Song Details More songs by Prince
When Doves Cry
Prince 1984 When Doves Cry45

Dream if you can, a courtyard
An ocean of violets in bloom
Animals strike curious poses
They feel the heat, the heat
Between me and you

Peak Chart Position
  • No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1984 for five weeks
  • peaked at No. 4 on the UK Singles chart in 1984
  • Billboard Music Award for the 1984 - Hot 100 Single of the Year
  • RIAA certified Platinum record
  • from the album Purple Rain (1984)
  • the biggest hit single for Prince
  • ranks #52 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2010 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
  • the song was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • the top-selling single of 1984
  • all of the instruments on the track were played by Prince
  • the first of five No. 1 singles on the Hot 100 that Prince achieved in his career
  • written by Prince
  • produced by Prince
  • recorded March 1, 1984 at Sunset Sound Recorders Hollywood, CA 
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