Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Album Covers

Truly iconic album covers don’t just define an album, they define an era, a generation and, in some cases, an entire musical genre. Sometimes they do all three: what is The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club album cover, if not the ultimate manifestation of 60s psychedelia for the “peace and love” crowd?
Sometimes album covers are helped on their way to iconic status because of the musicians they features: photogenic stars, such as Elvis Presley, David Bowie, or Prince, whose godlike images are burned into our retinas. Other iconic album covers are envisioned by creative masterminds the likes of Hipgnosis or Andy Warhol, whose graphic designs bypass linear thinking and come up with an image that is a bona fide work of art in its own right.

The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Sex Pistols Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols

The Beatles The Beatles

The Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers

Rolling Stones* Exile On Main St.

Eagles Hotel California

Blind Faith (2) Blind Faith

Grateful Dead* Aoxomoxoa

Big Brother & The Holding Company Cheap Thrills

The Velvet Underground & Nico (3) The Velvet Underground & Nico

Joni Mitchell Hejira

Ry Cooder Into The Purple Valley

Santana Abraxas

The Cars Candy O

Yes Relayer

New Order Power Corruption & Lies

Debbie Harry* KooKoo

Little Feat Sailin' Shoes

Jane's Addiction Nothing's Shocking

Carly Simon Playing Possum

Small Faces Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake

Joe Jackson Look Sharp!

Bruce Springsteen Born To Run

It's A Beautiful Day It's A Beautiful Day

Beastie Boys Licensed To Ill

Patti Smith Horses

The Plastic Ono Band Live Peace In Toronto 1969

Bow Wow Wow See Jungle! See Jungle! Go Join Your Gang Yeah, City All Over! Go Ape Crazy!

The Doors Strange Days

The Mothers Of Invention* Weasels Ripped My Flesh

Faces (3) Ooh La La

The Who Tommy

Supertramp Breakfast In America

Grace Jones Slave To The Rhythm

Pink Floyd The Dark Side Of The Moon

Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin

T. Rex The Slider

Peter Gabriel Peter Gabriel

The Clash London Calling

Elvis Presley Elvis Presley

Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here


Talking Heads Fear Of Music

The Wailers Catch A Fire

PiL* Metal Box

Roxy Music Country Life

Bob Dylan Bringing It All Back Home

David Bowie Aladdin Sane

Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band Doc At The Radar Station

Led Zeppelin Houses Of The Holy

The Jimi Hendrix Experience Electric Ladyland

The Beatles With The Beatles

Stevie Wonder Stevie Wonder's Journey Through The Secret Life Of Plants

Jerry Garcia Band* Cats Under The Stars

Toto Turn Back

Emerson, Lake & Palmer Brain Salad Surgery

Grateful Dead* American Beauty

Ramones Ramones

Elvis Presley 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong (Elvis' Gold Records, Vol. 2)

The Smiths The Smiths

X (5) Los Angeles

King Crimson In The Court Of The Crimson King (An Observation By King Crimson)

Sonic Youth Daydream Nation

Graham Parker And The Rumour The Parkerilla

Tom Waits Franks Wild Years

Bob Dylan Self Portrait

Madonna True Blue

Sly & The Family Stone There's A Riot Goin' On

Bowie* Diamond Dogs

Funkadelic Cosmic Slop

Isaac Hayes Hot Buttered Soul

Iggy Pop The Idiot

Van Halen 1984

Miles Davis Bitches Brew

Depeche Mode A Broken Frame

Traffic The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys

Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti

Prince Sign "O" The Times

Bruce Springsteen Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.

R.E.M. Document

Ohio Players Honey

Cream (2) Disraeli Gears

Steve Miller Band The Joker

Pink Floyd Atom Heart Mother

Boz Scaggs Middle Man

Funkadelic Hardcore Jollies

Fleetwood Mac Rumours

Rod Stewart Never A Dull Moment

Dead Kennedys Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables

Alice Cooper (2) Welcome To My Nightmare

Miles Davis Tutu

The Allman Brothers Band Eat A Peach

Frank Zappa We're Only In It For The Money Lumpy Gravy

Madness One Step Beyond...

The Rolling Stones Some Girls

Steve Winwood Arc Of A Diver

U2 The Joshua Tree

Midnight Oil Diesel And Dust

Elvis Costello & The Attractions Trust

The Who Who's Next