#31 – Sinéad O’Connor – “Nothing Compares 2 U” – (1990)

This song was written by Prince and it is beyond wonderful. The music is orchestral in nature and it slowly builds – leaving a very haunting feeling floating over the uniquely-delivered lyrics (“…eat my dinner in a fancy restaurauauauant”). This is the biggest hit of Sinéad’s career and it’s easily one of the top songs of not only the 1990s, but of all time. Of course, Ms. O’Connor went on to later fame on Saturday Night Live when she ripped a picture of the Pope in half on live TV. That went over well. And it really wasn’t a solid way to gain fans. In a skit on SNL, Phil Hartman, as Frank Sinatra, hilariously referred to her as “Cue Ball” (among other things) – if you can find that skit online, watch it.