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

The Top Ten

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. - Metal_Treasure

Blue - Joni Mitchell Blue - Joni Mitchell Product Image
Ramones - Ramones Ramones - Ramones Product Image
Nightclubbing - Grace Jones Nightclubbing - Grace Jones Product Image
Born In the U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen Born In the U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen Product Image
Hed PE - Hed PE Hed PE - Hed PE Product Image
Straight Outta Compton - N.W.A Straight Outta Compton - N.W.A Product Image

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

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. - JoLeKosovo

This cover screams Punk. Political. - Metal_Treasure

Vulgar Display of Power - Pantera Vulgar Display of Power - Pantera Product Image
Under My Skin - Avril Lavigne Under My Skin - Avril Lavigne Product Image

The Contenders

Snappin' Necks - Stuck Mojo Snappin' Necks - Stuck Mojo Product Image
Tormented - Staind Tormented - Staind Product Image
Queen Elizabitch - Cupcakke Queen Elizabitch - Cupcakke Product Image
Significant Other - Limp Bizkit Significant Other - Limp Bizkit Product Image
Through the Eyes - Flaw Through the Eyes - Flaw Product Image
Raw Power - Iggy & the Stooges Raw Power - Iggy & the Stooges Product Image
Morning View - Incubus Morning View - Incubus Product Image
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. - Metal_Treasure

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

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". - Martin_Canine

Declaration of a Headhunter - Stuck Mojo Declaration of a Headhunter - Stuck Mojo Product Image
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. - Martin_Canine

Black Labyrinth - Jonathan Davis Black Labyrinth - Jonathan Davis Product Image
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

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 - Martin_Canine

Beautiful Stories for Ugly Children - Mushroomhead Beautiful Stories for Ugly Children - Mushroomhead Product Image
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