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Charted: November 8, 1980

Rating: 4.326 (average of 11 ratings)

Genre: R&B

Quotable: “set the style for much of the urban soul and funk of the early ‘80s” – Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

Album Tracks:

  1. Dirty Mind
  2. When You Were Mine
  3. Do It All Night
  4. Gotta Broken Heart Again
  5. Uptown
  6. Head
  7. Sister
  8. Partyup


sales in U.S. only 1.2 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 2 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 45
peak on U.K. album chart --

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Uptown (10/4/80) #5 RB
  • Dirty Mind (1/17/81) #65 RB


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. Rolling Stone Magazine’s 100 Greatest Albums

Dirty Mind
“Neither For You nor Prince was adequate preparation for the full-blown masterpiece of Prince’s third album, Dirty Mind. Recorded in his home studio, with Prince playing nearly every instrument, Dirty Mind is a stunning, audacious amalgam of funk, new wave, R&B, and pop, fueled by grinningly salacious sex and the desire to shock. Where other pop musicians suggested sex in lewd double-entendres, Prince left nothing to hide – before its release, no other rock or funk record was ever quite as explicit as Dirty Mind, with its gleeful tales of oral sex, threesomes, and even incest.” STE

“Certainly, it opened the doors for countless sexually explicit albums, but to reduce its impact to mere profanity is too reductive – the music of Dirty Mind is as shocking as its graphic language, bending styles and breaking rules with little regard for fixed genres. Basing the album on a harder, rock-oriented beat more than before, Prince tries everything – there’s pure new wave pop (When You Were Mine), soulful crooning (Gotta Broken Heart Again), robotic funk (Dirty Mind), rock & roll (Sister), sultry funk (Head, Do It All Night), and relentless dance jams (Uptown, Partyup), all in the space of half an hour. It’s a breathtaking, visionary album, and its fusion of synthesizers, rock rhythms, and funk set the style for much of the urban soul and funk of the early ‘80s.” STE

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Prince’s DMDB page next album: Controversy (1981)

Last updated February 18, 2010.