"My only competition is me in the past," Prince sang back in the late 1990s, on the acoustic fan-club album The Truth. But even if the Purple One hasn’t put together full-album statements on the level of 1999 in some years, his talents as a one-off song generator haven’t fallen beneath notice. We’ve collected 15 of his best recent jams in the appended playlist. Click play and see if the spare funk of 2005’s “Black Sweat” isn’t as catchy as the ornate-overdub funk (listen for all the different guitar parts) on 2009’s “Dance 4 Me.” A few songs from 2007’s Planet Earth, like “The One U Wanna C,” even give off a hint of Revolution-era ecstasy.
In 2013, Prince has released pile-driving rock-oriented singles like “Screwdriver” and “FIXURLIFEUP” with his new 3rdEyeGirl group. If that’s not quite your speed, check the boudoir jam “Breakfast Can Wait” (the cover of which swipes the unforgettable pancake-proffering image of Dave Chappelle’s Prince impersonation).