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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
453 66
Sign 'O' the Times is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

2
470 71
Purple Rain is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
Clark Benson added 1984

3
374 50
1999 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
1982

4
228 50
Parade is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
Clark Benson added 1986

5
257 63
Dirty Mind is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
1980

6
253 64
Controversy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

7
219 66
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
183 55
The Gold Experience is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

9
205 67
Lovesexy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
1988

10
178 59
Prince is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
1979

11
190 69
Diamonds and Pearls is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

12
116 46
3121 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
2006

13
127 57
Musicology is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
2004

14
124 55
Emancipation is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

15
134 64
Black Album is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

16
116 54
Come is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
1994

17
111 54
Art Official Age is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

18
109 55
For You is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
1978

19
113 59
Graffiti Bridge is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

20
57 19
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
64 33
Crystal Ball is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

22
73 48
Chaos and Disorder is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

23
25 6
Batman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
1520814878874 added 1989

24
83 60
The Rainbow Children is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

25
61 46
The Vault... Old Friends 4 Sal... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

26
47 39
The Truth is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
1998

27
64 57
Lotusflow3r is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

28
65 59
Planet Earth is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

29
29 24
Exodus is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
Gary Felder added Exodus 1995

30
21 16
Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
VulKar added Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic 1999

31
43 42
Plectrumelectrum is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

32
52 52
N.E.W.S. is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
2003

33
9 7
HITnRUN Phase One is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
HITnRUN Phase One 2015

34
5 4
Piano & A Microphone 1983 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
Piano & A Microphone 1983 2018

35
45 50
20Ten is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
2010

36
7 10
Xpectation is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
2003

37
55 65
Newpower Soul is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

38
41 51
The Chocolate Invasion is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

39
32 49
Kamasutra is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
1997

40
30 53
The Slaughterhouse is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time