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“When Doves Cry” by Prince and The Revolution
“When Doves Cry” dominated the consciousness, or the proverbial id, of the USA for a hot minute.
The song was #1 in the U.S. for five weeks, from July 7, 1984 to August 4, 1984, keeping Bruce Springsteen‘s “Dancing in the Dark“, from reaching the top spot. “When Doves Cry” was voted as the best single of the year in The Village Voice Pazz & Jop critics’ poll. Billboard ranked it as the #1 single of 1984. In 2016, after Prince’s death, “When Doves Cry” re-entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number 20.
The B-side was the cult fan favorite “17 Days“, which was originally intended for Apollonia 6‘s self-titled album. A 12-inch single issued in the UK included the album track, “17 Days”, and two tracks from Prince’s previous album, 1999, namely the title track and “D.M.S.R.” The entire title, “17 Days (the rain will come down, then U will have 2 choose, if U believe, look 2 the dawn and U shall never lose)”, is now the longest titled flipside of a Hot 100 #1, with 85 letters and/or numbers.
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[3 MAY 2016]
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