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The Best Prince Albums of All Time

Updated September 9, 2019 9.9k votes 1.4k voters 25.4k views37 items

List RulesThis 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 (and if you're a real fan of his songwriting, be sure to check out our list of songs Prince wrote for other artists). 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. And if you're a diehard fan, be sure to vote in our best Prince songs list, as well.

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  • 1
    Purple Rain
    606
    118

    ArtistPrince

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  • 2
    1999
    501
    89

    1999

    1982

    ArtistPrince

    ProducerPrince

    TracksFree, Delirious, International Lover

    Length (mins)01:10:36

    LabelWarner Bros. Records

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Pop music, New Wave, Soul music, Contemporary R&B

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  • 3
    Sign 'O' the Times

    ArtistPrince

    TracksU Got the Look, Forever in My Life, Hot Thing

    Genres (Music)Rhythm and blues, Rock music, Pop music, Hard rock, Jazz

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    Parade
    331
    112

    Parade

    1986

    ArtistPrince

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    Dirty Mind
    323
    111

    ArtistPrince

    TracksDo It All Night, Head, Dirty Mind

    Length (mins)00:30:17

    LabelWarner Bros. Records

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Pop music, New Wave, Contemporary R&B, Funk

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  • 6
    Around the World in a Day

    ArtistPrince, The Revolution

    TracksTamborine, America, Pop Life

    Length (mins)00:42:35

    Genres (Music)Psychedelic rock, Rhythm and blues, Rock music, Pop music, Pop rock

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  • 7
    Controversy
    310
    115

    ArtistPrince

    TracksDo Me, Baby, Jack U Off

    Length (mins)00:37:19

    LabelWarner Bros. Records

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Pop music, New Wave, Dance music, Funk

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  • 8
    Lovesexy
    310
    122

    ArtistPrince

    TracksAnna Stesia, Eye No, I Wish U Heaven

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Pop music, Funk

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  • 9
    Prince
    243
    96

    Prince

    1979

    ArtistPrince

    ProducerPrince

    TracksIt's Gonna Be Lonely, Bambi, Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?

    Length (mins)00:40:54

    LabelWarner Bros. Records

    Genres (Music)Rhythm and blues, Rock music, Pop music, Funk, Disco

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  • 10
    Diamonds and Pearls

    ArtistPrince, The New Power Generation

    TracksGett Off, Jughead, Diamonds and Pearls

    Length (mins)01:05:48

    LabelWarner Bros. Records

    Genres (Music)Rhythm and blues, Rock music, Pop music, Soul music, Contemporary R&B

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  • 11
    The Gold Experience

    ArtistPrince

    TracksP Control, Shy, We March

    Length (mins)01:05:21

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B, Funk, Funk rock

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  • 12
    The Black Album

    ArtistPrince

    TracksSuperfunkycalifragisexy, Rockhard in a Funky Place, Bob George

    Length (mins)00:44:44

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Pop music, Soul music, Contemporary R&B, Funk

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  • 13
    3121
    198
    86

    3121

    2006

    ArtistPrince

    ProducerPrince

    TracksThe Word, Incense and Candles, Love

    Length (mins)00:53:44

    Genres (Music)Electronica, Rhythm and blues, Rock music, Pop music, Jazz

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  • 14
    Batman
    136
    45

    Batman

    1989

    ArtistPrine

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  • 15
    Emancipation
    174
    82

    ArtistPrince

    TracksFriend, Lover, Sister

    Length (mins)01:00:02

    Genres (Music)Rhythm and blues, Rock music, Pop music, Soul music, Contemporary R&B

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  • 16
    Come
    183
    92

    Come

    1994

    ArtistPrince

    ProducerPrince

    TracksSolo, Papa, Race

    Length (mins)00:48:46

    Genres (Music)Rhythm and blues, Rock music, Pop music, Pop rock, Soul music

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  • 17
    Art Official Age
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    Musicology
    165
    83

    ArtistPrince

    TracksA Million Days, The Marrying Kind, Reflection

    LabelColumbia

    Genres (Music)Rhythm and blues, Rock music, Pop music, Jazz, Funk

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  • 19
    HITnRUN Phase Two
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    For You
    152
    83

    ArtistPrince

    ProducerPrince

    TracksCrazy You, For You, So Blue

    Length (mins)00:33:26

    LabelWarner Bros. Records

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Pop music, Funk, Disco

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  • 21
    Graffiti Bridge
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  • 22
    The Rainbow Children

    ArtistPrince

    TracksMellow, Last December (reprise), Everywhere

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Pop music, Jazz, Funk

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  • 23
    Crystal Ball
    104
    58

    ArtistStyx

    TracksClair De Lune / Ballerina, Jennifer, Shooz

    Length (mins)00:35:00

    Genres (Music)Progressive rock, Hard rock

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  • 24
    Lotusflow3r
    115
    84
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  • 25
    Chaos and Disorder

    ArtistPrince

    TracksChaos and Disorder, Dig U Better Dead, I Rock

    Length (mins)00:39:15

    LabelWarner Bros. Records

    Genres (Music)Rock music, Pop music, Hard rock, Funk, Garage rock

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