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The Best Prince Guitar Solos Of All Time

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Studio 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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  • Album: Purple Rain 

    Released: 1984 

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

  • Album: Purple Rain

    Released: 1984

    Solo: 3:36-4:23

  • Let's Go Crazy
    3

    Let's Go Crazy

    Album: Purple Rain

    Released: 1984 

    Solo: 3:00-3:17

  • Album: 1999

    Released: 1982 

    Solo: 1:56-2:11

  • Dreamer
    5

    Dreamer

    Album: LOtUSFLOW3R

    Released: 2009

    Solo: 2:16-3:04

  • Computer Blue
    6

    Computer Blue

    Album: Purple Rain

    Released: 1984 

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

     

  • Album: Purple Rain

    Released: 1984

    Solo: 3:10-3:23

  • Joy In Repetition
    8

    Joy In Repetition

    Album: Graffiti Bridge

    Released: 1990 

    Solo: 3:01-4:53

  • Guitar
    9

    Guitar

    Album: Planet Earth

    Released: 2007

    Solo: 1:29-2:05

  • Bambi
    10

    Bambi

    Album: Prince 

    Released: 1979 

    Solo: 3:17-4:22

  • Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?
    11

    Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?

    Album: Prince 

    Released: 1979 

    Solo: 2:50-3:50

  • Album: Sign 'O' the Times

    Released: 1987 

    Solo: 3:07-3:47

  • I'm Yours
    13

    I'm Yours

    Album: For You 

    Released: 1978 

    Solo: 2:19-5:01

  • Temptation
    14

    Temptation

    Album: Around the World In A Day 

    Released: 1985 

    Solo: 3:34-4:15

  • Gold
    15

    Gold

    Album: The Gold Experience

    Released: 1995

    Solo: 5:22-5:54

     

  • Album: 1999

    Released: 1982 

    Solo: 5:55-6:15

  • She's Always In My Hair
    17

    She's Always In My Hair

    Album: Around The World In A Day 

    Released: 1985 

    Solo: 2:10-2:34

  • Album: Love Symbol Album

    Released: 1992 

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

  • Alexa de Paris
    19

    Alexa de Paris

    Album: Single Release 

    Released: 1986 

    Solo: 0:00-4:55

  • Electric Chair
    20

    Electric Chair

    Album: Batman 

    Released: 1989 

    Solo: 1:47-2:05