In the digital era, album covers may be considered a thing of the past. Long gone are the days where the album art on the record was of extreme importance. Take a look below to see ten of the coolest album covers of all time.
10. Nevermind – Nirvana
The surprise success of Nevermind, with over 24 million copies sold worldwide, also brought a spotlight to both Seattle—home of other grunge bands such as Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Alice in Chains—and alternative rock as a whole, helping propel such bands as Smashing Pumpkins and Green Day from the underground to super stardom.
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9. 1984 – Van Halen
The last album during David Lee Roth’s original tenure with Van Halen, 1984 was released in January of its namesake year. It was their most commercially successful album at the time, although it was deterred from the #1 Billboard spot by Michael Jackson’s Thriller.
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8. Houses of the Holy – Led Zeppelin
Houses Of The Holy, one of LZ’s most epic albums, is a showcase of folk and softcore classic metal mastery. The album, although met with mixed reviews, was confirmed triple platinum in 1989.
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7. Who’s Next – The Who
Who’s Next was comprised of many of the Lifehouse project’s songs, including “Baba O’Riley,” “Bargain,” “Going Mobile,” “Behind Blue Eyes” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again.”
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6. Currents – Tame Impala
Aptly titled, Tame Impala’s third studio record Currents is a warm sonic wave straight from Australian waters, combining neo-psychedelia and alternative dance. Sometimes the wave washes over you, and sometimes you find yourself surfing atop it. The album marks Tame Impala’s venture deeper into the ever-growing world of electronic music, but doesn’t stray too far from their rock roots.
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5. Dookie – Green Day
Dookie is Green Day’s best selling and arguably most important album. Released February 1, 1994, the album is the band’s third studio album. The album was Green Day’s first production with the major record label Reprise. Most importantly, Dookie allowed Green Day to blast from virtually unknown band to one of the most important in launching pop punk in the mainstream. The genre-defining album subsequently turned Green Day into a genre-defining band.
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4. The Dark Side of the Moon – Pink Floyd
It is a concept album that takes listeners across various stages of human life, beginning and ending with a heartbeat. The themes often revolve around conflict, morality, greed, time, and mental illness.
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3. Ride the Lightning – Metallica
ide the Lightning, the thrash metal band’s second studio LP, is the point where they started to develop the sound they would become famous for. While retaining the fast-paced, hardcore punk-inspired tempos from Kill ‘Em All, the band began incorporating different instruments, adding more detailed harmony sections, and writing more complex songs and arrangments.
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2. Rumours – Fleetwood Mac
Rumours is an album released in 1977 by British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac. It is their 11th studio album and the one with a stronger pop focus than previous albums made by the group.
1. Revolver – The Beatles
Revolver signaled that in popular music, anything – any theme, any musical idea – could now be realized. And, in the case of the Beatles, would be.