Top 10 Good Music Albums with Bad Cover Arts

The Top Ten
1 Electric Ladyland - The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Here you see the original cover that was replaced with Jimi's photo.
As you see, there were many naked women on the original cover - 19 nude women.
OK, not always 19 naked women would look bad... but I don't like them on this cover.

2 Stay Hungry - Twisted Sister Stay Hungry - Twisted Sister Product Image

This is the album with their most popular songs - We're Not Gonna Take It, I Wanna Rock.
But the cover is plain awful.

3 Yesterday and Today - The Beatles Yesterday and Today - The Beatles Product Image

This is the original cover that was replaced with a band's photo. For a reason.

4 Pet Sounds - The Beach Boys Pet Sounds - The Beach Boys Product Image

Ah, it's a funny cover. I think what bothers me more is the font and how outdated the idea of having a track listing on the front cover seems.

Music in this album was critically acclaimed - it was called a masterpiece. But this cover... oh boy, I can't call it a masterpiece.
I love animals, make lists about them and all, but...

5 Love to Love You Baby - Donna Summer Love to Love You Baby - Donna Summer Product Image

Great list. Most of the album covers on the list look absolutely horrible. They are terribly shot, over the top, or are simply weird for no purpose.

But this one and "Power Metal" look just completely normal to me, for their respective time and genres. Especially this one has nothing outstanding to it, neither negatively nor positively. It's just her in a dress in front of shining lights.

An album that represents the music trends of the 70s (disco) - it is a good album from this subgenre but its cover is a very cheap attempt at getting attention.

6 Diamond Dogs - David Bowie Diamond Dogs - David Bowie Product Image

This cover is a huge mistake... And on this image you don't even see the entire cover, where David Bowie's lower part of the body has dog legs (it continues on the back cover)

7 Silk Purse - Linda Ronstadt Silk Purse - Linda Ronstadt Product Image
8 Live It Up - Crosby, Stills and Nash Live It Up - Crosby, Stills and Nash Product Image
9 Power Metal - Pantera Power Metal - Pantera Product Image

They look silly on the cover due to the 80s glam metal appearance but music in the album can't be called bad. Because of this cover, many people probably concluded that music wasn't good.

10 Dance of Death - Iron Maiden Dance of Death - Iron Maiden Product Image
The Contenders
11 Meddle - Pink Floyd Meddle - Pink Floyd Product Image

Interesting cover, I don't think is bad.

12 Streisand Superman - Barbra Streisand Streisand Superman - Barbra Streisand Product Image

How did this classy woman agree to this? Oh, probably Superman made her...

13 Kollegah - Kollegah Kollegah - Kollegah Product Image

Kollegah... I love your music, man.
I love the way you twist and turn the German language around to bring a whole new meaning to phrases, idioms and proverbs by completely deconstructing them. I love that in each line almost every syllable rhymes with at least one another. And I love your entire over-the-top gangsta attitude - especially on this great, great, great hip hop record where you are much more light hearted and humorous than on your usual sinister street oriented albums.

But heck, this monstrosity of an album cover is unexcusable. Where did he find this background? Was this a pre-installed screensaver on a 90s computer (the album is from 2008)? What happened to his left arm? Why is it so long? And why does his face look like that from a 12 year old? One year later, he looks like a menacing biker on the cover. Who designed this logo? An assurancy company? There was a time where I seriously considered printing a cover myself and exchange it.

Yeah, this cover looks kinda cheap...

14 Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! - The Rolling Stones Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! - The Rolling Stones Product Image
15 Strange Days - The Doors Strange Days - The Doors Product Image

I love this album, but the cover freaks me out. Two guys (one is not tall at all, the other is very tall and very fat) have their arms spread out. One guy is juggling balls, and another guy is lifting yet another guy by the waist. It is weird.

16 The Life of Pablo - Kanye West
17 Bonded by Blood - Exodus Bonded by Blood - Exodus Product Image

I am not talking about this thumbnail but the one with the naked babies.

18 Stillmatic - Nas Stillmatic - Nas Product Image

Just really poorly designed.

19 No Love Deep Web - Death Grips No Love Deep Web - Death Grips Product Image

Death Grip makes amazing music but this cover is literally just writing on someone's cock.

I had never seen the uncensored version until today. It made me very uncomfortable.

20 Nevermind - Nirvana Nevermind - Nirvana Product Image

It’s iconic, but it makes me feel uncomfortable.

21 Lana del Ray A.K.A. Lizzy Grant - Lana Del Rey Lana del Ray A.K.A. Lizzy Grant - Lana Del Rey Product Image
22 Boss Der Bosse - Kollegah Boss Der Bosse - Kollegah Product Image

You know, it's not as horrible and vomit inducing as his self-titled album's cover... especially considering how extremely small he was back then... it's actually just unspectacular, not in fact awful... but really... HOW DID THEY FORGET TO REMOVE THE REFLECTION FROM THE WINDSHIELD OF THE CAR!?
It reflects a sky that obviously isn't there as the whole thing is set in nothingness, just a white Nirvana with nothing existent but Kollegah and his car.

23 Humanoid - Tokio Hotel Humanoid - Tokio Hotel Product Image

Back when Tokio Hotel lived in Germany and were the foremost and only truly successful emo band, they made this album where they for the first time had full creative control. While they already wrote all the songs of their previous album, on here they also produced. It was this album that first showed how they matured, while "Scream" was the quintessential teen album of the decade.

The pictures in the booklet look awesome. It's as if they are a group of cool young adult rockers in a cyberpunk metropolis.
But gosh, this cover. Bill Kaulitz as a robot - that premise is okay. But really, this CGI looks as cheap as in independent trash movies from The Asylum. But at that time, the group was a chart topping act with numerous hit singles - their label could have invested their money in a better artwork.

@ Martin - I have no problem with this cover, not at all. But I can understand why you don't like it in the context of what you described.

24 Alexandra - Alexandra

What do you expect when looking at such a cover?
Steel drums, reggea rhythms, fun summer songs in major?

What you actually get:
Apathetic vocals, melancholic string instruments, darkly poetic lyrics about death, evanescence and even one that hints at child abuse (in 1968... Alexandra was very progressive in the issues she addresses). The most well known and best song uses the metaphor of a cut down tree for the death of a father figure, another one uses that of a leaf that wishes to fly but only lands in a dirty pool of water on the street for destroyed hopes and dreams. Along with Nick Cave's "Murder Ballads", this is THE most tormenting, painfully saddening album ever.

The cover art is not bad per se... it's just mediocre if it was a light hearted summer record... but it's the single most unfitting artwork of all time.

25 Candy-O - The Cars
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