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

Sign 'O' The Times by Prince
Year: 1987
Overall rank: 192nd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 868 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 (192nd)

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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 79.8/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 81.1/100. The standard deviation for this album is 17.3.

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80/100
From 03/17/2022 20:08
A mild personal dilemma, as I listen to this record.

On the one hand, I don’t like double albums and there’s not two albums worth of great songs.

On the other hand, Prince is so comfortable in so many different musical genres, that he almost needs all 16 songs to cover all that he’s capable of. Said differently, not every song is very good, but none of the songs drag.
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85/100
From 12/11/2021 20:02
Album Rating: 80.44
(1,287/16)

1. "Sign o' the Times" 4:57 - 91
2. "Play in the Sunshine" 5:06 - 80
3. "Housequake" 4:40 - 71
4. "The Ballad of Dorothy Parker" 4:03 - 81
5. "It" 5:10 - 84
6. "Starfish and Coffee" Prince, Susannah Melvoin 2:50 - 78
7. "Slow Love" Prince, Carole Davis 4:22 - 80
8. "Hot Thing" 5:39 - 70
9. "Forever in My Life" 3:32 - 71

Total length: 40:19

CD 2 / LP 2:

1. "U Got the Look" 3:46 - 90
2. "If I Was Your Girlfriend" 5:04 - 79
3. "Strange Relationship" 4:01 - 84
4. "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man" 6:29 - 88
5. "The Cross" 4:49 - 85
6. "It's Gonna Be a Beautiful Night" Prince, Matt Fink, Eric Leeds 9:02 - 71
7. "Adore" - 84
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95/100
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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80/100
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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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. Bad by Michael Jackson
7. Document by R.E.M.
8. Music For The Masses by Depeche Mode
9. Sister by Sonic Youth
10. Hysteria by Def Leppard
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. Come On Pilgrim by Pixies
17. Paid In Full by Eric B. & Rakim
18. Diesel And Dust by Midnight Oil
19. Tango In The Night by Fleetwood Mac
20. Tunnel Of Love by Bruce Springsteen
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