Top Ten Album Covers of the 21st Century that Look Like Covers from the 60s or 70s

When it comes to music albums, the 60s and 70s of the 20th Century had a very distinctive style, not only when it comes to the music itself, but also at designing the cover artwork. Some were psychadelic, some were futuristic and some were uber artsy - and thanks to color scheme, fonts, camera angle, shading, and more, it is very easy to immediately spot them. But some more recent covers of the 21st century look astoundingly similiar. Some intentionally, some coincidentally.

The Top Ten

1 Earth Blues - Spiritual Beggars

Yes, this band was founded in the early 90s as a side project of famous metal musicians from Sweden. Their music (stoner rock/metal) is also influenced by the 60s-70s but they add some modern things to the songs. And yes, this cover fits the music. Some other covers from their discography might be interesting, too.
Thanks for mentioning me. - Metal_Treasure

Thanks to Metal_Treasure's list of Album Covers With Naked People, I discovered this album cover from 2013. It's obviously a hommage to old psychadelic album covers, but it is a perfect imitation. I never doubted a second this was an old album cover when I first saw it. Everything fits: the symbolic and intentionally controversial content of the image, the brown-ish tone, the "groovy" font. It's all very LSD-ish and could be from a protest album against the Vietnam war. - Martin_Canine

2 Back to Basics - Christina Aguilera

This is another intentional lookalike, as this album has a more nostalgic soul inspired sound that partly resembles the old divas of the genre. And if you wouldn't know who she is, you may think that this was a soul classic from back in the days judging by its cover. - Martin_Canine

3 Zurück zum Glück - Die Toten Hosen

This always reminded me of a potential movie poster for a European 70s giallo thriller. Like, about a serial killer that kills their victims with a hammer on the head or something like that. Also that cold expression you see on the mouth would be typical. - Martin_Canine

4 Bite the Green Apple - Look Left

May I introduce to you the long lost Beatles album "Bite the Green Apple"? - Martin_Canine

5 Witness - Katy Perry

Imagine a collaboration album between Jean Michael Jarre, Tangerine Dream, Mike Oldfield and Vangelis while staring at this album cover and you'll know why I added this. - Martin_Canine

6 Ballast Der Republik - Die Toten Hosen

The furious mix of pop culture, war and a boringly grey color scheme in addition to the red brown band logo and basic font is, like, the definition of a 70s political rock album cover. Also, the album title translates to "Burden of the Republic". - Martin_Canine

7 Es Ist Juli - Juli

It looks so 70s style French to me. Like, it's pretentiously artful but since it's French it actually works out.
But no, it's the debut of a German 21st Century indie rock band. - Martin_Canine

8 Artpop - Lady Gaga

"So we sat there in the Korova milk bar trying to make up our rassoodocks what to do with the evening. The Korova milk bar sold milk plus, milk plus vellocet or synthemesc or drencrom, which is what we were drinking. This would sharpen you up and make you ready for a bit of the old ultraviolence." - Martin_Canine

9 Himmel auf - Silbermond

Generally, I seem to associate stale white covers with orange, brown or dark red fonts with the 70s.
This album cover also perfectly shows the band's change in musical direction, away from the cheeky punk-ish pop rock to a slower, introvert indie rock. - Martin_Canine

10 The Long Road - Nickelback

Without trying to be in any way trolling or degrading one of the two bands: if you saw this album cover without the band's logo, didn't know it and had to guess who it was by... would you truly be surprised if the name Led Zeppelin would pop up in the corner instead of Nickelback? - Martin_Canine

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