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


The Top Ten

1 Ramones - Ramones
2 In Rock - Deep Purple

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. - Metal_Treasure

3 Blue - Joni Mitchell
4 Nightclubbing - Grace Jones
5 Born In the U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen
6 Hed PE - Hed PE
7 Straight Outta Compton - N.W.A

Oh, yes. A bunch of gangsters threatening you. Are you going to die? Maybe. One thing is for sure, they're coming STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON. - JoLeKosovo

8 Bad Brains - Bad Brains

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

This cover screams Punk. Political. - Metal_Treasure

9 Vulgar Display of Power - Pantera
10 Snappin' Necks - Stuck Mojo

The Contenders

11 Tormented - Staind
12 Queen Elizabitch - Cupcakke
13 Significant Other - Limp Bizkit
14 Through the Eyes - Flaw
15 Raw Power - Iggy & the Stooges
16 Morning View - Incubus
17 Legendary Tales - Rhapsody (of Fire)

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. - Metal_Treasure

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

18 Mother Earth - Within Temptation

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". - Martin_Canine

19 Declaration of a Headhunter - Stuck Mojo
20 Shepherd Moons - Enya

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. - Martin_Canine

21 Black Labyrinth - Jonathan Davis
22 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. - Martin_Canine

23 Oceanborn - Nightwish

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 - Martin_Canine

24 Beautiful Stories for Ugly Children - Mushroomhead
25 Queen II - Queen
26 The Downward Spiral - Nine Inch Nails
27 White Light/White Heat - The Velvet Underground
28 McMXC A.D. - Enigma

I was really surprised - this can be a metal album cover, many metal album covers look like this one. But I know Enigma music isn't metal. - Metal_Treasure

The painting itself and the font makes this feel just as sacral and medieval as needed to sink into the right atmosphere even before putting in the CD - which I'd highly recommend, as it's awesome. - Martin_Canine

29 DS2 - Future

I honestly didn't know what music to expect from this album cover. The whole thing on the cover looked to me like intestines with some blood. Ha! - Metal_Treasure

I guess it's supposed to be smoke, drenched with all kinds of filters, and very distorted. If you look closely, you can also see a face. - Martin_Canine

Extremely trippy, but nonetheless futuristic and technoid. It's not psychedelic in a late 60s sense, this is digital age psychedelia. - Martin_Canine

30 Enter - Within Temptation
31 Blue Tattoo - Vanilla Ninja

The blue crystal, white candles and stone walls perfectly reflect the album's overall fantastic premise including prophecies, empires and destinies, which the album's orchestral elements also resemble - but if you look at the band they look more like punk rockers than fantasy heroines. That's the other side of the record: modern badass women who kick ass of those who don't respect them - made audibly by the electronic elements here and there. Basically, it's Lisbeth Salander starring in "The Dark Crystal" - and like the artwork, the music including lyrics work surprisingly well and harmonic. - Martin_Canine

32 Murder Ballads - Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

Need I even describe this one? What else could be more unsettling than a remote cabin in the dark woods in a winter's night? Although no song is set in a similar scenery - they actually cover a very wide range of ways the topic of murder can be transformed to art, from sheer poetry ("Where The Wild Roses Grow") to pulp tales ("Stagger Lee") to depressing horror fuel ("Song of Joy") to pervertedness ("O'Malley's Bar") - it still captures the certain contradicting feeling of discomfort and being attracted. Like, you are extremely curious but you know you're going to regret listening to the twisted stories / visiting the cabin. - Martin_Canine

33 Hybrid Theory - Linkin Park
34 S&M - Metallica

A rock/metal guy with a guitar onstage, behind him a classical conductor; also the title font bears hints of something with classical.
S&M stands for Symphony and Metallica - a live album, recorded with The San Francisco Symphony. - Metal_Treasure

35 Yeezus - Kanye West
36 Weeaboo Paradise, Vol. 1 (Deluxe) - Lil Meerkat
37 Painkiller - Judas Priest
38 Korn - Korn
39 London Calling - The Clash

Paul Simonon smashing his bass. Agressivity. Rebellion. - JoLeKosovo

40 Frizzle Fry - Primus

This will sound weird but this album's music is reminiscent of the cover. Messy, loud, dirty, LOUD, raw yet complex. The title sums it up : Frizzle Fry. - JoLeKosovo

41 Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables - Dead Kennedys

Cars burning after a protest. Rebellion. Frustration. - JoLeKosovo

42 Rage Against the Machine - Rage Against the Machine

Similar to Fresh FruitFor Rotting Vegetables, though this one is more sharply anti-american. A monk setting himself on fire to protest the South Vietnamese government. - JoLeKosovo

43 Kick Out the Jams - Mc5

Raw and agressive and messy. - JoLeKosovo

44 Revolver - The Beatles

Going for something soothing yet psychedelic. - JoLeKosovo

45 You Won't Get What You Want - Daughters

Dark and scary. - JoLeKosovo

46 Weezer (The Blue Album) - Weezer

You're getting something clean, uncool. Honest. No image. Just four nerds making music, with a very clean sound. - JoLeKosovo

47 The Battle of Los Angeles - Rage Against the Machine

A graffiti. A protest. - JoLeKosovo

48 Golden Feelings - Beck
49 What The... - Black Flag

Puke. - JoLeKosovo

50 Revival - Eminem

Literally everyone after listening to this album. - JoLeKosovo

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