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The Very Best of Prince is a greatest hits album by American recording artist Prince. It was released on July 31, 2001 byWarner Bros. Records. The album contains most of his commercially successful singles in their radio edits from 1979–1991 including the US #1's "When Doves Cry", "Let's Go Crazy", "Kiss" and "Cream".

The Very Best of Prince does not include the US #1 hit "Batdance" most likely due to the licensing of the characterBatmanAllMusic supposes that the Batman album is being unofficially written out of his discography.[1]

ContentsEdit

 [hide*1 Track listing

Track listing[edit]Edit

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

Personnel[edit]Edit

The Revolution[edit]Edit

The New Power Generation[edit]Edit

Additional musicians[edit]Edit

  • Jill Jones – co-lead vocals (on "1999")
  • Dez Dickerson – co-lead vocals (on "1999" & "Little Red Corvette"), lead guitar (on "Little Red Corvette")
  • Mazarati – backing vocals (on "Kiss")
  • Sheena Easton – vocals (on "U Got the Look")
  • Sheila E. – drums, percussion (on "U Got the Look" & "Alphabet St."), vocals (on "Alphabet St.")
  • Cat Glover – rap (on "Alphabet St.")
  • Eric Leeds – brass, vocals (on "Alphabet St."), flute (on "Gett Off")

Charts[edit]Edit

Chart (2001) Peak

position

Australian Albums (ARIA)[4] 40
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[5] 13
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[6] 18
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[7] 10
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[8] 3
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[9] 6
Irish Albums (IRMA)[10] 1
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[11] 28
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[12] 17
UK Albums (OCC)[13] 2
US Billboard 200[14] 66
US Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums (Billboard)[15] 72
Chart (2011) Peak

position

Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[16] 16

Certifications[edit]Edit

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[17] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Belgium (BEA)[18] Platinum 50,000
Canada (Music Canada)[19] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[20] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[21] Platinum 1,000,000^

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

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