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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
465 69
Sign 'O' the Times is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

2
480 74
Purple Rain is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
Clark Benson added 1984

3
384 51
1999 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
1982

4
266 65
Dirty Mind is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
1980

5
237 53
Parade is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
Clark Benson added 1986

6
259 66
Controversy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

7
230 68
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
191 58
The Gold Experience is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

9
212 70
Lovesexy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
1988

10
184 60
Prince is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
1979

11
196 70
Diamonds and Pearls is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

12
119 48
3121 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
2006

13
130 56
Emancipation is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

14
129 58
Musicology is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
2004

15
138 65
Black Album is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

16
123 55
Come is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
1994

17
115 54
Art Official Age is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

18
113 55
For You is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
1978

19
117 62
Graffiti Bridge is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

20
62 20
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
69 33
Crystal Ball is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

22
30 7
Batman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
vestacranford9 added 1989

23
77 51
Chaos and Disorder is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

24
87 63
The Rainbow Children is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

25
66 47
The Vault... Old Friends 4 Sal... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time