My first exposure to “If I Was Your Girlfriend” was the TLC version from CrazySexyCool. Just like anything from that album, I loved it. Imagine my surprise when I opened the album notes and found it credited to Prince. So me being 12, I thought it was pretty cool of Prince to write a song for TLC. Yeah, I’m an idiot.
The OG version of this song is everything. While the TLC version is a pretty faithful remake, the nuances that are in Prince’s version sets it apart. His songwriting ability truly shines as he easily takes on the role of the girlfriend and uses his legendary vocals to convey his viewpoint as well. It’s definitely one of my favorite Prince songs but I’m not crazy enough to try to rank Prince by his songs, so forget it before you start to ask.
And it’s on Sign O’ The Times, one of Prince’s best albums. Gawd, I love this record.