Design: The 100 Best Album Covers

This is a tough one. Some LP covers are designed so beautifully that it doesn’t even matter what’s on the record. Most though carry the weight of personal experience and love of the music that’s on the vinyl (or CD). It’s hard (for me, anyway) to appreciate the cover of say, Super Tramps’ Breakfast in America when the music inside is such utter bullshit. Or conversely, Nirvanas’ Nevermind –  a great album, but I find the cover absolutely  awful – iconic indeed, but to my eye poorly designed. So take this for what it is, opinion laced with a designers eye and a bit of snobbery. I know everyone will have an opinion – “where’s all the Led Zeppelin LP’s” (there is one on the list) and “why in the world would you include the first Killing Joke LP”. I also know the minute I post this I’ll remember 5 other LP that absolutely must be on the list. But for now this will have to do. All I can say is – My blog, my List.

1    The Beatles - White Album

1.The Beatles – ‘White’ Album

2_32. London Calling – The Clash                                                   3. Velvet Underground

4-54. David Bowie – Alladin Sane                    5. Cohn Coltrain – Blue Train

6-76. Devo – Are We Not Men?                            7. Elvis Presley

7-98. Kraftwerk – The Man Machine                       9. The Beatles – Revolver

10_NEW-ORDER-POWER-CORRUPTION-LIES_60010. New Order – Power, Corruption & Lies

11-1211.The Rolling Stones – Exile on Mainstreet             12. The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper

1313. Talking Heads – Greatest Hits

14-1514. Roxy Music – Country Life                                   15. The Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers

16-1716. The Smiths                                                        17. T. Rex – The Slider

18_1918. The Ramones                                               19. The Rolling Stones – Some Girls

20_joy_division_60020. Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures

21-2221. Elvis Costello – Get Happy                                               22. The Notorious BIG – Ready to Die

23-2423. Donald Byrd – A New Perspective                                           24. Wire – Pink Flag

25-2625. David Bowie – The Next Day                                       26. David Bowie – Heroes

27-2827. Sex Pistols – Never Mind the Bollocks                                28. The Beatles – Meet the ….

29-3029. Elvis Costello – This Years Model                                                          30. Led Zeppelin

30_Heres-Little-Richard_60031. Little Richard – Here’s Little Richard

32-3332. Primal Scream – Screamidelica                                             33. Iggy Pop – The Idiot

34-3534. Flaming Lips – The Soft Bulletin                               35. The Rolling Stones – Let it Bleed

36-3736. Spiritualized – Ladies and Gentlemen We are Floating in Space    37. Roxy Music – For Your Pleasure

38-3938. James Brown – At the Apollo      39. Patti Smith – Horses

40_ Pixies_ComeOnPilgrim_60040. Pixies – Come On Pilgrim

41-4241. The Residents – Eskimo                                                      42. The New York Dolls

43-4443. PIL – Metal Box                                                        44. The Beatles – Rubber Soul

45-4645. Ride – Nowhere                                              46. Kraftwerk – Trans Europe Express

47-4847. Eric Dolphy – Out To Lunch                         48. Eno – Here Come the Warm Jets

49-5049. Johnny Thunders – Copy Cat                                         50. Tom Waits – Rain Dogs

50_ella_louis_60051. Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong

52-5352. Bob Dylan – Highway 61 Revisited    53. Frank Black – Teenager of the Year

54-5554. Johnny Cash – American Music Vol. 1                              55. Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation

56-5756. Freddie Hubbard – Hub-Tones                              57. Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run

58-5958. Deer Hunter – Halcyon Digest                 59. Cornershop – When I Was Born for the 7th Time

60_ bowie dogs_60060. David Bowie – Diamond Dogs

61-6261.Simon & Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water          62. The Gun Club – Miami

63-6463. Paul McCartney – McCartney                        64. Talking Heads – Fear of Music

65-6665. Beastie Boys – License to Ill                66. Marilyn Manson – Mechanical Animals

67-6867. Bob Dylan – The Freewheelin….                  68. Beck – Odelay

69-7069. Joy Division – Closer                 70. Miles Davis – Bitches Brew

71_funkadelic_60071. Funkadelic – Maggot Brain

72-7372. Andrew W.K.                    73. Iggy & the Stooges – Raw Power

74-7574. Dexter Gordon – Gettin’ Around               75. Doom & Madlib – Madvillain

76-7776. Peter Gabriel               77. Lou Reed – Transformer

78-7978. Howlin’ Wolf – Real Folk Blues                     79. The Specials

80_moon-television_60080. Television – Marquee Moon

81-8281. David Bowie – Pinups                82. Serge Gainsbourg – Historie de Melody Nelson

83-8483. Killing Joke                             84. The Cramps – Bab Music for Bad People

85-8685. The Louvin Brothers – Satan is Real       86. Frank Sinatra – In the Wee Small Hours

87-8887. Pink Floyd – Animals        88. Nick Lowe – The Jesus of Cool

89-9089. Various – The Best Musical Comedy Songs       90. Pizzicato 5 – Playboy, Playgirl

90_head heart_60091. The Head and the Heart

92-9292. Blur – Leisure                     93. Sharon Jones – I learned the Hard Way

93-9494. The Horrors – Strange House             95. The Damned – Damned

95-96

97. Ian Dury – New Boots and Panties                 98. REM – Murmur

97-9899. Belle & Sebastian – Tiger Milk                           100. Pete Molinari – A Train Bound for Glory

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