I Would Die 4 U

For other topics, see I Would Die for You.
"I Would Die 4 U"

US 7" single
Single by Prince and The Revolution
from the album Purple Rain
  • "Another Lonely Christmas"
  • "Free" (UK 12")
Released November 28, 1984
Recorded Live, First Avenue, Minneapolis, August 3, 1983
  • Album 7": 2:49
  • 12": 10:15
  • Single: 2:57
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Prince
Producer(s) Prince
Prince singles chronology
"Purple Rain"
"I Would Die 4 U"
"Take Me with U"
Prince (UK) chronology
"Purple Rain"
"I Would Die 4 U"
"Let's Go Crazy"/"Take Me with U"
Purple Rain track listing
"When Doves Cry"
"I Would Die 4 U"
"Baby I'm a Star"

"I Would Die 4 U" is a song by Prince and The Revolution, and the fourth single in the US from their 1984 album, Purple Rain. The up-tempo dance song was a top 10 hit (the last from the album) in the US, reaching number 8 on the Hot 100.

"I Would Die 4 U" is often played in sequence with "Baby I'm a Star", the track following it, on Purple Rain. As of April 30, 2016, it has sold 561,772 copies in the United States.[1]

Following Prince's death, the song re-charted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 39 on the chart dated the week of May 14, 2016.

Alternate versions

The extended version of "I Would Die 4 U" is actually a rehearsal jam on the song with The Revolution and musicians from Sheila E.'s band, Eddie M (on sax) and Miko Weaver (guitar), along with Sheila E. herself recorded some time before the Purple Rain Tour. The jam features some overdubbing and fades at the end; a longer version, nearly 31 minutes long, was never released officially, but has been bootlegged. The extended mix was also used as the B-side of the 1989 "Erotic City" single (the artwork of which features the same image of Prince that was used for this single's cover).

The B-side, "Another Lonely Christmas", is a sad account of a man mourning his lover who died on Christmas Day from pneumonia. The UK 12" single release also included the 1999 track "Free".


Track listing

7": Paisley Park / 7-29121 (US)

  1. "I Would Die 4 U" (single version) – 2:57
  2. "Another Lonely Christmas" – 4:51

12": Paisley Park / 9 20291-0 (US)

  1. "I Would Die 4 U" (extended version) – 10:15
  2. "Another Lonely Christmas" (extended version) – 6:47

12": Warner Bros. / W9121T (UK)

  1. "I Would Die 4 U" (single version) – 2:57
  2. "Another Lonely Christmas" – 4:51
  3. "Free" – 5:00


Chart (1984–85) Peak
Canadian Singles Chart 12
Netherlands Singles Chart 7
UK Singles Chart 58
US Billboard Hot 100 8
US Billboard Hot R&B Singles 11
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs 50

Cover versions

Live cover performances


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