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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 (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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Purple Rain is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
Clark Benson added 1984
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Sign 'O' the Times is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
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1999 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
1982
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Parade is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
Clark Benson added 1986
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Dirty Mind is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
1980
6
Controversy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
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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
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The Gold Experience is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
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Lovesexy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
1988
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Prince is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
1979
11
Diamonds and Pearls is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
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3121 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
2006
13
HITnRUN Phase Two is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
madonna50 added 2015
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Art Official Age is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
15
Emancipation is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
16
Musicology is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
2004
17
Black Album is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
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Come is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
1994
19
Batman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
vestacranford9 added 1989
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For You is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
1978
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Crystal Ball is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
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Graffiti Bridge is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
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The Rainbow Children is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
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HITnRUN Phase One is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
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Chaos and Disorder is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time