Dirty Mind

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This article is about the Prince album. For the songs, see Dirty Mind (Prince song), Dirty Mind (Pipettes song), Dirty Mind (Shakespears Sister song) and for the song by Prism see Beat Street
Dirty Mind
Studio album by Prince
Released October 8, 1980
Recorded May–June 1980
Genre Post-disco,[1] funk, new wave[2]
Length 30:14
Label Warner Bros.
BSK 3478
Producer Prince
Prince chronology
Dirty Mind
Singles from Dirty Mind
  1. "Uptown"
    Released: September 10, 1980
  2. "Dirty Mind"
    Released: November 26, 1980
  3. "Do It All Night"
    Released: 1981
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[3]
The A.V. Club (favorable)[4]
Blender 5/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau A[5]
Entertainment Weekly A[6]
Los Angeles Times (favorable)[7]
No Ripcord (10/10)[8]
PopMatters (favorable)[9]
Rolling Stone 4.5/5 stars (1981)[10] (1999)[11]
Rolling Stone 5/5 stars (2004)[12]

Dirty Mind is the third studio album by American recording artist Prince. It was released on October 8, 1980 by Warner Bros. Records. It was produced, arranged and composed primarily by Prince.[12] The album debuted at number 63 on the US Billboard 200 chart,[13] and earned widespread acclaim from music critics.[14] On June 6, 1984, it was certified gold in shipments by the Recording Industry Association of America.[15] Pitchfork Media ranked Dirty Mind number 87 on its list of the Top 100 Albums of the 1980s.[16] In 2003, the album was ranked number 204 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.[17] Slant Magazine listed the album at #53 on its list of the "Best Albums of the 1980s".[18]


According to The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (2004), "Dirty Mind remains one of the most radical 180-degree turns in pop history."[12] Robert Hilburn of the Los Angeles Times described the music from the album as "confident and highly danceable blend of post-disco funk and tasty, hard-line rock".[1] Prince's songwriting contains prominently sexual lyrics.[19] Keith Harris of Blender characterizes its songs as "confessions of a sex junkie" with "new-wave funk".[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Prince, except where noted[20]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Dirty Mind"   Prince, Dr. Fink 4:14
2. "When You Were Mine"     3:47
3. "Do It All Night"     3:42
4. "Gotta Broken Heart Again"     2:16
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
5. "Uptown"     5:32
6. "Head"     4:44
7. "Sister"     1:31
8. "Partyup"   Prince, Morris Day 4:24


  • Dr. Fink - synthesizer (on "Dirty Mind" and "Head")
  • Lisa Coleman - vocals ("Head")
  • All other vocals and instruments performed by Prince.


Chart history[edit]


  1. ^ a b Nilsen, Per (2004). Dance Music Sex Romance: Prince: The First Decade. SAF Publishing Ltd, 2004, p. 87. ISBN 094671964
  2. ^ a b c Harris, Keith (June–July 2001). "Every Original CD Reviewed - Prince". Blender (Alpha Media Group) (1). 
  3. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Dirty Mind - Prince." Allmusic. Retrieved on 2010-01-01.
  4. ^ Phipps, Keith (2009-04-24). "Primer: Prince." The A.V. Club. Retrieved on 2010-01-01.
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Consumer Guide: Dirty Mind". The Village Voice: 1980.
  6. ^ Browne, David (1990-09-21). "Purple Products." Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on 2010-01-01.
  7. ^ Johnson, Connie. "A Prince of Punk/Funk". Los Angeles Times: S83. December 7, 1980. (Transcription of original review at talk page)
  8. ^ Booker, George (2009-05-20). "Prince: Dirty Mind - Music Review." No Ripcord. Retrieved on 2010-01-01.
  9. ^ Robinson, Charlotte. "Prince: Dirty Mind." PopMatters. Retrieved on 2010-01-01.
  10. ^ Tucker, Ken (1981-02-19). "Dirty Mind." Rolling Stone. Retrieved on 2010-01-01.
  11. ^ Schruers, Fred (1999-09-16). "Prince: Dirty Mind : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-10-24. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  12. ^ a b c Hoard, Christian. "The Rolling Stone Album Guide". Rolling Stone: 655. November 2, 2004.
  13. ^ Columnist. "Tops in Pops". Los Angeles Times: G2. November 3, 1980.
  14. ^ Holden, Stephen. Prince, A Renegade. The New York Times. Retrieved on 2010-01-01.
  15. ^ Gold & Platinum: Searchable Database. Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved on 2010-01-01.
  16. ^ Staff. Top 100 Albums of the 1980s. Pitchfork Media. Retrieved on 2010-01-01.
  17. ^ Staff. RS500: 204) Dirty Mind. Rolling Stone. Retrieved on 2010-01-01.
  18. ^ http://www.slantmagazine.com/music/feature/best-albums-of-the-1980s/308/page_5
  19. ^ Columnist. "Prince's Song Lyrics are X-Rated". Los Angeles Times: December 1980. Note: Original article reprinted in The Tuscaloosa News.
  20. ^ http://princevault.com/index.php/Album:_Dirty_Mind
  21. ^ http://princevault.com/index.php/Album:_Dirty_Mind
  22. ^ Billboard Albums: Dirty Mind. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2010-01-01.


  • Nathan Brackett, Christian Hoard (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Completely Revised and Updated 4th Edition. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 

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