Prince – Nothing Compares 2 U (Live At Paisley Park, 1999)


Nothing Compares 2 U” was a song written by the American musician Prince for his band the Family. It first appeared on the Family’s only album, The Family (1985). Its lyrics express the feelings of longing expressed by an abandoned lover.

The Irish singer-songwriter Sinéad O’Connor recorded a version for her second studio album, I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got (1990), co-produced with Nellee Hooper. It was released as the album’s second single in early 1990 and became a worldwide hit. Its music video, directed by John Maybury, received heavy rotation on MTV. In December 1990, Billboard named “Nothing Compares 2 U” the “#1 World Single” of 1990 at its first Billboard Music Awards.

In 1993, Prince released a live version of “Nothing Compares 2 U”, with Rosie Gaines on guest vocals, on his compilation album The Hits/The B-Sides. His 1984 demo was released as a single in 2018 and included on the 2019 compilation Originals.


“Nothing Compares 2 U” was written by the American musician Prince, who recorded a demo in 1984. In 1985, Prince’s funk band the Family released their sole studio album, The Family, including “Nothing Compares 2 U”. It was not released as a single and received little recognition. Prince’s demo was released in 2018.


Sinéad O’Connor recorded a version of “Nothing Compares 2 U” for her second album, I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got (1990), with a new arrangement by her and the producer Nellee Hooper. O’Connor’s version is in the key of F major.