Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Performer

Inducted in: 2004

Inducted by: OutKast and Alicia Keys

Nominated in: 2004

First Eligible: 2004 Ceremony

Snubbed Members: Matt "Atlanta Bliss" Blistan, Lisa Coleman, Dez Dickerson, Matt Fink, Eric Leeds, Brown Mark, Wendy Melvoin, Susannah Melvoin, Bobby Z

Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 2004 (ranked #35) .

Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
Dirty Mind (1980)
Controversy (1981)
1999 (1982)
Purple Rain (1984)
Parade (1986)
Sign O' The Times (1987)

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
I Wanna Be Your Lover (1979)
Delirious (1982)
1999 (1982)
Little Red Corvette (1982)
Purple Rain (1984)
Darling Nikki (1984)
Let's Go Crazy (1984)
When Doves Cry (1984)
I Would Die 4 U (1984)
Raspberry Beret (1985)
Kiss (1986)
Sign 'o' the Times (1987)
U Got the Look (1987)
Diamonds and Pearls (1991)
Cream (1991)
Gett Off (1991)
7 (1992)

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33 comments so far (post your own)

Prince your in the hall?youve got to be kidding me???db...

Posted by dan barcan on Thursday, 05.8.08 @ 14:06pm

to DB the 80's would have been IMO(musically) a totally different decade without 5 soloists
prince micheal jackson maddona tina turner and pat benatar

Posted by baw "the lumberjack" on Tuesday, 12.9.08 @ 14:53pm

I'm going to say this now... "Purple Rain"... I just don't get it. This song is so slow and boring. How can people like this song? It drags on forever, and saps the life out of you. What is the attraction????

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 05.30.09 @ 22:26pm

I never got the Prince hype. I don't know why

Posted by Keebord on Friday, 07.3.09 @ 12:34pm

And to be honest, I don't care

Posted by Keebord on Friday, 07.3.09 @ 12:35pm

The man has more talent in his left testicle than the current Top 40 stars (Black Eyed Peas, Chris Brown) have in their entire bodies, Keebord. He plays his own guitar (very well; check out the Super Bowl performance), his own piano, his own organ and has a hell of a vocal range. I can understand why you'd think that why, but he deserved his induction no doubt.

Posted by Sam on Saturday, 06.26.10 @ 17:22pm


Posted by JIMI on Friday, 03.4.11 @ 23:56pm what way do you find him overrated? I'd love to hear something more of substance than just unsupported accusations.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Sunday, 03.6.11 @ 12:18pm

These might be fighting words, but....

Prince > Michael Jackson

I know it may not be smart to piss off the MJ bandwagoner cult, but Prince owns about 4 or 5 of the greatest pop songs ever made, and Jackson didnt do much after Thriller that really grabbed me besides The Way You Make Me Feel.

Posted by Jim on Sunday, 03.6.11 @ 12:35pm

If you doubt Prince's talent You Tube "Greatest Guitar Solo Ever" Its the 2004 Hall of Fame performance with Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne and others performing While My Guitar Gently Weeps It's breathtaking. Then stop and realize that he had only a few practice sessions with the song before the performance. That's mind blowing. He's a true genius. Very few people understand or really get him.

Posted by Kage on Wednesday, 03.16.11 @ 16:19pm

I'm surprised to see the amount of negative comments on here. Are there actually this many people who think Prince sucks or are these posts by someone trolling?

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Tuesday, 03.29.11 @ 13:53pm

"Prince > Michael Jackson" - Jim

About time somebody said it. Don't be afraid of the death cult, just say it. Both iconic artists though.

Posted by Sam on Friday, 04.1.11 @ 16:52pm

I would also agree with Jim, but that is personal preference. I always have been mored drawn to those who can sing and play lead guitar over someone who can just sing. Michael Jackson is still awesome though, I would never deny that.

Posted by Gassman on Friday, 04.1.11 @ 17:49pm

I guess my main complaint (besides the his blatant posthumous revision) with Jackson was that while he had many moments of genius, none of it was really trail blazing musically. It just kinda seemed to fit in with the times....

Off The Wall - Late 70s Disco record
Thriller/Bad - 80s synthisized pop, albeit incredible synthesized pop. None of it really stood out (originality wise, quality wise it obviously did) from the current scene except for the R&B/Rock fusion of Beat It and maybe Dirty Diana.
Black Or White - New Jack Swing
Scream -More of the same, albeit with mid-90s production techniques and some rapping.

I didn't listen to Dangerous, so I won't comment on it.

With Prince, he managed to take all the current trends and create a blend that sounded like nothing else at the time. All you have to do is name off some of the big hits, like "Kiss" , "Raspberry Beret" and "Purple Rain" to prove the point that Prince never really followed trends in his prime like Jackson did in his. Those songs took pop in a new, creative direction. Most of Jackson's best just took the existing formula and and pimped it out to produce incredible results from it.

Not meaning to insult MJ, but thats why I think Prince is better, and possibly more important.

Also, how was Jackson not a first year inductee? Was it because the Jackson Five were inducted around the same time? Its not like there hasnt been a precedent for one person going in twice the same year. (Neil Young)

Posted by Jim on Friday, 04.1.11 @ 19:34pm

I'm in agreement. No disrespect to MJ, who was a great performer, but Prince blows him away as an overall artist.

Posted by DarinRG on Friday, 04.1.11 @ 21:44pm

I haven't listened to many Prince songs but from what I have heard, i'd probably like him more than MJ if I listened to more. What do you'se suggest would be the best album to listen to as far as prince goes.

Posted by GFW on Saturday, 04.2.11 @ 18:39pm

GFW - Purple Rain, then probably 1999 or Sign O' The Times.

Posted by Gassman on Saturday, 04.2.11 @ 19:04pm

James Brown + Little Richard + Jimi Hendrix = Prince

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 07.13.11 @ 22:51pm

When other rock legends act like little school girls because they just had the opportunity to jam with you that says something about your impact and talent. Just Youtube Dave Grohl talking about his jam session with Prince.

The Minneapolis sound was a Halmark of the 80's quoting Eddie Murphy "Prince is a musical genius"

Posted by MKD on Saturday, 03.10.12 @ 15:19pm

I Wanna Be Your Lover needs to be added

Posted by Automatic on Monday, 08.20.12 @ 20:20pm

FYI Dirty Mind was released in 1980 not 1990.

Posted by Greg F on Saturday, 08.25.12 @ 18:03pm

Prince and Michael are two completely different artists, they shouldn't be compared. MJ changed music in his way and so did Prince. Prince thought of Michael as a genius, so enough said about that.

Posted by lara on Tuesday, 10.2.12 @ 14:03pm

WHAT THE F--- 2016?!?

R.I.P. Prince. Legendary singer who will be missed!

Posted by SotN on Thursday, 04.21.16 @ 13:16pm

Since Christmas we've lost so many legends. This year needs to stop!

RIP Prince

Posted by Gassman on Thursday, 04.21.16 @ 13:45pm

NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Prince was always one of my favorite musicians and a true musical genius in every sense of the word. He transcended musical genres/trends/styles. So much more to say, but I'll miss him and regret never seeing him in concert.

Posted by Nick on Thursday, 04.21.16 @ 14:30pm

There aren't a lot of ways that neither David Bowie or Merle Haggard are the biggest loss in music in a year, but this is sadly one of them. RIP to the artist that got me into funk-rock and then into the legendary funk of George Clinton and Bootsy Collins and countless others. He has changed my life so much.

Posted by Max on Thursday, 04.21.16 @ 18:20pm

One of the greatest guitarists I've ever seen. RIPaisley, Prince.

Posted by Paul in KY on Friday, 04.22.16 @ 07:13am

Has anyone else besides me notice that in most (if not all) stories headlining Prince's death leave out the 'Rock and Roll Hall of Fame' part. Just an observation, I guess for me. It did show that he was a RRHOFer in some articles. The point I'm making is this just shows how less serious the Rock Hall is taken seriously these days, especially with media. At least I hope that's the case.

Side note: Glad you got to see him, Paul! Unfortunately I never did. You probably remember that conservation we had last fall about how Prince always wanted to do Bonnaroo (so I read)...and he could have. Apparently he was planning a future impromptu show in St. Louis a few days before his death.

Posted by Jason Voigt on Saturday, 04.23.16 @ 22:16pm

Jason Voigt: Yet one clip that I've seen posted everywhere since his passing has been the 2004 induction ceremony jam with his amazing guitar solo to "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." Also most I've seen have had his induction somewhere in the article, just no in the headline or the beginning of the piece.

Posted by Gassman on Sunday, 04.24.16 @ 00:35am

You're absolutely right, Gassman. I have seen several post that clip all over social media (I think that was 2004?). This brings me to a new theory: maybe the artists/bands that will give a great performance and sell tickets are the ones being inducted. It's no wonder we haven't seen the Spinners, or hell, even Chic get inducted yet possibly because of this.

Posted by Jason Voigt on Sunday, 04.24.16 @ 11:38am

Just seen on TV, Jason. Never saw Prince live. Sure wish I had.

Posted by Paul in KY on Monday, 04.25.16 @ 08:04am

Paul Stanley writes of Prince's hip replacement surgery pain, and not to be quick to judge treatment for pain. Sheila E. speaks of the pain Prince has been in since his 2010 hip replacement surgery. Doctors claim flu & Percocet can be a tricky combination.

So if any of these Percocet/hip replacement surgery pain/flu rumors are at any level true, we may not have a drug addiction or even an overdose situation, but a bad reaction to a painful surgery, years of coping with unrelenting pain, and the body being weakened by one of the worst years for flu problems.

The way everything has been sounding, I'm expecting another Heath Ledger style death - ordinary prescription drugs, ordinary over-the-counter drugs, in just the precisely wrong combination.

You know what wouldn't have killed him? Marijuana for the pain he was having!

For the last 15 years of his life Prince was a Jehovah's Witness, that might be why he didn't toke.

Michael Jackson was a Jehovah's Witness too!

Posted by Roy on Monday, 04.25.16 @ 22:02pm

Why wasn't his band The Revolution also included in the induction?

Posted by Joel on Monday, 06.6.16 @ 15:35pm

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