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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
461 67
Sign 'O' the Times is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

2
476 73
Purple Rain is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
Clark Benson added 1984

3
380 51
1999 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
1982

4
263 65
Dirty Mind is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
1980

5
233 52
Parade is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
Clark Benson added 1986

6
258 65
Controversy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

7
224 68
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
188 57
The Gold Experience is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

9
207 70
Lovesexy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
1988

10
183 60
Prince is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
1979

11
194 70
Diamonds and Pearls is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

12
119 47
3121 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
2006

13
128 56
Emancipation is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

14
129 58
Musicology is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
2004

15
137 65
Black Album is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

16
120 55
Come is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
1994

17
114 54
Art Official Age is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

18
112 55
For You is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
1978

19
116 61
Graffiti Bridge is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

20
60 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
66 33
Crystal Ball is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

22
28 7
Batman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
vestacranford9 added 1989

23
75 50
Chaos and Disorder is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

24
85 62
The Rainbow Children is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

25
64 47
The Vault... Old Friends 4 Sal... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

26
50 40
The Truth is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
1998

27
67 60
Planet Earth is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

28
65 59
Lotusflow3r is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

29
30 25
Exodus is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
Gary Felder added Exodus 1995

30
9 4
Piano & A Microphone 1983 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
Piano & A Microphone 1983 2018

31
45 43
Plectrumelectrum is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

32
22 19
Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
VulKar added Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic 1999

33
10 7
HITnRUN Phase One is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
HITnRUN Phase One 2015

34
53 53
N.E.W.S. is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
2003

35
46 51
20Ten is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
2010

36
58 65
Newpower Soul is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

37
8 10
Xpectation is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
2003

38
42 51
The Chocolate Invasion is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time

39
33 50
Kamasutra is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time
1997

40
31 54
The Slaughterhouse is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Prince Albums of All Time