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

We are all so used to seeing this great logo all these many years beyond its inception that I'm not sure too many will pause to truly realize just how significant this logo has been and will continue to be for many years to come.

That this design gem among Jewels is adorned on clothing apparel, a stand-out and stand-alone visual through all these decades of the Stones' magical journey, in the media, on their stage sets and untold countless other presentations and industry magazines; THIS logo design is one of the most, if not THE most, premier, profoundly representative images of legend for all time. It is synonymous with excellence on the concert stage and through a global presence for iconic design unprecedented in the marketing & advertising industries.

Not only did the music itself impact countless millions, if not billions, but it has become an ingrained persona of self for all who adorn this image and/or have revered The Rolling Stones for all their ...more

By far one of the leaders and legends in Album cover design and production, Ernie molded the shape of the 70's and 80's with such Iconic albums and rock logos for Alice Cooper, Aerosmith, the Doors, Cheech and Chong, George Carlin, and many bands, and performers, Ernie designed the Rolling Stones famous red tongue, and with over 250 album covers, while working without a computer, or any digital assistance, as it was not invented yet, all Ernie's art was hand created and drawn, with skilled artists, with photography added. While also running a corporate client division, with large commercial projects, Ernie was the "go to person", for concept, design, and visual and graphic arts, a wonderful creative mind.

The Rolling Stones tongue and the Jesus Christ Superstar logos alone would have been the biggest and best but your still producing the best ever across lots of different categories, amazing but not unexpected. Variety should be your middle name!

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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

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 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 Ed Caraeff

Great Artist Ever

33 Tom Wilkes
34 Ed Repka
35 Jimmy Wachtel
36 Dave McMacken

Zappa! The Beatles! Many others.

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

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

48 Seymour Chwast
49 David Larkham
50 Tom Nikosey
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