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

Visual artistry transcends qualitative boundaries when it comes to the superlative craftsmanship of Ernie Cefalu. His works have been recognized by the best in the industry. His covers envelope outstanding music contributions to an industry that craves heroes of song as immortal sanctuary to the burdened soul. The imagery cast by this artisan genius represents a powerful component of appeal to heart, mind and soul. We owe him the recognition of a career dedication unparalleled and his extraordinary contributions over the decades speak volumes of his artfulness, achievement and elevated reputation. We owe him celebration for his superior intuition and incomparable execution. How remarkable would that be?!

The Master, The Icon Ernie Cefalu!

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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 Marcus Keef

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

7 Anthony Hudson
8 Shusei Nagaoka
9 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.

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
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