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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: Scorpions
    Release Date: 1978
    Tracks: Kojo No Tsuki, Long Tall Sally, Steamrock Fever, Speedy's Coming, Dark Lady + 6 more
    Genre(s): Hard rock, Heavy metal
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    Artist: Tom Waits
    Release Date: 1985
    Tracks: Cemetery Polka, 9th & Hennepin, Singapore, Hang Down Your Head, Tango Till They're Sore + 14 more
    Length (mins): 00:54:12
    Genre(s): Folk music, Rock music, Blues-rock, Experimental rock, Blues + 1 more
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    Artist: R.E.M.
    Release Date: 1991
    Producer: R.E.M., Scott Litt
    Tracks: Texarkana, Country Feedback, Belong, Near Wild Heaven, Losing My Religion + 6 more
    Length (mins): 00:44:11
    Label: Warner Bros. Records
    Genre(s): Alternative rock, Pop rock, Country rock, Jangle pop
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    Artist: Bob Dylan
    Release Date: 1965
    Producer: Tom Wilson
    Tracks: It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding), Subterranean Homesick Blues, She Belongs to Me, Mr. Tambourine Man, Gates of Eden + 6 more
    Length (mins): 00:47:29
    Label: Columbia Records
    Genre(s): Folk music, Rock music, Folk rock, Blues-rock, Garage rock + 1 more
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    Artist: Dr. Dre
    Release Date: 1992
    Producer: Dr. Dre, Suge Knight
    Tracks: Let Me Ride, The Chronic (intro), The Day the Niggaz Took Over (feat. Dr. RBX, Snoop Dogg and That Nigga Daz), Deeez Nuuuts, Lyrical Gangbang + 12 more
    Length (mins): 01:02:59
    Genre(s): Hip hop music, Gangsta rap, West Coast hip hop, G-funk
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