Some people say it’s what’s inside that counts, but when we’re talking about an album, the exterior is pretty much as important as the inside.
Album covers are the best opportunity to give a first impression, also, this type of imagery can visually conceptualize the music.
In the end, it represents a musician, especially in this day and age, where an album cover has to stand out among all the images that are presented to us daily.
10. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – The Beatles
First of all, let’s star with probably one of the most iconic album covers of all time. You can see the 4 Beatles wearing their colorful military costumes, standing in front of celebrities like Bob Dylan, Mae West, Marilyn Monroe, Marlon Brando and so much more. This important work of British psychedelia sold more than 32 million copies worldwide.
9. Dangerous – Michael Jackson
This album cover is full of symbolism, artist Mark Ryden featured Michael Jackson staring from behind circus-inspired elements. This is followed by animals wearing crowns, elephants being ridden by clowns, a kid holding a giant skull and more characters from another world.
A lot of speculations have been made about this album cover but the most logic one is that Michael felt trapped by all the speculations and false statements by the media while being the King of Pop.
8. The Velvet Underground & Nico
Known as the “Banana Album” because of Andy Warhol’s painting on the album cover. The first copies of this album had a yellow sticker banana which you could peel off, showing a flesh-colored banana underneath it.
Even though the album was not very successful following its release, it finally gained wide popularity about a decade after.
7. Unknown Pleasures – Joy Division
We’ve all seen the cover of Joy Division’s debut album somewhere, but probably don’t know the meaning behind it. Well, it’s pretty easy, the artist behind the cover (Peter Saville) describes it as “the demonstration of a comparative frequency path from a signal to a pulsar”. Each of the horizontal lines close in the middle of the graph, when they reach a series of peaks, they are data observed from this pulsar, and there are several of them piled up.
It seems like a piece of cake but it’s not.
6. Nevermind – Nirvana
5. Aladdin Sane – David Bowie
Bowie’s pictures from photographer Brian Duffy are so iconic and have had an amazing cultural impact. The art for this album has been used on t-shirts, calendars, posters, fridge magnets and so much more. Bowie’s legacy, in addition to his music, is also his iconic images throughout his career.
Did you know the red and blue lightning bolt was inspired by the logo of a rice cooker that Bowie’s team had in their kitchen?
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