Seeing as how I've finished my video game list and am currently working on my list of favorite albums, I thought this would be a nice bridge between the two. In the evolution of rock & roll, album covers have come to help define its mythology and represent its artistic heights. I thought I'd let the elite few who visit this site take a look at the album art that makes me HNNNG the most.
20. The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan - Bob Dylan
19. Horses - Patti Smith
This is just a cool photograph. Presaging the punk revolution in its androgynous attitude, the cover of Patti Smith's debut album is one of the most subtly striking images in rock.
18. Led Zeppelin IV - Led Zeppelin
17. Kid A - Radiohead
16. Is This It - The Strokes
15. Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
14. In The Wee Small Hours - Frank Sinatra
13. Sticky Fingers - The Rolling Stones
12. Closer - Joy Division
11. There's A Riot Goin' On - Sly & The Family Stone
10. Plastic Ono Band - John Lennon
9. Highway 61 Revisited - Bob Dylan
8. Beggars Banquet / Let It Bleed - The Rolling Stones
Yeah, it's a tie. Yeah, I'm probably "cheating", but how could I separate these two? Beggars Banquet, with its grimy, graffiti-covered bathroom, is a heartwarming visualization of the band's eternal mindset. Let It Bleed's photograph, featuring a dadaist tower of pancakes, paper clocks, tires, and cake, is just as amusing. Both covers faithfully embody the clever wordplay, potty humor, and outlaw personality of their respective albums.
7. Abbey Road - The Beatles
Possibly the image most immediately associated with the Fab Four, Abbey Road's uncomplicated photograph is as iconic and unforgettable as they come. There's really not much else to say.
6. The Velvet Underground & Nico - The Velvet Underground
5. London Calling - The Clash
4. Revolver - The Beatles
3. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles
2. Daydream Nation - Sonic Youth
1. Unknown Pleasures - Joy Division