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

Sign 'O' The Times by Prince
Year: 1987
Overall rank: 190th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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81/100 (from 843 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 5 albums of 1987 (3rd)
Award Top 50 albums of the 1980s (23rd)
Award Top 200 albums of all time (190th)

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

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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 81.0/100, a mean average of 79.9/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 81.1/100. The standard deviation for this album is 17.2.

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From 10/16/2021 16:46
It's hard to overstate what a towering creative achievement Sign "O" The Times is. As much as I enjoy Purple Rain, and even though I have it ranked higher, in some ways this might be the better album. It never comes close to settling into complacency or formula, and because Prince was already a megastar when the album was made, he really had nothing to prove in order to garner attention or success. "Starfish and Coffee," Prince's profile of an odd elementary school classmate, is both great storytelling and exceptional melody making, and although few would consider it among Prince's signature songs, it's the highlight of this terrific album as far as I'm concerned.
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From 09/07/2021 04:56
My Favorite Album by Prince, he becomes a genius here

Psychedelic pop, Soul, Rock, R&B, funk and Avant Pop

All genres delivered perfectly

Masterpiece
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From 07/26/2021 22:42
I think this might be Prince's actual masterpiece
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From 03/29/2021 13:26
Um dos grandes do Prince, mas não faz tanto minha cabeça.
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From 02/08/2021 23:45
Fav. Tracks:

- Sign 'O' The Times
- Play In The Sunshine
- It
- Starfish And Coffee
- If I Was Your Girlfriend
- The Cross
- It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Night
- Adore
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From 12/29/2020 18:24
This is one of THE BEST albums of all time!!! SOOOO FUNKY!
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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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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. Paid In Full by Eric B. & Rakim
16. Darklands by The Jesus And Mary Chain
17. Come On Pilgrim by Pixies
18. Diesel And Dust by Midnight Oil
19. Tunnel Of Love by Bruce Springsteen
20. Tango In The Night by Fleetwood Mac
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