Here are the top 10 most famous rock album covers:
10. Dawid Bowie - Aladdin Sane
Bowie's first album from the position of a superstar. Closed eyes, red lightning bolt and embracing his status as a stardom. Years later, many people are imitating his style with the red lightning bolt. Truly iconic album cover.
9. The Doors - The doors
The album cover that introduced Jim Morrison & The Doors to the world. Definitely one of the most famous pictures in rock history. Who can forget that distant stare from Jim?
8. Deep Purple - Deep Purple in Rock
Portraying the band members as the heads of Mount Rushmore surely was a good idea for an album cover, because it left huge mark in rock history. Also the name has double meaning, Deep Purple in Rock as in rock music and Deep Purple in Rock as in carved heads on Mount Rushmore. Genius
7. Queen - Queen II
Even though the picture for Queen's second studio album didn't get much appreciation when it was released it's still one of the most iconic pictures in rock history. The picture became iconic when it was brought back to life for the promotional film of "Bohemian Rhapsody
6. Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
5. Nirvana - Nevermind
Innocent newborn baby swimming towards a dollar bill on a fishhook, corrupting him instantly after birth. Brilliant, just brilliant. This is how you get remembered!
4. The Clash - London Calling
Bassist Paul Simmon smashing a bass guitar out of frustration because the bouncers didn't let the audience to stand up from their seats and it was killing the momentum. This iconic picture was photographed by Pennie Smith who actually thought that the picture wouldn't make a great album cover and wasn't a fan of it. Luckily they decided in the end to put it on the album cover, best decision ever. Truly remarkable Rock 'n' Roll picture.
3. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin I
Black-and-white image of the burning Hindenburg airship has become a synonym for Led Zeppelin. The
origin of the album cover image and the band's name have same roots.
When Page, Beck and The Who's Keith Moon and John Entwistle were discussing the idea of forming a group, Moon joked, "It would probably go over like a lead balloon", and Entwistle allegedly replied, "a lead zeppelin!"
Probably the best story you will ever hear about the background of an album cover.
2. Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon
The 8th studio album cover of Pink Floyd turned out to be one of the most legendary and iconic pictures in the music industry. When someone is talking about Pink Floyd this is the first picture you have in mind. This album cover has become the unofficial photo that represents the band. There's hardly a person who doesn't recognise this picture.
1. The Beatles - Abbey Road
The album cover of their eleventh studio album was the first one to not have the name of the band or the album's title on the cover. The Beatles were so famous that they didn't even had to put their name on the album cover for people to recognise and buy their music.
The photograph is so simple, yet so special and unique. Apart from Beatles's worldwide popularity, the thing that made this cover so much famous is the recreation of the photo from fans. Many fans from all around the world had tried to recreate this legendary photo when passing the zebra crossing at the street Abbey Road.