873 voters

The Most Powerful Time Covers

Updated June 14, 2019 6.1k votes 873 voters 36.1k views31 items

List of the most memorable Time Magazine covers, featuring the coolest photographs, sexiest celebrity shots, and most innovative designs ever to hit newsstands. These best Time covers span the entire history of the publication, and provide a good overview of the stories and issues Time has covered over the years. Iconic magazine covers capture images of historic and cultural landmarks that persist in the collective consciousness.

Time Magazine was the first weekly news magazine in the US, first published March 3, 1923. The first cover featured Joseph G. Cannon, the retired Speaker of the House. The first cover with the iconic red border printed in 1927, and it is still used today, more than 85 years later. There have only been 3 since covers that have not been red: a black border after the 9/11 attacks, a green border for Earth Day (April 2008), and a silver border commemorating the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Time content features news about politics, economics, science, world events, and culture.

This list includes rare Time covers and hard-to-find classic Time covers as well as the most popular and famous Time Magazine covers. The stars, politicians, athletes, and other famous and influential figures on magazine covers document major world events and news stories that have held public attention over the years. Ever evolving fashion, technology, and societal trends influence the art and design of magazine covers, but Time also has a signature font, layout, and style that has come to represent the magazine as an institution. You won't a more comprehensive collection of Time magazine covers. Vote for the vintage Time magazine covers with the most attractive design, most memorable or important news stories, or that you best remember and recognize. 

  • Barack Obama
    Photo: Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY
    Time - Dec. 29, 2008
    • Age: 59
    • Birthplace: Area code 808, Honolulu County, Hawaiian Islands, United States of America, United States
    Is this moving?

    More Barack Obama 

    All of the Times Crazies Have Tried to Kill President Obama#48 of 269 The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World#7 of 44 Which US Presidents Do You Wish Were In Charge Right Now?

  • Donald Trump
    Photo: Time Magazine / Fair Use

    Time - June 21, 2018

    • Age: 74
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    Is this moving?

    More Donald Trump 

    We Compiled Every Single Time A Trump Administration Official Got History Completely WrongEvery Week Of The Trump Administration, Ranked By Insanity#150 of 904 Celebrity Death Pool 2021

  • George Harrison
    Photo: flickr / CC0
    Time - December 10, 2003
    • Age: Dec. at 58 (1943-2001)
    • Birthplace: Liverpool, United Kingdom
    Is this moving?

    More George Harrison 

    The Best George Harrison Albums of All Time#367 of 739 The Best Singers of All Time#44 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

  • Marilyn Monroe
    Photo: Metaweb / CC-BY
    Time - May 14, 1956
    • Age: Dec. at 36 (1926-1962)
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    Is this moving?

    More Marilyn Monroe 

    Norma Jeane Before Marilyn: The Troubled Childhood Of The Girl Who Would Become Marilyn Monroe#321 of 339 The Funniest People Of All Time#49 of 843 The Best Actresses in Film History