Top 10 Elton John Album Covers

Elton John Album Covers

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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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

Revamp - The Songs Of Elton John & Bernie Taupin

# 9 –The Very Best of Elton John

The Very Best of Elton John

# 8 – Elton John One Night Only – The Greatest Hits Live

Elton John One Night Only – The Greatest Hits Live

# 7 – Friends


# 6 – Rare Masters

Rare Masters

# 5 – Here And There

Here And There

# 4 – Rocket Man: The Definitive Hits

Rocket Man: The Definitive Hits

# 3 – To Be Continued

To Be Continued

# 2 – Greatest Hits

Greatest Hits

# 1 – 11/17/70



 Complete List Of Elton John Album Covers From His Studio Albums

Empty SKY (1969)

Empty SKY Elton John Album Covers

Elton John (1970)

Elton John Album Covers Elton John

Tumbleweed Connection (1970)

Elton John Album Covers Tumbleweed Connection

Madman Across the Water (1971)

Elton John Album Covers Madman Across the Water

Honky Château (1972)

Elton John Album Covers Honky Château

Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player (1973)

Elton John Album Covers Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973)

Elton John Album Covers Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 

Caribou (1974)

Elton John Album Covers

Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy (1975)

Elton John Album Covers

Rock of the Westies (1975)

Elton John Album Covers

Blue Moves (1976)

Elton John Album Covers

A Single Man (1978)

Elton John Album Covers

Victim of Love (1979)

Elton John Album Covers Victim of Love

21 at 33 (1980)

Elton John Album Covers

The Fox (1981)

Elton John Album Covers

Jump Up! (1982)

Elton John Album Covers

Too Low for Zero (1983)

Elton John Album Covers

Breaking Hearts (1984)

Elton John Album Covers

Ice on Fire (1985)

Elton John Album Covers

Leather Jackets (1986)

Elton John Album Covers

Reg Strikes Back (1988)

Elton John Album Covers

Sleeping with the Past (1989)

Elton John Album Covers

The One (1992)

Elton John Album Covers

Made in England (1995)

Elton John Album Covers

The Big Picture (1997)

Elton John Album Covers

Songs from the West Coast (2001)

Elton John Album Covers

Peachtree Road (2004)

Elton John Album Covers

The Captain & the Kid (2006)

Elton John Album Covers

The Diving Board (2013)

Elton John Album Covers

Wonderful Crazy Night (2016)

Elton John Album Covers

Updated May 25, 2023

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