R&B The Best Prince Albums of All Time  

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List Rules This list includes studio albums only, so if you add an album make sure it's a proper studio release.

He was known as many different things during his career, but the one thing you can't question is whether Prince was one of the greatest guitar players and best soul artists ever. Since he's such an influential artist, let’s rank the best Prince albums, with the help of your votes. Although Prince was special right out of the gate with the release of his debut For You (1978), it wasn’t until his third album Dirty Mind (1980) that he developed a sense of experimentation that would follow him for the rest of his career. Prince followed up the gritty demo-like quality of Dirty Mind with Controversy (1981), leaning heavily on politics and new wave, which set his sound up perfectly for 1999 (1982) and Purple Rain (1984).

This Prince discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Prince albums can be found at the top of the list. To make it easy for you, we haven't included Prince singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. If you think the greatest Prince album isn't high enough on the list, then be sure to vote for it so it receives the credit it deserves. Make sure you don't just vote for critically acclaimed albums; if you have a favorite Prince album, then vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

Albums include everything from Sign 'o' the Times (1987) to Diamonds and Pearls (1991). This list of popular Prince CDs has been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order of this list isn't just one person's opinion.

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Sign 'O' the Times is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

2
450 69
Purple Rain is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
Clark Benson added Purple Rain 1984

3
361 48
1999 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
1999 1982

4
215 47
Parade is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
Clark Benson added Parade 1986

5
241 61
Controversy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

6
241 61
Dirty Mind is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
Dirty Mind 1980

7
209 63
Around the World in a Day is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
michelena.wolf added Around the World in a Day 1985

8
171 51
The Gold Experience is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

9
193 63
Lovesexy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
Lovesexy 1988

10
181 65
Diamonds and Pearls is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

11
167 57
Prince is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
Prince 1979

12
117 49
Emancipation is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

The Best Stevie Wonder Songs of All Time

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107 43
3121 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
3121 2006

14
120 52
Musicology is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
Musicology 2004

15
128 59
Black Album is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

16
105 46
Art Official Age is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

17
108 54
Graffiti Bridge is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

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103 51
For You is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
For You 1978

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104 52
Come is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
Come 1994

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51 13
HITnRUN Phase Two is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
madonna50 added HITnRUN Phase Two 2015

21
57 27
Crystal Ball is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

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79 55
The Rainbow Children is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

The Best U2 Albums of All Time

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65 46
Chaos and Disorder is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

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57 40
The Vault... Old Friends 4 Sal... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

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17 3
Batman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
1520814878874 added Batman 1989

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Planet Earth is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

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57 52
Lotusflow3r is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

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15 10
Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
VulKar added Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic 1999

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40 36
The Truth is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
The Truth 1998

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48 46
N.E.W.S. is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
N.E.W.S 2003

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23 20
Exodus is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
Gary Felder added Exodus 1995

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37 36
Plectrumelectrum is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

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4 2
HITnRUN Phase One is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
HITnRUN Phase One 2015

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41 45
20Ten is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
20Ten 2010

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3 4
Xpectation is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
Xpectation 2003

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38 44
The Chocolate Invasion is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

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50 60
Newpower Soul is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

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29 43
Kamasutra is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
Kamasutra 1997

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27 46
The Slaughterhouse is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time