25 Cool Album Covers We Love To Hang On Our Walls

25 Cool Album Covers

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Our 25 Cool Album Covers We Love article presents just a small handful of cool album covers that have always been our favorites. It’s not a list of the best album covers of all time, it’s simply just a collection of cool albums covers that we think are awesome to hang on the wall like photographs. We have already hung many of these album covers on our walls at one time in our lives. We will probably do an entire series of these and break it down into genres as there are hundreds of album covers we would have loved to have listed. But for now, here are 25 of our favorite oh-so-cool album covers.

# 25 – The Look Of Love – Diana Krall

Cool and classic is the way we start out our Top 25 Cool Album Covers with the stunning Diana Krall.

# 24 – Ghost Writer – Garland Jeffreys

You need at least one film-noir-type cover on your wall. Plus, you can answer the same question I answered for years…who is that guy?

# 23 – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders – David Bowie

So much going on and Bowie was just so cool no matter what album cover he was on. This was such a legendary album. The cover was shit in London and the building is still there as a restaurant.

# 22 – Queens Of Noise – The Runaways

Queens Of Noise was the Runaway’s second album. This was a wonderful album to buy when you are a 15-year old male teenager in the 70s. This one went on my wall right next to my Farah Fawcett poster

# 21 – 2112 – Rush

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I had never heard of Rush when I saw this album in the stores. I brought the record instantly just based on the cover.

# 20 – Another Breath – Ellen Foley

I always wondered what she was thinking, but then again I really didn’t care. I wonder how many people realize that it was Ellen who sang the female lead on Meat Loaf’s “Paradise By The Dashboard Light?”  If she had only done the video

# 19 -The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Jimi Hendrix

It didn’t get much cooler than this one.

# 18 -Fragile – Yes

Yes has so many great album covers. Roger Dean stands as one of the greatest album cover artists of all time. We would have loved to have listed every single Yes album cover that Roger Dean painted because they are all spectacular.

# 17 – Made In The Shade – The Rolling Stones

Such a hot cover that was so darn cool! Could be the best greatest hits cover ever released.

# 16 – Fool For The City – Foghat

This always just seemed like a cool and foolish thing to do in the city. The perfect cover for the album title. That’s Roger Earl.

# 15 – Led Zeppelin III – Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin’s third album has to be the version with the pinwheel so your friends can all interact with it on your wall.

# 14 – Hasten Down The Wind – Linda Ronstadt

The beauty of Linda Ronstadt is displayed in such a beautiful photograph. Such a great album.

# 13 – Whipped Cream & Other Delights – Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass

Somebody in your household probably had this album.

# 12 – Born To Run – Bruce Springsteen

Everything about this album defines the word legendary.

# 11 – Bella Dona – Stevie Nicks

Stevie Nicks had many great album covers, but this one was the coolest

# 10 – We’re Only in It for the Money – The Mothers Of Invention

Frank was the man! The cover was intended as a parody of the Beatles’ St. Pepper. There were a lot of issues getting it released, as Capitol Records gave Zappa a hard time about it. Eventually, it came out in an altered form.

# 9 – A Night At The Oprea / A Day At The Races – Queen

Both of these Queen albums that were released back to back actually look very cool hanging next to each other on a wall display. What a moment in time in classic rock history.

# 8 – Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy – Elton John

Man, was there a lot going on in this cover. You could also hang it as a gatefold as it continued onto the back of the cover.

# 7 – Rumours  – Fleetwood Mac

Stevie and Mick made for a very interesting and memorable cover from one of the most successful albums of all time.

# 6 – In The Court Of The Crimson King – King Crimson

This is a fun one to have on your wall while you are sleeping. The cover was of a painting done by Barry Godber, who was a friend of King Crimson lyricist Peter Sinfield.

# 5 – Bat Out Of Hell – Meat Loaf

I had never heard of Meat Loaf when I saw this album in the stores. I brought the record instantly just based on the cover, just like I did with Rush.

# 4 – Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd

I’m still trying to figure this one out

# 3 – Dark Side Of The Moon – Pink Floyd

One of those album covers you just stared at for hours. Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey Powell of the art firm Hipgnosis designed the cover.

# 2- Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band  – The Beatles

Nothing really has to be said about this one that we haven’t already heard before. The cover was designed by Peter Blake and Jann Haworth. There were fifty seven photographs incuded in the making of the cover.

# 1 -Abbey Road

This has to be the most scrutinized and most copied photograph in the world.  There has never been an album cover that sparked so much conversation. Don’t you want something like that hanging on your wall? You will be the coolest person on the block.

A few extras just outside the top 25

Pearl – Janis Joplin

If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears – The Mamas & The Papas:

Bebe Le Strange – Heart

Standing Hampton – Sammy Hagar

Presence – Led Zeppelin

Candy-O – The Cars

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