I liked 'When Doves Cry' when it came out. I also liked some of the other singles around that time, notably '1999' and 'Raspberry Beret'.
I also saw 'Purple Rain' at the cinema when it was first released - though I don't really remember anything about it.
After that I drifted from his work a bit. Rightly or wrongly I do not appear to have any of his music in my collection.
Quite frankly I was less keen on the later 80s-early 90s production style (drum machines, lack of melody and rhythm). Prince to me became one of the post-Live Aid megastars (Michael Jackson, Madonna, Whitney Houston etc). They could have some good songs, but others might not be. Thus big hits like 'Batdance', 'Get Offf' and 'Sexy MF' did little for my ears. I was interested in e.g.Happy Mondays, EMF, Carter USM and early Blur albums in this period.
That said, it can be stated to Prince that: 'U Got The Look' with visual elements of Jimi Hendrix, Phil Lynott and Michael Jackson. I did like 'Kiss' (& the version by Tom Jones) and Sinead O'Connor's version of 'Nothing Compares 2 U' is an exceptional song of that period. I don't think I knew that he wrote The Bangles 'Manic Monday'
Maybe he is an artist I should re-appraise. Perhaps a greatest hits album would alert me to things in his work that I hadn't took too before