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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    Aqualung

    Aqualung is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Album Covers
    Photo: Jason Hickey/Flickr

    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

    In the Court of the Crimson Ki... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Album Covers
    Photo: Steve/Flickr

    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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    Wish You Were Here

    Wish You Were Here is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Album Covers
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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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    Revolver

    Revolver is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Album Covers
    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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    Led Zeppelin

    Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Album Covers
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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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    Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

    Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Cl... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Album Covers
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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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    Abbey Road

    Abbey Road is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Album Covers
    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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    The Dark Side of the Moon

    The Dark Side of the Moon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Album Covers
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    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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