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The Best Prince Albums of All Time

List RulesThis 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 (and if you're a real fan of his songwriting, be sure to check out our list of songs Prince wrote for other artists). 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. And if you're a diehard fan, be sure to vote in our best Prince songs list, as well.

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  • 1982
    518
    100

    ArtistPrince

    ProducerPrince

    TracksFree, Delirious, International Lover

    Length (mins)01:10:36

    LabelWarner Bros. Records

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Pop music, New Wave, Soul music, Contemporary R&B

  • 617
    129

    ArtistPrince

  • ArtistPrince

    TracksU Got the Look, Forever in My Life, Hot Thing

    Genres (Music)Rhythm and blues, Rock music, Pop music, Hard rock, Jazz

  • 326
    105

    ArtistPrince

    TracksDo It All Night, Head, Dirty Mind

    Length (mins)00:30:17

    LabelWarner Bros. Records

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Pop music, New Wave, Contemporary R&B, Funk

  • 1986
    333
    115

    ArtistPrince

  • 1979
    264
    95

    ArtistPrince

    ProducerPrince

    TracksIt's Gonna Be Lonely, Bambi, Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?

    Length (mins)00:40:54

    LabelWarner Bros. Records

    Genres (Music)Rhythm and blues, Rock music, Pop music, Funk, Disco

  • 311
    114

    ArtistPrince

    TracksDo Me, Baby, Jack U Off

    Length (mins)00:37:19

    LabelWarner Bros. Records

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Pop music, New Wave, Dance music, Funk

  • ArtistPrince, The Revolution

    TracksTamborine, America, Pop Life

    Length (mins)00:42:35

    Genres (Music)Psychedelic rock, Rhythm and blues, Rock music, Pop music, Pop rock

  • ArtistPrince

    TracksP Control, Shy, We March

    Length (mins)01:05:21

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Funk, Funk rock

  • 1989
    158
    59

    ArtistPrine

  • 314
    125

    ArtistPrince

    TracksAnna Stesia, Eye No, I Wish U Heaven

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Pop music, Funk

  • ArtistPrince, The New Power Generation

    TracksGett Off, Jughead, Diamonds and Pearls

    Length (mins)01:05:48

    LabelWarner Bros. Records

    Genres (Music)Rhythm and blues, Rock music, Pop music, Soul music, Contemporary R&B

  • 2006
    202
    90

    ArtistPrince

    ProducerPrince

    TracksThe Word, Incense and Candles, Love

    Length (mins)00:53:44

    Genres (Music)Electronica, Rhythm and blues, Rock music, Pop music, Jazz

  • 179
    82

    ArtistPrince

    TracksFriend, Lover, Sister

    Length (mins)01:00:02

    Genres (Music)Rhythm and blues, Rock music, Pop music, Soul music, Contemporary R&B

  • 1994
    190
    88

    ArtistPrince

    ProducerPrince

    TracksSolo, Papa, Race

    Length (mins)00:48:46

    Genres (Music)Rhythm and blues, Rock music, Pop music, Pop rock, Soul music

  • 175
    81

    ArtistPrince

    ProducerPrince

    TracksCrazy You, For You, So Blue

    Length (mins)00:33:26

    LabelWarner Bros. Records

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Pop music, Funk, Disco

  • ArtistPrince

    TracksSuperfunkycalifragisexy, Rockhard in a Funky Place, Bob George

    Length (mins)00:44:44

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Pop music, Soul music, Contemporary R&B, Funk

  • 178
    86

    ArtistPrince

    TracksA Million Days, The Marrying Kind, Reflection

    LabelColumbia

    Genres (Music)Rhythm and blues, Rock music, Pop music, Jazz, Funk

  • ArtistPrince

    TracksMellow, Last December (reprise), Everywhere

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Pop music, Jazz, Funk

  • 111
    62

    ArtistStyx

    TracksClair De Lune / Ballerina, Jennifer, Shooz

    Length (mins)00:35:00

    Genres (Music)Progressive rock, Hard rock