Best Album Cover Designers

The Top Ten
1 Ernie Cefalu

Ernie, your gift for exceptional illustration has been a powerful and most positive influence in the countless millions of lives you have touched through this fine art. Little did I know far back in my life when I sat mesmerized by the essence of your craft on album covers that I was experiencing new and inspiring discovery.
Coming full circle to the present day, when I look at the beautiful framed prints of your work, especially the original of the Stones logo you so graciously gifted me, how blessed I have been to have known and met you. My home is adorned with those treasures where I pause each and every day to inhale the essence of the artist, his spirit, his gift, and indeed his enormous impact on clients and grateful fans the world over. Love you man. Donald

Ernie's press pull version, along with an original Cefalu painting of this iconic Stones logo (1/1 issued) are my most treasured possessions from Ernie. Knowing Ernie, I see so much of what is represented through these beautiful illustrations. Ernie has captured the essence through his creative gift and sense of real connection and has truly inspired me to reach higher, climb every mountain, and look upon life with resolve and optimism. He has touched the heart and souls of countless millions. Don

Ernie, a big part of being a truly great artist is to acknowledge the talent of your contemporaries and not to be threatened by them. You surrounded yourself with other greats and kept an open mind to realize that sometimes the best product results from letting another person take center stage. You integrate talent and humility. That is true leadership, and why your career has spanned several decades.

Part of being a truly great artist is to acknowledge the talent of your contemporaries and not to be threatened by them. You surrounded yourself with other greats and kept an open mind to realize that sometimes the best product results from letting another person take center stage. You integrate talent and humility. That is true leadership, and why Ernie, your career has spanned several decades.

2 Joe Petagno

He's did artwork for bands such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Nazareth, Motorhead, Marduk, Bal-Sagoth, and Sodom.

3 James Flournoy Holmes

Holmes has been able to translate
the rock zeitgeist for many decades.
A true artist.

I have #10/300 by James Flournoy Holmes... "Eat A Peach" One Of the best of All Time...

4 Abdul Mati Klarwein
5 Hugh Syme
6 Anthony Hudson
7 Marcus Keef

Massively influential on photographers... And an entire population of metal-fans... He did the first Sabbath cover. RESPECT!

8 Storm Thorgerson

8 seriously? look at all these Pink Floyd and Iron Maiden Covers. They're legends.

Why the hell is he this low I mean he could be lower but ten is his minimum. His solo pieces are great enough to take on Dali

Storm Thorgerson's Pink Floyd covers are the stuff of legends!

If Magritte did album covers.

9 Shusei Nagaoka
10 Drew Struzan

Illustrator of no equal.

The Contenders
11 Milton Glaser
12 Neon Park
13 Derek Riggs

That man created Eddie (iron maiden's mascot).

So amazing… although people would say Derek's artwork is navy, violent and controversial, DEAL WITH IT! IT'S HEAVY METAL! Plus! The artwork has lots of meaning and hidden messages!

14 John Berg
15 Cal Schenkel
16 Roger Dean
17 Frank Frazetta
18 Rod Dyer
19 Rick Griffin
20 Malcolm Garrett
21 Lockart (Bob Lockart)
22 John Cabalka
23 Mick Haggerty
24 Alton Kelley
25 Stanley Mouse
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