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35 Beautiful Music Album Covers

        Album cover art is often considered to be one of the “extincted” fields in modern graphics design. In times when digital copies are cheaper and quicker to get, album covers have somehow lost their importance as less and less customers actually buy CDs and LPs in the stores. That’s a pity because album covers can be extremely expressive and convey the message of the album in a number of creative ways. This post attempts to prove exactly that.

        Album cover art is often considered to be one of the extinct fields in modern graphics design. In times when digital copies are cheaper and quicker to get, album covers have somehow lost their importance as less and fewer customers buy CDs and LPs in the stores. That’s a pity because album covers can be extremely expressive and convey the message of the album in some creative ways. This post attempts to prove exactly that.

        Music and art go hand in hand. And the best way to get a potential buyers’ attention is with an eye-catching album cover. We all know you can’t just judge a book by its cover, but it doesn’t hurt to give a CD a spin based on a sexy piece of art.

        Below we present 35 excellent examples of beautiful, creative and impressive album covers that will certainly inspire you to head down to the local record shop and start browsing through records and labels. We have tried to address various cover designs and present both CD covers and LP covers from the 60s to 2000s. However, some excellent album covers are missing. Please let us know about them in the comments to the post!

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        Album Covers

        The Mars Volta “Frances the Mute”

        Showcase of Beautiful Album and CD covers

        Danger Doom - The Mouse and the Mask

        Showcase of Beautiful Album and CD covers

        Michael Jackson: Dangerous by Mark Ryden

        Michael Jackson: Dangerous by Mark Ryden

        Devil’s Gun - Raising The Beast

        Showcase of Beautiful Album and CD covers - Devil's Gun - Raising The Beast

        Smashing Pumpkins: Zeitgeist by Shepard Fairey

        Smashing Pumpkins: Zeitgeist by Shepard Fairey

        Keane: Under The Iron Sea by Sanna Annukka

        Keane: Under The Iron Sea by Sanna Annukka

        Kisschasy: United Paper People by Debaser

        Kisschasy: United Paper People by Debaser

        Editors: The End Has a Start by Idris Khan

        Editors: The End Has a Start by Idris Khan

        Electric Light Orchestra - Out of the Blue

        Showcase of Beautiful Album and CD covers- Coldplay - Soul Wax - Nite Versions

        Ground Components: An Eye for a Brow, A Tooth for a Pick by Jonathan Zawada

        Ground Components: An Eye for a Brow, A Tooth for a Pick by Jonathan Zawada

        Arcade Fire: Funeral

        Arcade Fire: Funeral

        Kool and the Gang - Still Cool

        Showcase of Beautiful Album and CD covers- Kool and the Gang - Still Cool

        Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon 1973

        Showcase of Beautiful Album and CD covers- Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon 1973

        Gallows: In The Belly of a Shark by Dan Mumford

        Gallows: In The Belly of a Shark by Dan Mumford

        Muse - Origin of Symmetry

        Showcase of Beautiful Album and CD covers - Muse - Origin of Symmetry

        Linkin Park - Reanimation

        Showcase of Beautiful Album and CD covers- Coldplay - Soul Wax - Nite Versions

        Lemon Jelly: Lost Horizons by Airside

        Lemon Jelly: Lost Horizons by Airside

        Tool: 10,000 Days

        Tool: 10,000 Days

        Circa Survive: On Letting Go

        Circa Survive - On Letting Go

        The Last Goodnight - Poison Kiss

        Showcase of Beautiful Album and CD covers- The Last Goodnight - Poison Kiss

        Pink Floyd - The Division Bell

        Showcase of Beautiful Album and CD covers- Pink Floyd - The Division Bell

        Thom Yorke: The Eraser by Stanley Donwood

        Thom Yorke: The Eraser by Stanley Donwood

        Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven

        Showcase of Beautiful Album and CD covers - Muse - Origin of Symmetry

        Architecture in Helsinki: Places Like This by Will Sweeney

        Architecture in Helsinki: Places Like This by Will Sweeney

        The Chemical Brothers: Push the Button by Tappin Gofton

        The Chemical Brothers: Push the Button by Tappin Gofton

        Rolling Stones - Forty Licks

        Showcase of Beautiful Album and CD covers- Muse - Absolution

        Rafale: Rock It, Don’t Stop It by Akroe

        Rafale: Rock It, Don't Stop It by Akroe

        Dream Theater - Scenes from the memory

        Showcase of Beautiful Album and CD covers - Muse - Origin of Symmetry

        Guns N’ Roses - Appetite for Destruction

        Showcase of Beautiful Album and CD covers- Guns N' Roses - Appetite for Destruction

        Relayer: Yes

        Showcase of Beautiful Album and CD covers- Relayer: Yes

        Coldplay - Viva La Vida

        Showcase of Beautiful Album and CD covers- Coldplay - Viva La Vida

        New Order - Power, Corruption and Lies Designed by one of today’s most influential designers Peter Saville

        Showcase of Beautiful Album and CD covers - New Order - Power, Corruption and Lies

        Soulwax - Nite Versions

        Showcase of Beautiful Album and CD covers- Coldplay - Soul Wax - Nite Versions

        Pixies - Doolittle

        Showcase of Beautiful Album and CD covers- Pixies - Doolittle

        Deerhunter - Cryptograms

        Showcase of Beautiful Album and CD covers- Deerhunter - Cryptograms

        Hot Chip - The Warning

        Showcase of Beautiful Album and CD covers- Hot Chip - The Warning

        Muse - Absolution

        Showcase of Beautiful Album and CD covers- Muse - Absolution

        The Police - Ghost In The Machine

        Showcase of Beautiful Album and CD covers- Muse - Absolution

        Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti

        Showcase of Beautiful Album and CD covers- Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti

        DJ Shadow - Endtroducing…

        Showcase of Beautiful Album and CD covers

        Wow - Moby Grape

        Showcase of Beautiful Album and CD covers- Wow - Moby Grape

        Genji Siraisi: Censorsh!t by Razauno

        Genji Siraisi: Censorsh!t by Razauno

        Radiohead - Hail to the Thief

        Showcase of Beautiful Album and CD covers- Radiohead - Hail to the Thief

        VHS Orbeta - Bring On The Comets

        Showcase of Beautiful Album and CD covers- VHS Orbeta - Bring On The Comets

        Van Halen - 1984

        Showcase of Beautiful Album and CD covers- Muse - Absolution

        Fort-Minor - The Rising Tied Front

        Showcase of Beautiful Album and CD covers - Fort-Minor - The Rising Tied Front

        The Roots - Game Theory

        Showcase of Beautiful Album and CD covers- The Roots - Things Fall Apart

        Led Zeppelin - Mothership

        Showcase of Beautiful Album and CD covers- Bon Jovi - Have A Nice Day

        Nick Drake - Pink Moon

        Showcase of Beautiful Album and CD covers- Muse - Absolution

        The Cribs - Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever

        Showcase of Beautiful Album and CD covers- Pixies - Doolittle

        Deerhunter - Cryptograms

        Showcase of Beautiful Album and CD covers- Deerhunter - Cryptograms

        Hot Chip - The Warning

        Showcase of Beautiful Album and CD covers- Hot Chip - The Warning

        Muse - Absolution

        Showcase of Beautiful Album and CD covers- Muse - Absolution

        The Police - Ghost In The Machine

        Showcase of Beautiful Album and CD covers- Muse - Absolution

        Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti

        Showcase of Beautiful Album and CD covers- Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti

        DJ Shadow - Endtroducing…

        Showcase of Beautiful Album and CD covers

        Wow - Moby Grape

        Showcase of Beautiful Album and CD covers- Wow - Moby Grape

        Genji Siraisi: Censorsh!t by Razauno

        Genji Siraisi: Censorsh!t by Razauno

        Radiohead - Hail to the Thief

        Showcase of Beautiful Album and CD covers- Radiohead - Hail to the Thief

        VHS Orbeta - Bring On The Comets

        Showcase of Beautiful Album and CD covers- VHS Orbeta - Bring On The Comets

        Van Halen - 1984

        Showcase of Beautiful Album and CD covers- Muse - Absolution

        Fort-Minor - The Rising Tied Front

        Showcase of Beautiful Album and CD covers - Fort-Minor - The Rising Tied Front

        The Roots - Game Theory

        Showcase of Beautiful Album and CD covers- The Roots - Things Fall Apart

        Led Zeppelin - Mothership

        Showcase of Beautiful Album and CD covers- Bon Jovi - Have A Nice Day

        Nick Drake - Pink Moon

        Showcase of Beautiful Album and CD covers- Muse - Absolution

        The Cribs - Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever

        Showcase of Beautiful Album and CD covers- The Cribs - Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever

        Elton John - Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy

        Showcase of Beautiful Album and CD covers- Muse - Absolution

        XTC - Drums and Wires

        Showcase of Beautiful Album and CD covers- XTC - Drums and Wires

        Queens Of The Stone Age: Era Vulgaris by Morning Breath Inc

        Queens Of The Stone Age: Era Vulgaris by Morning Breath Inc

        Beck: The Information by Big Active and you

        “The album was issued with a blank sleeve and booklet and one of four different sheets of stickers for fans to make their own album art. Beck explained to Wired magazine he wanted no two copies of the CD cover to be the same: “The artwork is going to be customizable. The idea is to provide something that calls for interactivity.” However, because the unique album art concept was seen as a gimmick to bolster retail sales, The Information was deemed ineligible to enter the UK Albums Chart.”

        Beck: The Information by Big Active and you

        Last Click

        The World’s First Album Cover Alex Steinwess, a then 23 years old designer, convinced Columbia’s suits to create the first true album cover. Until then, 78s were sold in generic sleeves. Please notice that there is the word “smash” on

        Showcase of Beautiful Album and CD covers- The World's First Album Cover
        Showcase of Beautiful Album and CD covers- The World's First Album Cover

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