RIP Prince #RespectTheLegendary

Prince (born Prince Rogers Nelson) was a legacy.

As a Minneapolis native, musician, singer, style icon and endless creative soul, Prince influenced and changed the way people viewed all types of music; breaking down genres and spreading love all in the same breathe.

Today, Prince died (April 21) at the age of 57 in his Paisley Park home and studio, confirmed by his publicist to the Associated Press.

In his 35-plus-year career, Prince released 39 solo studio albums as he continuously experimented with psychedelic rock, intergalactic funk and everything in-between. His 1978 debut album For You and self-titled second LP, released in October 1979, kicked off an incredibly prolific run of albums that included 1999, Purple Rain, Around The World In A Day, Sign O The Times and Batman, among others, throughout the 1980s at a clip of nearly one per year, evolving with each release.

But we could go on and on about the greatness that was Prince. The world will miss him.

Rest peacefully.

Listen to some of CW's favorite songs from the legacy below. #RespectTheLegendary