Top 10 Music Album Covers Featuring Buildings

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The Top Ten

1 Live - Blind Guardian Live - Blind Guardian

This feels so natural. Like, you could just walk these middle ages streets and find this cozy tavern hidden somewhere. I must say I love these kind of scenes. It feels a bit fantasy like but it's not overblown to blockbuster levels, it's just small and comfortable. - Martin_Canine

Hands down (cover painting by Andreas Marshall who made most of Blind Guardian's cover arts).
"Live" is a live album by a band nicknamed "The Bards" (after their most popular song "The Bard's Song"). So Marshall depitded the bards from Blind Guardian playing live the "Bard's Tavern". Blind Guardian songs are fantasy themed so is the cover.
Every detail of this artwork is awesome - it's even possible to see one of the bards through the tavern window, several clients, a dragon's tail next to the entrance, lights in the castles located on the street that is a 2nd level street, the stairway between the two street levels, an so on. - Metal_Treasure

2 Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

It reminds me very much of the visuals and mood of Wes Craven's "Left House on the Left". Which is good because I really love the movie. - Martin_Canine

3 Infinite - Stratovarius

My mind says "it has all the elements you love about cover. Water is always fascinating and you love science fiction, plus it looks shiny and that always looks awesome."

But my heart says it somehow looks a bit cheesy and set up. I can't tell why because my mind is actually right. - Martin_Canine

4 Voodoo - King Diamond

Very very very atmospheric. Is someone here an art expert? I don't know why but I like this cover so terribly much. - Martin_Canine

Martin_Canine - thanks for the compliment. No, I am no an art expert. - Metal_Treasure

5 The Mystery of Time - Avantasia
6 Poets & Madmen - Savatage
7 Them - King Diamond
8 Earthborn Evolution - Beyond Creation
9 Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
10 Moving Pictures - Rush

The Contenders

11 Powerslave - Iron Maiden
12 Oceania - Smashing Pumpkins
13 Views - Drake

Much like "Fashionably Late" by Falling in Reverse, but on a much bigger scale. - Martin_Canine

Would be an explanation, but he has used the term "the 6" before, refering to Toronto and its area code 416. I didn't know this was a particular building and therefore didn't know it was a literal depiction of Views from Toronto. But maybe the 6th level thing was intentional as a double entendre. - Martin_Canine

Working title "Views from the 6" may refer to the 6th level of the tower where he sits. On the image you see only 5 levels but there's a ground level so he's on the 6th.
And yes, I can see a "I don't care if I fall down and die" attitude". - Metal_Treasure

@Martin - yes, it's "on a much bigger scale". This is the famous CN Tower in Toronto, a Canadian symbol and one of the biggest tourist attractions, along with Niagara Falls. Views from CN Tower are really great (360°) but where he sits is not allowed. CN Tower is a 553 m-high tower.
There's a safe 360 Restaurant up there, a revolving restaurant that completes a full rotation once every 72 minutes, which is at 351 m (1,151.6 ft). Views are truly incredible - you see the city, lake Ontario, its islands, and on a sunny day you can see some buildings in the US, on the other side of the lake. - Metal_Treasure

Oh that must be really beautiful. Now I get what the cover in combination with "Views" or the working title "Views from the 6". I associated this scenery with an "well it's beautiful and I wanna think, I don't care if I fall down and die" attitude. - Martin_Canine

14 Blade Runner - Vangelis

This movie has the most stunning visuals ever captured on film. This album cover artwork perfectly captures the cyberpunk vibe, while at the same time resembling a classic film noir movie poster. - Martin_Canine

15 Walking With Strangers - The Birthday Massacre

The Birthday Massacre. I love their unique atmosphere. They are a lot like "Alice: Madness Returns". There is the child-like dream of Wonderland but horror and creepiness waits in every corner. That's what the album covers show. There are kids playing next to a playground, they wear bunny ears and the sun starts setting. Should be fun, right? Kids letting out their imagination. But the way this is filmed is just so morbid and dark. Especially this obviously abandoned skeleton of a house.

Yeah, I like this. I'd like it even more if not all of their covers would lool exactly the same. - Martin_Canine

16 Dead Winter Dead - Savatage
17 Physical Graffiti - Led Zeppelin

This cover is only cool if you have the vinyl - Rambles

I never liked this cover very much, I prefer the cover to Led Zeppelin IV. - Metal_Treasure

18 Kollegah - Kollegah

Oh I love this album! The witty word play and puns, the complex rhymes, the laid back and funnily over the top megalomania, the cheesy beats, the carefree attitude that Kollegah never again showed on any other album (he's mostly sinister and menacing), the obvious smell of cannabis emerging from the boxes as soon as you press play... it is such a wonderful album that gave me so many good vibes.

That being said... wow, this cover sucks. - Martin_Canine

19 Bossaura - Kollegah

Yeah, this is okay. It's not as disastrously photoshopped as his self titled album (still is though) and since Kollegah became more mascular and hairy in the meantime he doesn't look like a milksob anymore that's trying to look like a tough businessman. The coke line in the shape of a maple leaf (he's of Canadian descent) is a fun detail. It is no way near perfect and everything after this album has eight times the quality (this was his breakthrough so more effort was put into his more recent work), but it is okay.

Unfortunately, the album is his worst. - Martin_Canine

20 Coming Home - Falling in Reverse

You can see from the cover that they tried to establish themselves as a more serious rock band. It looks rather like a Coldplay album like one from an emo band.

I don't know if this even counts, as technically it only depicts a helmet which reflects the house. - Martin_Canine

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