Best Album Cover Designers

The Top Ten
1 Ernie Cefalu

"HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM PUMA BOY! What better way to turn up the heat in celebration of a new home; Puma Boy dawns a new Puma tracksuit to lounge in and enjoy the peace and serenity of my new suite. 'Country Santa' remains a joyful centrepiece in the living room by my side and alongside the gorgeous Rolling Stones logo original by none other than the tremendously gifted Ernie Cefalu. And what better way to turn up the heat than to luxuriate in the bask of a lovely, larger than life digital yuletide fire burning on the television screen, replete with soothing, gentle sounds of the crackle of the leaping flames and peaceful serenade of piano music gently stroking the heart, mind and soul. Last but not least, shortly after awakening this morning,

Ernie Cefalu My heartfelt thanks to you in return, Ernie. The owners of the house had migrated from India to London, in the UK, where they lived for years before coming to Canada. I thought the British design on the sofa cushion added just the right flavour given the subject of the framed beauties adorning the wall. Your cover design for Burton's Dream Of A Child album, seen here, touched my heart and gave me an overwhelming sense of emotional engagement that I have never really experienced with another in quite the same way. It was 1978, I believe, that the album was released. That song, Burton's voice, and all that resonated with me having spent countless hours stretched out on the living room floor, my headphones clinging like an appendage, the warmth and crackle of the fireplace, and an open mindset for adventure, all came together to instill in me what I find so difficult to put into words all these years later. Your cover design for your dear and best friend took me lightyears ...more

Your effectiveness has led to your success, Ernie Cefalu. You are passionate about any project you take on, which makes you as successful as you are and have always been. Granted, we have only known each other for a couple of years, and worked on a few projects together. A valid perception is that someone who has seen success on many levels rarely if ever deviates from what got them there. When you have the winning formula, why change it? Many know you from your work, and your live shows. As someone who has had the honour of working with you, I felt this was a valid contribution. I look forward to many more collaborations with you and our great team!
The greatest friend of truth is Time, her greatest enemy is Prejudice, and her constant companion is Humility. Eugene

There is something stellar and stand-alone about all the visuals that Pacific Eye & Ear created. The attention to detail truly defines this great work of art. Looking back on the many timeless artworks created by Pacific Eye and Ear, one has to marvel at the exceptionally creative spirit and skill that made them revered works for the clients and a lifetime treasure for the artist who brought so much excitement and dynamics to their work. To their Creative Director, much to be truly proud of, Ernie Cefalu!

2 Joe Petagno

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

Look at those Ernie Celafu voters! 71%!

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 John Berg
14 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!

15 Cal Schenkel
16 Roger Dean
17 Rod Dyer
18 Frank Frazetta
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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