One of the saddest aspects of the digital music age is losing the works of art that used to be wrapped around our music.  CDs still had decent artwork, but nothing compares to the huge size of a gorgeous album sleeve.  Here are my [Top 5] favorite album covers, what are yours?


5 - Pink Floyd "Animals"

Everyone likes "Dark Side of the Moon", but I think the cover for "Animals" is awesome. The huge industrial complex doesn't even seem real, it looks like something out of a dystopian movie.

Flickr user exquisitur


4 - Meat Loaf "Bat Out of Hell"

I believe I'm the only Meat Loaf fan left at the Hawk...and I'm proud of it!

Bat Out of Hell
Flickr user epiclectic


3 - MC5 "Kick Out the Jams"

This might be an obscure pick, but it's one I just love. The crowd shot, the American flags, the drummer's sweet muttonchops, everything just combines to make a killer cover.

Flickr user epiclectic


2 - Black Sabbath "Black Sabbath"

This album cover is one that fits the band perfectly. The creepy building, the dead trees, and the ominous figure staring into your soul, reading your thoughts, feeding off your fear, sending chills down your spine and convincing you that they might just step off the cover and eat your skin.

Black Sabbath
Flickr user Thomas's Pics


1 - Derek & the Dominos "Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs"

This might not be what you expected me to put at number 1. Most people put "Abbey Road" or "Sgt Pepper", and I'm sure a lot of you just expected me to put a U2 album (I do love "War" and "The Joshua Tree")...but there's something about this album that I love that I can't quite explain. It's a work of art that could stand on it's own, regardless of what music it was attached to.

Flickr user Pasa la vida

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