With Prince’s passing yesterday, many of his fans have been celebrating his legacy by delving into his huge library of work. The artist may be gone, but his work remains—and some of you may be surprised to learn about a few of the musical contributions he made to contemporary film. Take a look at some of the unexpected films that Prince left his unique mark on:
Batman: Prince’s 11th studio LP was the soundtrack to the 1989 film. Although many of the songs didn’t make it into the film, the album includes some real cinematic gems.
Happy Feet: Prince wrote and performed “The Song of the Heart” especially for the 2006 film, and allowed his song “Kiss” to be covered by Nicole Kidman. Interestingly enough, “The Song of the Heart” was the only song on the soundtrack specifically written for the film, and it went on to win the 2007 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.
Showgirls: Two Prince songs, “319” and “Ripopgodezippa” which were written, performed, produced and arranged by the man himself, were included in the film’s soundtrack.
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back: Prince had many protégés throughout his career, including Morris Day and the Time. Throughout the film Jay espouses his love for the group, calling them “the greatest band in the world!” Their track “Jungle Love (The Time Song)” is not only featured on the soundtrack, but the entire band performs it at the end of the film during the finale credits.
And of course, we can’t forget Purple Rain: Winning an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score, the film included some of Prince’s chart-topping hits including “When Doves Cry,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” and the titular track which peaked at number two.
Now go purify yourself in the waters of Lake Minnetonka, and celebrate the majesty that was Prince.