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The Best Prince Guitar Solos Of All Time

List RulesStudio recordings only.

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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  • 1

    Dreamer

    Prince
    31
    4

    Album: LOtUSFLOW3R

    Released: 2009

    Solo: 2:16-3:04

  • 2

    Purple Rain

    Prince
    28
    4

    Album: Purple Rain 

    Released: 1984 

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

  • 3

    When Doves Cry

    Prince
    25
    1

    Album: Purple Rain

    Released: 1984

    Solo: 3:36-4:23

  • 4

    Let's Go Crazy

    Prince
    26
    7

    Album: Purple Rain

    Released: 1984 

    Solo: 3:00-3:17

  • 5

    Guitar

    21
    5

    Album: Planet Earth

    Released: 2007

    Solo: 1:29-2:05

  • 6

    Little Red Corvette

    Prince
    18
    4

    Album: 1999

    Released: 1982 

    Solo: 1:56-2:11

  • 7

    Bambi

    Prince
    17
    4

    Album: Prince 

    Released: 1979 

    Solo: 3:17-4:22

  • 8

    Darling Nikki

    Prince
    17
    4

    Album: Purple Rain

    Released: 1984

    Solo: 3:10-3:23

  • 9

    Computer Blue

    Prince
    14
    6

    Album: Purple Rain

    Released: 1984 

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

     

  • 10

    Joy In Repetition

    Prince
    11
    4

    Album: Graffiti Bridge

    Released: 1990 

    Solo: 3:01-4:53

  • 11

    U Got the Look

    Prince
    8
    3

    Album: Sign 'O' the Times

    Released: 1987 

    Solo: 3:07-3:47

  • 12

    Gold

    Prince
    11
    8

    Album: The Gold Experience

    Released: 1995

    Solo: 5:22-5:54

     

  • 13

    Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?

    Prince
    7
    4

    Album: Prince 

    Released: 1979 

    Solo: 2:50-3:50

  • 14

    Temptation

    Prince and the Revolution
    6
    3

    Album: Around the World In A Day 

    Released: 1985 

    Solo: 3:34-4:15

  • 15

    I'm Yours

    Prince
    6
    3

    Album: For You 

    Released: 1978 

    Solo: 2:19-5:01

  • 16

    Alexa de Paris

    Prince
    4
    3

    Album: Single Release 

    Released: 1986 

    Solo: 0:00-4:55

  • 17

    She's Always In My Hair

    Prince
    4
    3

    Album: Around The World In A Day 

    Released: 1985 

    Solo: 2:10-2:34

  • 18

    Lady Cab Driver

    Prince
    7
    7

    Album: 1999

    Released: 1982 

    Solo: 5:55-6:15

  • 19

    The Morning Papers

    Prince, The New Power Generation
    4
    5

    Album: Love Symbol Album

    Released: 1992 

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

  • 20

    Electric Chair

    Prince
    1
    3

    Album: Batman 

    Released: 1989 

    Solo: 1:47-2:05