A few choice excerpts from the Wikipedia article for Nothing Compares 2 U:

Nothing Compares 2 U” is a song originally written and composed by Prince for one of his side projects, The Family. It was later made famous by Irish recording artist Sinéad O’Connor, who covered the song and released it as the second single from her second studio album, I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got. However, not until O’Connor recorded and produced the version along with Nellee Hooper did it become a worldwide hit in 1990. An iconic music video was shot and received heavy rotation on MTV.

The song’s popularity sent I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got to the top of the Billboard 200 where it stayed for six consecutive weeks.

Mainly shot in Paris, the music video for “Nothing Compares 2 U” was directed by John Maybury. O’Connor’s tears toward the end were unplanned. She stated on VH1‘s 100 Greatest Songs of the 90s that it was caused by the lyric “All the flowers that you planted, Mother/in the back yard/All died when you went away,” because she had a very complex relationship with her late mother, who used to abuse her in childhood.

The lone face of O'Connor made the video one of the most recognisable of the 1990s.

In 2004, Rolling Stone placed the Sinéad O’Connor single at number 162 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, which contains only two songs of the 1990s ranked higher.

In 2007, VH1 ranked O’Connor’s rendition number 10 of the “100 Greatest Songs of the 90s”.[1]

  • The song was listed at number 77 on Billboard’s “Greatest Songs of All Time”.[3]
  • TIME magazine included “Nothing Compares 2 U” in its 2011 (unranked) list of “All-TIME 100 Songs”.[4]

Nothing Compares 2 U

Welsh band Stereophonics performed a cover version of the song for the album 1 Love for the charity War Child Music.


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