God was released as the b-side of Purple Rain, the third single from Prince's seventh album Purple Rain. The UK 12" release of the single contained God (Love Theme From Purple Rain), a 7:54 instrumental version heard in the movie Purple Rain, but other worldwide releases in 1984 contained a completely re-recorded vocal version, simply titled God.
In 1993, the vocal version was included as the 18th track on The B-Sides compilation (included as the third and final disc on The Hits / The B-Sides). The instrumental “Love Theme From Purple Rain” version was included on Purple Rain Deluxe Single Edits & B-Sides.
Basic tracking for God (Love Theme From Purple Rain) took place on 7 February 1984 at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, California (the same day as the version of Father's Song and Wendy & Lisa 'rehearsal' version of Purple Rain used in Purple Rain).
The vocal version, God, was recorded six months later, on 19 August 1984, at the Flying Cloud Drive Warehouse in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.