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 Blooming Hits - Paul Mauriat
4 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

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

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

7 Snakes for the Divine - High on Fire
8 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 über happy. - Martin_Canine

9 Oral Fixation Vol. 2 - Shakira
10 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

The Contenders

11 Nevermind - Nirvana

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.

What can I say?
Back in the 90s, it must have been genius - even a young baby chasing the dollar through the dangerous water, the ultimate capitalistic perversion.
In the 2000s, it rightfully turned an iconic pop cultural image.
It's the 2010s now, bordering on the 2020s... and it's so everyday it lost the last spark of fascination it once had. - Martin_Canine

12 Electric Ladyland - Jimi Hendrix

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

13 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

14 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

15 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

16 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

17 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

18 Urn - Ne Obliviscaris

Artwork was created by one of their vocalists - Xenoyr (harsh vox). They have 2 vocalists.
This is an album cover to extreme prog metal music of 2017 - Metal_Treasure

19 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

20 Forbidden Fruit - Hot R.S.

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

21 Remember the Future - Nektar
22 The Odyssey - Symphony X
23 Sad Wings of Destiny - Judas Priest
24 My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - Kanye West

oh dear... - Metal_Treasure

Kanye is a great artist with some of the most excessive and extreme music I have ever heard. He stopped making easy listenable hip hop long time ago and since this album only lets his twisted mind flow, often surreally. In context, this works perfectly - sex, alcohol and modern arts. On its own... it's ugly.

But the album is my personal favorite American hip hop album. - Martin_Canine

25 This Fire - Paula Cole

I can only say I like this artwork (the album too). It has something so intentionally artificial and dream-like. I mean, just look at these colors. Again, this album can't deny it's from the 90s with such a cover. The surreal scene combined with such intensive colors is a straight give away. - Martin_Canine

26 Virgin Killer - Scorpions (Original Cover)

Thanks for this clarification, Martin. It was banned in the most countries. I wonder if there were other countries, besides Germany, where it wasn't banned. - Metal_Treasure

You can get a Japan import on the German Amazon and on the image it also has the original cover. - Martin_Canine

1976 LP. The original cover art depicts a nude 10 year old girl, provocatively posed. Probably the most scandalous album cover image of all time. It was immediately banned and replaced with a group photo. - Metal_Treasure

@Metal Treasure: it wasn't banned in Germany where it originated. It can still be found on some editions, but the widely available ones have the international cover.

For more info, see my comment on "Nevermind". - Martin_Canine

27 Teenage Dream - Katy Perry

It fits the tone for the album. I mean, there is cotton candy clouds, and on my copy of the album there is a font redembling candy canes that says "Teenage Dream", as well as a Katy Perry logo that could be red icing. That's all very sugary and sweet, and so is the album. - Martin_Canine

28 Pressure Drop - Robert Palmer
29 Undercover - The Rolling Stones
30 The Gathering - Testament
31 Infinity - Devin Townsend
32 Then Play On - Fleetwood Mac
33 Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins - John Lennon & Yoko Ono
34 Colours - Eloy
35 Alice in Wonderland - David Hazeltine Trio
36 Facing Your Enemy - At Vance
37 Stomp 442 - Anthrax

Trash. Quite literally. What the is this supposed to tell me? A nude person in the desert next to a giant almost perfect ball of trash. It does not look artistic, does not look funny, it simply looks ugly to me. - Martin_Canine

38 Blind Faith - Blind Faith

Seems the 70s were obsessed with pubescent girls / minors / virgins. Other similar covers on this list from the 70s - Houses of the Holy by Led Zeppelin, Virgin Killer by Scorpions. - Metal_Treasure

Was this cover banned in the US as well? I saw this album a few days ago at a local store in Austria, uncensored and fully visible to everyone walking by. - Martin_Canine

It's from 1969, but nevertheless look at my comment for Houses of the Holy for more information. - Martin_Canine

Censored!

39 A Boy Named Goo - Goo Goo Dolls

Why does every second cover artwork that tries to look artful appear to be shot with a regular camcorder and without the slightest intent of creating atmosphere by shading and decent color schemes? Apart from that - what is this supposed to tell us? A child with blood on its mouth, two hands covering its privates (they just randomly hang in there for no reason whatsoever) and a couple of leaves. Ummm... ok. - Martin_Canine

40 Hefty Fine - Bloodhound Gang

Oh yeah, the Bloodhound Gang. I am still not sure if they pass as comedy group or not, but anyway, they embrace gross out humor and sexual humor so much that this just fits. It looks horrible, but it fits.

The thing is I absolutely like their music and if they used "normal" lyrics that'd also work. - Martin_Canine

41 Nach Uns Die Sintflut - Die Ärzte

Since last time I added this on a list it didn't add the picture, it's three naked children in a bathtub (the band members? ) from behind. - Martin_Canine

Die Ärzte have a special kind of humor that may not be understood on a wird wide scale because the general understanding of political correctness is different. Next to Rammstein, they are often seen as the greatest German band in Germany, but unlike Rammstein, they are not famous abroad. While Die Ärzte have some very, very serious songs with political messages and "Schrei nach Liebe" is an unofficial anthem for the left-wing German youth for two decades now, they are also have absolute raunch fests and deeply dark humor. The cover showing the three naked kids is most likely supposed to look exactly as trashy and distasteful as it looks to you. Doesn't look good though. But it sets the tone for their not so serious songs. - Martin_Canine

42 Beastiality - The Handsome Beasts

Well, this looks terrible. You see, there is shocking and there is shocking.
The first one tries to expose some of society's double standards or want to raise a debate, or simply enjoy the aesthetics of the forbidden. The second is simply a grossout parade of tastelessness for the sake of being disgusting. I don't know the artist, but I'm pretty sure this is the latter. - Martin_Canine

43 Lovehunter - Whitesnake
44 Indelibly Stamped - Supertramp
45 Alpha Noir / Omega White - Moonspell
46 Peeping Tom - S.E.X. Appeal

I don't like this at all. The drawing looks like something out of a 70s animated picture aimed at adult audiences (it's from 1999), also the font and the blue and yellow background look so weird and off. Like, it wants to look colorful and silly, but it doesn't have the cartoonish childish goofiness it should have.

I am also not a huge fan of the album. S.E.X. Appeal so far recorded 3 albums, one in 1999, one in 2007 and one in 2013. They completely changed their style with each. Here, they tried out mixing E-Rotic's silliest sex anthems with Aqua-esque bubblegum dance... doesn't work. Mostly because Lyane Leigh's voice is too deep and good for the cartoonish bubblegum sound, and because it feels more awkward than funny. Bubblegum dance is supposed to bring joy and energy but I don't feel that on here. The other two albums are perfectly fine, one is sensual and mystical techno, the other is pop. - Martin_Canine

47 Sexual Madness - E-Rotic
48 Sex Generation - E-Rotic
49 Cocktail E-Rotic - E-Rotic
50 The Collection - E-Rotic
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