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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 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.

Same goes for Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, which has turned the prism into an iconic image due to the album cover. 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. Looking at the records on this list, that was no easy task.

Vote for the album you think has the greatest album artwork. There are plenty of good options here so it's impossible to go wrong.
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    Artist: Metallica
    Release Date: 1988
    Producer: Metallica, Flemming Rasmussen
    Tracks: The Frayed Ends of Sanity, The Shortest Straw, Eye of the Beholder, One, To Live Is to Die + 6 more
    Length (mins): 01:10:09
    Genre(s): Heavy metal, Thrash metal, Progressive metal
    ...and Justice for All : see more

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    Artist: Tool
    Release Date: 2006
    Producer: Tool
    Tracks: Rosetta Stoned, Vicarious, Lipan Conjuring, Right in Two, 10,000 Days (Wings, Part 2) + 6 more
    Length (mins): 01:15:52
    Genre(s): Progressive rock, Alternative metal, Progressive metal, Art rock
    10,000 Days : see more

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    Artist: Van Halen
    Release Date: 1984
    Producer: Ted Templeman
    Tracks: Panama, Top Jimmy, Hot For Teacher, I'll Wait, Jump + 4 more
    Length (mins): 00:33:30
    Label: Warner Bros. Records
    Genre(s): Hard rock, Heavy metal, Glam metal, Electronic rock
    1984 : see more

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    4 Added by: looksharp

    Artist: Foreigner
    Release Date: 1981
    Producer: Robert Lange
    Tracks: Night Life, I'm Gonna Win, Woman in Black, Don't Let Go, Break It Up + 5 more
    Length (mins): 00:42:34
    Label: Atlantic
    Genre(s): Rock music, Hard rock, Pop music, Rock and roll
    4 : see more

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    Artist: Eric Clapton
    Release Date: 1974
    Producer: Thomas J. Dowd
    Tracks: Mainline Florida, Steady Rollin' Man, Let It Grow, I Shot the Sheriff, Get Ready + 6 more
    Length (mins): 00:43:40
    Genre(s): Rock music, Soft rock, Blues-rock
    461 Ocean Boulevard : see more

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