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After years of procrastination, deep into my 2020 lockdown, I decided to turn my love for album artwork into something concrete. Drawing off of my previous quarterly lists, I’ve spent the past year curating a compilation of the 100 most impressive and beautiful album covers of the year. The art is not ranked, but ordered through vague aesthetic similarities from color to framing to iconography. This list is not exhaustive, of course, as there were a plethora of stellar works that made it extremely hard to boil it down to just these albums. Special thanks to the user someone for his huge help in finding some of these hidden gems. Here’s to another year of beautiful artwork!

Click or tap the 10×10 grid to see the high-res image.

For a high-res image with each album listed, click or tap here. –neekafat

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Black Thought // Streams of Thought, Vol. 3: Cane & Able

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Kesha // High Road

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Misery Signals // Ultraviolet

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Within Destruction // Yōkai

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Invent, Animate // Greyview

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Zombi // 2020

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The Vamps // Cherry Blossom

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upsammy // It Drips

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Kairon; IRSE! // Polysomn

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Silverstein // A Beautiful Place To Drown

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Psychonaut // Unfold the God Man

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HHY & The Kampala Unit // Lithium Blast

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Monte // Mirla

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Doves // The Universal Want

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The Word Alive // MONOMANIA

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Run the Jewels // RTJ4

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Cecilio G. // SCORPIO

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Eartheater // Phoenix: Flames Are Dew Upon My Skin

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Oliver Tree // Ugly is Beautiful

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Dance Gavin Dance // Afterburner

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NEPTUNIAN MAXIMALISM // Éons

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Bonnie Banane // Sexy Planet

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Arctic Monkeys // Live at The Royal Albert Hall

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LA Priest // GENE

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Tame Impala // The Slow Rush

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Neon Trees // I Can Feel You Forgetting Me

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Freddie Dredd // Suffer

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Phoebe Bridgers // Punisher

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Alice Ivy // Don’t Sleep

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Bather // Phantom Guilt

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Pun Collins // Dying Together

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Allie X // Cape God

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Nyktophobia // What Lasts Forever

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Crack Cloud // PAIN OLYMPICS

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Lightning Orchestra // Source And Deliver

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Geist & the Sacred Ensemble // Waning Hymns

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Biting Elbows // Shorten the Longing

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Soccer Mommy // Color Theory

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Samia // The Baby

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Emily Keener // I Do Not Have To Be Good

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Johanna Warren // Chaotic Good

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The Beths // Jump Rope Gazers

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Shell of a Shell // Away Team

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Shopping // All or Nothing

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Yuri Gagarin (SWE) // The Outskirts of Reality

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Tornado Wallace // Midnight Mania

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ThouxanBanFauni // CLAIRVOYANCE

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Лилу // Mode 1

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Caitlin Pasko // Greenhouse

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Titan To Tachyons // Cactides

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déluge // Digue

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The Courteeners // More. Again. Forever.

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Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids // Shaman!

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Lido Pimienta // Miss Colombia

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PYNKIE // Love Theme

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Sub Focus & Wilkinson // Portals

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Whitney // Candid

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Bright Eyes // Down In The Weeds, Where The World Once Was

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Roy Montgomery // The Electric Children of Hildegard Von Bingen (For Florian Fricke)

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O’Brother // You and I

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Young Knives // Barbarians

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Shabazz Palaces // The Don of Diamond Dreams

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Douglas Dare // Milkteeth

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Good Tiger // Raised in a Doomsday Cult

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Knuckle Puck // 20/20

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Armand Hammer // Shrines

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Suffer Ring // Reverentia

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Loathe // I Let It In And It Took Everything

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Jaunt // All In One

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Wajatta // Don’t Let Get You Down

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STRFKR // Future Past Life

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Waco // Hope Rituals

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Emancipator // Mountain of Memory

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CoVet // technicolor

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16 // Dream Squasher

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Lingua Lustra // Omni

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Deerhoof // Future Teenage Cave Artists

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The Microphones // Microphones in 2020

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Reptoid // Worship False Gods

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Sólstafir // Endless Twilight Of Codependent Love

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Myrkur // Folkesange

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Zara McFarlane // Songs of an Unknown Tongue

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Washed Out // Purple Noon

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Polaris // The Death of Me

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ajj // Good Luck Everybody

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Cut Copy // Freeze, Melt

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Hån // gradients

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Yves Tumor // Heaven to a Tortured Mind

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Future // High Off Life

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Daniel Davies // Signals

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The Boomtown Rats // Citizens of Boomtown

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Craven Faults // Erratics & Unconformities

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Handwrist // Electric Park

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Vous Autres // Sel De Pierre

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KEYAH/BLU // Sorry, I Forgot You Were Coming

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Insect Ark // The Vanishing

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Washington // Batflowers

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Ulcerate // Stare Into Death And Be Still

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Havok // V

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Melted Bodies // Enjoy Yourself

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Mythodea
02.01.21
Some awesome album covers here, and all genres are more or less represented.

neekafat
02.01.21
The genre thing was not entirely on purpose, but I tried to keep the styles of artwork varied so I'm glad it worked out that way!

someone
02.01.21
looking for cool album covers made me realise how many artists i haven't listened to in ages are still releasing new music (Doves bruh? Washington bruh? Cut Copy bruh? Shabazz Palaces bruh?)

SteakByrnes
02.01.21
Super dope list, a lot of my favorite covers of 2020 are on here

neekafat
02.01.21
Thanks Steak, glad to hear it!
And wow someone, I haven't even heard of most of these bands. Maybe a few are before my time!

someone
02.01.21
well i'm not an old fart either

hel9000
02.01.21
Awesome

neekafat
02.01.21
I didn't think so someone!

JayEnder
02.01.21
Great choices neek. These are all so neatly organized too, looms sweet!

Dewinged
02.01.21
I love this so fucking much

BlazinBlitzer
02.01.21
Great stuff! My favorite's probably the Microphones one. I love the aesthetic on that cover.

JesperL
02.02.21
this is amazing, so satisfying to scroll through

BigTuna
02.02.21
Beautiful list! My favorite cover this year was probably Adrianne Lenker's lp. Just got lost in those watercolors.

Flugmorph
02.02.21
i see nipples, i press like


oh wait

DDDeftoneDDD
02.02.21
Great covers and nicely sequenced here. There was a place there Ohms could take place XD

Eartheater's cover art is one of the most stupid covers I've seen...its so bad that its almost good.



neekafat
02.03.21
Thanks so much everyone!
And I love it DDD hahaha it's so fun

Mythodea
02.03.21
I couldn't remember the name, but when I read DDD's description I knew what cover he was referring to

BlushfulHippocrene
02.03.21
Very satisfying to scroll through, lovely work Neek!

botb
02.04.21
No Atramentus no list

nightbringer
02.05.21
Honestly I find this sort of list more inspiring for checking out albums than more standard best or lists. Great job.

nightbringer
02.05.21
Best of*

ChoccyPhilly
02.07.21
Damn that colour palette is so satisfying

neekafat
02.07.21
Thank you friends! (:
Hopefully I'll be able to do another one for next year!

Lord(e)Po)))ts
02.09.21
this is literally just as hot as going to philips hue labs and setting every smart light in my house to cycle through all the colours

Jasdevi087
02.11.21
half these are garbo tbh

porcupinetheater
02.11.21
Really cool structure and organization on the list, clearly a lot of effort, props

That said a lot of the actual covers are straight up shit. Also holy shit the Boomtown Rats still exist lol

neekafat
02.22.21
Lmao yeah my taste is questionable but I figured the organization would probably make up for it (;

someone
02.22.21
neek, you wanna listen to all of these with me in the presented order?

MrSirLordGentleman
02.22.21
I love most of these

Saddened at the lack of Slift's Ummon

neekafat
02.22.21
Someone I would genuinely love to but am stupid busy these days ughhhh
@MrSir that was def in the running! Was really hard whittling this down

porcupinetheater
02.22.21
Oh wow looking more closely at stuff near the bottom, that Insect Ark art is SO GOOD omg

porcupinetheater
02.22.21
Insect Ark Art would make a tough af tongue twister

neekafat
02.22.21
Yeah man I love that one! lol it totally would

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