Dirty Mind is the third studio album by American recording artist Prince. It was released on October 8, 1980, by Warner Bros. Records as the follow-up to his self-titled second album, Prince , (1979). Produced, arranged, and composed mainly by Prince in his home studio in Minneapolis, Minnesota, [3] the album debuted at number 63 on the US Billboard 200 chart (peaking at number 45), and earned widespread acclaim from music critics.

On June 6, 1984, it was certified gold in shipments by the Recording Industry Association of America.


Dirty Mind was mainly recorded in Prince's home studio throughout 1980, and several of the songs were cut in one night, giving them a sparse, demo-like quality. The title track was released as a single and described as "robotic funk" by AllMusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine, [3] while "When You Were Mine", notably covered by Cyndi Lauper on her album She's So Unusual , is "pure new wave pop". [3] "Do It All Night" and "Head", a sexually explicit song about a chance meeting with a bride-to-be and seducing her with oral sex, [31] contain "sultry funk"; [3] "Gotta Broken Heart Again", the only ballad on the record, features "soulful crooning"; [3] and the rock-influenced "Sister" describes incest between the song's protagonist and his older sibling ("Incest is everything it's said to be"). "Uptown" and "Partyup" are "relentless dance jams", according to Erlewine; [3] the former became a top-five hit on the Billboard Dance and R&B charts in late 1980, and the latter was performed on Saturday Night Live on February 21, 1981.

Critical reception

The album received critical acclaim. According to Ken Tucker from Rolling Stone , "Prince's first two collections established him as a doe-eyed romantic. Nothing could have prepared us for the liberating lewdness of Dirty Mind . Dirty Mind jolts with the unsettling tension that arises from rubbing complex erotic wordplay against clean, simple melodies. Across this ELECTRIC surface glides Prince's graceful quaver, tossing off lyrics with an exhilarating breathlessness. He takes the sweet romanticism of Smokey Robinson and combines it with the powerful vulgate poetry of Richard Pryor. The result is cool music dealing with hot emotions. At its best, Dirty Mind is positively filthy."

Stephen Thomas Erlewine from AllMusic describes the album as "stunning, audacious amalgam of funk, new wave, R&B, and pop, fueled by grinningly salacious sex and the desire to shock" and that it "set the style for much of the urban soul and funk of the early '80s". [3]

According to The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (2004), " Dirty Mind remains one of the most radical 180-degree turns in pop history." Robert Hilburn of the Los Angeles Times described the music from the album as "confident and highly danceable blend of post-disco funk and tasty, hard-line rock". Prince's songwriting contains prominently sexual lyrics. Keith Harris of Blender characterizes its songs as "confessions of a sex junkie" with " new-wave funk". [29]

Pitchfork Media ranked Dirty Mind number 87 on its list of the Top 100 Albums of the 1980s. [12] Slant Magazine listed the album at number 53 on its "Best Albums of the 1980s" list. [34]

In 2003, the album was ranked number 204 on Rolling Stone ' s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The same magazine ranked it at number 18 on its list of the "100 Greatest Albums of the 1980s".


The first single, " Uptown " reached No. 101 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles but peaked within the top five of the R&B Singles chart and the Dance chart. The title track was released as the second single and was modestly successful on the R&B chart. The songs "Uptown", "Dirty Mind", and "Head" were released together, reaching the dance chart's top five.

"Head" was featured in the movie Waiting to Exhale .

Track listing

All tracks written by Prince, except where noted.

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. " Dirty Mind " Prince, Doctor Fink 4:14
2. " When You Were Mine " 3:47
3. " Do It All Night " 3:42
4. "Gotta Broken Heart Again" 2:16
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
5. " Uptown " Prince, André Cymone 5:32
6. "Head" 4:44
7. "Sister" 1:31
8. "Partyup" Prince, Morris Day 4:24




Region Certification Certified units /Sales
United States ( RIAA) Gold 500,000 ^

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


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