All hail the Purple One! Minnesotan musical icon Prince turns 54 today. Can you believe it? This year also marks the 25th anniversary of his experimental album, Sign “☮” the Times, a milestone he will mark this Friday at Minneapolis’ Aloft Hotel WXYZ BarThough Prince, a devout Jehovah’s Witness at present, no longer celebrates his birthday, that doesn’t mean we can’t, right, Clutchettes?

Here are a few Prince performances to rock in celebration of the man’s special day:

1. 2007 Super Bowl Halftime Show

This clip doesn’t do real justice to the awesomeness that was the entire Prince halftime show performance. For starters, it ends before showing us how rain fell practically on cue as Prince started crooning “Purple Rain.” But it’s still a fun watch, as he covers Hendrix’s “All Along the Watchtower” to epic effect.

2. “Kiss”

Prince – Kiss by cdipre

Omg. I’m not what one would call a Prince purist (I’m only familiar with like an fifth of his entire catalog), I ride for this song. I swear. Any time I hear it, I stop what I’m doing and jam out. From the moment he sings that first line, “You don’t have to be beautiful to turn me on…” I’m in it for the long haul with this jam. It’s an anthem for the average chick and those are so rare. Also, is he not giving you everything in this video?!

3. “Starfish and Coffee”

Shout-out to my Twitter friend and Prince adorer whose handle is an homage to this song! This track from Sign “☮” the Times is considered by many to be one of the best songs on the album.

4. “When Doves Cry”

Ah, Emo Prince. There’s nothing like him. This isn’t everyone’s favorite Prince single, but it’s definitely one of mine–too commercial/crossover or not.

5. “I Would Die 4 U”

Also from Purple Rain, the “I Would Die 4 U” performance is pretty epic.

What are your favorite Prince songs, performances, or moments? 

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