The 100 Greatest Album Covers

October 27, 2015

Just what is it that makes an album cover great? The weight of public opinion counts for a lot and undoubtedly the quality of the music helps our mindset on the matter, but there's also that little old thing called subjectivity.

We have gone far and wide, consulted numerous books and websites and taken into con-sideration the views of Team uDiscover to bring you the 100 greatest album covers.
We've stuck, in the main, with rock and pop, because the jazz arena is so full of wonderful covers that we're going to do a separate jazz 100… think of all those lovely Blue Note, Verve, Prestige and Impulse covers…

Anyway, back to the matter in hand. Some of those you may be a little puzzled by. For In-stance, 90s French band Fredericks Goldman Jones – what makes this so special? Well, the live album we've chosen was in a metal box that had die-cut holes in it; a work of considera-ble engineering and also a very creative idea. Just like Isaac Hayes's cover for Black Moses, a double album from the early 1970s. It folded out into the shape of a cross with Isaac having his arms stretched wide, like this…

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Audacious or what?

Most of those albums date from the era of the long-playing record - none too surprising re-ally given that the medium was part of the message and are part of what encouraged us to spend our hard earned cash.

Now we bet most of you will have, at some time or another, bought an album because of the cover. It was also a badge of pride to be able to walk around carrying LPs, cover face outwards, in order to show how ‘cool’ you were.

In 1961, when Mick Jagger met Keith Richards on Dartford railway station, Keith was carry-ing Chuck Berry's One Dozen Berrys… and see what that spawned.

You'll find album designs by legendary names in the 'business' of art. There's Andy Warhol, Hipgnosis (and not just Pink Floyd covers either), Rick Griffin, Robert Crumb, Peter Blake, and Roger Dean. Added to which, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Captain Beefheart even painted the pictures that adorn their albums.

We've not tried to list these in any order as it is way too subjective, but we have highlighted what are generally considered the top 10 greatest album covers.
Now, we have no doubt that you will have some ideas as to what should be included and we'd love to hear what they are, but we also want to know why. When you have commented to let us know, we will publish your 100 greatest album covers… we live in a democracy, you see.

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Bowie Aladin Sane

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See Jungle

Parallel Lines

Ooh La La

Licensed to ill

It's A Beautiful Day

Goodbye yellow brick road

elvis_presley debut album

Disraeli Gears

Country Life

Candy O

Breakfast in America

Brain salad

Black Sabbath

Black Moses

A Night At The Opera

In the court of

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Nothing's shocking

One step beyond

Peter Gabriel

Physical Grafitti

Self portrait

Strange Days

Surfs up

Trout Mask

Who's Next

Abraxas

Arc of the Diver

Asia

Bat Out Of Hell

Diamond Dogs

AbbeyRoad

Aoxomoxoa

Aqualung

Atom Heart

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Hotel California

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Look Sharp

Power, Corruption and lies

Rumours

SatMaj3D

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Bitches brew

Eat a Peach

Farewell to kings

Fear of Music

Horses

Joshua Tree

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Revolver

Rolling Stones

Sailin Shoes

Silk Degrees

Slave to the Rhythm

Slider

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Captain Fantastic

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Forever Changes

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Panama Red

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This Years model

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Bring it all back home

Capt Beefheart

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freecovers.net

Fredericks Goldman Jones

Free

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PiL

Ramones

Tommy

Traffic-The-Low-Spark-Of-High-Heeled-Boys

10cc

U2 War

Wailers Catch

So here they are, the 10 albums generally considered to be the Best of the Best as far as album design is concerned. These too are not in any particular order…

born-to-run

Houses of Holy

Nirvana

Ogdens

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sex-pistols-never-mind-the-bollocks

sgt Pepper

Sticky fingers

The Clash

Vu and Nico

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302 comments

      1. Neil
        Reply

        Bob Dylan’s ‘Self Portrait’ is among the 100 best covers of all time? Are you kidding me? Tbh a fair few of these are not even close to being top 500 never mind ‘100”. Black Moses by Isaac Hayes! You are not being serious here…

      2. Mark_Sumner1
        Reply

        How come the Destroyer album from Kiss or Love Gun for that matter didn’t make the cut? Or any Molly Hatchet cover?

    1. Marc
      Reply

      Really???? these are the top 100?…What about Jimi Hendrix…Electric Ladyland…or…. The James Gang…a Myriad of others…The Moody Blues alone should have at least 2 of their awesome art on this display….. Although…you have captured many….

  1. Larry
    Reply

    I think Supertramp’s “Crime of the Century” belongs here, more than “Breakfast in America”. For the artwork AND the music.
    JMO.

  2. Kay
    Reply

    Great Selection, with a bit of a bias for British and U. S. Productions. I would have liked to see some European covers, for instance:
    Can – Ege Bamyasi
    Kraftwerk
    or Reggae artists:
    Linton Kwesi Johnson – Bass Culture
    And what about Cal Schenkel’s work for Frank Zappa – for instance Uncle Meat.

  3. Mark
    Reply

    Animal Notes by Crack the Sky, 2nd Street by Back Street Crawler, Warrior on the Edge of Time by Hawkwind? Just to name a few.

    1. David Niblick
      Reply

      This is the first time I’ve heard somebody besides myself mention Crawler or Back Street Crawler in any way . It sort of makes me ” Stone Cold Sober “

      1. Scott christiansen
        Reply

        So good to hear of Crawler again. Ya know people today don’t even understand the concept of an album cover. Here are 2 that sprang to mind. The Doors ” Full Circle ” (great cover, crappy album. And, Guitars that destroyed the world. Great album, great cover

  4. Andrew Massey
    Reply

    What is it wit all the Beatles albums???? Talk about overkill. The White Album??? Seriously???? I do like the Beatles but unfortunately they are rammed down peoples throats.

    1. j
      Reply

      The so-called “White Album” was innovative; the first LP cover to come out with no picture! It was creativity to the nth degree, man! Without it, AC/DC’s “Back In Black”, for example, would not have been created. If you had any serious knowledge about The Beatles and their influence on the entire world with fashion, language, music and more, you would not ask this question. Read some good books about them. Explore their music with more than just one ear and you’ll discover that they were not only unique and groundbreaking, they WERE music for a period of time. Everybody since has been influenced by their music and creative style. If you had actually lived through the 60s you would know what it meant to the world of music.

      1. Gary
        Reply

        Erm, didn’t the Velvet Underground release White Light White Heat (the black album!) about 10 months earlier? Also with no picture.

      1. B MAC
        Reply

        You wish you were ignorant enough to have $450 billion dollars. Obviously, killary can count on one more fool’s vote for the “of the government, by the government, for the government” system that has and will forever more forget the wants and needs of “it’s” own citizens. We know now who the real fool really is…

  5. lawrence
    Reply

    No “LIVE” cover for GFR? My first album (x2) that my Grandma bought me cause I told her I liked it; Mom was not pleased when I opened it at XMas and played LOUD! Then came Black Sabbath….

  6. Donald
    Reply

    Here is what you left out:
    Vagabonds of the Western World – Thin Lizzy
    Black Rose – Thin Lizzy
    Live and Dangerous – Thin Lizzy
    Bridge of Sighs – Robin Trower
    Lotus – Santana
    Fish Out of Water – Chris Squire
    Gone Fishin – Flipper
    Axis:Bold As Love – Jimi Hendrix

  7. Paul
    Reply

    A good compilation but with some notable omissions: (here’s only a few)
    – Overnight Sensation by Frank Zappa
    – Close to the Edge by Yes
    – Pretty much any Dead album, but Blues for Allah is my favorite cover
    – Pretty much anything created by Hipgnosis, including 10cc Deceptive Bends
    – Spirits in the Material World by The Police
    – The B-52s first two albums
    – Animals by Pink Floyd
    – Highway to Hell by AC/DC

  8. Tony
    Reply

    None of ABBA albums is listed in 100 which is not right, I wonder why this is on Agnetha’s Face Book. Albums like ABBA Greatest Hit Volume One and Arrival are very classic look or Super Trouper could be easily picked.

  9. Paul
    Reply

    Alice Cooper: From The Inside
    Yes: Yessongs
    Genesis: Seconds Out
    Tangerine Dream: Stratosfear
    Kraftwerk: Computer World
    Edgar Froese: Macula Transfer
    The Pre New: Music For People Who Hate Themselves

  10. Paul
    Reply

    Missing: Vs. – Pearl Jam; Workingman’s Dead – Grateful Dead; Live at Fillmore East – Allman Bros.; Loaded – The Velvet Underground; Destroyer – Kiss; The Bends – Radiohead; Blood on the Tracks – Bob Dylan; Marquee Moon – Television; Pet Sounds – Beach Boys; Rage Against the Machine – RATM; Harvest – Neil Young;

  11. Vodalus
    Reply

    This reminds me of the Guerrilla Girls campaign “Do women have to be naked to get into the Met?”. Basically no female artists and the women that appear on the covers of the albums of the male artists are all showing their tits. You’d think this list was made in the 1950s.

    Here are some suggestions that might bring a bit more balance to the list:

    Tori Amos – Boys for Pele
    Nico – The Marble Index
    Beth Orton – Trailer Park
    PJ Harvey – To Bring You My Love
    Kate Bush – Lionheart
    Suzanne Vega – Days of Open Hand
    Björk – Homogenic
    Carole King – Tapestry
    Diamanda Galás – The Divine Punishment
    The Breeders – Last Splash
    Shakespears Sister – Hormonally Yours
    Joanna Newsom – The Milk Eyed Mender
    Cat Power – You Are Free

    …to name but a few.

  12. Kevin
    Reply

    Glad to see the original Electric Ladyland cover. I would have included the Crown of Creation cover by Jefferson Airlplane and the Beatles’ Yesterday and Today Butcher cover. As in any list it is a daunting task because it’s all subjective.

  13. Russ
    Reply

    …and we must not forget Captain Beyond’s “Sufficiently Breathless”, Genesis “Live”, Charlie Daniels Band “Fire on the Mountain”, Yes “Relayer”, all the crazy Blue Oyster Cult covers, Joe Walsh’s “The Smoker you Drink, the Player you Get”…just the title alone …Jesus, come on.

  14. Jay
    Reply

    Blind Faith, Cheap Thrills- Big Brother, The Who sings My Generation, Love It To Death-Alice Cooper, Everybody’s In Showbiz-The Kinks, The Tubes (especially the back cover-yowza), The Slits, New York Dolls, MC5- Live at The Grande Ballroom, Captain Beefheart- Clear Spot, Moby Grape- Apple Pie, Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks- Where’s The Money, Ohio Players-Honey, etc, etc.

  15. chuck
    Reply

    Jethro Tull you got Aqualung but left out Thick as a Brick, the newspaper, really that wasn’t inventive and awesome to work the song into little Gerald Bostock?

  16. Lucy
    Reply

    Breakfast in America is one of my all time favorite albums that I can listen to over and over. Roger Hodgson’s title track is as fresh today as when it was released. Can’t wait to see Roger, the voice and co-founder of Supertramp, on his tour this summer in Europe. I have planned my holidays around his tour dates. Hope to see him when he comes to the US and Canada next month and in Dec, too. Anyone who was or is a fan of Supertramp needs to see Roger’s show – it’s fantastic – his voice is incredible and what a band he has. Check this out – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMLNeSbtVN0

  17. Ryno
    Reply

    you neglected the all time best album cover ever (at least for college age males such as myself in the early 70’s):
    Carly Simon’s “No Secrets”

  18. Sandra Ford
    Reply

    Lots of lovely covers for well-loved albums, but I didn’t spot any Magnum. Rodney Matthews did a superb job especially on my personal favourite ‘On a Storyteller’s Night’, but there are many more worthy of inclusion in this list..

  19. Darryl
    Reply

    I am happy Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake is presented. But, I would rank that, Sgt Pepper’s and Revolver over the White Album both in terms of the quality and impression of the Album covers and the significance of the albums in the history of popular music as well as with their musical content.

  20. Kevin
    Reply

    I would suggest Vangelis – Heaven and Hell , Manfred Mann – Angle Station , and Alan Parsons Project – I Robot.

  21. alex
    Reply

    Rainbow : Rising
    Kiss: Destroyer
    Iron Maiden :Somewhere in Time
    Metálica : Ride The Ligthning
    Scorpions : Lonesome Crown

  22. Jayell
    Reply

    Black Sabbath-Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (front & back), Black Sabbath-Heaven & Hell, Atomic Rooster-Death Walks Behind You, Slade-Amazing Kamikaze Syndrome, Bad Company-Run with the Pack, Bad Company-Straight Shooter, Frank Zappa-Joe’s Garage, Roger Glover & Friends-Butterfly Ball, to name a few,

  23. kaptain beyond
    Reply

    i think what’s going on here is some of these albums became really popular hence the covers became somewhat iconic. i’m thinking of ACDC’s back in black, come on, it’s hardly a great cover. arc of a diver? yuk. even better than cream’s disraeli gears which is almost an eyesore is their wheels of fire cover, same artist, but way less of a dogs breakfast, cleaner and classy and silver, a refined version without the cliche dayglow.
    how about moby grape’s wow! or beach boys smiley smile, or beach boys live in concert double lp from ’73, never mentioned as one of the cheekiest, or even rudest covers ever! dennis wilson holding the mikestand from his crotch into the audience with that look on his face. come on, nobody noticed? or endless summer, their comp from 74 that put them back on top of the world! hilarious drawing of a bunch of hairy guys supposed to be the beach boys, i think, tho i have no idea who is who!

  24. Chris Squires
    Reply

    Some for consideration….
    Kate Bush – The Dreaming (with a kiss, I’d pass they key)
    ELO – Out of the Blue
    Mike Oldfield Tubular Bells

  25. Kevin
    Reply

    Disappointed but not surprised to see no Iron Maiden or Megadeth covers in there. I think Adam Ant (and the Ants) should be included as well. Adam created some of the most iconic visuals in musical history.

  26. PhiloBike
    Reply

    Missing Jethro Tull’s “Thick As A Brick” (newspaper you can open and read), Jerry Lee Lewis’s “Live At The Star Club Hamburg” (a map of Hamburg in cartoon style when you open it), Led Zeppelin’s “III” (the wheel you can turn) and rare old french edition of Jimi Hendrix’s “Electric Ladyland” (artwork by heroic fantasy cartoonist Philippe Druillet) ..

    oh ! and the famous 1st US edition of Faces 1st LP, named by mistake Small Faces on the cover ..

    … hmmm .. in fact, missing many more ^^

  27. Darren
    Reply

    No Iron Maiden or KISS at all???!!! C’mon Iron Maiden: Killers and KISS: Rock and Roll Over are the greatest cover arts of all time!

  28. Zoso
    Reply

    This list is so lame! A lot of good covers here from good albums. But so many are so lame, even stuff that I like! There are better Zeppelin covers, and I would think at least 1 from the Moody Blues would be on here! Really? Who made this list? Would be nice to actually officially credit them too!

  29. Kevin Kunreuther
    Reply

    I do not know where you culled the images for this article, but whoever was responsible is clearly a dunderhead. The image for The Ramones debut album is incorrect, it is an image that has someone had a non-Ramone cut and pasted onto the cover. Also, try to get images from original LP and not the CD. I’m talking about the image chosen for Meat Loaf’s Bat Out Of Hell album. Most fucking annoying.

  30. Jake
    Reply

    Basically any Genesis cover could’ve made it here. Sabbath’s Paranoid and Rage Against the Machine’s self title could’ve easily made the list. And what about Neutral Milk Hotel’s In the Aeroplane Over the Sea? Pretty iconic.

  31. Ken Goodey
    Reply

    Loads of albums that should be here and aren’t, however I will only mention one that I think is the most perfect album cover of all time…Frank Zappa Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch.

  32. dion
    Reply

    no nektar. pink floyds a nice pair. born to run? really? some of these covers are just bands posing. jethro tull a passion play. yessongs, blind faith, bustin` out,

  33. Lou Buc
    Reply

    Gotta go with just about any of the 30 or so covers Warhol designed,
    just because of his name, the rarity, and therefore their collectibility…
    Sticky Fingers and Banana covers are among the most recognizable.

  34. TwoWaaka
    Reply

    How about some love for the greatest live album ever recorded? Little Feat – Waiting for Columbus Killer artwork, killer shows

  35. ROD
    Reply

    The album cover that started it all the most iconic Herb Alpert and the Tiajuana Brass the one with the naked girl covered in whipped cream , WTF how could this not be included really

    1. Bill from the 60s
      Reply

      My thoughts exactly. If you’re doing the 100 Greatest Rock Album Covers, I could see excluding Whipped Cream and Other Delights because Herb Alpert and the TJB probably wouldn’t be classified as “rock.” If, however, you’re not putting sideboards on the category, Whipped Cream and Other Delights should be in there somewhere. Iconic is a great word to describe that album cover. It’s probably responsible for more teenage boys wanting to join the high school band and more trumpet sales than any other single event.

  36. Angelo
    Reply

    It doesn’t make much sense , we always mix cover art with album content, or we like a cover with no special art because it reflects so well album content that we love so much, or a period, or because she reminds a girlfirend… so is this meaningful?

  37. keith
    Reply

    Nick Haeffner – The Great Indoors
    Dukes of Stratosphere – 25 o clock

    Steven Wilson – Hand cannot erase

    Agree that there are many Grateful Dead album covers that are better than those in the list.

  38. Bolero
    Reply

    My favorite album cover is Blow By Blow from Jeff Beck! The reason? The cover depicts one of the greatest rock guitarists in his prime! It’s simply a great illustrated picture of Jeff in 70’s hippie attire with his Les Paul guitar! A masterpiece!

  39. Gary Hambley
    Reply

    As art and not the music inside, Beatles White Album and AC DC’s Back In Black can go and put these two in. Tommy James & The Shondells “Crimson and Clover and Jethro Tull’s, “Broadsword And The Beast”.

  40. Margaret
    Reply

    Where is Blood, Sweat and Tears “Child is Father to the Man”? and “Don’t Crust that Dwarf, Hand me the Pliers”?

  41. Brian
    Reply

    Alice Cooper – “Killer”
    Carly Simon – “No Secrets”
    UFO – “Phenomenon”
    Yardbirds – “Roger The Engineer”
    The Who – “The Who Sell Out”
    Wings – “Venus And Mars”
    Scorpions – “Lovedrive”
    Pink Floyd – “The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn”
    Steely Dan – “The Royal Scam”

  42. Robert
    Reply

    T Rex electric warrior. If you have sergeant pepper’s then you should have we’re only in it for the money by the Mothers of Invention. And their album absolutely free as well. Good thing that several people remember the 3d captain beyond cover. Scorpions fly to the rainbow. Neil Young on the beach. The British cover of the Bonzo Dog Band with King Kong, and their other early albums.

  43. Paul
    Reply

    XTC’s Drums and Wires because of the way the band’s name is incorporated into the portrait. The Police’s Ghost in the Machine’s minimalist digital portrait of the band members. The Band’s brown album (The Band) is a break with the period’s psychedelic imagery and music. Everything in the cover, from the sepia tone photo, to the clothes to the typography was the antithesis of the sixties aesthetic and announced a new music rooted in the past. Steely Dan’s Aja cover is a mysterious minimalist image with a striking slash of red and white fabric on black background, partial profile of an Asian woman and brush stroke typography of the title which suggests Japanese calligraphy, all of which is a play on Aja/Asia. Talking Heads’ The Name of This Band is Talking Heads is a double live album with the quartet on one album/cover and the 11 piece band on the second album/cover. The two covers tell you everything you need to know about the band’s duality and the sound of each album in the set. You included the original/European cover Jimi Hendrix’ Electric Ladyland, which Hendrix hated. I’d suggest the cover with the red/yellow profile picture of Hendrix which was used in North America. It’s striking, captures the psychedelic spirit of the times, is an iconic image always associated with Hendrix and it’s the cover most people are familiar with.

  44. Jim Bergeson
    Reply

    Interesting! I grew up shopping in the vinyl era, and there were so many great covers then. I’d suggest more from Psychedelia, say the double live album by the Grateful Dead, I think one of the best ever, or the first Cream album, that came at a time that there looks and styles were very influential, and Ginger Baker’s leather flight jacket set the style on fire for decades!

  45. Richard
    Reply

    While everyone of these are worthy, there are so many that could be included that a top 100 best covers list seems woefully inadequate.
    Example: ANYTHING by either Storm Thorgerson, Hipgnosis or Roger Dean as an album cover deserves consideration.
    Captain Beyond: Sufficiently Breathless
    Thin Lizzy: Jailbreak
    Nazareth: Hair of The Dog…
    Attempting to limit a list to only 100 covers overall is ridiculous. Select a genre and a sub-genre, let the winners of the fight decide which artists should be included in that genre/sub-genre and THEN pick the top 100 album covers for each might be a way to be a bit more fair all around, but it would still leave so many deserving visual artists out of the final mix it would be pointless.

      1. Brent Speicher
        Reply

        I agree! Nazareth: Hair of the Dog hands down the best album cover of all time. Turns out to be the first CD I ever bought.

  46. Mike
    Reply

    nearly 1/2 of these covers don’t deserve to be on this list…a lot of much better covers aren’t even represented here, from bands represented here and from lesser known bands. what a joke!

    1. Bolero
      Reply

      Agreed! It’s all subjective. Have a 100 people pick out a favorite car and there will be 100 different cars! These type of lists are irrelevant. There were so many great covers that could replace all of these, in my opinion!

  47. Dave Ginner
    Reply

    No Molly Hatchet covers? No Moody Blues? No Steppenwolf? Some good ones did get missed as pointed out in here. Interesting to look over the ones here thanks! Leaves a lot to debate on.

  48. Joe Skotnicki
    Reply

    Some of my favorite album covers are not mainstream. I’d include Budgie’s Bandolier, he first Captain Beyond album in 3D, Nazareth’s No Mean City and Lucifer Friend’s first album. Blue Cheer’s Outsideinside fascinated me as a youngster, checking out my cousin’s music.

  49. Jeff
    Reply

    KISS DESTROYER, KISS LOVE GUN, KISS HOTTER THAN HELL, NINE INCH NAILS DOWNWARD SPIRAL, NIRVANA IN UTERO, METALLICA LOAD, NAZARETH HAIR OF THE DOG, AC/DC HIGHWAY TO HELL, DANZIG DEMONSWEATLIVE, QUEEN NEWS OF THE WORLD

  50. Jude collie
    Reply

    Can’t believe no-one’s mentioned it yet- Cat Stevens tea for the tillerman and/or teaser and the firecat. Drawn by cat himself and very iconic. Confused by t rex’s the slider over electric warrior which is clearly the superior cover. Also born to run, top 10? Whatever. Some good covers in there but all subjective and hard to disconnect with the music the covers represent.

  51. stonoguy
    Reply

    Savoy Brown’s ‘Lookin’ In’
    Blue Oyster Cults’s 1st LP
    There are others that should replace a “few” of these!

  52. Konstantin
    Reply

    The Beatles Rubber Soul,Sgt Pepper… Led Zeppelin 3, In Through the Outdoor Deep Purple in Rock, Stormbringer Jethro Tull Stand Up, Thick As A Brick Peter Gabriel 2, Joy Division Closer, Cocteau Twins Treasure, Dead Can Dance Within the Realm of a Dying Sun Therapy? Troublegum Paul McCartney Press to Play

  53. Phil Grabar
    Reply

    What’s with the Ramones cover?!? Who is the nitwit in the middle?

    Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited belongs – Self Portrait doesn’t.

  54. David Seelig
    Reply

    Where is the first Moby Grape cover and no Jefferson Airplane cover ???? Too much british and not enough America

  55. Arnaldo
    Reply

    Faltaram muitas bandas como: UFO, Triunvirat, Uriah Heep, Nazareth, Creedence, Boston, The Moody Blues, The Birds, muitas outras e principalmente Iron Maiden.

  56. Severn Savage
    Reply

    “Bleeker & McDougal”-Fred Neil
    “Sweet Moments With The Blue Velvet Band” for the Eric Von Schmidt designed board game on the INSIDE of the fold out cover.

  57. Patrick lopez
    Reply

    Many good picks here and I was happy to see perhaps my favorite album ever,The new riders “the adventures of Panama red, although I,m not sure if it deserved it. But how could they leave off the album of one of the most iconic and longest playing bands of the late 20th century with perhaps their most identifiable icon on it,s cover,The Grateful Dead,s “Steal your face”? ! In any case, there was no way to do this list without SOME argument was there ? Next time shoot for 250 and you,d still better prepare for some flack.

  58. Adam Jennings
    Reply

    You should know better to dare put together a list like this and call it Greatest….no one is ever happy or appreciates the work put into it.

    1. Rob Spencer
      Reply

      The Argus cover stuck with me through all these years. I also remember There’s the Rub as a cover that led me to buy the album.

  59. Joe Fiedler
    Reply

    Well, I’ll just put my personal fav into the mix. And although they had other great album covers,I will submit Quicksilver Messenger Service and “Happy Trails”.
    As an aside,did I miss the Greatful Dead’s Iconic “Skull and Roses” ?

  60. Wallstein
    Reply

    I agree with many of these, I certainly agree with the recommendation of Carole King’s Tapestry. However, I appreciated Unknown Pleasures (JD) is ‘difficult audibly, as covers go it must slightly trump Power, Corruption and Lies?

  61. bobby parker
    Reply

    Thank You for such a wonderful list even though you overlooked some of my personal favourites. Alice Cooper – Billion Dollar Babies. Luxurious Snake skin cover with a fabulous interior, lush with band portrait,Lyrics and One Billion Dollar Bill.. Jackson Browne-Late for the Sky. L.A. suburbia meets Rene Magritte. The Byrds- Sweetheart of the Rodeo. An ultimate Nudie back patch with intricate stitching as befits the Dandy 60s Combo. Bob Dylan-Blonde on Blonde. The most extra terrestrial capture of El Zim casting further questions on just what planet did Bob arrive from? Genesis-Nursery Cryme. Fear and Surreal apprehension in an English Country Garden. Croquet Anyone? Alice Again-School’s Out. Desk Graffiti , Girls Panties and All. No wonder they had Questions in The House. and Finally , the Mona Lisa of Rock and Roll… Pavlov’s Dog-Pampered Menial. Luscious embossed gatefold featuring Edmund Landseer’s celebrated depiction of Scottish Highland ‘Low Life’. .

  62. raul a
    Reply

    excelent …………Which one si the most important sleeve of all times???………………….maybe dark side of the moon??……..or …….exile on main street,,,,,,or maybe…..atom hearth mother?

  63. Tommy Blikeng
    Reply

    A list like this NOT including Hawkwind’s Space Ritual cover does NOT deserve to be taken serious…!

  64. Eric Hall
    Reply

    How can you have a list of the 100 best album covers and NOT feature –
    Be Good To Yourself by Man
    Stand Up by Jethro Tull
    Two of the most innovative album covers of all time

    1. Michael Bounds
      Reply

      Definitely Stand Up with the woodcut popup gatefold. It won NME’s award for best album artwork in 1969.

  65. tom Stein
    Reply

    I miss the Band`s Music from big pink and Country Joe Mc Donald`s I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-to-Die

  66. Donald
    Reply

    Left off

    Jimi Hendrix EXP -Axis Bold As Love
    Santana – Lotus
    Mountain – Twin Peaks
    Thin Lizzy – Live and Dangerous
    Thin Lizzy – Black Rose
    Tangerine Dream – Poland
    Cabaret Voltaire – Microphones
    Flipper – Gone Fishin

  67. Darren Winter
    Reply

    I thought the list was overall pretty good. Couple faves of mine were missing, like Savoy Brown -Looking In and Quicksilver Messenger Service- Happy Trails, but the truly iconic ones were there.

  68. Hans-Werner Terhechte
    Reply

    Jethro Tull – Stand Up – Golden Earring – Moontan, and one of an early Klaus Doldinger “Passport” Cover! And Neil Young – On the Beach!

  69. Rolfie
    Reply

    Ok, not bad. Some real turkeys crept in there so I’ll correct you on a few you blatantly missed 😉

    The Stranglers – Rattus Norvegicus
    Ian Dury – New Boots and Panties (how the hell did you miss this ?)
    Neil Young – Harvest or After the Goldrush
    The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses
    Paul Simon – Graceland
    The Smiths – The Smiths

    Nice list otherwise !

  70. Pierrock
    Reply

    From this list my favourite would be Revolver but, as many others already commented, I would say Moody Blues are missing from the list. And also, Eels, Daisie of the galaxy, Gong, Flying Teapot and Camembert Electrique, Zappa Hot Rats, Christophe, Pas vu pas pris (the kitchiest one !), JJ Cale Shades and so many others…

  71. Ian
    Reply

    Not much of a list! Agree with many entries (Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon and Nirvana’s Nevermind are among the most iconic). But, the topic of conversation is ‘album covers’ – not the quality/enjoyability of music on the album itself. Consequently where is Mike Oldfield’s ‘Tubular Bells’? Deep Purple’s ‘Deep Purple in Rock’ and The Beatle’s ‘Abbey Road’?

  72. Cris
    Reply

    I think it would be better to have 1 cover per artist on the list because there are so many great ones. There are a lot great suggestions, but my list would have included Blind Faith, The Who By Numbers, Alice Cooper’s Schools Out, Iron Maiden Killers, Dio, Iggy Pop Raw Power, Ted Nugent Cat Scratch Fever, Leon Russell Live, Cream Wheels of Fire. Basically, you’re going to cover more bases if you don’t get stuck on insisting on including 5 Beatles albums.

  73. Daryl
    Reply

    There were some Nazereth , Molly Hatchet Albums that had real great Art. Both used a few of Frank Frazetta art.

  74. Angus Whitehead
    Reply

    I like the list, but my personal Favourite covers include Kevin Coyne, ‘millionaires and teddy bears’, Ian Dury, ‘new boots and panties’, jungle brothers, ‘done by the forces of nature’, Julian cope, ‘dark orgasm’, beck, ‘morning phase’, Peaches, ‘fatherfucker’, van Morrison, ‘astral weeks’ and the john Lee Hooker and canned heat collaboration.

  75. Gary
    Reply

    I don’t think half of these deserve to be on this list.
    Here are just a few of the ones you forgot.

    Steppenwolf: 7
    Iron Butterfly: In-A-Gadda-da-Vida (and Live)
    Deep Purple: Machine Head
    Uriah Heep: Demons and Wizards and The Magician’s Birthday
    The Beatles: Magical Mystery Tour

  76. Mike
    Reply

    How could Music From Big Pink by the Band not be on here?
    Others missing
    Rush – Moving Pictures
    Eric Clapton – 461 Ocean Blvd
    Bob Marley – Natty Dread
    The Doors – Morrison Hotel
    Neil Young – After the Goldrush

  77. Charles Ressler
    Reply

    I would certainly add The Live Adventures of Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper with album artwork by Norman Rockwell.

  78. Lordsea
    Reply

    My Top 10: Check Out.!

    Freddie Hubbard – Hub Tones
    Burial – Untrue
    Hank Mobley – Hank Mobley
    Bauhaus – The Sky’s Gone Out
    Sigur Rós – Ágætis Byrjun
    Wes Montgomery – Road Song
    Einstürzende Neubauten – Strategies Against Architecture
    Jane’s Addiction – Nothing’s Shocking
    Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures
    Andrew Bird – Armchair Apocrypha

  79. Miker
    Reply

    Where’s the Jefferson Airplane, Spooky Tooth, Aorta, the Dead 72,.good stuff , but please don’t put a number on them. Can think of twenty more pieces of art that deserve to be here.

  80. B MAC
    Reply

    VAN HALEN “VAN HALEN” OR 1984 SHOULD HAVE SURELY MADE THE LIST. BOTH ARE ICONIC AND VERY RECOGNIZABLE!! BOTH ARE DIAMOND CERTIFIED ALBUMS AND WERE MADE BY THE BEST AMERICAN HARD ROCK BAND IN HISTORY!! VH 4-LIFE!!

  81. Sledge Hammer
    Reply

    ELO-Discovery, anything by Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, or Megadeth, Huey Lewis & the News-Sports (since Born To Run made the list), Police-pick an album cover, KISS-many to choose from, RATT-Out Of The Cellar, INXS-Kick, Duran Duran-Rio, Red Hot Chili Peppers-Blood Sugar Sex Magik, David Lee Roth-Skyscraper, Scorpions-pick an album cover, Quiet Riot-Metal Health, and a couple hundred others that I can’t think of at the moment. I don’t know why I keep looking at these top 100 lists, they always annoy me with who they have on the list and who they leave off.

  82. Russell Cox
    Reply

    The Jam – All Mod Cons and Sound Affects, The Style Council – Our Favourite Shop, Paul Weller Stanley Road, The Stranglers Rattus Norvegicus should all be on the list, but all far too ‘English’ for this list

  83. Captain
    Reply

    I was doing this thing at home of putting up framed album covers. I chose LP’s from musicians that I liked – that were done by fine artists of note and were interesting to look at. I ended up with Sticky Fingers – Warhol, Weasel’s Ripped MF – Neon Parks, Disreali Gears – Martin Sharp etc.
    You may want to reconsider Yellow Submarine – by Heinz Edelman – (not Peter Max) and Hot Rats by Cal Schenkel.

  84. Mike Ellis
    Reply

    Be Bop Deluxe “Axe Victim ” and “Sunburst Finish”
    Savoy Brown “Looking In”
    Pink Floyd “Meddle ”
    Roxygen Music “Siren”
    Wishbone Ash “Argus “

  85. Chris Miller
    Reply

    Not one Iron Maiden album? Are you kidding me? The Art work on Powerslave is so incredibly detailed, it should in the top ten.

  86. Terry Mulcahy
    Reply

    There are some truly great album covers here, but one hell of a lot of these are great albums with OK covers. This is not even close to 100 of the greatest covers. What about the Mom’s Apple Pie album? It is possibly the most pornographic album cover ever, but subtle enough to circulate for a long time before someone noticed and it received new censored artwork. Most people don’t even notice the details of this cover at first. I framed it and hung it on my wall. It’s sublte ambiguity makes it a great cover, even though the music wasn’t great.

    Speaking of censorship, what about the uproar over Blind Faith’s album? It wasn’t just the banned cover, but the freshness of the young girl, the invoking up the future with the rocket-like model, and the underage girl who appeared in place of her older sister, and with her parent’s consent. Classic. And a great album too.

  87. Someone
    Reply

    Disturbed has some rather good album covers (e.g. Indestructible), and Hybrid Theory (LINKIN PARK) beats several of the ones on this list.

  88. LES
    Reply

    Grateful Dead’s “Blues for Allah” is one of my favorites!!
    Lists like this are always subjective! Impossible to achieve.
    Signed, An OLD rocker

  89. Neil
    Reply

    Todd Rundgren – Something/Anything?
    The Who – Quadrophenia
    Allen Toussaint – Southern Nights
    Wendy Waldman – Strange Company
    John Cale – Walking on Locusts
    Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes

  90. Richard
    Reply

    Any early Genesis cover should be there, especially “Trick Of The Tail” or “Selling England By The Pound”

  91. Tim
    Reply

    Zappa “We are only in it for the Money”
    Iron Butterfly “Metamorphosis”
    All the Mountain covers are missing
    Not a single Cannibal Corpse cover. All these covers are DOPE.
    The first Santana
    How could you leave out the Blind Faith cover
    Ten Years After “SSSSH, “Stonehenge”, and Cricklewood Green”
    All the 3 inches of Blood covers are missing
    All the Mastodon covers are missing
    Humble Pie “Rock On”

  92. yatesy
    Reply

    why on earth is Ian Dury & The Blockheads ‘Do It Yourself’ not on that list and covers like Madness and Elvis Costello are?
    Do It Yourself was issued in at least 32 different wall paper sleeves and was designed by the great Barney Bubbles.
    Disgraceful.

  93. Erland Eikestad
    Reply

    To pick one single Cover; is Impossible, plain and simple.
    I could make a list of a hundred by myself, in which many of the listed ones here would be as well.
    The Gimmick- Covers of the 60s and 70s, and Storm Thorgerson’s “Hipgnosis”- Designs ranks very near the top, I’d say!
    But also the more “Adult” Art-Photo and Graphics Covers of the ECM- Label had som great Covers in the 70s and 80s.
    The most interesting development in Cover Art through the 20th century on the other hand; happened in the Classical genre, where either photo of Performer in Penguin-Suit / Evening Dress or a Romantic Landscape Painting were the strict code, definitely loosened up by the late 80s and forward up to our time.(So has the Interpretation Of Classical Works.)

  94. Captain
    Reply

    LOSE -. AC/DC and Meatloaf, Talking Heads, Elvis, Bob Dylan Asia, Most Pink Floyds LOOK AT THE COVERS ON THESE BABES Hot Rats, Zappa Wazoo, We’re Only in it for the Money, and Freak Out by Zappa, most Grateful Dead covers Eno, Another Green World and check The Chocolate Watchband. The Beatles Rubber Soul is also Santana put out some FNA covers.

  95. Fred Purple
    Reply

    Good selection. One really missing is Deep Purple In rock.
    …would probably add some Scorpions, Iron Maiden (Powerslave/Aces high), Zappa, Axis:Bold As Love…

  96. Sean Nickens
    Reply

    You guys must have never seen TLC’S FANMAIL CD COVER IN 3D! Even years later it’s haunting yet sexy and compels you to stare at it!

  97. james
    Reply

    Nothing to much iconic about that selection, where is Symarips Skinhead Moonstomp cover, now that itself is well known for all old BootBoys old and new,

  98. Alan Smith
    Reply

    Budgie – Squawk
    Golden Earring – Moontan
    Allan Brother’s – Eat A Peach
    Gentle Giant – In A Glass House

  99. Rick Frost
    Reply

    Great album covers but would have to add
    Axis:Bold As Love- Jimi Hendrix Experience
    Looking In- Savoy Brown

  100. AROL
    Reply

    OMG – Where are the judges? I would love to laugh in their faces. Too many dumb (actually sad) choices to call out.

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