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The Best Prince Songs of All Time 

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The ultimate list of Prince songs, ranked from best to worst by the Ranker community. With incredible R&B-meets-rock songs that blend into the pop genre, Prince was one of the most prolific artists of the past thirty-five years (as one example of his creative genius, check out our list of songs Prince wrote for others). Prince loved making music so much that he left his original label, Warner Bros., because they wouldn't let him release as much music as he wanted. Mr. Prince Rogers Nelson truly became an iconic, genre-defying, one-of-a-kind talent before his untimely death in April, 2016. 

This list runs the gamut of this man's prodigious output, covering from "When Doves Cry" and "Let's Go Crazy" to fan favorites like "Erotic City" and "Call My Name." The best Prince songs from all eras - including the 1990s and 2000s - are worthy of checking out below. If you think we missed an unheralded gem or left a classic too far down the list, add or reorder the list as you see fit. Simply click the "Rerank List" button and you can put the songs in whatever order you like. And if you love his music, be sure to cast your vote in our list of Prince's albums, ranked.

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Purple Rain

Artist: Prince & The Revolution

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Purple Rain

Artist: Prince & The Revolution

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1999

Artist: Prince

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Around the World in a Day

Artist: Prince & The Revolution

Composer: Prince

Producer: Prince, The Revolution

Length (seconds): 3:33

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Parade

Artist: Prince & The Revolution

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1999 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Prince Songs of All Time
1999

Artist: Prince

Composer: Prince, Prince

Length (seconds): 6:16

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Purple Rain

Artist: Prince & The Revolution

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I Would Die for U is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Prince Songs of All Time
Purple Rain

Artist: Prince & The Revolution

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Sign o' the Times is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Prince Songs of All Time
Sign 'O' the Times

Artist: Prince

Composer: Prince

Producer: Prince

Length (seconds): 4:57

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Artist: Prince & The Revolution

Length (seconds): 5:22

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Purple Rain

Artist: Prince & The Revolution

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Sign 'O' the Times

Artist: Prince

Composer: Prince

Producer: Prince

Length (seconds): 3:47

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Artist: Prince & The Revolution

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madonna50 added The Gold Experience

Artist: Prince

Composer: Prince

Length (seconds): 4:25

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Pop Life is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Prince Songs of All Time
Around the World in a Day

Artist: Prince & The Revolution

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Controversy

Artist: Prince

Composer: Prince

Producer: Prince

Length (seconds): 7:16

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Cream is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Prince Songs of All Time
Diamonds and Pearls

Artist: Prince, The New Power Generation

Composer: Prince

Producer: Prince, The New Power Generation

Length (seconds): 4:12

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Take Me with U is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Prince Songs of All Time
Purple Rain

Artist: Prince & The Revolution

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Diamonds and Pearls is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Prince Songs of All Time
Diamonds and Pearls

Artist: Prince & The New Power Generation

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I Could Never Take the P... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Prince Songs of All Time
Sign 'O' the Times

Artist: Prince

Composer: Prince

Producer: Prince

Length (seconds): 6:29

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Sign 'O' the Times

Artist: Prince

Composer: Prince

Producer: Prince

Length (seconds): 5:1

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Delirious is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Prince Songs of All Time
1999

Artist: Prince

Composer: Prince

Length (seconds): 4:0

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Baby I'm a Star is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Prince Songs of All Time
Purple Rain

Artist: Prince & The Revolution

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Thieves in the Temple is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Prince Songs of All Time
Graffiti Bridge

Artist: Prince