The Very Best of Prince

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The Very Best of Prince
Greatest hits album by Prince
Released July 31, 2001
Recorded 1979–1991
Genre Pop, rock, funk
Length 73:18
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Prince, The Revolution, The New Power Generation
Prince chronology
Rave In2 the Joy Fantastic
(2000)
The Very Best of Prince
(2001)
The Rainbow Children
(2001)
Alternate cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[1]
Q 4/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[3]

The Very Best of Prince is a greatest hits album by American recording artist Prince. It was released on July 31, 2001 by Warner Bros. Records. The album contains most of his commercially successful singles in their radio edits from 1979–1991 including the US #1's "When Doves Cry", "Let's Go Crazy", "Kiss" and "Cream".

The Very Best of Prince does not include the US #1 hit "Batdance" most likely due to the licensing of the character Batman. AllMusic supposes that the Batman album is being unofficially written out of his discography.[1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Original album Length
1. "I Wanna Be Your Lover" (single edit) Prince Prince (1979) 2:58
2. "1999" (single edit) Prince 1999 (1982) 3:37
3. "Little Red Corvette"   Prince 1999 (1982) 4:56
4. "When Doves Cry" (single edit) Prince Purple Rain (1984) 3:47
5. "Let's Go Crazy"   Prince and The Revolution Purple Rain (1984) 4:40
6. "Purple Rain"   Prince and The Revolution Purple Rain (1984) 8:40
7. "I Would Die 4 U" (single version) Prince and The Revolution Purple Rain (1984) 2:56
8. "Raspberry Beret"   Prince and The Revolution Around the World in a Day (1985) 3:32
9. "Kiss" (single edit) Prince and The Revolution Parade (1986) 3:46
10. "Sign o' the Times" (single edit) Prince Sign o' the Times (1987) 3:42
11. "U Got the Look" (featuring Sheena Easton) Prince Sign o' the Times (1987) 3:47
12. "Alphabet St."   Prince Lovesexy (1988) 5:38
13. "Thieves in the Temple"   Prince Graffiti Bridge (1990) 3:21
14. "Gett Off"   Prince and The New Power Generation Diamonds and Pearls (1991) 4:31
15. "Cream"   Prince and The New Power Generation Diamonds and Pearls (1991) 4:13
16. "Diamonds and Pearls" (single edit) Prince and The New Power Generation Diamonds and Pearls (1991) 4:19
17. "Money Don't Matter 2 Night"   Prince and The New Power Generation Diamonds and Pearls (1991) 4:47

Personnel[edit]

The Revolution[edit]

The New Power Generation[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Jill Jones – co-lead vocals (on "1999")
  • Dez Dickerson – co-lead vocals (on "1999" & "Little Red Corvette"), lead guitar (on "Little Red Corvette")
  • Mazarati – backing vocals (on "Kiss")
  • Sheena Easton – vocals (on "U Got the Look")
  • Sheila E. – drums, percussion (on "U Got the Look" & "Alphabet St."), vocals (on "Alphabet St.")
  • Cat Glover – rap (on "Alphabet St.")
  • Eric Leedsbrass, vocals (on "Alphabet St."), flute (on "Gett Off")

Charts[edit]

Chart (2001) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[4] 40
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[5] 13
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[6] 18
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[7] 10
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[8] 3
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[9] 6
Irish Albums (IRMA)[10] 1
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[11] 28
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[12] 17
UK Albums (OCC)[13] 2
US Billboard 200[14] 66
US Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums (Billboard)[15] 72
Chart (2011) Peak
position
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[16] 16

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[17] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Belgium (BEA)[18] Platinum 50,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[19] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[20] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[21] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Allmusic review
  2. ^ CD Universe scores
  3. ^ Rolling Stone Album Guide
  4. ^ "Prince – The Very Best Of". Australiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved November 28, 2013.
  5. ^ "Prince - The Very Best Of" (in German). Austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved November 28, 2013.
  6. ^ "Prince – The Very Best Of" (in Dutch). Ultratop.be. Hung Medien. Retrieved November 28, 2013.
  7. ^ "Top 40 Albums - 40 / 2001 - Hitlisten". Hitlisten.nu. Hung Medien. Retrieved November 28, 2013.
  8. ^ "Prince – The Very Best Of" (in Dutch). Dutchcharts.nl. Hung Medien. Retrieved November 28, 2013.
  9. ^ "Top 100 Longplay". Officialcharts.de. GfK Entertainment. Retrieved November 28, 2013.
  10. ^ "GFK Chart-Track". Chart-Track.co.uk. GFK Chart-Track. IRMA. Retrieved November 28, 2013.
  11. ^ "Prince – The Very Best Of". Swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved November 28, 2013.
  12. ^ "Prince – The Very Best Of". Swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved November 28, 2013.
  13. ^ "2001-08-11 Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. The Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 28, 2013.
  14. ^ "Prince Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for Prince. Prometheus Global Media.
  15. ^ "Prince Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums for Prince. Prometheus Global Media.
  16. ^ "Prince – The Very Best Of". Norwegiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved November 28, 2013.
  17. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2008 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved November 28, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – 2010". Ultratop & Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. Retrieved November 28, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Prince – The Very Best of Prince". Music Canada. Retrieved November 28, 2013. 
  20. ^ "British album certifications – Prince – The Very Best of Prince". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved November 28, 2013.  Enter The Very Best of Prince in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  21. ^ "American album certifications – Prince – The Very Best of Prince". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved November 28, 2013.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH