Sign 'O' The Times (studio album) by Prince

Sign 'O' The Times
Sign 'O' The Times by Prince
Year: 1987
Overall rank: 218th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 790 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 5 albums of 1987 (3rd)
Award Top 50 albums of the 1980s (26th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (218th)

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Sign 'O' The Times is ranked as the best album by Prince.

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-Sign 'O' The Times1999

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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 80.9/100, a mean average of 79.7/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 81.0/100. The standard deviation for this album is 17.4.

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From 06/29/2020 05:33
Sign 'O' the Times is Prince's magnum opus. He put so many flavors into this album and it's somehow not a jumbled mess.
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From 01/05/2020 22:40
Such a fucking bless to the ears. The percussion really makes me cum this time. It's so perfect. 'Starfish and Coffee' I don't even like on a songwriting level, but the percussion just makes the whole song. Probably the best album to showcase his genius, and to prove good percussion is SO important. If after this you don't hate everyone who uses a basic drum set, you haven't been listening.

Shoutout to 'It'. The best fucking thing he ever made. The pure angst and thirst he displays pierces through your soul; he sounds like he's rolling around in his own sweat trying to get up, and that's a compliment. It should be called 'Id', but it probably already is; I don't suppose that coincidence went over his head. And he uses the "far off" effect better than David Bowie did himself.
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From 08/27/2019 00:05
Why are some people here comparing Prince with Michael Jackson?

Prince was an amazing artist who made outstanding music.

Jackson's music's kinda one size fits all; music for people that aren't really into music.
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From 12/09/2018 10:08
My personal favourite album Prince ever released. This kaleidoscopic double album captures Prince at the peak of his studio craft and holds many of his greatest songs as a result.

Track Picks:
Sign 'O' the Times
The Ballad of Dorothy Parker
Starfish and Coffee
Slow Love
If I Was Your Girlfriend
I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man
Adore
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From 11/27/2018 13:56
Another all-timer from Prince who has created his most restless work yet. This is one double-album music lovers cannot afford to miss, and my second favourite from the legend behind the incredible "Purple Rain". My favourite track here is the androgynous, introspective "If I Was Your Girlfriend".
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From 07/06/2018 03:21
His Definitive Magnun Opus.
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From 06/01/2018 17:08
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From 04/15/2018 06:12
Amazing album. Changed my whole outlook on Prince when I first heard it. Made me prefer him over Michael Jackson, though I still love MJ. Great album. One of the best, and his best IMO.
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From 02/10/2018 01:19
The best Prince music.
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From 07/06/2017 18:18
I was mostly Prince theese days, compared to Michael Jacksson
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Best Albums of 1987
1. The Joshua Tree by U2
2. Appetite For Destruction by Guns N' Roses
3. Sign 'O' The Times by Prince
4. Strangeways, Here We Come by The Smiths
5. You're Living All Over Me by Dinosaur Jr.
6. Document by R.E.M.
7. Bad by Michael Jackson
8. Sister by Sonic Youth
9. Hysteria by Def Leppard
10. Music For The Masses by Depeche Mode
11. Louder Than Bombs by The Smiths
12. Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me by The Cure
13. Substance by New Order
14. Kick by INXS
15. Darklands by The Jesus And Mary Chain
16. Diesel And Dust by Midnight Oil
17. Paid In Full by Eric B. & Rakim
18. Come On Pilgrim by Pixies
19. Tunnel Of Love by Bruce Springsteen
20. Tango In The Night by Fleetwood Mac
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