Readers of That Grape Juice know what avid music lovers we are – especially of hits past.
So, as our retrospective features ‘From the Vault’ and ‘TGJ Replay’ allow us the chance to re-spin the gems and jams of yesterday of one artist, our newest feature Chart Rewind – a variation of our current Retro Rewind assay – accedes salutes to an entire era of music history.
This week we’re turning the lens to ‘The Most Beautiful Girl in the World’ – the lead single from pop icon Prince‘s ‘The Beautiful Experience.’ Released in 1994, the tune – one of the first efforts under his signature symbol (and unpronounceable) moniker and title ‘Artist Formerly Known as Prince’ – ‘World’ is considered the release that solidified his ability to remain a commercially viable act despite the name change and lack of major label support (as it was released “independently”).
Going on to be his first and only #1 in the United Kingdom, the song also fared well Stateside as it eventually went Gold and peaked at #3 (where it was found this week 24 years ago). It was his last antemortem top 10 hit.
Look inside to see who joined The Purple One on the Hot 100 this week in 1994: