I've been hearing a lot lately that Prince is a better artist than MJ . Now at this very moment and time Prince might be better because of MJ's inactivity and absence from the music world. However there can be no doubt as to who was better in their respective primes back in the 1980's. I think the people who favor Prince are either to young to ever really have heard MJ's full lists of songs or just choose to be musical revisionist because of MJ's crazy behavior over the last 20 years. This debate has already been decided when these two were in their heyday.Michael Jackson WAS the 80's in terms of music and pop culture,his album "Thiller" was the soundtrack for that decade , but for the sake of the people who don't know lets review the facts. Michael Jackson's "Thiller" album is still the best selling album ever, selling over 100 million copies world wide. Prince's best selling album "Purple Rain" only sold about 20 million world. MJ re-invented the music video with his landmark video for "Thiller", which is considered the best music video of all time. Can you even remember one of Prince'e videos?Mj was the first black artist to ever have his video played on MTV, back when MTV had a whites only policy. Have you been able to think of just one of Prince's videos yet? MJ is one of the best dancers and choreographers ever. Prince basically stands in one place when he performs. MJ has a good ,clear and distinctive sing voice. Prince just raps or screams to the beat of the music. Hmmm.....MJ 5 Prince 0 . You do the math. For all the people who still think Prince is even close to beening in Michael's league--all you have to do is listen to "1999" and "Purple Rain"(Prince's best two albums) then listen to "Off The Wall" and "Thiller"(MJ's best two albums). You will notice that a lot of Prince's song are dated and dont hold up well,so you wouldn't want to listen to that many of his songs that often if at all. Mj's song on the other hand are for the most part songs that are so good that they would be popular songs if they were released for the first time right today. In fact Michael has re-released Thiller recently and it was the number 2 album in the country in terms of sells when it debuted. Do You think Prince could have done the same with his old songs? I think it is clear to see that Prince, eventhough a good artist in his own right could never on his best day compare to Michael Jackson. I think Prince is more on the level of Janet Jackson rather than Michael Jackson -- but you don't have to believe me just belleve your ears.