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Billboard's 50 Greatest Album Covers of All Time (2020 Update)

"Music isn't just about the music. Sure, the sounds are certainly the most essential element, but you can't ignore the role of cover art in making a brilliant album From the fold-out gatefolds of the vinyl era to pull-out liner notes in CD jewel cases to the small icon on a digital player, cover art has changed over the years, but it still defines how we look at a particular album. Photographic portraits, paintings, collages -- all these and more are on Billboard's list of the 50 greatest album covers of all time, reaching back to Elvis Presley's self-titled debut to and going up to present day."
-Billboard-
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The Velvet Underground & Nico (Nico & the Velvet Underground, 1966)
The Velvet Underground & Nico (Nico & the Velvet Underground, 1966)
2
Abbey Road (The Beatles, 1969)
Abbey Road (The Beatles, 1969)
3
Horses (Patti Smith, 1975)
Horses (Patti Smith, 1975)
4
Ready to Die (The Notorious B.I.G., 1994)
Ready to Die (The Notorious B.I.G., 1994)
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5
Led Zeppelin (Led Zeppelin, 1969)
Led Zeppelin (Led Zeppelin, 1969)
6
The Dark Side of the Moon (Pink Floyd, 1973)
The Dark Side of the Moon (Pink Floyd, 1973)
7
Nevermind (Nirvana, 1991)
Nevermind (Nirvana, 1991)
8
She's So Unusual (Cyndi Lauper, 1983)
She's So Unusual (Cyndi Lauper, 1983)
9
Fear of a Black Planet (Public Enemy, 1990)
Fear of a Black Planet (Public Enemy, 1990)
10
Elvis Presley (Elvis Presley, 1956)
Elvis Presley (Elvis Presley, 1956)
11
Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (The Beatles, 1967)
Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (The Beatles, 1967)
12
Live Through This (Hole, 1994)
Live Through This (Hole, 1994)
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13
To Pimp a Butterfly (Kendrick Lamar, 2015)
To Pimp a Butterfly (Kendrick Lamar, 2015)
14
Enema of the State (Blink-182, 1999)
Enema of the State (Blink-182, 1999)
15
Illmatic (Nas, 1994)
Illmatic (Nas, 1994)
16
The Clash - London Calling
The Clash - London Calling
17
Abraxas (Santana, 1970)
Abraxas (Santana, 1970)
18
Things Fall Apart (The Roots, 1999)
Things Fall Apart (The Roots, 1999)
19
British Steel (Judas Priest, 1980)
British Steel (Judas Priest, 1980)
20
Unknown Pleasures (Joy Division, 1979)
Unknown Pleasures (Joy Division, 1979)
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21
Rio (Duran Duran, 1982)
Rio (Duran Duran, 1982)
22
If You're Reading This It's Too Late (Drake, 2015)
If You're Reading This It's Too Late (Drake, 2015)
23
Bitches Brew (Miles Davis, 1970)
Bitches Brew (Miles Davis, 1970)
24
Sticky Fingers (The Rolling Stones, 1971)
Sticky Fingers (The Rolling Stones, 1971)
25
Aladdin Sane (David Bowie, 1973)
Aladdin Sane (David Bowie, 1973)
26
Island Life (Grace Jones, 1985)
Island Life (Grace Jones, 1985)
27
Pearl (Janis Joplin & Full Tilt Boogie Band, 1971)
Pearl (Janis Joplin & Full Tilt Boogie Band, 1971)
28
Born in the U.S.A. (Bruce Springsteen, 1984)
Born in the U.S.A. (Bruce Springsteen, 1984)
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29
I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (Aretha Franklin, 1967)
I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (Aretha Franklin, 1967)
30
LP1 (FKA Twigs, 2014)
LP1 (FKA Twigs, 2014)
31
Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols (1977)
Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols (1977)
32
Cuz I Love You (Lizzo, 2020)
Cuz I Love You (Lizzo, 2020)
33
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Kanye West, 2010)
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Kanye West, 2010)
34
Cut (The Slits, 1979)
Cut (The Slits, 1979)
35
Master of Puppets (Metallica, 1986)
Master of Puppets (Metallica, 1986)
36
Hejira (Joni Mitchell, 1976)
Hejira (Joni Mitchell, 1976)
37
True Blue (Madonna, 1986)
True Blue (Madonna, 1986)
38
Sweetener (Ariana Grande, 2018)
Sweetener (Ariana Grande, 2018)
39
American IV: The Man Comes Around (Johnny Cash, 2002)
American IV: The Man Comes Around (Johnny Cash, 2002)
40
Beyoncé (Beyoncé, 2013)
Beyoncé (Beyoncé, 2013)
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