In 1990, the singer reigned with her Prince-penned ballad, before controversy, including clashes with Prince and Miley Cyrus, would overshadow her career.
Sinead O'Connor had made inroads with her debut 1988 LP The Lion and the Cobra, which reached No. 36 on the Billboard 200 in a 28-week run. Two years later, however, second album I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got propelled the Irish singer/songwriter, then 23, to pop culture ubiquity. It also offered a clearer picture of a personality unwilling to compromise on political and societal beliefs with which she disagreed.
Led by her sophomore set's first single, the ethereal Prince-written "Nothing Compares 2 U" – with which O'Connor identified especially deeply following the 1985 death of her mother – the album topped the Billboard 200 dated April 28 for the first of six weeks. The track had begun a four-week reign on the Billboard Hot 100 a week earlier. It would go on to win a Grammy Award for best alternative music performance in 1991. (Want also includes classic stark ballads like "Three Babies" and "Black Boys on Mopeds," along with second single, the jangly "The Emperor's New Clothes." Both "Compares" and "Clothes" crowned Billboard's Alternative Songs chart.)