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The Best Prince Albums of All Time 

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Updated September 9, 2019 10.1k votes 1.3k voters 24.8k views 37 items

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
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Sign 'O' the Times is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
By Prince (1987); Tracks: U Got the Look, Forever in My Life & Hot Thing

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

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1999 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
By Prince (1982); Tracks: Free, Delirious & International Lover

Producer: Prince

Length (mins): 01:10:36

Label: Warner Bros. Records

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

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Parade is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
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Dirty Mind is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
By Prince (1980); Tracks: Do It All Night, Head & Dirty Mind

Length (mins): 00:30:17

Label: Warner Bros. Records

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

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Controversy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
By Prince (1981); Tracks: Do Me, Baby & Jack U Off

Length (mins): 00:37:19

Label: Warner Bros. Records

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

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Around the World in a Da... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
michelena.wolf added By Prince and The Revolution (1985); Tracks: Tamborine, America & Pop Life

Length (mins): 00:42:35

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

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Lovesexy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
By Prince (1988); Tracks: Anna Stesia, Eye No & I Wish U Heaven

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

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Diamonds and Pearls is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
By Prince and The New Power Generation (1991); Tracks: Gett Off, Jughead & Diamonds and Pearls

Length (mins): 01:05:48

Label: Warner Bros. Records

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

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The Gold Experience is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
By Prince (1995); Tracks: P 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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Prince is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
By Prince (1979); Tracks: It's Gonna Be Lonely, Bambi & Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?

Producer: Prince

Length (mins): 00:40:54

Label: Warner Bros. Records

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

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3121 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
By Prince (2006); Tracks: The Word, Incense and Candles & Love

Producer: Prince

Length (mins): 00:53:44

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

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Black Album is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
By Prince (1994); Tracks: Superfunkycalifragisexy, Rockhard in a Funky Place & Bob George

Length (mins): 00:44:44

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

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Emancipation is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
By Prince (1996); Tracks: Friend, Lover & Sister

Length (mins): 01:00:02

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

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Musicology is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
By Prince (2004); Tracks: A Million Days, The Marrying Kind & Reflection

Label: Columbia

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

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Come is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
By Prince (1994); Tracks: Solo, Papa & Race

Producer: Prince

Length (mins): 00:48:46

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

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Art Official Age is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
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Graffiti Bridge is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
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For You is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
By Prince (1978); Tracks: Crazy You, For You & So Blue

Producer: Prince

Length (mins): 00:33:26

Label: Warner Bros. Records

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

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HITnRUN Phase Two is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
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Batman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
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The Rainbow Children is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
By Prince (2001); Tracks: Mellow, Last December (reprise) & Everywhere

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

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Crystal Ball is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
By Styx (1976); Tracks: Clair De Lune / Ballerina, Jennifer & Shooz

Length (mins): 00:35:00

Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Hard rock

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Lotusflow3r 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
By Prince (1996); Tracks: Chaos and Disorder, Dig U Better Dead & I Rock

Length (mins): 00:39:15

Label: Warner Bros. Records

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