KREATIVE KORNER: Liz’s top ten album art

Knight Krier writer Elizabeth Long rates her top 10 album covers of all time.

There is one thing that all albums have in common: album art. In my opinion, anything can be an album cover. Not everything should be, but I digress. People are very opinionated when it comes to album art. Personally, I am not a big fan of Drake’s Certified Lover Boy album art, featuring 12 pregnant emojis. Album covers are just another extension of an artist’s creativity, and they usually depict something meaningful to the artist or the album itself. Either way, I, like many others, have some strong opinions and a top ten favorite album covers. 


10. Melophobia (2013) by Cage The Elephant

Melophobia by Cage The Elephant

A creation by artist R. Clint Colburn, the artistic expression provided by this cover art makes it the perfect album to start off this list.

9. The Dark Side of the Moon (1973) by Pink Floyd

The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd

Though it is the simplest design on this list, its versatility and ability to be used on countless pieces of merchandise and clothing pieces in my very own closet makes it legendary.

8. Hotel California (1976) by the Eagles

Hotel California by the Eagles

One of the most recognizable horizons in American music, the pure nostalgia this cover provides earns it a spot on this list.

7. Wasteland, Baby! (2019) by Hozier

Wasteland, Baby! By Hozier

One of the few realistic covers on this list, the concept and execution of this album cover is impressive and quite beautiful.

6. In Utero (1993) by Nirvana

In Utero by Nirvana

Although it doesn’t receive as much attention as Nirvana’s earlier album Nevermind, this cover art is more interesting and infinitely more detailed.

5. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) by The Beatles

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles

Featuring cardboard cutouts of people throughout history, this cover is busy but fascinating nonetheless.

4. Little Creatures (1985) by the Talking Heads

Little Creatures by the Talking Heads

One of the more interesting album covers I have seen, its chaotic look makes it one of my favorites.

3. Three Days Grace (2003) by Three Days Grace

Three Days Grace by Three Days Grace

Using purely lines and shadows, this album cover creates a lot of emotion in a very simple and effective way.

2. Boston (1976) by Boston

Boston by Boston

One of the most recognizable albums of all time, this sci-fi concept makes for a perfect cover.

1. Animals (1977) by Pink Floyd

Animals by Pink Floyd

A realistic factory scene with a pig in the sky, the pure detail in this cover is what makes it my favorite of all time.