the dark year of 2016 at the age of 57 from an accidental drug overdose.
Favourite songs so far: