Best Album Covers

The Top Ten

1 Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon

This album cover is so simple, but after listening to the album, it will stick with you for the rest of your life. The spectrum that emerges from the prism is representative of different topics in life, each covered by a different song on the album. Truly a god among men when it comes to album covers. - c0mf0rta61ynum6

This is the only album cover on here that is good, sorry but its true. The only good ones is this and the one on the items list. Sorry, but why do I always find heart or sarah brightman on every single music list? , anyway, not trying to hate on this list but its just I always see heart on a music list. - AmINumberOneYet

Most recognizable album cover. The light coming in represents the unity, the prism represents society and the spectrum represents disbanded unity. Just shows how a picture can speak 1000 words. And the music is even better

Both simple and meaningful, love it. - Metarock

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2 The Beatles - Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Instantly recognizable and the most expensive album cover they made, all the actors, the fancy uniforms, just so classic. - beatles

Easily the best... It sums up the whole revolution that not only The Beatles themselves influenced, but all those that came before them at the time. A perfect cover for a perfect album.

Trully, just epic. if you say it sucks and you have not listen to it then why do you say it sucks - maxwarawa

I like to spend a while picking out who's who in the background. Apparently Hitler was originally gonna be in there

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3 Sarah Brightman - Fly
4 The Velvet Underground & Nico - The Velvet Underground

Yes, its only a banana, but, its designed by andy warhol, and he knows his stuff. - RecklessGreed

Haha this is just a fkin banana - somekindofaguy

It's a... Banana

BANANA YAS - PanagosBoi17

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5 Nirvana - Nevermind

Naked baby for the win

Very deep meaning (greed is brainwashed into us by the media from a very young age) - Lord28

This album cover is awesome Kurt made an inspiration to this album cover :))

Simple and yet so brilliant

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6 Jackie Evancho - Awakening

That is 14 years old? ! Hope her Dad keeps his 12 gauge nice and clean.

Jackie Evancho has a classic voice. One of the best Classical Crossover artists of all time. This 14 year old young women has a sense of music far beyond her years. Can't wait for Awakening to be released.

Classical beauty and laser beam eyes

I'm pretty sure I've seen about 100 album covers with the singer in the photo, not sure why this is so high. - isaaonrtdmtr

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7 Iron Maiden - Number of the Beast

Eddie will destroy the other album covers

How is this underneath Evanescence and Jackie Evancho? - naFrovivuS

Almost every Iron Maiden cover is awesome. - Metalfan2112

The way Eddie is controlling the best like a puppet and the beast controlling Eddie with a smaller puppet is very creative! And the music on the album is even better. P.S. I am Lostdream258, I lost my password and I had to create a new account. - OliveBranch222

8 Evanescence - Fallen

Fallen cover is definitely number 1.

Best cover ever. Amy is really pretty on this cover. - 05yusuf09

Um why this is like just a face whyis it 6. - PanagosBoi17

She is so cute and beautiful.
Amy is the best singer.

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9 Heart - Little Queen

The girls are just to fine. This is not art its the real thing . Ann and Nancy looking great.

10 Michael Jackson - Thriller

This one is have tobe on top of the list. This album is the best of all. Greetings from Lithuania!

That's ridiculous you guys probably only voted for this because you like the album

The Newcomers

? The Smiths - Meat is Murder
? Oasis - Definitely Maybe

The Contenders

11 Avenged Sevenfold - Nightmare

In my opinion City of Evil has a much better album cover

Nightmare has a fantastic album cover

12 The Beatles - Abbey Road

There are albums listed higher than this that have artwork that I have never seen or simply don't know since there's no picture beside the entry. How is this lower? It should be #1! I'm horrified to see that it didn't even make the top 3. - BKAllmighty

It might not be the best, but it's the most famous and iconic. It gets my vote.

This is what made The Beatles so iconic.

The cover itself is iconic but the Beatles were the BIGGEST band of the decade, so this itself was not much. - isaaonrtdmtr

Who doesn't know this one. Black and white silhouette on a cheap T and you know what it is. The Best.

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13 Dio - Holy Diver

Never judge a book by its cover... - InsertCleverName

14 The Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers

I love the original Rolling Stones cover "Sticky Fingers" but I also love "Too Fast For Love" the motley crue tribute to the stones.. I'm a big motley crue and stones fan.

15 Slash - Slash: Deluxe Edition
16 Relapse - Eminem

Oh, I never realized those were pills. Pretty resembling of what the album is about. - isaaonrtdmtr

It looks so cool, and is a amazing album by Eminem! - reallyevilman

I love the way it looks! Relapse refill too! - eminemgreenday

Obviously, His Face Is Made Out Of Pills

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17 Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory

God this album introduced me to rock music and will always carry a special place in my heart. The vocals, the rawness in the lyrics and music itself. One of the best albums of modern days still. It sucks that Chester had to leave this world, guess all that anger and despair came from somewhere, we all fight our battles, and in the end I doesn't always matter. Rip, music legend.

Linkin Park's best album for me - foxmcloud21

Hybrid Theory has a very creative cover...


18 Bryan Adams - On A Day Like Today
19 Sandra - Paintings In Yellow
20 Green Day - Dookie

I think this cover represents animals tired of taking crap from humans so they decide to fight back using their own crap. Literally!

There's so much going on in the album cover! This is my favorite with the resistance by muse close behind.

i find it funny. monkeys throwing poop everywhere and stuff. awesome album too - pauler94

This is probably Green Day's best album cover ever. It really relates to other peope. Dookie is really a cool album cover.

21 Sophie Ellis Bextor - Shoot From The Hip
22 Heart - Dreamboat Annie

If you don't like this album cover then your Heart is not beating. The too best looking girls in ROCK.........

23 Live - Blind Guardian Live - Blind Guardian
24 Def Leppard - Hysteria

I saw this in the 80's and was instantly taken by it. Awesome music and an instant fan is what followed.

25 Cream - Disraeli Gears

The best

26 Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin

Yes - 12cc

27 The Clash - London Calling

Image as rock. Anger. Lashing out at the very thing that supports you. It's this one or The Who's "Who's Next" with the group urinating on a monolith. Talk about being pissed off... - mgenet

Come on people! What could be cooler than Paul Simenon smashing a bass guitar in black and white!?!

Pretty fking cool photo

28 Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here


29 Eminem - Relapse: Refill

It's a picture of Eminem's face made out of pills

30 Madonna - Remixed And Revisited
31 Rage Against the Machine - Rage Against the Machine

Not big on RATM but this album cover is awesome!

32 Regine Velasquez - R2K

just love her "fierce" look in here! - reigne27

33 Pantera - Vulgar Display of Power
34 David Bowie - Aladdin Sane

The most famous image of Bowie!

35 Green Day - Uno!

For whatever reason, the trilogy covers intrigued me. This album and cover reminds me of summer with the sound and colors to it.

36 Even In the Quietest Moments... - Supertramp
37 Pink Floyd - The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
38 In Rock - Deep Purple

Mount Deepmore - isaaonrtdmtr

39 The Beatles - The Beatles (White Album)

The best album ever made. It make you think about the music and only the music. That is amazing and different.

Not flashy or hip. Just symbolic.

This looks like the new Strokes album but insted of red it's white

It’s not good. It’s amazing! So simplistic. I could stare at it for hours.

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40 Blind Guardian - Somewhere Far Beyond
41 Queen - Queen II

Quite creepy looking album cover, confusing how its from the music video bohemian rhapsody yet it was made before it. - PotBellyPup

It actually inspired the music video!

Iconic photo of them.

42 Trial by Fire - Journey
43 Eminem - Encore
44 Candy-O - The Cars

This cover sums up what The Cars were all about. - PetSounds

45 Metallica - Ride the Lightning
46 Black Sabbath - Paranoid

Very great album cover. Very surprised that no Roger Dean work was on the list.

47 Revolver - The Beatles

The first thing you see in the best album of all time.

48 Asia - Asia

Come on, this is an easy choice... - MaxPap

49 Triumph - Thunder Seven
50 The Sex Pistols - Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols

Most controversial cover of all time plus track two is ultra offensive

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