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Thread started 05/21/20 1:34pm

hollywood0024

If you had to rank Prince's albums in order from best to worst?

Not trying to bash any album...am just curious to hear everyone's opinions...
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Reply #1 posted 05/21/20 2:59pm

EmmaMcG

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There's no way I could put them in any order that I would be able to stick to. Some days I think "album X" is better than "album y" and the next day I could think the opposite. It's impossible to rank all his albums that way. The best I can do is this;

My favourite Prince albums (in no particular order)
Controversy
Dirty Mind
1999
Purple Rain
Sign O The Times
3121
HitnRun Phase 2
Prince



Prince albums I don't like (in no particular order)
HitnRun Phase 1
Love Symbol
Diamonds and Pearls
The Rainbow Children



Then the rest are all in the middle.


But even on the albums I don't like, there is at least one or two songs on each that I do like.
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Reply #2 posted 05/21/20 3:47pm

hollywood0024

Good choices.
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Reply #3 posted 05/21/20 5:59pm

soladeo1

1. 1999
2. Sign O The Times
3. Parade
4. Dirty Mind
5. Controversy
6. Purple Rain...

30ish. N.E.W.S.
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Reply #4 posted 05/21/20 7:55pm

Phase3

I would probably rank the chocolate invasion and the slaughterhouse at the bottom of the list.
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Reply #5 posted 05/22/20 4:58am

VaultCurator

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Hi everyone.

Here's a Tier Maker list I made a few months ago. It may help you with ranking Prince's albums. Please give it a try...


Tier Maker: Prince Albums (1978-2019)

https://tiermaker.com/cre...019-342351

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Reply #6 posted 05/22/20 6:57am

Empress

My top 5 are:

SOTT

Purple Rain

Love Symbol

1999

Parade

I have to add Girl 6 & Dirty Mind as these are also my favs.

Not my favs:

Plectrum Electrum

Hitn Run Phase 1

The rest are good, solid albums IMHO.

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Reply #7 posted 05/22/20 8:34am

rusty1

1)Purple Rain
2)Sign o'the Times
3)1999
4)Dirty Mind
5)Around the World in A Day
6)Parade
7)Controversy
8)Prince
9)Lovesexy
10) For you
11) Diamonds&Pearls

the worst
chaos & disorder
NPS
the Vault
come
BOB4theFUNK
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Reply #8 posted 05/22/20 10:21am

SantanaMaitrey
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Alright, I'll give it a go:

Lovesexy
Parade
Sign O' the Times
Purple Rain
1999
Around the World In a Day
Controversy
Dirty Mind
Black Album
Musicology
3121
Art Official Age
HitNRun 2
Gold Experience
Lotusflower
20Ten
For You

Very few 90s albums on my list, it was getting harder and harder to enjoy his albums back then, they were all disappointing after those stunning 1980s albums, but still, each one had a few great songs, just enough to keep me interested and he made a good comeback in the 2000s after he toned down the preaching and the pretentious pseudo jazz that ruined Rainbow Children, which would be at the bottom of my list even though there's some very skilfull musicians working on it.
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Reply #9 posted 05/22/20 1:11pm

AvocadosMax

Top Faves i can think of
Controversy
1999
SOTT
Gold Experience
Parade
Dirty Mind
and ig Purple Rain is good too

I also love Art Official Age

Hit n Run phase one, I’ll admit I hated on this. But my taste evolved. The mixing sucks but I love the production overall. Its fire. This Could B Us is a highlight. I even like Million $ Show. A lot of people think its weak sauce. I love it. Love Judith!!

I don’t think i ever even tried Kamasutra. In 2015 when I was lucky to find a $40 Crystal Ball on Amazon (which came in GREAT condition! Played well!) it was the 4 disc version with The Truth. But now Kamasutra has been made available on streaming services and i still haven’t played it.

What album do i really not like? Planet Earth is booorrrrring. Trash album. Only a couple songs i like. I like most songs on MPLSound except for the first track sucks. I could never get with Chaos & Disorder after I Like It There. But that makes sense since it was a contractual obligation thingy. Rave is kinda overrated in some ways
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Reply #10 posted 05/23/20 10:05am

donnyenglish

16 Albums are elite in my opinion

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1. Rainbow Children

2. SOTT

3. 1999

4. Gold

5. Purple Rain

6. 3121

7. Dirty Mind

8. Art Official Age

9. Musicology

10. Controversy

11. Prince

12. Around the World in a Day

13. Parade

14. Exodus

15. 8 (Madhouse)

16. Emancipation

:

There are several other good ones, but they have some fatal flaws, i.e., Tony M on Symbol and Diamonds & Pearls)

:

There are several albums that would be near the bottom of the list, but I'm not sure it if fair to compare those albums with regular releases because they were either experiemental or not meant to be widely released. Thsoe would be

:

Slaughterhouse (internet)

Chocolate Invasion (internet)

Plectrum (released with the excellent AOA, so not really meant to be a Prince release)

The Vault (he wasn't trying to release his best work here)

:

I think his worst commercial releases are:

1. Batman (there are some good songs on here, but not much great on it)

2. Phase I (same criticism, there are some good songs, but not much great)

3. NewPowerSoul (Some very good songs on here, but also some of his worst work, i.e., PushitUp)

4. Graffiti Bridge (This used to be among my favorite albusm, but it has not aged well. There are some great songs on here, but some of his worst work is on this album, i.e., Tick Tick Bang)

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Reply #11 posted 05/23/20 12:00pm

TheFman

we did this a thousand times, but right now it would be:

1999

Purple Rain

Parade

Lovesexy

ATWIAD

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Reply #12 posted 05/23/20 2:16pm

icecreamcastle
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Top ten of my list

1. Purple Rain (Purple Rain Deluxe edition)
2. Lovesexy
3. 1999
4. Dirty Mind
5. Parade
6. SOTT
7. Around The World In A Day
8. Emancipation
9. Controversy
10. Graffiti Bridge & Batman ( tied for 10)

Bottom of my list

OFFS
One Night Alone
NEWS
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Reply #13 posted 05/23/20 2:30pm

whodknee

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1999

Purple Rain

SOTT

Parade

Black Album/Lovesexy

The Rainbow Children

Dirty Mind

Batman

Prince

Controversy

Around the World in a Day

The Truth

Chaos and Disorder

Musicology

3121

The Symbol Album

The Gold Experience

Graffiti Bridge

Diamonds and Pearls

Emancipation

Come

For You

Rave In2

Lotus Flower

New Power Soul

N.E.W.S.

Planet Earth.

I haven't heard the later albums so I can't rank them.

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Reply #14 posted 05/24/20 9:51am

hardwork

1. Sign O The Times

2. 1999

3. Controversy

4. Dirty Mind

5. Purple Rain

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Reply #15 posted 05/24/20 10:57am

TKO

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FAVORITES

Purple Rain

Sign O The Times

Parade

Dirty Mind

Hit N Run Phase Two

Diamond and Pearls

Come

Lovesexy

Art Official Age

3121

20Ten (yes i said 20ten)

LEAST FAVORITES

NEWS

Rainbow Children

MPL Sound

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Reply #16 posted 05/24/20 12:51pm

peaceandlove

No ratings required. They were all beautiful pieces of art from his heart. Enjoy them all, Purple People. Turn it up!

Peaceandlove☮️💜☮️💜
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Reply #17 posted 05/27/20 8:54am

CAL3

peaceandlove said:

No ratings required. They were all beautiful pieces of art from his heart. Enjoy them all, Purple People. Turn it up!


Riiiiight....
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Every single one is JUST AS GOOD as the next?
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Please give me a break.
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Reply #18 posted 05/27/20 8:55am

Nasalhair

Best ones for me: Parade, Black, SOTT, Purple Rain, Dirty Mind.

Worst ones: Emancipation, NEWS, 20Ten, AOA, MPLSound.

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Reply #19 posted 05/27/20 9:01am

CAL3

I personally feel the need to rank only after breaking down the discography into sections/eras. “By Decade” works pretty well. Or “Warner Era” and “Post-Warner Era.”
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So many of the Post-Warner albums are so subpar there is little point in comparing - for instance - a total bottom-scraper like Musicology with an ace like Lovesexy.
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Reply #20 posted 05/29/20 3:57am

slyjackson

Sign O' The Times

1999 (Expanded Edition)

Purple Rain

Dirty Mind

Parade

Controversy

Around The World In A Day

Come

Emancipation

Rainbow Children

Diamonds And Pearls

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Reply #21 posted 05/29/20 2:09pm

ChickenMcNugge
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5 all-time favourites would be approx (yeah, I'm weird, lol):

The Gold Experience
Purple Rain
Chaos and Disorder
Come
Crystal Ball (1998)

I'll exclude the obvious jazzy/experimental projects from any consideration of 'worst', as I don't listen to them enough to make for a fair judgement. So I'll probably say for a bottom five, Rave Un2, Rave In2, NPS, Planet Earth and Lotusflow3r.
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Reply #22 posted 05/30/20 7:57am

PurpleColossus

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Top 10

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1. Purple Rain

2. 1999

3. Lovesexy

4. Come

5. Sign o' The Times

6. The Rainbow Children

7. Love Symbol

8. Diamonds & Pearls

9. The Gold Experience

10. Graffiti Bridge

.

Bottom 5

.

Musicology

The Slaughterhouse

MPLSound

Plectrumelectrum

Planet Earth

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Reply #23 posted 06/01/20 12:03am

hollywood0024

CAL3 said:

I personally feel the need to rank only after breaking down the discography into sections/eras. “By Decade” works pretty well. Or “Warner Era” and “Post-Warner Era.”
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So many of the Post-Warner albums are so subpar there is little point in comparing - for instance - a total bottom-scraper like Musicology with an ace like Lovesexy.

Yeah you can only rank the Warner era if you'd like.
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Reply #24 posted 06/01/20 10:54am

lurker316

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It's easier for me to put them in tiers:

Amazing:

* Dirty Mind
* Purple Rain
* Parade
* Sign O' The Times
* The Black Album
* Lovesexy
* The Rainbow Children
* 3121
* Lotusflow3r
* HitNRun Phase 2

Terrible:

* Come
* Emancipation
* Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic
* Musicology
* Planet Earth
* MPLSound
* 2010
* PlectrumElectrum

Everything else in in the middle.

I'm guessing I'm going to get a lot of grief for not including 1999 in the top tier. I like that album, but not quite enough to make it in my favorite bucket.


[Edited 6/1/20 11:01am]

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Reply #25 posted 06/01/20 11:54am

emesem

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donnyenglish said:

16 Albums are elite in my opinion

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1. Rainbow Children

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Reply #26 posted 06/01/20 1:00pm

GottaHaveFaith

1. Purple Rain

2. 1999

3. Controversy

4. Dirty Mind

5. Sign O' The Times

6. Gold Experience

7. Love Symbol

8. Musicology

9. Chaos and Disorder

10. Parade

11. Around The World In A Day

12. Lovesexy

13. 3121

14. The Black Album

15. Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic

16. The Truth

17. Diamonds And Pearls

18. Prince

19. Crystal Ball

20. Graffiti Bridge

21. PlectrumElectrum

22. Planet Earth

23. Batman

24. Emancipation

25. For You

26. LotusFlow3r

27. HitNRun Phase 2

28. One Nite Alone

29. MPLSound

30. Art Official Age

31. The Rainbow Children

32. 20Ten

33. The Chocolate Invasion

34. The Slaughterhouse

35. HitNRun Phase 1

36. Xpectation

37. N.E.W.S.

38. Come

39. THe Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale

I love most Prince albums. The Bottom 5 I'd say are the ones I'd consider mediocre

The Wind and the willow's playing Tea for Two. The Sky Was Yellow and the sun was blue
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Reply #27 posted 06/01/20 2:18pm

positivity88

1. Parade (the one I listen to most)

2. Purple Rain (too obvious to list this first)

3. SOTT (this is technically #1. but it's complicated)

4. Lovesexy (making the CD one track forced this all deep down into my brain)

5. Around the World in a Day (the one that really got me into Prince)

6. 1999 (some of the songs are a little too long. fight me!)

7. Graffiti Bridge (sure there are a few slices of cheese, but criminally underrated IMO)

8. The Black Album (estate, if you're listening, please rerelease in a package with Lovesexy)

9. Chaos & Disorder (what a contract fulfiller! just rocks! also fun to work out to)

10. Art Official Age (i listen to this a lot as background music at work. that's gotta count for something)

11. Dirty Mind (almost as short as he is. for sure, it's the best of the early falsetto albums. but the falsetto can wear thin)

12. Diamonds & Pearls (enough good songs to get by. not really a Tony fan. but not a hater).

13. The Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale (just cuz it's a contract fulfiller doesn't mean it's not a jazzy little gem)

14. Prince (the second best album of the all-falsetto, all-the-time era)

15. 3121 (i used to listen to this a fair bit as bg music. so it's pretty good, right?)

16. Controversy (only half of this tickles my fancy. transitional)

17. Love Symbol (he started to lose the plot here, literally. and i'm losing interest in ranking the rest)

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Reply #28 posted 06/01/20 10:25pm

hollywood0024

great choices everyone.
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Reply #29 posted 06/01/20 10:38pm

Moonbeam

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Among my all-time top 10:

[1] 1999
[2] Lovesexy
[3] Controversy

Among my top 11-100 all-time:

[4] The Gold Experience
[5] Sign o' the Times
[6] Symbol
[7] Parade
[8] Purple Rain
[9] Dirty Mind

Among my top 101-200 all-time:

[10] 3121
[11] Crystal Ball
[12] Prince
[13] Batman
[14] Around the World in a Day
[15] Art Official Age
[16] Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic

Among my top 201-500 all-time:

[17] Come
[18] Graffiti Bridge
[19] Lotusflow3r
[20] One Nite Alone...
[21] The Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale
[22] Planet Earth
[23] The Black Album
[24] MPLSound

Good albums (rated 6.6-7.4):


[25] Diamonds and Pearls
[26] Chaos and Disorder
[27] HitnRun: Phase Two
[28] 20Ten
[29] Musicology
[30] PlectrumElectrum
[31] HitnRun: Phase One
[32] For You

Decent albums (rated 5.6-6.5):

[33] Emancipation
[34] The Chocolate Invasion
[35] The Rainbow Children
[36] The Slaughterhouse
[37] The Truth

OK:

[38] N.E.W.S.

Not for me:

[39] Xpectation

Feel free to join in the Prince Album Poll 2018! Let'a celebrate his legacy by counting down the most beloved Prince albums, as decided by you!
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