If there’s a noise that lets you know the funk is coming more prominently than the animal sounds preceding “Jungle Love’, I’ve yet to hear it.

The best non-Prince song from the movie Purple Rain that ever lived, (Morris Day &) The Time made “Jungle Love” a must have for every party in 1984 and each year since.

Written by Day, Jesse Johnson and Prince (of course), the song encompassed that poignant Minneapolis sound from where the group was from. 

What exactly is that sound? Look no further than Wiki’s description.

“”Jungle Love” is a funk-pop offering relying mainly on bass, analog synthesizer and drum machines, although there are elements of new wave keyboards and a rock guitar solo, allowing the song to cross musical boundaries. Added to this are animalistic sound effects by Day and sexual lyrics.”

If you say so—all I know is this song was and is still my jam.  Where’s Jerome and that mirror?
Chart Success: Perhaps because the United States was filled with haters in 1984 “Jungle Love” only peaked at No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100. It remained on the charts for 25 weeks but didn’t make the Billboard year-end Top 100. #Bullshit

Great Lyrics: Morris Day isn’t an introverted individual. In fact, he’s quite the dangerous man.

“I I’ve been watching you
I think I want to know ya
I I am dangerous
Girl I want to show ya

My jungle love
I think I want to know ya
Jungle love
Girl I need to show ya”

Fun Fact: Pieced together by Prince, the band included Jimmy “Jam” Harris and Terry Lewis. While the pair didn’t reach fame in the band they would go on to become one of the biggest R&B/Pop songwriting teams in music history.  They’ve written songs for Janet Jackson (a pile of them to be exact), New Edition, Mary J. Blige, Boyz II Men, Beyonce and Usher among several others.


100. Hall & Oates – I Can’t Go For That (No Can D0)

99. Michael McDonald – I Keep Forgetting

98. Steve Perry – Oh Sherry

97. The Police – Every Little Thing She Does Does Is Magic

96. Madonna – Papa Don’t Preach

95. Billy Joel – Uptown Girl

94. Cyndi Lauper – Time After Time

93. Kenny Loggins – Danger Zone

92. Peter Gabriel – In Your Eyes

91. Night Ranger – Sister Christian 

90. Asia – Heat of the Moment

89. Journey – Don’t Stop Believing 

88. Madonna – Borderline 

87. Debbie Gibson – Foolish Beat

86. Glen Mederios – Nothing’s Going To Change My Love For You

85. John Cougar – Jack and Diane

84. Madonna – Like A Prayer

83. Devo – Whip It 

82. The Outfield – Your Love

81. Billy Squier – Everybody Wants You

80. Debbie Gibson – Only In My Dreams

79. Shelia E. – The Glamorous Life

78. Toni Basil – Mickey 

77. Whitney Houston – Greatest Love Of All

76. Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson – Say Say Say

75. Flock of Seagulls – I Ran (So Far Away)

74. Twisted Sister – We’re Not Gonna Take It

73. Musical Youth – Pass The Dutchie 

72. The Police – Every Breathe You Take 

71. Survivor – The Search Is Over

70. REO Speedwagon – Keep On Loving You

69. Hall & Oates – You Make My Dreams

68. Bobby Brown – Don’t Be Cruel 

67. Kenny Loggins – Meet Me Halfway 

66. Irene Cara – Flashdance…What A Feeling

 65. Tina Turner – What’s Love Got To Do With It

64. Phil Collins – One More Night

63. Europe – The Final Countdown 

62. Patrick Swazye – She’s Like The Wind

61. Matthew Wilder – Break My Stride

 60. Men Without Hats – Safety Dance 

59. Duran Duran – Hungry Like The Wolf

58. Huey Lewis & The News – Power Of Love

57. Journey – Open Arms

56. Michael Sembello – Maniac

55. Styx – Too Much Time On My Hands

54. Heart – Alone 

53. Olivia Newton John – Physical 

52. Loverboy – When It’s Over