14 Album Covers That Shaped Pop Culture

A stunning album cover helps sell the record and can make the release part of music history. One glance at the design, and we instantly know the title and the artist.

A popular online forum recently discussed the most iconic album covers of all time, and here are their findings.

The Beatles: Abbey Road

As forum members correctly pointed out, this album cover has become so iconic that the pedestrian crossing on the cover has become a tourist attraction.

Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon

Artists know they've made it when their covers make for popular T-shirt designs, and Dark Side of the Moon must be one of the best sellers in terms of merchandise.

The photograph, by Pennie Smith, made it onto the cover of this album, while the guitar is now in a museum.

The Clash: London Calling

Guns N' Roses Appetite for Destruction

Appetite for Destruction features the classic G N'R lineup as skeletal forms of themselves, and the design is another T-shirt top seller.

The Beatles: Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

It's rare for a band to earn two inclusions on this list, but how could we leave out Sgt Pepper?

Joy Division: Unknown Pleasures

The cover of Unknown Pleasures is taken from the tracking of radio emissions from a rotating neutron star. The band saw it and thought it was pretty cool.

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