Amazing Album Cover Art

One of my favorite parts of getting a new CD is looking through all the artwork. Now with iTunes and all the other places to digitally download albums and songs, it seems like album art is starting to die off (or at least in decline). This article is a list of some well designed album covers (although there are a lot more) which are split up into five categories; illustrations/paintings/design, minimal design, photo based design, photo manipulation, and covers where the title and band is within found objects.

Illustration/Painting

In these album covers there are no photos, they are made with illustrations or paintings.

24 Grana

Ghostwriters

2nd Chapter of Acts

How The West Was One

Air

Moon Safari

Anthrax

The Greater of Two Evils

Blink-182

Blink-182

Boston

Don’t Look Back

The Crystal Method

Divided by Night

Dave Barnes

You, The Night & Candlelight

The Decemberists

The Hazards of Love

Genesis

A Trick of the Tail

Gnarls Barkley

The Odd Couple

Linkin Park

Road to Revolutions (Live at Milton Keynes)

MIKA

The Boy Who Knew Too Much

Nada Surf

Let Go

My Chemical Romance

The Black Parade

ZZ Top

XXX

Minimal

These album covers use photos and illustrations, but what makes them different is the large amount of space and the minimal visual elements. Many of these covers use their logos for the main visual artwork.

30 Seconds to Mars

A Beautiful Lie

AFI

Sing the Sorrow

Bad Company

Bad Company

Blink-182

Take off Your Pants and Jacket

Radio 4

Enemies Like This (single)

Photo

The main visual element for these album covers is a photo, usually either showing the band or having some connection to the title of the album.

30 Seconds to Mars

This is War

3 Doors Down

Seventeen Days

Artic Monkeys

Humbug

Athlete

Tourist

Bush

Razorblade Suitcase

Gerald Albright

Groovology

Goldfrapp

Ooh La La (Single)

Jarvis Cocker

Jarvis

Marcy Playground

Marcy Playground

Muse

Uprising (Single)

Saves the Day

Under the Boards

The Zombies

R.I.P.

The Zutons

You Can Do Anything

Photomanipulation

These album covers use edited and manipulated photos as their artwork.

50 Cent

Before I Self Destruct

Alice in Chains

MTV Unplugged

The All-American Rejects

When The World Comes Down

Anathema

A Fine Day to Exit

Angels & Airwaves

We Don’t Need To Whisper

Audioslave

Revelations

The Beatles

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Bloc Party

Silent Alarm

Daughtry

Daughtry

Fringe Season 1 Original Television Soundtrack

Muse

Kings of Cydonia

Nine Inch Nails

With Teeth

Nine Inch Nails

Year Zero

Nirvana

In Utero

Sarah Brightman

Symphony

Found Objects

This group of album covers feature art that looks like found objects with the band name and album name on it.

Alice Cooper

School’s Out

The Allman Brothers Band

A Decade of Hits (1969-1979)

Chicago

Chicago V

Nightwish

Made in Hong Kong (And in Various Other Places)




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19 Comments

  1. 21/04/2010

    Amazing collection, my favs are 30 Seconds to Mars – A Beautiful Lie and Audioslave – Revelations

  2. 21/04/2010

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  4. 22/04/2010

    @Franco: I think the 30 Seconds to Mars – This is war one is my favorite. Something about the combination of the photo (and how it ties in with the name) with the knocked out letters really draws me in.

  5. 22/04/2010

    For sharing thank you very much good very beautiful work.

  6. 24/04/2010

    album covers are always cool. NIN was super awesome

  7. 24/04/2010

    This post is just truly amazing . thank you !

  8. 25/04/2010

    These are so cool, Tyler. Thanks for collecting and showcasing the cover art. They are certainly inspirational

  9. willie
    08/06/2010

    Talk about inspirational; music AND design together. My wife is utilizing the album covers as inspiration for her interior design stile-ings. Check these out:

    http://bit.ly/aZ9HUS (Flaming Lips)

    http://bit.ly/cClPuC (BlackStar, Bjork,
    Yeah Yeah Yeahs)

    http://bit.ly/avHCHH (Just Jack, The LK)

    http://bit.ly/bWpMWI (Crystal Castles, Cut
    Copy, Passion Pit, Cold Cave, Jay
    Electronica, The xx)

    Thank you very much for ‘listening.’

  10. 12/06/2010

    good read enjoyed thanx.

  11. 25/06/2011

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