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.

1
460 69
Purple Rain is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
Clark Benson added Purple Rain 1984

2
441 66
Sign 'O' the Times is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

3
365 50
1999 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
1999 1982

4
223 49
Parade is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
Clark Benson added Parade 1986

5
248 62
Dirty Mind is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
Dirty Mind 1980

6
247 62
Controversy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

7
213 64
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
200 65
Lovesexy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
Lovesexy 1988

9
175 54
The Gold Experience is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

10
172 57
Prince is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
Prince 1979

11
186 67
Diamonds and Pearls is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

12
121 52
Emancipation is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

13
110 45
3121 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
3121 2006

14
131 61
Black Album is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

15
122 55
Musicology is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
Musicology 2004

16
109 50
Art Official Age is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

17
108 54
Come is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
Come 1994

18
106 53
For You is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
For You 1978

19
110 57
Graffiti Bridge is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

20
53 15
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
58 32
Crystal Ball is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

22
69 47
Chaos and Disorder is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

23
81 58
The Rainbow Children is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

24
20 6
Batman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
1520814878874 added Batman 1989

25
59 43
The Vault... Old Friends 4 Sal... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

26
60 53
Lotusflow3r is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

27
26 21
Exodus is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
Gary Felder added Exodus 1995

28
42 38
The Truth is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
The Truth 1998

29
41 38
Plectrumelectrum is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

30
50 48
N.E.W.S. is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
N.E.W.S 2003

31
7 3
HITnRUN Phase One is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
HITnRUN Phase One 2015

32
59 58
Planet Earth is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

33
16 15
Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
VulKar added Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic 1999

34
2 0
Piano & A Microphone 1983 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
Piano & A Microphone 1983 2018

35
43 47
20Ten is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
20Ten 2010

36
5 6
Xpectation is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
Xpectation 2003

37
52 61
Newpower Soul is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

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39 47
The Chocolate Invasion is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

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30 45
Kamasutra is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
Kamasutra 1997

40
28 49
The Slaughterhouse is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time