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The Best Prince Guitar Solos Of All Time

March 9, 2020 216 votes 39 voters20 items

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When discussing the best Prince guitar solos of all time, it can be tempting to only talk about his live performances. Indeed, the Minnesotan musical legend has made history time and again with his legendary solos in live covers such as "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," "American Woman," and "Creep."

However, to only focus on Prince's live solos is to disregard his illustrious body of recorded work. Over the course of a whopping 39 studio albums, Prince redefined what a guitar hero could be, as he infused his unique R&B/funk hybrid style with blistering rock solos that would make Eddie Van Halen tremble. Whether you prefer the restrained solos of hits like "Purple Rain" or the rapidfire cadenzas of songs like "Dreamer" or "Let's Go Crazy," Prince's guitar work is as eclectically impressive as his songs themselves. 

There are countless good guitar solos in the Prince discography, but it's up to you to decide which are the best of the best. Vote up your favorite Prince solos below, and be sure to add any that you feel we may have missed.  

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  • Dreamer1
    21
    2

    Dreamer

    Prince

    Album: LOtUSFLOW3R

    Released: 2009

    Solo: 2:16-3:04

  • Purple Rain2
    20
    2

    Album: Purple Rain 

    Released: 1984 

    Solos: 3:46-5:10/6:06-6:36

  • Let's Go Crazy 3
    21
    5

    Let's Go Crazy

    Prince

    Album: Purple Rain

    Released: 1984 

    Solo: 3:00-3:17

  • When Doves Cry4
    15
    1

    When Doves Cry

    Prince

    Album: Purple Rain

    Released: 1984

    Solo: 3:36-4:23

  • Little Red Corvette5

    Album: 1999

    Released: 1982 

    Solo: 1:56-2:11

  • Guitar6
    14
    4

    Guitar

    Album: Planet Earth

    Released: 2007

    Solo: 1:29-2:05

  • Darling Nikki7
    11
    2

    Darling Nikki

    Prince

    Album: Purple Rain

    Released: 1984

    Solo: 3:10-3:23

  • U Got the Look8

    Album: Sign 'O' the Times

    Released: 1987 

    Solo: 3:07-3:47

  • Bambi9
    8
    2

    Bambi

    Prince

    Album: Prince 

    Released: 1979 

    Solo: 3:17-4:22

  • Temptation10
    2
    2

    Temptation

    Prince and the Revolution

    Album: Around the World In A Day 

    Released: 1985 

    Solo: 3:34-4:15

  • Computer Blue11
    8
    4

    Computer Blue

    Prince

    Album: Purple Rain

    Released: 1984 

    Solos: 1:37-2:11/2:30-3:59

     

  • Joy In Repetition12
    7
    2

    Joy In Repetition

    Prince

    Album: Graffiti Bridge

    Released: 1990 

    Solo: 3:01-4:53

  • Alexa de Paris 13
    1
    1

    Alexa de Paris

    Prince

    Album: Single Release 

    Released: 1986 

    Solo: 0:00-4:55

  • She's Always In My Hair 14
    1
    1

    She's Always In My Hair

    Prince

    Album: Around The World In A Day 

    Released: 1985 

    Solo: 2:10-2:34

  • I'm Yours15
    0
    1

    I'm Yours

    Prince

    Album: For You 

    Released: 1978 

    Solo: 2:19-5:01

  • Electric Chair 16
    0
    1

    Electric Chair

    Prince

    Album: Batman 

    Released: 1989 

    Solo: 1:47-2:05

  • Gold17
    8
    8

    Gold

    Prince

    Album: The Gold Experience

    Released: 1995

    Solo: 5:22-5:54

     

  • The Morning Papers18
    2
    4

    The Morning Papers

    Prince, The New Power Generation

    Album: Love Symbol Album

    Released: 1992 

    Solos: 1:09-1:42/2:50-3:23

  • Lady Cab Driver19

    Album: 1999

    Released: 1982 

    Solo: 5:55-6:15

  • Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?20
    2
    4

    Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?

    Prince

    Album: Prince 

    Released: 1979 

    Solo: 2:50-3:50