Top 10 Album Covers Where Someone is Holding or Playing an Instrument

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The Top Ten

1 Texas Flood - Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble

It looks really cool - BreakFastBeast2005

2 Bright Lights - Gary Clark Jr.
3 Freedom - Neil Young
4 Let There Be Rock - AC/DC
5 Music from Big Pink - The Band
6 Demons & Wizards - Demons & Wizards
7 Comes a Time - Neil Young
8 Rising Force - Yngwie Malmsteen
9 High Voltage - AC/DC
10 On a Day Like Today - Bryan Adams

The Contenders

11 Tempo of the Damned - Exodus
12 Damn the Torpedoes -Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
13 The Damnation Game - Symphony X
14 Punishment for Decadence - Coroner
15 Krupa and Rich - Gene Krupa
16 S&M - Metallica

James Hetfield with his guitar on the picture. - Metal_Treasure

17 Trilogy - Yngwie Malmsteen
18 Ted Nugent - Ted Nugent
19 Cuts Like a Knife - Bryan Adams
20 18 Til I Die - Bryan Adams
21 11 - Bryan Adams
22 Unplugged - Bryan Adams
23 London Calling - The Clash
24 52nd Street - Billy Joel
25 '74 Jailbreak - AC/DC
26 Awesome as F*** - Green Day
27 Road to Ruin - The Ramones
28 The Great Twenty-Eight - Chuck Berry
29 Ballbreaker - AC/DC
30 Junior - Röyksopp
31 Van Halen - Van Halen
32 Born to Play Guitar - Buddy Guy

He's kissing his beloved guitar and he has every right to. - Britgirl

33 Shut Up N' Play Yer Guitar - Frank Zappa

Makes sense... - Gg2000

34 Cloud Nine - George Harrison

The guitar on the cover is his very first Gretsch, which he gave to Klaus Voorman in the 60s. He later asked if he could have it back, had it restored, and used it on the cover. - Gg2000

35 Elvis Presley - Elvis Presley

That photo was taken during the only time that Elvis performed in Las Vegas during the 1950s. - Gg2000

36 Green River - Creedence Clearwater Revival

The dobro that John Fogerty is holding was bought from a young George Gruhn, who later became one of the most famous guitar sellers in Nashville. He apparently used that dobro on "Looking' Out My Back Door" and years later on "Joy of My Life". - Gg2000

37 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles

John Lennon is holding a french horn, Ringo Starr is holding a trumpet, Paul McCartney is holding a cor anglais, and George Harrison is holding a piccolo. Weirdly, it's the only album cover of theirs where the Beatles hold any sort of instrument. - Gg2000

38 The Kink Kontroversy - The Kinks

Although his face is obscured, you can see Dave Davies playing his Guild guitar. Some time later while flying to America, the airline lost it, so he bought his most notable instrument, a Gibson Flying V. - Gg2000

39 A Quick One - The Who

The album cover was an attempt at pop art, and you can see the song titles flowing out of their instruments, representing the sound of the songs being played. - Gg2000

40 The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars - David Bowie

Although you can't see it as well as the others, Bowie is holding a guitar. - Gg2000

41 Electric Warrior - T. Rex

The cover was designed by the infamous British art collective Hipgnosis (most famous for their work for Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, among many others). The cover was based on a photo taken at a T. Rex concert in Nottingham. - Gg2000

42 Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen

The guitar on the cover is a Fender Telecaster with the neck from a Fender Esquire. They ran through 900 frames worth of shots, took a look at the contact sheet, and realized that this photo stood out from the rest. - Gg2000

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1. Demons & Wizards - Demons & Wizards
2. Rising Force - Yngwie Malmsteen
3. On a Day Like Today - Bryan Adams
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1. Texas Flood - Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
2. Bright Lights - Gary Clark Jr.
3. Freedom - Neil Young
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