“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” – Prince, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, Steve Winwood, et al (2004)

This is from George Harrison’s posthumous induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, where Harrison’s artistic peers performed some of his songs.  “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” is not only my favorite Harrison song, but my favorite Beatles song of all-time.  While Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne share the vocal duties, the standout is Prince’s blistering guitar work towards the latter half of this performance.  I realize that calling Prince underrated may seem silly, but how often do people mention what an outstanding guitarist the man is?   Prince steals the show here and aside his mind-blowing work on “Let’s Go Crazy” and his Super Bowl performance of “Purple Rain,” this is my People’s Exhibit A as to why Prince should rank as one of the greatest guitarists of all-time.  If you’ve never seen this, you must check this out.

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“Nothing Compares 2 U” – Sinead O’ Connor

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Hard to believe this one is almost 25 years old. I was a huge fan of Sinead O’Connor’s first album “The Lion and the Cobra” from 1987 and when I heard this track in the early months of 1990, I was completely knocked out and knew it was an instant classic. Despite what I felt at the time, the surrounding album “I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got,” was not as good as “Lion and the Cobra,” but it still was quite good. Prince originally wrote this song for a band called The Family, whose version I have not been able to track down. The video is also a classic.