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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
512 76
Purple Rain is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
Clark Benson added 1984

2
494 72
Sign 'O' the Times is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

3
401 53
1999 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
1982

4
267 57
Parade is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
Clark Benson added 1986

5
281 68
Dirty Mind is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
1980

6
272 69
Controversy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

7
251 74
Lovesexy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
1988

8
242 73
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
207 60
The Gold Experience is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

10
192 66
Prince is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
1979

11
203 77
Diamonds and Pearls is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

12
150 51
3121 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
2006

13
151 56
Come is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
1994

14
165 67
Black Album is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

15
141 57
Art Official Age is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

16
139 60
Emancipation is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

17
87 25
HITnRUN Phase Two is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
madonna50 added HITnRUN Phase Two 2015

18
136 62
Musicology is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
2004

19
121 60
For You is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
1978

20
77 33
Crystal Ball is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

21
123 69
Graffiti Bridge is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

22
115 65
The Rainbow Children is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

23
42 9
Batman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
vestacranford9 added 1989

24
92 59
Lotusflow3r is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

25
83 53
Chaos and Disorder is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time