Best Album Cover Designers

The Top Ten

1 Ernie Cefalu

Well here we are folks. My friend Ernie Cefalu is launching a new business venture and tonight shared with us a spot on YouTube to reflect his excitement as things get rolling. I'm proud to share this with you tonight. Over the course of Ernie's career in record album cover design (and corporate client design work as well) he and his associates/illustrative staff have created a vast portfolio of highly acclaimed design works over the years, so many that are immediately recognizable. He and his top illustrative artists have become world renowned leaders in their industry and we are proud of his many past successes and look with eager anticipation to the future as Ernie moves forward with yet another ambitious and just as surely successful business venture.

At Pacific Eye & Ear Ernie fostered a tremendous environment where creative genius burgeoned and he and his associates developed a remarkable portfolio of album cover art and corporate designs that were second to none, award ...more

In a hugely competitive industry as advertising and marketing design it is no small feat to garner a highly measurable and impressive position in the Best Album Cover Design category.

Multi-Grammy Award nominee Ernie Cefalu is highly regarded in his industry to this day, still very much in demand and producing remarkable illustrative artistry many would agree is better than ever.

The genius in this gifted man's work speaks for itself, rendering a deeply emotional connection between the consumer, the product and the client. When we look at Ernie Cefalu's gorgeous artistic illustrations we get a powerful sense of storyline, animated and incredibly engaging. The work of he and his top-level associates have produced artworks critically acclaimed as paralleling, even surpassing those of iconic, historic significance and the Cefalu originals have in their own right been renowned as iconic.

When you look at a Cefalu original, or print, you get an overwhelming sense of ...more - donimac

Ernie, every time I visit TheTopTens, I am acutely aware of the ardent and unwavering devotion that has been reflected through well over 500 comments in such a highly favorable manner. The votes tally to a consistently widening and overwhelming majority percentage over even the nearest (yet very distant) listed industry competitor.

If it was all strictly a matter of competitive edge, you stand tall and above and beyond so very many who may well harbor professional standing and qualification of their own yet the people have spoken, from the heart and soul, and the numbers, lofty as they are, tell a story far and away differing from even second from the 'top'.

The people whose hearts and minds you have touched, among millions, for decades-long, have demonstrated the real story here, a representative love for what you do, what you stand for, what you have lived for in the pursuit of excellence in design and customer delivery. After all, the end-run is all about the people, ...more

Ernie, this was one of the first Rock records I bought and was my first Alice Cooper record! My life was immediately changed for good! Thank you for your art and your valuable friendship! Leo

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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

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 Milton Glaser

The Contenders

11 Drew Struzan
12 Neon Park
13 John Berg
14 Cal Schenkel
15 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!

16 Rod Dyer
17 Roger Dean
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
26 Victor Moscoso
27 Norman Seeff
28 Dean Torrence
29 Paul Whitehead
30 Jim Ladwig
31 Charles White III
32 Tom Wilkes
33 Ed Repka
34 Dave McMacken

Zappa! The Beatles! Many others.

35 Rodney Matthews
36 Jim Welch
37 Mark Wilkinson
38 Eric Philippe
39 Craig Braun
40 Kosh (John Kosh)
41 Ed Thrasher
42 Paula Scher
43 John Van Hamersveld
44 Phil Hartmann
45 Ed Caraeff
46 Klaus Voorman

He did the cover for the Beatles album "Revolver. " This guy knows his stuff. -

47 Seymour Chwast
48 David Larkham
49 Tom Nikosey
50 Dave Willardson
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