Music

The Greatest Album Covers of All Time  

Ranker Community
Originally by Ranker Community
160.2k votes 8.1k voters 271.7k views 421 items

List Rules Vote for the albums based the cover art only.

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.
The Dark Side of the Moon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Album Covers of All Time
Photo: Metaweb (FB)/Fair use

Artist: Pink Floyd

Release Date: 1973

More The Dark Side of the Moon

#1 of 3691 on The Greatest Albums of All-Time #4 of 627 on The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time #2 of 112 on Albums You're Guaranteed To Find In Every Parent's CD Collection #1 of 250 on The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy

Is this artwork amazing?
see more on The Dark Side of the Moon
Abbey Road is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Album Covers of All Time
Photo: Photo Giddy

Artist: The Beatles

Release Date: 1969

More Abbey Road

#2 of 3691 on The Greatest Albums of All-Time #23 of 627 on The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time featuring The Best Songs on The Beatles' Album Abbey Road Behind The Scene Stories From The Recording Of The Beatles' 'Abbey Road'

Is this artwork amazing?
see more on Abbey Road
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Cl... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Album Covers of All Time
Photo: Metaweb (FB)/Fair use

Artist: The Beatles

Release Date: 1967

More Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

#3 of 3691 on The Greatest Albums of All-Time #25 of 627 on The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time #5 of 112 on Albums You're Guaranteed To Find In Every Parent's CD Collection #28 of 120 on What Are the Best Diamond Certified Albums of All Time?

Is this artwork amazing?
see more on Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Led Zeppelin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Album Covers of All Time
Photo: vinylmeister/flickr/CC-BY-NC 2.0

Artist: Led Zeppelin

Release Date: 1969

More Led Zeppelin

#14 of 3691 on The Greatest Albums of All-Time #8 of 627 on The Greatest Guitar Rock Albums of All Time #2 of 213 on The Best Self-Titled Albums #1 of 339 on The Best Debut Albums of All Time, Ranked

Is this artwork amazing?
see more on Led Zeppelin