23 Songs That Were Secretly Written By Huge Stars

3. Sinéad O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U,” Written by Prince
In 1984, Prince first wrote and recorded this song with his backing band, the Family. But it never got much attention. The ballad was eventually handed over to up-and-comer Sinéad O’Connor in 1990, according to The Guardian. After Prince’s passing, the handlers of his estate released a plethora of his lesser-known music—and Prince’s original track was among them.
“Nothing Compares 2 U” was actually an homage to the artist’s housekeeper named Sandy Scipioni, who had to return home to her family when her father had a heart attack. “The line ‘all the flowers that you planted in my back yard went out and died’… it would have been Sandy who planted those flowers,” Prince’s former sound engineer told The Guardian.

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