Best Album Cover Designers

The Top Ten
1 Ernie Cefalu

Ernie, your multitude of highly memorable works have captured the pure essence and none better than Alice Cooper covers. The intricate, textured detail, the fundamental representation; it's all there in spades and so elevating for the consumers who excite with every new rendering. Together with your phenomenal team of illustrators, you were predestined to develop the best, most engaging fine art for the generations. I truly do not feel that we will ever see or experience your calibre of artistry moving forward. Vision and external factors have a way of influencing what is produced and always will; your vision is truly our gift and treasure. Love to you for embracing that collective vision like no other.

I remember these so well and the unforgettable moments spent engaging in so many brilliant Fine Art pieces at Gallery 13 in Minneapolis, Ernie! I recall gazing around the gallery at so many guests standing quietly in the magical connection they so profoundly must have been experiencing.
This was not passive interest; there was a fascination and love, breathtaking moments witnessing the originals, their story, the artist and creator. This will never be even remotely emulated by any artist of present nor future from my perspective. As you and I stood together in various sections of the gallery, the emotions were so palpable, my presence and attachment so intertwined with memories that took me back through the years. Most of all, I so clearly recall the sheer fascination, the mystic charm, the artistic supremacy and incomparable connection that I felt for your unforgettable cover designs for all those decades past, and my undeniable love for the artists who so clearly deserved the ...more

Ernie's art has grabbed my attention ever since 'Jesus Christ Superstar' came out in 1970! We may never know how many classic rock albums became classics because Ernie's art drew the attention of their potential audiences. Or how many products are sold because Ernie's art saved that product from disappearing among the dozens of competitors on store shelves! Well done, Ernie!

Ernie, to reflect on your staggering portfolio of clients and their projects, and of course, the rewards they reaped through your gift and dedication, will forever speak for themselves. "Pretty good" may have applied during your formative Arts programme years, but once you leapt into the saddle, the ride was as dramatic and foretelling as it could possibly get! Don

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 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.

7 Anthony Hudson
8 Marcus Keef

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

9 Drew Struzan

Illustrator of no equal.

10 Shusei Nagaoka
The Contenders
11 Milton Glaser
12 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!

13 Neon Park
14 Roger Dean
15 John Berg
16 Frank Frazetta
17 Cal Schenkel
18 Rod Dyer
19 Lockart (Bob Lockart)
20 Klaus Voorman

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

A great musician with a distinctive art style.

21 Malcolm Garrett
22 Stanley Mouse
23 Norman Seeff
24 Ed Caraeff

Great Artist Ever

25 Dave McMacken

Zappa! The Beatles! Many others.

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