“Nothing Compares 2 U” is a song which was written and composed by Prince for one of his side projects, The Family. Later, it was made famous by Irish recording artist Sinéad O’Connor. She covered the song and released it as the second single from her second studio album, I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got. This version became a worldwide hit in 1990. A music video, which has been described as iconic, was shot and received heavy rotation on MTV. Its lyrics explore feelings of longing from an abandoned lover’s point of view.
In the United States it spent four weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100; in addition, it was a number-one in Billboard Alternative Songs chart and reached number two on Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. It became the third best-selling single of 1990, the 82nd best-selling single of the 1990s. And it was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in April 1990. The song’s popularity sent I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got to the top of the Billboard 200 where it stayed for six consecutive weeks.