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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Album Covers
The Dark Side of the Moon Pink Floyd - 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 ...more

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Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Cl... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Album Covers
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band The Beatles - 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 ...more

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Abbey Road is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Album Covers
Abbey Road The Beatles - 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 ...more

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Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Album Covers
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin - 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 ...more

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Wish You Were Here is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Album Covers
Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd - 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 ...more

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London Calling is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Album Covers
London Calling The Clash - 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 ...more

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Revolver is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Album Covers
Revolver The Beatles - 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 ...more

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Nevermind is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Album Covers
Nevermind Nirvana - 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 ...more

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Who's Next is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Album Covers
Who's Next The Who - 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 ...more

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Houses of the Holy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Album Covers
Houses of the Holy Led Zeppelin - 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 ...more

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The Velvet Underground & Nico is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Album Covers
The Velvet Underground & Nico Nico, The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground & Nico is the debut album by American rock band The Velvet Underground and vocal collaborator Nico. It was originally released in March 1967 by Verve Records. Recorded in ...more

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Aladdin Sane is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Album Covers
Aladdin Sane David Bowie - Aladdin Sane is the sixth album by David Bowie, released by RCA Records in 1973. The follow-up to his breakthrough The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, it was the first album ...more

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In the Court of the Crimson Ki... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Album Covers
In the Court of the Crimson King King Crimson - 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 ...more

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Aqualung is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Album Covers
Aqualung Jethro Tull - 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 ...more

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The Wall is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Album Covers
The Wall Pink Floyd - The Wall is the eleventh studio album by the English progressive rock band Pink Floyd. It is the last studio album released with the classic lineup of Gilmour, Waters, Wright and Mason before ...more

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Black Sabbath is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Album Covers
Black Sabbath Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath is the eponymous debut studio album by English rock band Black Sabbath. Released on 13 February 1970 in the United Kingdom and on 1 June 1970 in the United States, the album reached ...more

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Candy-O is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Album Covers
Candy-O The Cars - 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 ...more

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Physical Graffiti is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Album Covers
Physical Graffiti Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti is a 1975 studio album by Led Zeppelin.

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Sticky Fingers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Album Covers
Sticky Fingers The Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers is the ninth British and 11th American studio album by English rock band the Rolling Stones, released in April 1971. It is the band's first album of the 1970s and its first release on ...more

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The Division Bell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Album Covers
The Division Bell Pink Floyd - The Division Bell is the fourteenth studio album by English progressive rock group Pink Floyd. It was released in the UK by EMI Records on 28 March 1994, and the US by Columbia Records on 4 April. The ...more

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Breakfast in America is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Album Covers
Breakfast in America Supertramp - "Breakfast in America" is a 1979 single by Supertramp.

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Rumours is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Album Covers
Rumours Fleetwood Mac - Rumours is the eleventh studio album by British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac. Largely recorded in California during 1976, it was produced by the band with Ken Caillat and Richard Dashut and was ...more

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Boston is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Album Covers
Boston Boston - Boston is the debut studio album by Boston-based American rock band Boston. Produced by Tom Scholz and John Boylan, the album was released on August 25, 1976 in the United States by Epic Records. ...more

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Queen II is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Album Covers
Queen II Queen - Queen II is the second studio album by British rock group Queen, released on 8 March 1974. It was recorded at Trident Studios, London in August 1973 with co-producers Roy Thomas Baker and Robin Cable, ...more

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Animals is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Album Covers
Animals Pink Floyd - 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 ...more

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Master of Puppets is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Album Covers
Master of Puppets Metallica - Master of Puppets is the third studio album by American heavy metal band Metallica, released on March 3, 1986 by Elektra Records. Recorded at the Sweet Silence Studios with producer Flemming ...more

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Hotel California is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Album Covers
Hotel California Eagles - Hotel California is the fifth studio album by the American rock band Eagles, released on Asylum in late 1976. It is the first Eagles album without the appearance of their founding member Bernie Leadon ...more

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Led Zeppelin IV is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Album Covers
Led Zeppelin IV Led Zeppelin - 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, ...more

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The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Sta... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Album Covers
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars is the fifth studio album by English musician David Bowie, which is loosely based on a story of a fictional rock star named Ziggy ...more

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1984 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Album Covers
1984 Van Halen - 1984 is the sixth studio album by American hard rock band Van Halen. It remains Van Halen's most successful album in terms of sales, with 10 million copies shipped in the United States, and U.S. chart ...more

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Back in Black is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Album Covers
Back in Black AC/DC - Back in Black is the seventh studio album by Australian rock band AC/DC. Produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange, the album was released on 25 July 1980 by Albert Productions and Atlantic ...more

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Whipped Cream & Other Delights is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Album Covers
Whipped Cream & Other Delights Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass - Whipped Cream & Other Delights is a 1965 album by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, called "Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass" for this album, released on A&M Records. It is the band's ...more

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Bat Out of Hell is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Album Covers
Bat Out of Hell Meat Loaf - Bat Out of Hell is the second album and major-label debut by American rock musician Meat Loaf, as well as being his first collaboration with composer Jim Steinman, released in October 1977 on ...more

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Rubber Soul is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Album Covers
Rubber Soul The Beatles - Rubber Soul is the sixth studio album by English rock group the Beatles. It was recorded in just over four weeks to make the Christmas market, and was released on December 3, 1965. It was produced by ...more

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Ramones is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Album Covers
Ramones Ramones - Ramones is the debut studio album by the American punk rock band Ramones, released on February 4, 1976 by Sire Records. After Hit Parader editor Lisa Robinson saw the band at a gig in New York City, ...more

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Born in the U.S.A. is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Album Covers
Born in the U.S.A. Bruce Springsteen - Born in the U.S.A. is the seventh studio album by American rock singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen, released on June 4, 1984. A critical and commercial success, it found Springsteen marking a ...more

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Some Girls is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Album Covers
Some Girls The Rolling Stones - Some Girls is the 14th British and 16th American studio album by The Rolling Stones, released in 1978 on Rolling Stones Records, catalogue COC 39108. It peaked at #1 on the Billboard 200, and became ...more

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Destroyer is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Album Covers
Destroyer Kiss - Destroyer is the fourth studio album by American rock band Kiss, released on March 15, 1976 in the US. It was the third successive Kiss album to reach the top 40 in the US, as well as the first to ...more

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In Utero is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Album Covers
In Utero Nirvana - In Utero is the third and final studio album by American rock band Nirvana, released on September 13, 1993, by DGC Records. Nirvana intended the record to diverge significantly from the polished ...more

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Abraxas is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Album Covers
Abraxas Santana - Abraxas is the second studio album by latin rock band Santana. Consolidating the interest generated by their first album, Santana, and their highly acclaimed live performance at the Woodstock Festival ...more

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Are You Experienced is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Album Covers
Are You Experienced The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced is the debut studio album by the rock band the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Released in 1967, the LP was an immediate critical and commercial success, and it is widely regarded as one ...more

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The Cars is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Album Covers
The Cars The Cars - The Cars is the eponymous debut studio album by the American new wave rock band the Cars. It was released on June 6, 1978 on Elektra Records. The album, which featured the three charting singles ...more

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Unknown Pleasures is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Album Covers
Unknown Pleasures Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures is the debut studio album by English post-punk band Joy Division. It was recorded at Strawberry Studios in Stockport in April 1979, with Martin Hannett as producer, and was released ...more

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Appetite for Destruction is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Album Covers
Appetite for Destruction Guns N' Roses - Appetite for Destruction is the debut studio album by the American rock band Guns N' Roses, released on July 21, 1987 on Geffen Records. It was well received by critics and topped the Billboard 200 ...more

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Born to Run is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Album Covers
Born to Run Bruce Springsteen, E Street Band - Born to Run is the third studio album by the American singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen. It was released on August 25, 1975 through Columbia Records. Representing Springsteen's effort to break into ...more

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…and Justice for All is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Album Covers
…and Justice for All Metallica - ...And Justice for All is the fourth studio album by American heavy metal band Metallica, released on August 25, 1988 by Elektra Records. It was the band's first studio album to feature bassist Jason ...more

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War is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Album Covers
War U2 - War is the third studio album by Irish rock band U2, released on 28 February 1983. The album has come to be regarded as U2's first overtly political album, in part because of songs like "Sunday ...more

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The White Album is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Album Covers
The White Album The Beatles - The Beatles, also known as the White Album, is the ninth studio album by English rock group the Beatles, released on 22 November 1968. A double album, its plain white sleeve has no graphics or text ...more

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Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Album Covers
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is the seventh studio album by the English singer-songwriter Elton John. Released in 1973, it has come to be regarded as one of his best and most popular albums. Recorded at ...more

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ZZ Top - Eliminator is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Album Covers
ZZ Top - Eliminator