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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
522 77
Purple Rain is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
Clark Benson added 1984
2
501 75
Sign 'O' the Times is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
3
410 54
1999 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
1982
4
273 59
Parade is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
Clark Benson added 1986
5
286 72
Dirty Mind is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
1980
6
279 72
Controversy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
7
253 79
Lovesexy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
1988
8
247 77
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
214 62
The Gold Experience is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
10
197 67
Prince is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
1979
11
211 79
Diamonds and Pearls is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
12
158 53
3121 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
2006
13
153 61
Come is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
1994
14
166 72
Black Album is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
15
144 60
Art Official Age is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
16
143 63
Emancipation is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
17
141 62
Musicology is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
2004
18
90 27
HITnRUN Phase Two is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
madonna50 added 2015
19
125 61
For You is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
1978
20
81 35
Crystal Ball is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
21
46 10
Batman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
vestacranford9 added 1989
22
125 73
Graffiti Bridge is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
23
117 68
The Rainbow Children is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
24
86 54
Chaos and Disorder is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
25
93 62
Lotusflow3r is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time