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The Greatest Album Covers

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Besides the music, some of the most iconic bands are known for their creative artwork. Often times this extends to their album covers. The most memorable and famous album covers add an element of coolness to the music that can turn a great album into a transcendent one. Some of the greatest album covers are the most basic. When Andy Warhol designed the Velvet Underground & Nico, no one outside of the artist himself would have associated a banana with that band. Now they do. Here's your chance to vote for the best album covers of all time.

Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, is another album that achieved greater fame thanks to it's cover. It turned the prism into an iconic image and is one of the best rock album covers. The same goes for Nirvana's Nevermind album cover. The kid whose photo was used is never going to live down being the focal point of the most important album of the '90s. These are some of the most recognizable albums in music history and the creativity that went into writing and recording the album went into making the album cover as great as the music, and one of the top album covers in music. Looking at the records on this list, that was no easy task.

Vote for the album you think has the greatest album artwork and qualifies as one of the coolest album covers of all time. There are plenty of good options here, so it's impossible to go wrong.


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    The Dark Side of the Moon
    Photo: Freebase/Fair use

    The Dark Side of the Moon is the eighth studio album by the English progressive rock band Pink Floyd, released in March 1973. It built on ideas explored in the band's earlier recordings and live shows, but lacks the extended instrumental excursions that characterised their work following the departure ...more

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    • Artist: Pink Floyd
    • Release Date: 1973
    • Producer: Pink Floyd
    • Tracks: Time, Any Colour You Like, Speak to Me / Breathe, Brain Damage, Eclipse, + more
    • Length (mins): 00:42:57
    • Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock, Hard rock, Experimental rock, Art rock, + more
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    Abbey Road
    Photo: Photo Giddy

    Abbey Road is the eleventh studio album by the English rock band the Beatles, released on 26 September 1969 in the United Kingdom and on 1 October 1969 in the United States. The recording sessions for the album were the last in which all four Beatles participated. Although Let It Be was the final album ...more

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    • Artist: The Beatles
    • Release Date: 1969
    • Producer: George Martin
    • Tracks: Here Comes the Sun, Oh! Darling, Because, You Never Give Me Your Money, Sun King, + more
    • Length (mins): 00:47:27
    • Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Rock music, Pop music, Blues-rock, Hard rock, + more
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    Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is the eighth studio album by the English rock band the Beatles. Released on 1 June 1967, it was an immediate commercial and critical success, spending 27 weeks at the top of the albums chart in the United Kingdom and 15 weeks at number one in the United States.more

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    • Artist: The Beatles
    • Release Date: 1967
    • Tracks: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (reprise), Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Within You Without You, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, With a Little Help From My Friends, + more
    • Label: Capitol Records
    • Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock, Rock music, Pop music, Art rock, + more
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    Led Zeppelin is the debut studio album by the English rock band Led Zeppelin. It was recorded in October 1968 at Olympic Studios in London and released on Atlantic Records on 12 January 1969 in the United States and 31 March in the United Kingdom. Featuring integral contributions from each of the ...more

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    • Artist: Led Zeppelin
    • Release Date: 1969
    • Tracks: Babe I’m Gonna Leave You, You Shook Me, How Many More Times, Your Time Is Gonna Come, Dazed and Confused, + more
    • Label: Atlantic Records
    • Genres (Music): Psychedelic rock, Heavy metal, Blues-rock, Hard rock, Folk rock
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    Revolver
    Photo: Freebase/Fair use

    Revolver is the seventh studio album by the English rock band the Beatles. It was released on 5 August 1966 in the United Kingdom and three days later in the United States. The album marked a progression from their 1965 release Rubber Soul and signalled the band's arrival as studio innovators, a year ...more

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    • Artist: The Beatles
    • Release Date: 1966
    • Producer: George Martin
    • Tracks: Yellow Submarine, Taxman, She Said She Said, Good Day Sunshine, Tomorrow Never Knows, + more
    • Label: Capitol Records
    • Genres (Music): Psychedelic rock, Rock music, Hard rock, Pop rock
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    Aqualung
    Photo: Jason Hickey

    Aqualung is the fourth studio album by the rock band Jethro Tull. Released in 1971, Aqualung, despite the band's disapproval, is regarded as a concept album featuring a central theme of "the distinction between religion and God". The album's "dour musings on faith and religion" have marked it as "one of ...more

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    • Artist: Jethro Tull
    • Release Date: 1971
    • Tracks: Wond’ring Aloud, Cheap Day Return, My God, Hymn 43, Slipstream, + more
    • Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Hard rock, Folk rock
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    In the Court of the Crimson King
    Photo: Steve

    In the Court of the Crimson King is the debut studio album by the British rock group King Crimson, released on 10 October 1969. The album reached number five on the British charts, and is certified gold in the United States, where it reached #28 on the Billboard 200. The album is generally viewed as one ...more

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    • Artist: King Crimson
    • Release Date: 1969
    • Tracks: 21st Century Schizoid Man (including Mirrors), Moonchild (including The Dream and The Illusion), Epitaph (including March for No Reason and Tomorrow and Tomorrow), I Talk to the Wind, The Court of the Crimson King (including The Return of the Fire Witch and The Dance of the Puppets)
    • Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock, Hard rock, Jazz fusion, Experimental rock, + more
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    Houses of the Holy is the fifth studio album by British rock band Led Zeppelin, released by Atlantic Records on 28 March 1973. It is their first album composed of entirely original material, and represents a musical turning point for the band, who had begun to record songs with more layering and ...more

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    • Artist: Led Zeppelin
    • Release Date: 1973
    • Producer: Jimmy Page
    • Tracks: The Ocean, The Crunge, The Rain Song, D’yer Mak’er, The Song Remains the Same, + more
    • Length (mins): 00:40:56
    • Label: Atlantic Records
    • Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Heavy metal, Blues-rock, Hard rock, Folk rock, + more
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    Wish You Were Here is the ninth studio album by the English progressive rock group Pink Floyd, released in September 1975. Inspired by material the group composed while performing across Europe, Wish You Were Here was recorded in numerous sessions at London's Abbey Road Studios. Some of the songs ...more

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    • Artist: Pink Floyd
    • Release Date: 1975
    • Tracks: Wish You Were Here, Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Parts VI–IX, Welcome to the Machine, Have a Cigar, + more
    • Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Concept album
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    Thick as a Brick is the fifth studio album by the English band Jethro Tull, released in 1972. The album is notable for only including one song, which spans the entire album. Thick as a Brick was deliberately crafted in the style of a concept album. The original packaging, designed like a newspaper, ...more

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    • Artist: Jethro Tull
    • Release Date: 1972
    • Producer: Ian Anderson
    • Tracks: Thick as a Brick, Part 1, Thick as a Brick, Part 2
    • Length (mins): 00:43:44
    • Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Hard rock, Folk rock, Art rock, Concept album
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    Stand Up is the second album by Jethro Tull released in 1969; it quickly went to number 1 in the UK charts while a single, "Sweet Dream", rose to number 5. Before Stand Up, the band's original guitarist Mick Abrahams resigned because of musical differences with Ian Anderson; Abrahams wanted to stay with ...more

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    • Artist: Jethro Tull
    • Release Date: 1969
    • Producer: Ian Anderson, Terry Ellis
    • Tracks: Reasons for Waiting, Jeffrey Goes to Leicester Square, Back to the Family, Nothing Is Easy, Bourée, + more
    • Length (mins): 00:37:57
    • Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Hard rock, Folk rock, Art rock
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    The untitled fourth studio album by the English rock band Led Zeppelin, commonly referred to as Led Zeppelin IV, was released on 8 November 1971 on Atlantic Records. Produced by guitarist Jimmy Page, it was recorded between December 1970 and March 1971 at several locations, most prominently the ...more

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    • Artist: Led Zeppelin
    • Release Date: 1971
    • Producer: Jimmy Page
    • Tracks: Black Dog, Going to California, When the Levee Breaks, Rock and Roll, Misty Mountain Hop, + more
    • Length (mins): 00:42:39
    • Label: Atlantic Records
    • Genres (Music): Heavy metal, Blues-rock, Hard rock, Folk rock, Rock and roll, + more
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    London Calling
    Photo: chris m.

    London Calling is the third studio album by English punk rock band the Clash. It was released in the United Kingdom on 14 December 1979 by CBS Records, and in the United States in January 1980 by Epic Records. London Calling is a post-punk album that incorporates a range of styles, including punk, ...more

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    • Artist: The Clash
    • Release Date: 1979
    • Tracks: Brand New Cadillac, Rudie Can’t Fail, Lost in the Supermarket, The Card Cheat, Clampdown, + more
    • Label: Epic Records
    • Genres (Music): Rock music, Pop music, New Wave, Jazz, Rock and roll, + more
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    Nevermind is the second studio album by the American rock band Nirvana, released on September 24, 1991. Produced by Butch Vig, Nevermind was the group's first release on DGC Records. Frontman Kurt Cobain sought to make music outside the restrictive confines of the Seattle grunge scene, drawing influence ...more

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    • Artist: Nirvana
    • Release Date: 1991
    • Tracks: Breed, Smells Like Teen Spirit, Something in the Way, Drain You, Polly, + more
    • Genres (Music): Alternative rock, Punk rock, Grunge
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    Candy-O is the second studio album by the American rock band The Cars. It was released in 1979 on Elektra Records. Featuring the Top 20 hit "Let's Go" and the minor hit "It's All I Can Do", the album surpassed the commercial success of its predecessor, charting 15 places better on the Billboard Hot 100.more

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    • Artist: The Cars
    • Release Date: 1979
    • Producer: Roy Thomas Baker
    • Tracks: Night Spots, Double Life, Lust for Kicks, Shoo Be Doo, Got a Lot on My Head, + more
    • Length (mins): 00:36:33
    • Genres (Music): Rock music, New Wave, Pop rock
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    Rock 'n' Roll is the sixth studio album by John Lennon. Released in 1975, it is an album of late 1950s and early 1960s songs as covered by Lennon. Recording the album was problematic and spanned an entire year: Phil Spector produced sessions in October 1973 at A&M Studios, and Lennon produced sessions ...more

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    • Artist: John Lennon
    • Release Date: 1975
    • Producer: Phil Spector
    • Tracks: Ya Ya, Stand by Me, Be-Bop-A-Lula, Just Because, Sweet Little Sixteen, + more
    • Length (mins): 00:39:38
    • Genres (Music): Rock music, Rock and roll
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    Argus is the third album by the rock band Wishbone Ash. It is the most popular Wishbone Ash album and widely considered their greatest by fans and reviewers. It was named "Album of the Year" in the 1972 year-end issue of Sounds magazine. The album features a blend of progressive rock, folk, and hard ...more

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    • Artist: Wishbone Ash, Argus
    • Release Date: 1972
    • Producer: Derek Lawrence
    • Tracks: Warrior, Throw Down the Sword, Leaf and Stream, Sometime World, Time Was, + more
    • Length (mins): 43.48
    • Label: Decca, MCA
    • Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Hard rock
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    Who's Next
    Photo: Jason Hickey

    Who's Next is the fifth studio album by English rock band The Who, released on 14 August 1971. Its origins lie in an abortive multi-media rock opera written by chief songwriter Pete Townshend called Lifehouse. The album was commercially and critically successful, and became the only one by the group to ...more

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    • Artist: The Who
    • Release Date: 1971
    • Tracks: Behind Blue Eyes, Bargain, The Song Is Over, Baba O’Riley, My Wife, + more
    • Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Rock music, Hard rock
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    Rock 'n' Roll Animal

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    • Artist: Gene The Werewolf
    • Release Date: 2012
    • Tracks: I Only Wanna Rock 'n' Roll, Give It Up, Firecracker, Light Me Up, I've Got the Love, + more
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    Animals
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    Animals is the tenth studio album by English progressive rock group Pink Floyd, released in January 1977. A concept album, it provides a scathing critique of the social-political conditions of late 1970s Britain, and presents a marked change in musical style from their earlier work. Animals was recorded ...more

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    • Artist: Pink Floyd
    • Release Date: 1977
    • Producer: Pink Floyd
    • Tracks: Pigs (Three Different Ones), Sheep, Pigs on the Wing, Part 2, Pigs on the Wing, + more
    • Length (mins): 00:41:49
    • Label: Columbia
    • Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Folk rock, Concept album
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