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My Favorite Album Artwork

Probably left out a few, but these are the ones that came to my head first rwhen I came up with the topic. Again, this list isn't about favorite albums or rleast favorite albums, but the artwork created for them. Of course it is rgoing to be bias since when I like an album music-wise I'm going to immerse rmyself more with the album art-wise.
1Queen
A Night at the Opera


Colorful and epic just like the music, definitely has a royal look to it which fits perfectly with the name of the band.
2Creedence Clearwater Revival
Green River


Very peaceful and I love how the sun is shining through the trees. Fits the mood of the record well.
3Converge
Axe to Fall


Gritty and Ambiguous, love this screamer's art style.
4Local Natives
Hummingbird


Every time I look at this I see the guy on the ground almost slipping off a platform, and the sky backdrop can look like a wall or an actual sky, and I really enjoy the subtle surrealism in this piece.
5House of Pain
Same as it Ever Was


Irish represent, and it's a badass image. High contrast and bleak green colors. Reminds me of Pantera - Vulgar Display of Power.
6Cannibal Corpse
Butchered at Birth


Nasty and Gruesome
7The Doors
Full Circle


Chaotic and strange. The animals somehow remind me of Adam and Eve combined with the color pallet.
8The Dillinger Escape Plan
Miss Machine


Sporadic and Strange, this collage, almost mixed-media looking artwork is almost as crazy as the actual music.
9MGMT
Congratulations


Definitely wants me to just sit in the sun all day and take in life. The colors and cartoon feeling of this just makes me very happy.
10The Beatles
The Beatles


A lot of people find this cover art bleak and boring, but I for one find it to be very interesting and makes me curious. You have no idea what you're in for if you just looked at this cover. It's simple, original, just a white cover with nothing but their name on it, no one had ever done something like this before, and it sits well with the unorthodox and novelty sounds that The Beatles experimented with in this album. It's so simple yet it works so well.
11The Black Keys
Brothers


Tongue-in-Cheek humor at it's finest.
12Wolves in the Throne Room
Celestial Lineage


The filter and gritty moss covered forest landscape of this album mentally scares me, because the art work does not show you what you should be afraid of, it makes you think for yourself, and you have to interpret the dark woods and evil looking reds and blacks smoothed in with each other. Sometimes I look at this and it makes me want to go camping, other times I look at it and I feel like that area is haunted in some way.
13Cream
Disraeli Gears


Some of the best funky and psychedelic art I've seen.
14August Burns Red
Constellations


Excellent complementary color blending. The lyrics and music videos during the Constellations sessions have also made me appreciate the meaning behind this artwork as well.
15John Mayer
Paradise Valley


Very inspirational and it makes me want to have a dog haha.
16Tool
10,000 Days


Tool artwork has always been symbolic, symmetrical, and psychedelic in a way. This would have to be my favorite out of all of them. Kind of gives me an Indiana Jones vibe, like you just found a secret shrine of philosophical and technical intensity.
17Killswitch Engage
As Daylight Dies


It was a toss up between this and Alive or Just Breathing to who gets the better artwork, and I had to go with this one. It's not all that original, you know "ooooHhh it has a scary skull on it, so metal!" but for whatever reason it touches me in a way. I guess it has to be the style of the artwork, surreal looking.
18Noah Gundersen
Ledges


I feel children can sometimes be a cop-out to address nostalgia and cuteness, but in all the ones I've seen this one works the best. I don't really like kids as much as a lot of people do, but this just makes me happy, seeing the child's smile in a background that looks like I could have grown up in. This artwork could have also been switched with The Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream.
19The Smashing Pumpkins
Machina - The Machines of God


Speaking of Smashing Pumpkins, I could never get into this album, and this is where the band started to see a downfall, they weren't heavy and experimental enough for the changing of time. When I got bored and researched this album I saw all the detail and artwork that they put into this and it gives me kind of a melancholy feeling that I enjoy (partial joke intended).
20Bon Iver
Bon Iver, Bon Iver


Gotta give the artist praise for this. Reminds me of the place I live right now. Cold, traditional, and high on a hill.
21 The Beatles
1967-1970


Comparing this to the Please Please me cover is epic.
22 Sting
If On a Winter's Night...


Not much to say about this one other than it speaks to me personally.
23Queens of the Stone Age
...Like Clockwork


As soon as the first single of this album dropped, I immediately took embrace and satisfaction in the artwork and I had to look up the artist.
24Maroon 5
Overexposed


Trippy (unlike the music) and reminds me of a graffiti wall in the city.
25Mastodon
Crack the Skye


Along with Tool, these guys dish out magnificent symmetrical and detailed album covers with each release that embark on fantasy and chaos.
26The Jesus Lizard
Liar


Honestly it is slightly stupid but the mixed media style and old-style of drawing combined with the horrible peppiness of copied and pasted cat heads make this a wonder.
27The Seatbelts
Cowboy Bebop OST


A close up of Spike's face certainly is badass.
28Skeletonwitch
Beyond the Permafrost


Reminiscent of a Baroness cover, however even better, the color of the nasty skull just spells out disastrous evil and the bleak white and blue colors combined work well.
29Michael Jackson
Dangerous


Overlooked and it's a shame that they still put this much detailed and awesome effort into making artwork like this on such a mainstream album. The wackiness and royalty factor of the colors on the fences are great.
30Muse
The Resistance


Honeybees making a nest while on acid.
31Haste the Day
Attack of the Wolf King


This has always been a splendid art style. It reminds me of a children's book that I used to read when I was young. It's also a refreshing take on a metalcore album cover, since most in the genre are really shitty.
32Holy Sons
Survivalist Tales!


lol. Colors are surreal and there is no way that guy is surviving that.
33Overcast
Reborn to Kill Again


The face of that demon lion beast thing is fucking evil and awesome combined with the blood text on a white cover, they are certainly reborn to kill again.
34Brand New
The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me


That girl better kick the shit out of them. I can't really describe this that well but it is such an amazing and original cover. It's iconic for their size of a band.
35Tame Impala
Lonerism


Not only this album cover, but the music videos I've seen accompanying this album, are marvelous. The deserve high praise for the animation quality I've seen.
36Miike Snow
Miike Snow


It's got a nice charm. A jackolope as a mascot is just awesome.
37Arcade fire
Reflektor


It's a shame I don't like this album enough to buy it, because every time I pass it by in a store the reflecting colors on the statue and background mesmerize me.
38Led Zeppelin
Houses of the Holy


An old friend of mine was a big fan of Led Zeppelin and I had never heard of them (keep in mind this was maybe 6 or 7 years ago and I was like 9 or 10 years old) and he showed me the album and started to play it and I was overwhelmed. Not only the music but the there was something about the artwork that was light in contrast and surreal and hypnotic. I fell in love with the album.
39Jack Johnson
In Between Dreams


I really need to purchase this one, because it is one of the ultimate album covers that I can turn to when I'm feeling down and it cheers me up. Like the beginning of the sun rising.
40Portugal. The Man
The Satanic Satanist


This could also be switched with Evil Friends. John Gourley is easily one of my favorite artists. His style is so strange and it works well with their psychedelic like music. The color pallet on this one is to be praised, and he definitely has influences in Beatles album covers (see Revolver and then compare to ITMINC). A favorite quote of mine is "an artist has succeeded if people don't understand his work but they still like it" this falls into that category, although I somehow can relate myself to his obscure and evil looking style.
41Alice in Chains
Alice in Chains


Poor dog. The gloom and color filter on this describes the music perfectly.
42The Doors
The Very Best of the Doors


Iconic and inspiring.
43AC/DC
Let There be Rock


The riffs shine through the clouds. Prepares you for the high quality hard rock you are about to hear.
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