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The Best Rock Album Covers of All Time

Best Rock Album Covers of All Time,

Rock album covers are usually a reflection of the music inside the album. They can also be a reflection on the vibe of the time. This article looks at some of the best rock album covers from all-time by artists from different genres and eras.

All the greatest rock albums have their unique artwork. This includes the album of Led Zeppelin’s “Led Zeppelin II,” David Bowie’s “Aladdin Sane,” and The Rolling Stones’ “Exile on Main Street.” Artists such as these helped shape a generation of rock fans that still love their albums to this day.

This list is meant to be a definitive ranking of the best album covers in history, not just a list of some great ones or a countdown to some recent releases with amazing artwork.

The best rock album coverss of all time have been in the news for decades. When it comes to creating a cohesive look for an album, we should not forget the attention to detail and artistry that goes into producing these amazing pieces of work.

Rock album covers began with music itself. They used to be just about the new music, but turned into marketing tools later on. Album covers were used by artists to reflect their mood and style, and by marketing departments as a way of showcasing their first single or the theme of the entire album.

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#1 Is This It –The Strokes

Album's Content : 11 Songs;

1-Is This It,  2-The Modern Age,  3-Soma,  4-Barely Legal,  5-Someday,  6-Alone, Together,  7-Last Nite, 8-Hard To Explain,  9-New York City Cops,  10-Trying Your Luck,  11-Take It Or Leave It

Release Date : 30 July 2001

Producer Gordon Raphael

Genre : Indie rock

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#2 Goodbye Yellow Brick Road — Elton John

Album's Content : 17 Songs;

1-Funeral For A Friend / Love Lies Bleeding,  2-Candle In The Wind,  3-Bennie And The Jets,  4-Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,  5-Grey Seal,  6-Jamaica Jerk-Off,  7-I've Seen That Movie Too, 8-Sweet Painted Lady,  9-The Ballad Of Danny Bailey (1909-1934),  10-Dirty Little Girl,  11-All The Girls Love Alice,  12-Your Sister Can't Twist (But She Can Rock'n' Roll),  13-Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting, 14-Roy Rogers,  15-Social Disease, 16-Harmony,  17-This Song Has No Title,

Release Date : 5 October 1973

Producer Gus Dudgeon

Genre : Pop rock

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#3 Hysteria — Def Leppard

Album's Content : 12 Songs;

1-Women,  2-Rocket,  3-Animal,  4-Love Bites,  5-Pour Some Sugar On Me,  6-Armageddon It,  7-Gods Of War, 8-Don't Shoot Shot Gun,  9-Run Riot,  10-Hysteria,  11-Excitable,  12-Love And Affection, 

Release Date : 3 August 1987

Producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange

Genre : Hard Rock

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#4 OK Computer — Radiohead

Album's Content : 12 Songs;

1-Airbag,  2-Paranoid Android,  3-Subterranean Homesick Alien,  4-Exit Music (For a Film),  5-Let Down,  6-Karma Police,  7-Fitter Happier, 8-Electioneering,  9-Climbing Up the Walls,  10-No Surprises,  11-Lucky,  12-The Tourist,  

Release Date : 21 May 1997

Producer Nigel Godrich

Genre : Alternative Rock

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#5 Appetite For Destruction — Guns N’ Roses

Album's Content : 12 Songs;

1-Welcome To The Jungle,  2-It's So Easy,  3-Nightrain,  4-Out Ta Get Me,  5-Mr. Brownstone,  6-Paradise City,  7-My Michelle, 8-Think About You,  9-Sweet Child O' Mine,  10-You're Crazy,  11-Anything Goes,  12-Rocket Queen,

Release Date : 21 July 1987

Producer Mike Clink

Genre : Hard rock

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#6 Nevermind — Nirvana

Album's Content : 13 Songs;

1-Smells Like Teen Spirit,  2-In Bloom (Nevermind Version),  3-Come As You Are,  4-Breed,  5-Lithium,  6-Polly,  7-Territorial Pissings, 8-Drain You,  9-Lounge Act,  10-Stay Away,  11-On A Plain,  12-Something In The Way,  13-Endless, Nameless,

Release Date : 24 September 1991

Producer Nirvana

Genre : Alternative rock

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#7 Abbey Road — The Beatles

Album's Content : 17 Songs;

1-Come Together,  2-Something,  3-Maxwell's Silver Hammer,  4-Oh! Darling,  5-Octopus's Garden,  6-I Want You (She's So Heavy),  7-Here Comes The Sun, 8-Because,  9-You Never Give Me Your Money,  10-Sun King,  11-Mean Mr Mustard,  12-Polythene Pam,  13-She Came In Through The Bathroom Window, 14-Golden Slumbers,  15-Carry That Weight, 16-The End,  17-Her Majesty,

Release Date : 26 September 1969

Producer George Martin

Genre : Rock

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#9 Who’s Next — The Who

Album's Content : 29 Songs;

1-Baba O'Riley,  2-Bargain,  3-Love Ain't For Keeping,  4-My Wife,  5-The Song Is Over,  6-Getting In Tune,  7-Going Mobile, 8-Behind Blue Eyes,  9-Won't Get Fooled Again,  10-Baby Don't You Do It,  11-Getting In Tune (New York Record Plant Session 2003 Remix),  12-Pure And Easy (New York Record Plant Session 2003 Remix),  13-Love Ain't For Keeping (New York Record Plant Session 2003 Remix), 14-Behind Blue Eyes (New York Record Plant Session 2003 Remix),  15-Won't Get Fooled Again (New York Record Plant Session 2003 Remix), 16-Love Ain't For Keeping (Live),  17-Pure And Easy (Live),  18-Young Man Blues (Live),  19-Time Is Passing (Live),  20-Behind Blue Eyes (Live) ,  21-I Don't Even Know Myself (Live),  22-Too Much Of Anything (Live),  23-Getting In Tune (Live),  24-Bargain (Live),  25-Water (Live),  26-My Generation (Live),  27-(I'm A) Road Runner (Live),  28-Naked Eye (Live),  29-Won't Get Fooled Again (Young Vic Live Mix)

Release Date : 14 August 1971

Producer The Who

Genre : Hard rock

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#10 Are You Experienced — The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Album's Content : 17 Songs;

1-Purple Haze,  2-Manic Depression,  3-Hey Joe,  4-Love Or Confusion,  5-May This Be Love,  6-I Don't Live Today,  7-The Wind Cries Mary, 8-Fire,  9-Third Stone From The Sun,  10-Foxey Lady,  11-Are You Experienced?,  12-Stone Free,  13-51st Anniversary, 14-Highway Chile,  15-Can You See Me, 16-Remember,  17-Red House  

Release Date : 12 May 1967

Producer Chas Chandler

Genre : Psychedelic Rock

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#12 A Night at the Opera — Queen

Album's Content : 18 Songs;

1-Death On Two Legs ,  2-Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon,  3-I'm In Love With My Car,  4-You're My Best Friend,  5-'39,  6-Sweet Lady,  7-Seaside Rendezvous, 8-The Prophet's Song,  9-Love Of My Life,  10-Good Company,  11-Bohemian Rhapsody,  12-God Save The Queen,  13-Keep Yourself Alive(Long Lost Retake / June 1975 / Remastered 2011), 14-Bohemian Rhapsody (Operatic Section / 2011 A Cappella Mix),  15-You’re My Best Friend (Backing Track Mix), 16-I’m In Love With My Car (Guitar & Vocal Mix / 2011),  17-'39 (Live At Earl’s Court, London / June 1977),  18-Love Of My Life (Live In Argentina / June 1979),  

Release Date : 21 November 1975

Producer Queen

Genre :  Hard rock

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#13 Achtung Baby — U2

Album's Content : 12 Songs;

1-Zoo Station,  2-Even Better Than The Real Thing,  3-One,  4-Until The End Of The World,  5-Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses,  6-So Cruel,  7-The Fly, 8-Mysterious Ways,  9-Tryin' To Throw Your Arms Around The World,  10-Ultra Violet (Light My Way),  11-Acrobat,  12-Love Is Blindness, 

Release Date : 18 November 1991

Producer Daniel Lanois

Genre : Alternative Rock

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#15 Funeral — Arcade Fire

Album's Content : 10 Songs;

1-Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels),  2-Neighborhood #2 (Laïka),  3-Une année sans lumière,  4-Neighborhood #3 (Power Out),  5-Neighborhood #4 (7 Kettles),  6-Crown of Love,  7-Wake Up, 8-Haïti,  9-Rebellion (Lies),  10-In the Backseat

Release Date : 14 September 2004

Producer Arcade Fire

Genre : Indie rock

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#16 Elephant — The White Stripes

Album's Content : 14 Songs;

1-Seven Nation Army,  2-Black Math,  3-There's No Home For You Here,  4-I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself,  5-In The Cold, Cold Night,  6-I Want To Be The Boy To Warm Your Mother's Heart,  7-You've Got Her In Your Pocket, 8-Ball and Biscuit,  9-The Hardest Button to Button,  10-Little Acorns,  11-Hypnotize,  12-The Air Near My Fingers,  13-Girl, You Have No Faith In Medicine, 14-Well It's True That We Love One Another

Release Date : 1 April 2003

Producer Jack White

Genre : Alternative rock

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