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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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1
523 78
Purple Rain is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
Clark Benson added 1984
2
502 76
Sign 'O' the Times is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
3
411 55
1999 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
1982
4
274 60
Parade is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
Clark Benson added 1986
5
286 73
Dirty Mind is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
1980
6
279 73
Controversy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
7
253 80
Lovesexy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
1988
8
247 78
Around the World in a Day is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
michelena.wolf added 1985
9
215 63
The Gold Experience is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
10
199 67
Prince is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
1979
11
212 80
Diamonds and Pearls is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
12
159 54
3121 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
2006
13
154 62
Come is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
1994
14
167 73
Black Album is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
15
146 60
Art Official Age is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
16
92 27
HITnRUN Phase Two is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
madonna50 added 2015
17
142 63
Musicology is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
2004
18
143 64
Emancipation is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
19
127 61
For You is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
1978
20
82 36
Crystal Ball is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
21
125 74
Graffiti Bridge is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
22
46 11
Batman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
vestacranford9 added 1989
23
117 69
The Rainbow Children is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
24
86 55
Chaos and Disorder is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
25
93 63
Lotusflow3r is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time