Our Top 10 Elton John Album Covers article takes a look at some of the most magnificent album covers that have graced Elton John’s records throughout his entire career. It was not easy to pick only ten since Elton John released some great album covers. From incredibly detailed album covers like Captain Fantastic and The Brown Dirt Cowboy to simpler but brilliant artistic covers like the Elton John album from 1970, those Elton John album covers became a part of our daily lives in the 1970s. To be fair, we have also included Elton John’s live albums as consideration for our Top 10 Elton John Album Covers list. Every single Elton John album that has been officially released since his debut album in 1969 entitled Empty Sky to his latest release entitled Diamonds which was a compilation album released in 2017.
To make it a little more fun, first, we did a top 10 list that covered all his official studio and live album releases. We then made a supplemental list that covered all the compilations, and box sets covers or anything else officially released by Elton John that was not released as an original studio or live album. Of course, this is all in fun but it does serve as a reminder for the casual fan who may have forgotten all the many great Elton John albums that were released, while also serving as a means of discovery for those not familiar with many of these records.
Top 10 Elton John Studio Album Covers List
# 10 – Jump Up
We open up our Top 10 Elton John Album Covers list with an album cover that so clearly defined early 1980s MTV-era Elton John.
# 9 – Blue Moves
Elton John’s most underrated album utilized an original painting called The Guardian Readers which was created by a British artist named Patrick Procktor. This was a dramatically different album cover from his previous studio album entitled Rock Of The Westies.
# 8 – Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player
Elton John had such an incredible run between 1970 and 1976. This album was right in the middle of it. Another legendary cover with a spectacular gatefold that included a huge booklet loaded with pictures and lyrics for every songs. The best packaging ever released behind Captain Fantastic.
# 7 – Songs from the West Coast
Elton John’s Songs From The West Coast was Elton John’s best album in over twenty years. The cover was also a work of art. This was a welcome return and I can’t believe it’s now been almost twenty years since this one was released.
# 6 –Tumbleweed Connection
Its amazing that the artist that released the album Tumbleweed Connection was the same artists that released the album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road just a few years later. Two completely different sounding records in melody voice and arrangement and two completely different album covers that both represented their records perfectly. That was the genius of Elton John.
# 5 – Caribou
Elton John recorded three great albums at Caribou Ranch in Colorado. This cover was a tribute to that studio. It also screamed rock star to the high heavens.
# 4 – The Captain & the Kid
The 2006 sequel to Captain Fantastic defined on the cover that the legendary music of the 1970s was brought to fans by two brilliant minds, not just one.
# 3 – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Such a legendary cover that dominated our lives in the 1970s. How many times can you say the word “Masterpiece?”
# 2 – Elton John
Simple, yet brilliant. A wonderful album and a stunning cover that for many was the first glimpse of one of the greatest musical artists of all time.
# 1 – Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy
How many hours did you spend staring at this cover while listening to this brilliant album? This was not only Elton John’s greatest album cover, it was one of the greatest album covers ever released in Rock and Roll H where you are going to go outistory. Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy’s album cover was incredibly defined presenting so many of the concepts found in the album songs. The packaging that came with this album was extraordinary. Two beautiful booklets and a poster that we all wonderfully treasured. However, in the end, this is an article based on album covers Captain Fantastic was hands down, the best!
Top 10 Elton John Compilation and Live Album Covers List
# 10 – Revamp – The Songs Of Elton John & Bernie Taupin
# 9 –The Very Best of Elton John
# 8 – Elton John One Night Only – The Greatest Hits Live
# 7 – Friends
# 6 – Rare Masters
# 5 – Here And There
# 4 – Rocket Man: The Definitive Hits
# 3 – To Be Continued
# 2 – Greatest Hits
# 1 – 11/17/70
Complete List Of Elton John Album Covers From His Studio Albums
Empty SKY (1969)
Elton John (1970)
Tumbleweed Connection (1970)
Madman Across the Water (1971)
Honky Château (1972)
Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player (1973)
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973)
Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy (1975)
Rock of the Westies (1975)
Blue Moves (1976)
A Single Man (1978)
Victim of Love (1979)
21 at 33 (1980)
The Fox (1981)
Jump Up! (1982)
Too Low for Zero (1983)
Breaking Hearts (1984)
Ice on Fire (1985)
Leather Jackets (1986)
Reg Strikes Back (1988)
Sleeping with the Past (1989)
The One (1992)
Made in England (1995)
The Big Picture (1997)
Songs from the West Coast (2001)
Peachtree Road (2004)
The Captain & the Kid (2006)
The Diving Board (2013)
Wonderful Crazy Night (2016)
Updated May 25, 2023
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