“Nothing Compares 2 U” by Sinead O’Connor
The Story Of The Song: “Nothing Compares 2 U” is as famous for its haunting music video as for the story of the song itself. Nevertheless, the ballad explores some of the most beautiful and devastating emotions of a woman who is plunged into a depression following a break up.
The Story Behind the Song: Sinead O’Connor recorded the song after the death of her mother, but she wasn’t the song’s muse.
Prince wrote the song for his funk side project, The Family, and there are three urban legends as to who inspired the emotional ballad. One is that he was inspired by the death of his father, with whom he had a troubled relationship. Another story says that it’s about his personal assistant who had to suddenly leave town when her father died. The last, and most probable, backstory is that it’s about Susannah Melvoin, whose sister, Wendy, was in The Family.