Reader Poll Results: Your favourite album covers of all time

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Published:  August 18, 2014
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Over the past two weeks, we conducted a social media poll via Facebook and Twitter to uncover what album cover artwork our audience found to be most visually memorable, and to list the best album covers of all time. Among the top 10 mentioned were cult favourite covers for Massive Attack, New Order and Grace Jones, as well as some newer album art, like artist Jeff Koon’s cover for Lady Gaga’s Art Pop and Steve Nakamura’s work for J-Pop icon, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu.

The most mentioned cover was no surprise, although there were, however, some surprising omissions.

My Jamaican Guy - Grace Jones by Jean-Paul Goude

My Jamaican Guy – Grace Jones by Jean-Paul Goude

Splitting the Atom - Massive Attack by Tom Hingston and Del Naja

Splitting the Atom – Massive Attack by Tom Hingston and Robert Del Naja

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Art Pop – Lady Gaga by Jeff Koons

Kirra Kirra Killer - Kyary Pamyu Pamyu by Steve Nakamura

Kirra Kirra Killer – Kyary Pamyu Pamyu by Steve Nakamura

Atom Heart Mother - Pink Floyd by Hipgnosis

Atom Heart Mother – Pink Floyd by Hipgnosis

Wrote for Luck - Happy Mondays by Central Station

Wrote for Luck – Happy Mondays by Central Station

Spiritualized’s ‘Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space’ cover by Jason Pierce and Mark Farrow.

Surfing the Void - Klaxons by Mads Perch and Richard Robinson

Surfing the Void – Klaxons by Mads Perch and Richard Robinson

The Velvet Underground & Nico album banana by Andy Warhol

The Velvet Underground & Nico album banana by Andy Warhol

Among the mix of old and new album covers, we were surprised that the work of Storm Thorgerson and George Hardie (of Hipgnosis) only popped up once, while the Beatles’ Abbey Road (shot by Iain Macmillan) and The Rolling Stones’ Some Girls (by Peter Corriston) weren’t mentioned.

Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd by George Hardie

Hipgnosis’ cover for the Dark Side of The Moon

Hipgnosis’ cover for Caravan

Another of Hipgnosis’ many covers for Pink Floyd

The most mentioned ‘best album covers’ were, of course, Peter Saville’s acclaimed covers for New Order (Factory Records). The production of these covers have become something of graphic legend, and the design proving to be just as powerful and popular to new generations of listeners.

various New Order album covers by Peter Saville

Various New Order album covers by Peter Saville

Saville’s iconic, structured approach to album covers artwork was distinctly favoured by our audience over the creations of his contemporary counterpart, Vaughan Oliver (for record label, 4AD), who is known for his work with the Cocteau Twins, The Pixies and The Breeders.

The Breeders and The Pixies album covers by Vaughan Oliver

The Breeders and The Pixies album covers by Vaughan Oliver

Unsurprisingly, the most mentioned ‘best album cover’ was for Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures, also by Saville for Factory Records – a piece of appropriated brilliance still inspiring many imitations, tattoos and crude interpretations decades later.

Unknown Pleasure - Joy Division by Peter Saville

Unknown Pleasure – Joy Division by Peter Saville

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