Most Controversial Album Covers


The Top Ten

1 Cannibal Corpse - Butchered at Birth

This album just makes me wanna wash my hands after I touch it. Really.

2 The Black Crowes - Amorica
3 Bow Wow Wow - See Jungle! See Jungle! Go Join Your Gang Yeah! City All Over, Go Ape Crazy!
4 Dawn of the Black Hearts - Mayhem

This literally depicts a band member whom had just slit his wrists and throat followed by a blast to the head, how tf is this not No. 1?

It's the lead singer who killed himself. Gave me nightmares when I first saw it

How is this not number 1? This is the cover of a dead person for crying out loud!

5 Chumbawamba - Anarchy
6 David Bowie - Diamond Dogs
7 Guns N' Roses - Appetite for Destruction (Original Cover)
8 Roger Waters - The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking
9 Jimi Hendrix - Electric Ladyland
10 Nirvana - Nevermind

Is it because of the d**k in the background. if yes yeah that's kinda contro - NickelbackLinkinPark4Eva

The Contenders

11 John Lennon & Yoko Ono - Unfinished Music No.1: Two Virgins

Watching John Lennon naked with his wife just made me stunned. - CasinLetsGoBowling

I seriously can't believe John Lennon would do something like this.

Seeing John and Yoko getting nude on the album makes me feel sick.

12 The Beatles - Yesterday And Today

Looks like the family friendly version of Cannibal Corpse's Butchered a Birth.

What you see isn't the original cover.
The original features the Fab Four holding raw meat and dismembered doll parts (dolls look like naked babies). Band members are smiling and look happy doing this.
Not many "butcher covers" made it to stores as the original cover was later replaced with a photo of the band, which you see on this list.
Well, obviously Cannibal Corpse didn't invent the "butcher" covers... - Metal_Treasure

13 Marilyn Manson - Holy Wood
14 Poison - Open Up & Say Ahh
15 No Love Deep Web - Death Grips

To be honest, it's just a dick. What's so bad about that? - SwagFlicks

16 Lordi - Babez for Breakfast
17 Cannibal Corpse - Tomb of the Mutilated
18 Green Day - Dookie

I'm guessing why the reason this is on here is because there are dogs having sex on the cover, witch you have to look closer to see. - JCHOW

19 Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast

Why is this on here twice?

20 Slayer - Christ Illusion
21 The Scorpions - Virgin Killer
22 Ice T - Gangsta Rap
23 Led Zeppelin - Houses of the Holy
24 Dead Kennedys - Frankenchrist
25 Red Hot Chili Peppers - Mother's Milk
26 Tool - Undertow
27 Tenacious D - Rize of the Fenix
28 3 Doors Down - Seventeen Days
29 P.O.D. - The Fundamental Elements of Southtown
30 Lynyrd Skynyrd - Street Survivors
31 Metallica - Kill 'Em All
32 Overkill - !!!F*** You!!!
33 Ice T - Home Invasion
34 Nirvana - In Utero
35 Slayer - Divine Intervention
36 Def Leppard - Pyromania
37 Ice T - The Iceberg/freedom of Speech... Just Watch What You Say!
38 Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not

It's just a guy smoking a cigarette. What's so bad about that? - JCHOW

The moral majority doesn't want people to be encouraged to smoke. It's one thing to say it's bad, but it's another thing to try to erase it from existence. - Gg2000

39 Chingo Bling - They Can't Deport Us All
40 Cattle Decapitation - Humanure
41 Cattle Decapitation - To Serve Man
42 Tenacious D - The Pick of Destiny
43 Marilyn Manson - Mechanical Animals

Even to this day, Walmart has refused to let this album be sold in their store.

44 Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

This cover ruined my childhood because I saw it as a 12 year old.

45 Korn - Korn
46 The Strokes - Is This It
47 2 Live Crew - As Nasty as They Wanna Be
48 Pulp - This is Hardcore
49 Staind - Tormented
50 The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden
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