All of the following album covers are iconic in their own way, and here’s my reasons why.
The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (1963) Bob Dylan
I really enjoy the natural feel of this photo – it looks unedited and untouched and feels like this could be any couple walking down the street. The pictures were actually taken somewhere nearby, in Greenwich Village.
Rubber Soul (1965) The Beatles
I really enjoy the psychedelic look to the font (characteristic of the era but a first for the band), and the fact that the process of making the album cover was stumbled upon by pure accident!
The Velvet Underground (1967) The Velvet Underground
Controversial at the time, what I really enjoy about this cover is the use of black & white techniques enhanced with a splash of colour.
She’s So Unusual (1983) Cyndi Lauper
I believe that this cover truly encapsulates Cyndi Lauper’s carefree persona, captured in motion (specifically, dance).
Nevermind (1991) Nirvana
This cover was mainly chosen for its controversy, however lead vocalist Kurt Cobain claimed that the cover is largely symbolic – the baby is innocence, the water represents a foreign environment, and the dollar bill and hook merges the creative and corporate worlds.
Settle (2013) Disclosure
This contemporary album cover was selected because of its power as a logo and brand for the British house duo Disclosure – single covers have some sort of variation of the outlined face (there’s even a Disclosure app!). The simple outlines are strategically placed to look jarring.