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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
458 66
Sign 'O' the Times is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

2
473 71
Purple Rain is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
Clark Benson added 1984

3
377 50
1999 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
1982

4
260 63
Dirty Mind is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
1980

5
230 50
Parade is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
Clark Benson added 1986

6
255 64
Controversy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

7
221 67
Around the World in a Day is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
michelena.wolf added 1985

8
184 56
The Gold Experience is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

9
206 68
Lovesexy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
1988

10
179 59
Prince is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
1979

11
191 69
Diamonds and Pearls is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

12
117 47
3121 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
2006

13
127 57
Musicology is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
2004

14
124 56
Emancipation is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

15
135 64
Black Album is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

16
117 54
Come is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
1994

17
112 54
Art Official Age is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

18
110 55
For You is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
1978

19
114 59
Graffiti Bridge is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

20
57 19
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
64 33
Crystal Ball is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

22
74 48
Chaos and Disorder is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

23
25 6
Batman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
1520814878874 added 1989

24
83 61
The Rainbow Children is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

25
62 46
The Vault... Old Friends 4 Sal... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

26
47 40
The Truth is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
1998

27
65 59
Planet Earth is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

28
64 58
Lotusflow3r is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

29
29 24
Exodus is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
Gary Felder added Exodus 1995

30
21 17
Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
VulKar added Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic 1999

31
52 52
N.E.W.S. is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
2003

32
43 43
Plectrumelectrum is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

33
9 7
HITnRUN Phase One is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
HITnRUN Phase One 2015

34
6 4
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
45 51
20Ten is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
2010

36
56 65
Newpower Soul is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

37
7 10
Xpectation is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
2003

38
41 51
The Chocolate Invasion is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

39
32 50
Kamasutra is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
1997

40
30 54
The Slaughterhouse is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time