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The Best Prince Guitar Solos Of All Time 

Kareem Gantt
March 9, 2020 123 votes 27 voters 20 items

List Rules 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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Dreamer Prince

Album: LOtUSFLOW3R

Released: 2009

Solo: 2:16-3:04

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Prince

Album: Purple Rain 

Released: 1984 

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

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Let's Go Crazy Prince

Album: Purple Rain

Released: 1984 

Solo: 3:00-3:17

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Prince

Album: 1999

Released: 1982 

Solo: 1:56-2:11

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When Doves Cry Prince

Album: Purple Rain

Released: 1984

Solo: 3:36-4:23

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Guitar

Album: Planet Earth

Released: 2007

Solo: 1:29-2:05

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Bambi Prince

Album: Prince 

Released: 1979 

Solo: 3:17-4:22

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Darling Nikki Prince

Album: Purple Rain

Released: 1984

Solo: 3:10-3:23

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Gold Prince

Album: The Gold Experience

Released: 1995

Solo: 5:22-5:54

 

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Prince

Album: Sign 'O' the Times

Released: 1987 

Solo: 3:07-3:47

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Computer Blue Prince

Album: Purple Rain

Released: 1984 

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

 

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Joy In Repetition Prince

Album: Graffiti Bridge

Released: 1990 

Solo: 3:01-4:53

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Prince, The New Power Generation, Prince & The New Power Generation

Album: Love Symbol Album

Released: 1992 

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

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Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad? Prince

Album: Prince 

Released: 1979 

Solo: 2:50-3:50

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Temptation Prince and the Revolution

Album: Around the World In A Day 

Released: 1985 

Solo: 3:34-4:15

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Alexa de Paris Prince

Album: Single Release 

Released: 1986 

Solo: 0:00-4:55

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She's Always In My Hair Prince

Album: Around The World In A Day 

Released: 1985 

Solo: 2:10-2:34

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I'm Yours Prince

Album: For You 

Released: 1978 

Solo: 2:19-5:01

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Prince

Album: 1999

Released: 1982 

Solo: 5:55-6:15

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Electric Chair Prince

Album: Batman 

Released: 1989 

Solo: 1:47-2:05