Coolest music album covers collection is a list of creative covers for musical disks. From its origins as a protective cover for disks and records, they became a canvas for innovative designers. Rumors have it, some of the most creative music cover arts were so expensive to put together that they often incurred losses despite selling a good number of cassettes of disks.
We handpick seven of our favorites.
The Strokes were cool before the word became ‘cool’. Their swagger, their hairdo, their names, their uppity music and of course, THIS album cover. An all time classic music album art, the actual cover design was more of a happenstance. Photographer Colin Lane’s then-girlfriend had just emerged out of the shower, there was a glove accidentally left behind by the stylist. Click. Sexy. Done!
This Kraftwerk poster designed by Günther Fröhling and Karl Klefisch is like a mini capsule of German electronics and their achievements. Suitably placed on the cover of an album called “The Man Machine” this perfectly captures the essence of 1930s Modernism (El Lissitzky style) with a near robotic arrangement of personnel (band members) and a strict red and black color scheme. Note the subtlety in translations of the album in bottom right.
Nirvana‘s meteoric rise and fame was only matched by their rebellious, offbeat approach to art and music. This iconic album cover for ‘Nevermind’ , conceptualized by Kurt himself and touched up by Robert Fisher remains a mystery. Nirvana never revealed the real meaning or reasons for this design except that water birth of babies inspired it.
Autechre (Draft 7:30) was known for abstract, often obtuse musical creations. The esoteric theme continues in their album design as well. Designer Alex Rutterford creates an aura of sharpness and precision mixed with a random turn. This piece was called “Theme of Sudden Roundabout”. Ultra-modern, elegant and quirky classiness.
Once a roaring legend, Johnny Cash remained a draw to the end but his fame and attraction gradually slipped. This album cover, where a decidedly tired, weary looking Cash looks down on a life gone by, in a backdrop of black – is a subtle masterpiece. It contrasts his emotions against a big, bold typefont of his name in bright white. ‘Cash’-ing in on past glories, yet mindful of what how good it was.
Sigur Rós‘s music is ethereal, almost doesn’t belong to this world, yet delicately twines around our senses. The same sense of otherworldly amazement is outlined in a simple outline of a baby foetus. Crafted by Gotti Bernhöft for Ágætis Byrjun, this album cover is a lesson in simplicity and uniqueness.
We round off the list with yet another iconic music album cover. Who doesn’t remember the mischievous angel? It took four designers: Richard Seireeni, Pete Angelus, Margo Zafer Nahas and David Jellison to put together this conceptual illustration. It readily conveys the Rock n Roll theme of corruption and amoral fun. With numbers like Jump and Hot For Teacher inside, it’s hard to believe this Angel is 30 already!