Top 10 Album Covers that Perfectly Capture the Album's Sound

The Top Ten
1 In Rock - Deep Purple In Rock - Deep Purple Product Image

The band members are "In Rock" - depicted in a rock sculpture inspired by Mount Rushmore. So, this album must be solid/hard/heavy rock music. Which it is.

2 Ramones - Ramones Ramones - Ramones Product Image
3 Blue - Joni Mitchell Blue - Joni Mitchell Product Image
4 Nightclubbing - Grace Jones Nightclubbing - Grace Jones Product Image
5 Born In the U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen Born In the U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen Product Image
6 Straight Outta Compton - N.W.A Straight Outta Compton - N.W.A Product Image
7 Vulgar Display of Power - Pantera Vulgar Display of Power - Pantera Product Image
8 Hed PE - Hed PE Hed PE - Hed PE Product Image
9 Bad Brains - Bad Brains Bad Brains - Bad Brains Product Image

Political, and the jamaican colors that are reminiscent of the reggae sound. So you perfectly know what you're getting into.

This cover screams Punk. Political.

10 Under My Skin - Avril Lavigne Under My Skin - Avril Lavigne Product Image
The Contenders
11 Snappin' Necks - Stuck Mojo Snappin' Necks - Stuck Mojo Product Image
12 Tormented - Staind Tormented - Staind Product Image
13 Queen Elizabitch - Cupcakke Queen Elizabitch - Cupcakke Product Image
14 Significant Other - Limp Bizkit Significant Other - Limp Bizkit Product Image
15 Through the Eyes - Flaw Through the Eyes - Flaw Product Image
16 Raw Power - Iggy & the Stooges Raw Power - Iggy & the Stooges Product Image
17 Morning View - Incubus Morning View - Incubus Product Image
18 Legendary Tales - Rhapsody (of Fire) Legendary Tales - Rhapsody (of Fire) Product Image

I like it but didn't put it very high because perhaps only metal fans can identify it's a power metal album, with fantasy based lyrics. Non-metal fans may conclude it's a Disney album.

I am not a metal fan but I can tell this is not a Disney album.

19 Mother Earth - Within Temptation Mother Earth - Within Temptation Product Image

You can clearly see from the cover designs which direction the band went on the respective album. "Enter", "Mother Earth", "The Silent Force" and "The Heart of Everything" look fantasy inspired, and tries (akd succeeds) to look beautiful and mystical. The music on these albums is tender, graceful and pure, with folk elements. "The Unforgiving" and "Resist" look action packed, cool and much like comic book / video game artworks - the music is more modern, anthemicand, while still epic, also very tough. "Hydra" is neither of the two. Like its title, the cover represents a mythological creature, and it indeed feels like an ancient Greek epic. Its sound is strong and massive, like Hercules himself, but still orchestral, much more than "Unforgiving" and "Resist".

20 Declaration of a Headhunter - Stuck Mojo Declaration of a Headhunter - Stuck Mojo Product Image
21 Queen II - Queen Queen II - Queen Product Image
22 Shepherd Moons - Enya Shepherd Moons - Enya Product Image

No color suits Enya's music better than blue. The branches and green elements (overshadowed by dark blue) make it furthermore appear like she's in the woods at night, wearing fancy elegant clothes in a natural surrounding, which simply is what her music makes you imagine.

23 Black Labyrinth - Jonathan Davis Black Labyrinth - Jonathan Davis Product Image
24 Vom Bordstein Bis Zur Skyline - Bushido

Berlin. At night. All is dark but a few neon lights. A tough looking guy you don't want to mess with suddenly sees you, steps closer and looks you in the eye, threateningly. One wrong move and he'll punch you in the guts.

And that's how the greatest German hip hop album of all time feels like.

25 Oceanborn - Nightwish Oceanborn - Nightwish Product Image

How all these elements work together is amazing: the planets from the deep space we all long to be, the sensation of flowing and sparkling water we can almost feel and hear, the blue shade of the night sky coloring everything, the elegance of the female body peacefully floating (I can almost see her hair dance in the water as she floats closer, slowly but steadily and will ultimately open her eyes), the texture of the reptile eye reflecting the Earth, the enchanting image of the owl holding a scroll, the reeds in the background adding nature to the magic all around... I know this list isn't about the best album covers, but the most fitting ones, but holy, is this amazing. Not unlikely my favorite one ever. Yet it's also a perfect representation of the magic of the album itself: sound and lyrics are both full of this composition mastercraft. I don't know if you get my idea, but this is their only album whose music actually feels as dark blue as the night, maybe because it's also ...more

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