The Very Best of Prince

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The Very Best of Prince
Prince Very.jpg
Greatest hits album by Prince
Released July 31, 2001 (2001-07-31)
Recorded 1979–1991
Genre
Length 73:18
Label Warner Bros.
Producer
Prince chronology
Rave In2 the Joy Fantastic
(2001)
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 from 1979 to 1991 including the US number 1s "When Doves Cry", "Let's Go Crazy", "Kiss" and "Cream".

The Very Best of Prince does not include the US number 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] All the songs included in this compilation were all previously included in the 3-disc box set The Hits/The B-Sides (1993), with the exception of "Money Don't Matter 2 Night".

Commercial performance[edit]

On the chart dated August 18, 2001, The Very Best of Prince debuted at number 66 on the US Billboard 200.[4] As of September 21, 2004, the album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for selling 1 million copies in the United States.[5] The Very Best of Prince sold 179,000 album-equivalent units (100,000 in pure album sales) in the week following Prince's death,[6] thus allowing the album to re-enter the Billboard 200 at number one; this makes the album Prince's fifth number-one on the chart.[7] The following week the album fell to number two on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 391,000 equivalent copies (216,000 in pure album sales) behind Beyoncé's Lemonade.[8] in 2016 the album has sold 575,000 recognized copies in the United States and has moved over 905,000 equivalent album units.[9]

Track listing[edit]

All songs are written by and credited to Prince, except where noted.

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

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[37] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Belgium (BEA)[38] Platinum 50,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[39] Gold 50,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[40] Platinum 15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[41] 2× Platinum 600,000^
United States (RIAA)[5] Platinum 1,000,000^

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

References[edit]

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  2. ^ CD Universe scores
  3. ^ Rolling Stone Album Guide
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