Top 10 Music Album Covers Featuring Naked People

Metal_Treasure
The idea of this list is to discuss album covers and not music on the albums (but you can share your opinion about music, too).

I noticed these things about albums covers of this type:
1) Covers with naked people can be both beautiful and disgusting;
2) There are covers that are done tastefully and covers that are just cheap attempts at getting attention (i.e. selling an album with probably bad music);
3) Images can be sexualized or not;
4) Some images of naked people are disgusting but this is done on purpose because it reflects the album idea.

I put on this list covers I like and covers I dislike.

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What do you think about these album covers?

The Top Ten

1 Immersion - Pendulum

THIS. By far. Everything is perfect about it. The futuristic silver font, the beauty of the underwater world, the light touching everything just slightly making it seem shiny, and the fascinating beauty of the natural human body.
I even own this album because back then they had a hit over here with "Watercolor", then they vanished and were forgotten. I must admit I also completely forgot about them. I need to check this out again. - Martin_Canine

2 Fallen - Burzum

This seems to resemble an old painting, such paintings have been made right after the middle ages up to the 19th century. The problem I have with such album covers is that they look a bit too pretentious to me, like "look, it's art. We're classy." An exception is classical music because the cover sets the tone for the music. - Martin_Canine

I would agree with Martin that it looks pretentious but nevertheless I prefer it over most of the covers on this list. - Metal_Treasure

I would say this is very tastefully done - she looks like a Greek Goddess and the image isn't sexualized because the private parts aren't accentuated.
And yes, Burzum is the black metal band founded by Varg Vikernes (non-metal fans know him mostly for killing a bandmate). - Metal_Treasure

Info about this cover:
The cover art is taken from the painting Elegy (1899) by French painter William-Adolphe Bouguereau.
Varg Vikernes, the musician behind this album, said "We mastered the album as if it was classical music". - Metal_Treasure

3 The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking - Roger Water

Her booty was censored on this image. - Metal_Treasure

@Martin - I think naked people wearing shoes are OK. Just look at this image - to me she's naked despite her red shoes. Red shoes? Oh, yeah, I got it. - Metal_Treasure

Does it still count if they wear shoes?
Because in that case I have to add several album covers by E-Rotic. - Martin_Canine

4 Mother's Milk - Red Hot Chili Peppers
5 Nothing's Shocking - Jane's Addiction

Not one, two bare naked ladies on a cover for an album titled "Nothing's Shocking". - Metal_Treasure

6 Hooked - Great White

My problem with this cover is that the woman looks very much like a porn star, and mainly her blonde hair is responsible for that unwanted effect. If only she had black hair... or red. And with a different shape - I imagine her hair shape slightly resembling the hook shape (with the ends up). - Metal_Treasure

Yes, this is a very aesthetic mixture of sexual pleasure and pain, and the grey overall tone in contrast to the colorful woman looks fantastic. The hobby psychologist in me is ├╝ber happy. - Martin_Canine

7 Snakes for the Divine - High on Fire
8 Lovesexy - Prince

I always appreciated how Prince played with gender stereotypes and had a lot of feminine aesthetic. I think this cover is beautiful, but to be honest, the hair on his chest and his beard kind of ruin it a bit, as they are associated with masculinity. - Martin_Canine

Prince was straight by the way and insiders said despite his gender bending style wasn't all too gay friendly in private. - Martin_Canine

I've read an interview with the sex symbol Kim Basinger - she dated him, maybe in the early 90s, and she was crazy about him. Good lover, she said. - Metal_Treasure

@OnionLists - I know he liked women so maybe bisexual? - Metal_Treasure

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9 Oral Fixation Vol. 2 - Shakira
10 Houses of the Holy - Led Zeppelin

This is more 70s than the 70s. I must say I am not the biggest fan of 70s aesthetics, it's where American and European pop culture mixed the most and imitated each other and it sometimes was a parade of pretentiousness, everyone tried to be super artsy. - Martin_Canine

The Contenders

11 Nevermind - Nirvana

I always wonder where the idea for this cover came from. It is a bit weird I think - OnionLists

I love the album - OnionLists

The difference between this and the Virgin Killer cover is that the latter is sexualized.
There's also cultural differences: nudity is much more common and accepted in German media (you can see it on T.V. during daytime), as is sexuality. Especially in the 70s, sex, pornography and nudity was used very heavily in arts in Germany. The cover and title was a reference to a song lyric which was about that a child is born innocent but loses this innocence over time. Pedophilia was not talked about in Germany until decades later, or rather, child nudity was not as controversial back then. I doubt they actually intended it to be that shocking. The album was never banned or indexed in Germany, but most recent pressings have the international cover. I don't think such a cover could be made in Germany nowadays. A sexualized pose would need the model to be at least 14 years of age due to that being the German age of consent.
This extremely open use of a sexual image, especially in the ...more - Martin_Canine

Classic case of double standard sexism here. For some reason its OK to show a young boy's privates, but it was not OK to show a young girl's [not even really, but almost] on the cover of "Virgin Killer" by the Scorpions.

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12 Electric Ladyland - Jimi Hendrix

On the original cover there were 19 nude women! It was banned and relpaced with Jimi's photo. - Metal_Treasure

13 Dark Side of the Spoon - Ministry

I am... not very sure what this is supposed to tell me. I guess the person (Man? Woman? ) is humilated in the worst way possible. The American flag may indicate a sociocritical interpretation... but I don't know this artist. Could also be a simple showcase of tasteless humor. - Martin_Canine

14 Balance - Van Halen

I love the 90s aesthetics, even though it varied greatly in America and Europe (America was rock oriented, Europe was techno oriented). It looks very nightmare-ish and surreal, with a threatening red color scheme and extremely artificial lightning. Yup, this is the kind of art I really like. Daring, scary and extreme, but in its overall tone still very aesthetic and of a high stylistic and artistic quality. - Martin_Canine

15 Earth Blues - Spiritual Beggars

I like it, it looks rather romantic and sad. It isn't sexualized. I also like the music on this album (stoner rock/metal). - Metal_Treasure

The image could be so great... the war, and the Adam and Eve resemblence, two most natural beings facing the horror of civilisation... if it wasn't so LSD-ish. The colors and the font turn me off so much. I think this late 60s early 70s aesthetic just looks too groovy and hippie-ish to be taken as seriously as it may was intended to be. It should have darker, greyer colors, and a more Times New Roman like font. - Martin_Canine

@Martin - thanks for your great comments on this list. I don't agree with everything but it isn't necessary. I still think your comments are great.
More info about this cover: they can't change the font because it's the band's logo that appears on every album. This album came out in 2013 but yes, their music style is inspired by the 60s-70s, and also the aesthetic. I agree it's very LSD-ish but this LSD-ish thing fits the music on the album because they play stoner music. - Metal_Treasure

16 Mechanical Animals - Marilyn Manson

He isn't literally naked but the rubber suit he wears has boobs on it and he looks naked. - Metal_Treasure

I love Marilyn Manson, this is his best album with the best cover artwork.
Not onoy does he continue to intelligently trigger American prudeness, he does it with a never before seen beauty. His other albums are looking disturbing and shocking, trying to trigger the debate of the impact violence in media has on kids, but this is different. It looks very artistic and like out of a surreal cyberpunk dream, yet still became notorious for its depiction of genderlessness.
Album, cover and impact 5 out of 5. - Martin_Canine

17 Forbidden Fruit - Hot R.S.

A naked couple making love in an apple. It's not ugly. Looks rather romantic. - Metal_Treasure

18 Fijacion Oral, Vol. 1 - Shakira

Shakira always has decent covers, just like she makes decent music. I know it probably wasn't her idea to shoot this picture but it is still so fitting for the music. Classy and with much grace, she shows us the wonder of being a mother. The album itself is one of her calmest and least pop like, and feels very personal and often introverted.
(Another one of my favorite albums out there.) - Martin_Canine

19 Indelibly Stamped - Supertramp
20 Remember the Future - Nektar
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