1. Nirvana – Nevermind (1991)
Certainly one of the most iconic album cover in the history of popular music, Nevermind‘s poster boy, who goes by the name Spencer Elden, is now 23 years old. Feeling old yet?
2. Phish – Slip, Stitch and Pass (1997)
The second live album from the still-touring American rock band Phish features a futuristic, abstract cover.
3. Gorillaz – Plastic Beach (2010)
The phenomenal success of Gorillaz’ second album, Demon Days, meant that the follow-up Plastic Beach was always going to have a lot to live up to. It didn’t achieve anything like the success of its predecessor, but the album cover is, of course, up to the virtual band’s brilliant artistic standards.
4. Keane – Under the Iron Sea (2006)
Keane’s second studio album was described by the band on their MySpace page as a “sinister fairytale-world-gone-wrong”. The album cover says enough!
5. Iron & Wine – Kiss Each Other Clean (2011)
The psychedelic cover of Iron & Wine’s fourth studio album reflects the chilled sound of its content, which has an early/mid-1970s vibe. Great driving music.
6. Bon Iver – Bon Iver (2011)
Bon Iver’s second album is a beautiful folk follow-up to For Emma, Forever Ago. The tranquil, dreamy “Holocene” and “Towers” perfectly illustrate the album’s tone, as does the cover artwork.
7. Pink Floyd – Meddle (1971)
Pink Floyd’s sixth studio album features appropriately enigmatic cover art, and reflects the album’s signature track, “Echoes”.
8. Conifer – Crown Fire (2009)
The second album by American metal band Conifer features a beautifully reflective photograph.
9. Echo & the Bunnymen – Heaven Up Here (1981)
There seems to be a recurring theme here: the presence of watery landscapes makes for a wonderfully pensive image that is, indeed, heavenly. British post-punk band Echo & the Bunnymen’s second album is no different.
10. Asaf Avidan & the Mojos – Through the Gale (2010)
The ever-poetic Israeli singer-songwriter’s third album has a nautical theme on its cover and in its songs. Imaginative, dreamy and beautiful.