20 Awesome Album Covers

Often when people think of great album covers, they often look to the past. Though Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Pink Floyd and many others had some great cover artwork, there are many contemporary album designs that are just as good.


Album covers are a great source of inspiration for illustration in design. Many modern bands, in an effort to stand out from the pack, have gone above and beyond with their album covers, which will undoubtedly become part of the amazing album design canon.

This is a collection of 20 modern album cover designs that inspired the author, Adam Farwell, as having great artwork, illustration and design sensibilities. Any of them would look perfect on a t-shirt, print or poster and he’d proudly wear or decorate with any of them. They’re presented in no order other than alphabetical.

Abe Vigoda: Skeleton



Blacklisted: No One Deserves to be Here More than Me



The Coathangers: Scramble



Com Truise: In Decay



Dead to Me: Cuban Ballerina



The Dismemberment Plan: Emergency and I



Electric Six: Flashy



Future Islands: On the Water



Future of the Left: Travels With Myself and Another



Iron Chic: Not Like This



Killing the Dream: Lucky Me



Lightning Bolt: Wonderful Rainbow



Neon Indian: Psychic Chasms



Parts & Labor: Receivers



Rational Anthem: Breadline



Red Fang: Murder the Mountains

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Screaming Females: Castle Talk



Sister Kisser: Vipers



Sonic Youth: Sonic Nurse



The Howling Wind: Of Babalon


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