"Nothing Compares 2 U", released
on January 8, 1990, was the lead single of Sinead's second
studio album I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got. Originally the
song was written and composed by Prince for his side project,
The Family. But only Sinead's emotional, gutsy performance
made it a classic. Painful loss meets stunning vocals beauty
with a perfectly understated instrumental arrangement. A part
in success had certainly the famous video-clip, directed by
John Maybury. It consists mostly of a closeup on Sinead
O'Connor's face as she goes through stages of sadness and
anger while singing the lyrics. Toward the end of the video,
two tears roll down her face. Sinead has said that her tears
were real. She explained that the tears were triggered by
thoughts of her mother, who died in a car accident in 1985.
"Nothing Compares 2 U" climbed to number one in almost all
countries and was the biggest hit of the year 1990 globally.