When Doves Cry Introduction
The biggest hit of 1984, this is a dance song with no bass line. It's a club joint that starts out with a messy, dissonant electric guitar solo. It's a joyful musical lark that tells a bleak semi-autobiographical story about heartbreak and domestic violence. It's a lush sonic soundscape created by just one person – Prince, who played all the instrumental parts.
This is what it sounds like when a brilliant musical artist decides to push the envelope just because he can, to prove that "nobody [else] would have the balls to do this." This is what it sounds like when doves cry.
About the Song
|Artist||Prince||Musician(s)||Prince (vocals, guitar, keyboards, synthesizer, drum programming)|
|Label||Warner Bros. Records|
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On the Charts"When Doves Cry" held the #1 spot on the US Billboard chart for five weeks, and stayed in the Top 100 for more than five months.
Billboard ranked the song it as the #1 single of 1984.
The song clocked in at #5 in VH1's "100 Greatest Songs of the '80s."
Rolling Stone magazine ranked the song #52 on its list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time."