Today marks the one year anniversary of Prince‘s death.
Purple Rain was the artist’s sixth studio album, the first to feature his backing band The Revolution, and is the soundtrack album to the 1984 film of the same name. Released in June of 1984 on Warner Bros. Records, the full length has sold over 22 million copies worldwide, making it the sixth-best-selling soundtrack album of all time.
Ranked among the best albums in music history, Purple Rain is widely regarded as Prince’s magnum opus. Time magazine ranked it the 15th greatest album of all time in 1993, and it placed 18th on VH1‘s Greatest Rock and Roll Albums of All Time countdown. Rolling Stone ranked it the second-best album of the 1980s and 76th on their list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time“. The first two singles from Purple Rain, “When Doves Cry” and “Let’s Go Crazy“, topped the US singles charts, and were hits around the world, while the title track went to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. And the album was certified thirteen-times platinum (diamond) by the RIAA.
In 2007, the editors of Vanity Fair labeled Purple Rain the best soundtrack of all time, and Tempo magazine named it the greatest album of the 1980s.The 1,000th issue of Entertainment Weekly (July 4, 2008) listed Purple Rain #1 on their list of the top 100 best albums of the past 25 years and in 2013, the magazine also listed the album at #2 on their list of the 100 Greatest Albums ever. In 2012, Slant Magazine listed the album at #2 on its list of “Best Albums of the 1980s” behind Michael Jackson‘s Thriller. In the same year, the album was added to the Library of Congress‘s National Recording Registry list of sound recordings that “are culturally, historically, or aesthetically important”