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6 cover songs Prince put his freaky, fascinating spin on

It's amazing that an artist with a discography as extensive as Prince's found time to cover anyone else's songs. But when the Artist did, it was magical. 

Prince often had a strange relationship with the artists he covered. (Except Sheryl Crow. It seems like those two were cool.) Since this is Prince we're talking about, few of those songs can be found online — but many appear on his collection of studio outtakes, The Work. 

Here are six songs forever changed by Prince's touch. 

Prince covered "Creep" at Coachella in 2008, then proceeded to have all footage of the performance removed from the Internet — which Thom Yorke pointed out he didn't have any legal right to do. 

"Really? He's blocked it? Surely, we should block it," Yorke told the Associated Press. "Hang on a moment...well, tell him to unblock it. It's" 

Fortunately for humanity, Prince finally made peace with the situation and gave his blessing so the footage could live on YouTube. 

Prince covered this Joni Mitchell song several times over the years, initially at the 1983 concert where several songs that ended up as the album versions on Purple Rain were recorded. He released a devastating recording — stylized as "A Case of U" of course — on his 2002 album One Nite Alone... 

Mitchell approves. She told New York Magazine that Prince is her favorite of all the artists who have cited her as an influence. 

"Prince attended one of my concerts in Minnesota. I remember seeing him sitting in the front row when he was very young. He must have been about 15. He was in an aisle seat and he had unusually big eyes," she said.

"He watched the whole show with his collar up, looking side to side. You couldn’t miss him—he was a little Prince-ling. Prince used to write me fan mail with all of the U’s and hearts that way that he writes. And the office took it as mail from the lunatic fringe and just tossed it!"

Prince collaborated with Crow one magical night at Lillith Fair to record a new version of the song for his 1999 album, Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic. 

"I'm kinda singin' a nasty lyric," Crow told John Norris on MTV News. "I didn't really think about it until I got home, and when I played it back to myself, I went, 'My parents are going to be so bummed out.'"

To the shock of the world and the members of Foo Fighters themselves, Princecovered  the band during his spellbinding Super Bowl half time show.  

There's actually a little history behind this cover — Foo Fighters had recorded their own cover of his song "Darling Nikki." The band released it on the "Have It All" single in Australia and performed the cover live. Prince was not pleased.

“Dude, I have no idea why he did it, but I’d love to find out,” drummer Taylor Hawkins told MTV. “I mean, the thought went through my head that maybe he was doing it as a sort of ’F*ck you’ to us, or maybe he really likes the song. Either way, it was pretty amazing to have a guy like Prince covering one of our songs — and actually doing it better than we did.”

The Super Bowl set also included "Proud Mary" and "All Along the Watchtower" covers — but there wasn't any controversy between Prince and CCR or Dylan. His "Proud Mary" cover is featured on his collection of studio outtakes, The Work, Volume 5. 

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