Welcome to a visual journey through the past 50 years of album art

 

Often, when thinking of music, it is easy to jump straight to the tracks. However, one of the crucial artistic aspects of albums released since the mid 1960s is the album artwork. Artists would (and still do) regularly hire out artists to devise a clever,  interesting and insightful album cover that matches the music. Let’s take a moment to appreciate some of the greatest album covers as works of visual art in and of themselves. Here is a selection of the most distinct album covers from the last 50 years.

 

The Velvet Underground & Nico, The Velvet Underground (1967)

 

 

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

 

 

Atom Heart Mother, Pink Floyd (1970)

 

Who’s Next, The Who (1971)

 

Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd (1973)

 

Houses of the Holy, Led Zeppelin (1973)

 

Animals, Pink Floyd (1977)

 

London Calling, The Clash (1979)

 

Elephant, The White Stripes (2003)

 

Daniel Halasz

 

 

Image 1 – oddsock

Image 2 – exquisitur

Image 3 – oddsock

Image 4 – oddsock

Image 5 – Shemp65

Image 6 – oddsock

Image 7 – Shemp65

Image 8 – rzrxtion (pronounced resurrection)

Image 9 – dwhartwig