Least Favorite Cover Art

some of my least favorite artworks of music people actually like and care about. this is not a commentary on the quality of the music itself, just how bad the cover art is.

Radiohead - OK Computer
70
it's just a mess guys
Weezer - Hurley
hurley is a cute lil boy, but the unfiltered boring photo with the awful cd case thing on the other side just doesnt work as a cover at all
D'Angelo - Voodoo
i dont like shirtless musclemen
Sparklehorse - Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot
reeks late 90s/early 2000s internet aesthetic with the awful rusted metal frame
Xiu Xiu - Always
possibly the worst ever, IMO. it's up there
Morrissey - You Are the Quarry
it just sucks. i cant describe it i just don't like it at all. is it the background? is it the font and color of the text? is it how morrissey looks like he's in a spirit halloween outfit? is it just how downright boring the composition and everything about the cover is? probably all that yeah
Denzel Curry - TA13OO
85
i cant really tell what i dont like about this cover is. it might be his eyes. or how it looks like his mouth is huge for some reason. just not a big fan
My Bloody Valentine - m b v
70
its clear they were going for a similar vibe to Loveless' cover, but i think this one just flops in comparison. the colors are too dark, you can't make out what's in the background at all, and the big blocky m b v text is just ugly. in loveless you could make out the resemblance of a guitar but it's shrouded in color and fuzz, and that perfectly reflects how the album sounds, but this ... what the fuck is in the background? houses? boxes? electronics? nothing? i just can't tell and it just doesnt work for me
MF Grimm - American Hunger
just an absolute disaster
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Henry's Dream
looks incredibly cheap and fake
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!
looks incredibly cheap and fake [2]
Sigur Rós - Von
what the fuck [3]
Mac DeMarco - Here Comes the Cowboy
50
perfectly reflects the music - happy on its face, but there's nothing special or deep about it. it's flat, it's boring, it's nothingness
El-P - I'll Sleep When You're Dead
i literally can't make out whatever this is supposed to be. the red light in the background looks so basic and simple too. reeks of 2013 dubstep aesthetic to me
Sharon Van Etten - Remind Me Tomorrow
60
i physically cant look at this cover bc it fills me with so much anxiety
Kanye West & Jay-Z - Watch the Throne
it looks like fake plastic gold you'd see in paint stores
Rodrigo Amarante - Cavalo
this also applies to Mt. Eerie's Dawn. you cant just have all the lyrics in black text on a white background as your cover guys put some fuckin imagination into it okay
Quavo & Travis Scott - Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho
a lot of people seem to like this one, including melon, but this style just isnt for me. its a little too messy and rough for my tastes. nothing against the artist though, they're more talented than me im sure lmao
Trippie Redd - !
what the fuck [4]
Sturgill Simpson - Sound & Fury
did someone say overproduced? no? then i will! this thing sucks!
Prince - Originals
60
he looks way too sweaty, the prince spray paint looks cheap as hell, and the background is super super super simple but they somehow fucked it up with the messy like page turn? onto the cream brick wall? it just has no direction, it's all over the place, but it 's simultaneously way too simple and uninteresting.
Sleater-Kinney - One Beat
80
this one isn't TOO bad, but i only put it here because it sucks ass in comparison to some of SK's other covers (Dig Me Out, The Hot Rock, The Woods, No Cities to Love, pretty much all of their albums except their newest look miles better)
Merzbow - Muen
its his eyes. his gross red mushy eyes are what fucks me up the most.
Kanye West - JESUS IS KING
35
this is not the 50s kanye. you can have a picture as your cover. stop doing this
Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works Volume II
60
i could honestly put half of Aphex Twin's albums/EPs here but this is by far the worst one IMO.
Aphex Twin - Windowlicker
it's like a Viper cover but with a few extra grains of humor. still bad, though.
Portishead - Dummy
85
a bit too purple, a bit too small, i just can't really jive with this one. it's not atrocious, but it's far from good in my opinion
LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver
same issue as Portishead. a bit directionless, can't really make out what anything in it is, and i think the colors leave a lot to be desired. again, not the worst, but far from great
Hot Chip - A Bath Full of Ecstasy
i could make a better cover in 5 minutes
Ween - Chocolate and Cheese
tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky
King Crimson - Starless and Bible Black
so so SO uninteresting, such a wasted opportunity for an amazing cover. it's like you spilled coffee on an old piece of paper, then wrote in pen to try and cover it up
Pixies - Beneath the Eyrie
the pixies logo looks like an athleticswear company's logo, like i could head to Dick's right now and buy a box of sports bras with that logo on it. oh and what the fuck is that thing in the center. i dont like it
Talking Heads - Naked
tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky [2]
Meshuggah - obZen
shitty 90s CGI? in MY 2008 Meshuggah album cover? it's more likely than you think.
Wilco - Ode to Joy
its like they forgot to flatten the image and just used the first layer of a better cover
Oh Sees - Singles Collection Volume 1 and 2
who wants to have this on their CD shelf
Arca - Arca
TOO CLOSE [4]
Meek Mill - Dreamchasers 3
im sick and tired of the super like CGI hyper-realistic phase modern rap covers have been going through for the past like decade. it looks like shit and i hate it
Tortoise - The Catastrophist
THE TEETH. THE TEETH!!!!!!
YNW Melly - We All Shine
he shirt too tight for he got damn body
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2mo
dunno why i spent so much time doing that but whatever
2mo
We All Shine2019
he shirt too tight for he got damn body
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Meshuggah - obZen
Meshuggah
obZen2008
shitty 90s CGI? in MY 2008 Meshuggah album cover? it's more likely than you think.
Wilco - Ode to Joy
Wilco
Ode to Joy2019
its like they forgot to flatten the image and just used the first layer of a better cover
Oh Sees - Singles Collection Volume 1 and 2
Oh Sees
Singles Collection Volume 1 and 22011
who wants to have this on their CD shelf
Arca - Arca
Arca
Arca2017
TOO CLOSE [4]
Meek Mill - Dreamchasers 3
Meek Mill
Dreamchasers 32013
im sick and tired of the super like CGI hyper-realistic phase modern rap covers have been going through for the past like decade. it looks like
2mo
ky [2]
Meshuggah - obZen
Meshuggah
obZen2008
shitty 90s CGI? in MY 2008 Meshuggah album cover? it's more likely than you think.
Wilco - Ode to Joy
Wilco
Ode to Joy2019
its like they forgot to flatten the image and just used the first layer of a better cover
Oh Sees - Singles Collection Volume 1 and 2
Oh Sees
Singles Collection Volume 1 and 22011
who wants to have this on their CD shelf
Arca - Arca
Arca
Arca2017
TOO CLOSE [4]
Meek Mill - Dreamchasers 3
Meek Mill
Dreamchasers 32013
im sick and tired of the super like CGI hyper-realistic phase modern rap covers have been going through for the past like decade. it looks like shit and i hate it
Tortoise - The Catastrophist
Tortoise
The Catastrophist2016
THE TEETH. THE TEETH!!!!!!
YNW Melly - We
2mo
a bit too purple, a bit too small, i just can't really jive with this one. it's not atrocious, but it's far from good in my opinion
LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver
LCD Soundsystem
Sound of Silver2007
same issue as Portishead. a bit directionless, can't really make out what anything in it is, and i think the colors leave a lot to be desired. again, not the worst, but far from great
Hot Chip - A Bath Full of Ecstasy
Hot Chip
A Bath Full of Ecstasy2019
i could make a better cover in 5 minutes
Ween - Chocolate and Cheese
Ween
Chocolate and Cheese1994
tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tacky tac
2mo
pretty much all of their albums except their newest look miles better)
Massive Attack - Mezzanine
Massive Attack
Mezzanine1998
TOO CLOSE [2]
Merzbow - Muen
Merzbow
Muen2017
its his eyes. his gross red mushy eyes are what fucks me up the most.
Kanye West - JESUS IS KING
Kanye West
JESUS IS KING2019
35
this is not the 50s kanye. you can have a picture as your cover. stop doing this
Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works Volume II
Aphex Twin
Selected Ambient Works Volume II1994
60
i could honestly put half of Aphex Twin's albums/EPs here but this is by far the worst one IMO.
Aphex Twin - Windowlicker
Aphex Twin
Windowlicker1999
it's like a Viper cover but with a few extra grains of humor. still bad, though.
Portishead - Dummy
Portishead
Dummy1994
2mo
!2019
what the fuck [4]
Sturgill Simpson - Sound & Fury
Sturgill Simpson
Sound & Fury2019
did someone say overproduced? no? then i will! this thing sucks!
Prince - Originals
Prince
Originals2019
70
he looks way too sweaty, the prince spray paint looks cheap as hell, and the background is super super super simple but they somehow fucked it up with the messy like page turn? onto the cream brick wall? it just has no direction, it's all over the place, but it 's simultaneously way too simple and uninteresting.
Sleater-Kinney - One Beat
Sleater-Kinney
One Beat2002
80
this one isn't TOO bad, but i only put it here because it sucks ass in comparison to some of SK's other covers (Dig Me Out, The Hot Rock, The Woods, No Cities to Love, pretty much a
2mo
ook at this cover bc it fills me with so much anxiety
Kanye West & Jay-Z - Watch the Throne
Kanye West & Jay-Z
Watch the Throne2011
it looks like fake plastic gold you'd see in paint stores
Rodrigo Amarante - Cavalo
Rodrigo Amarante
Cavalo2014
this also applies to Mt. Eerie's Dawn. you cant just have all the lyrics in black text on a white background as your cover guys put some fuckin imagination into it okay
Quavo & Travis Scott - Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho
Quavo & Travis Scott
Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho2017
a lot of people seem to like this one, including melon, but this style just isnt for me. its a little too messy and rough for my tastes. nothing against the artist though, they're more talented than me im sure lmao
Trippie Redd - !
Trippie
2mo
ap and fake
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!2008
looks incredibly cheap and fake [2]
Sigur Rós - Von
Sigur Rós
Von1997
what the fuck [3]
Mac DeMarco - Here Comes the Cowboy
Mac DeMarco
Here Comes the Cowboy2019
50
perfectly reflects the music - happy on its face, but there's nothing special or deep about it. it's flat, it's boring, it's nothingness
El-P - I'll Sleep When You're Dead
El-P
I'll Sleep When You're Dead2007
i literally can't make out whatever this is supposed to be. the red light in the background looks so basic and simple too. reeks of 2013 dubstep aesthetic to me
Sharon Van Etten - Remind Me Tomorrow
Sharon Van Etten
Remind Me Tomorrow2019
70
i physically cant lo
2mo
but i think this one just flops in comparison. the colors are too dark, you can't make out what's in the background at all, and the big blocky m b v text is just ugly. in loveless you could make out the resemblance of a guitar but it's shrouded in color and fuzz, and that perfectly reflects how the album sounds, but this ... what the fuck is in the background? houses? boxes? electronics? nothing? i just can't tell and it just doesnt work for me
MF Grimm - American Hunger
MF Grimm
American Hunger2006
just an absolute disaster
Pink Floyd - Atom Heart Mother
Pink Floyd
Atom Heart Mother1970
cow
PJ Harvey - Dry
PJ Harvey
Dry1992
TOO CLOSE
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Henry's Dream
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Henry's Dream1992
looks incredibly che
2mo
son. just not a big fan
Billy Woods - History Will Absolve Me
Billy Woods
History Will Absolve Me2012
BORING
Lil Wayne & DJ Drama - Dedication 4
Lil Wayne & DJ Drama
Dedication 42012
what the fuck [2]
My Bloody Valentine - m b v
My Bloody Valentine
m b v2013
70
its clear they were going for a similar vibe to Loveless' cover, but i think this one just flops in comparison. the colors are too dark, you can't make out what's in the background at all, and the big blocky m b v text is just ugly. in loveless you could make out the resemblance of a guitar but it's shrouded in color and fuzz, and that perfectly reflects how the album sounds, but this ... what the fuck is in the background? houses? boxes? electronics? nothing? i just can't tell and i
2mo
Sparklehorse
Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot1995
reeks late 90s/early 2000s internet aesthetic with the awful rusted metal frame
Xiu Xiu - Always
Xiu Xiu
Always2012
possibly the worst ever, IMO. it's up there
Morrissey - You Are the Quarry
Morrissey
You Are the Quarry2004
it just sucks. i cant describe it i just don't like it at all. is it the background? is it the font and color of the text? is it how morrissey looks like he's in a spirit halloween outfit? is it just how downright boring the composition and everything about the cover is? probably all that yeah
Denzel Curry - TA13OO
Denzel Curry
TA13OO2018
85
i cant really tell what i dont like about this cover is. it might be his eyes. or how it looks like his mouth is huge for some rea
2mo
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some of my least favorite artworks of music people actually like and care about. this is not a commentary on the quality of the music itself, just how bad the cover art is.

Radiohead - OK Computer
Radiohead
OK Computer1997
75
it's just a mess guys
Queens of the Stone Age - Songs for the Deaf
Queens of the Stone Age
Songs for the Deaf2002
5th grader in MS Paint
David Bowie - Diamond Dogs
David Bowie
Diamond Dogs1974
what the fuck
Weezer - Hurley
Weezer
Hurley2010
hurley is a cute lil boy, but the unfiltered boring photo with the awful cd case thing on the other side just doesnt work as a cover at all
Brian Wilson - SMiLE
Brian Wilson
SMiLE2004
CLIP ART GANG
D'Angelo - Voodoo
D'Angelo
Voodoo2000
i dont like shirtless musclemen
2mo
:waitschamp:
3mo
Cow gang
4mo
awesome stuff...it was fun...i hope there's a best cover art list
4mo
fuck. I had so much fun looking at these, thank you
7mo
cow
9mo
tkol has a great cover!
9mo
I disagree with a lot of these, but each to their own I suppose
11mo
VON BABY
11mo
good list tho
11mo
i personally think SAW 85-92 is a worse cover, bc it's literally just his logo. while SAW vol 2's cover isn't perfect, it at least has a personality.
11mo
@kalle02 i genuinely wanna know why you think that. which albums do you think i'm wrong about?
11mo
if this list represents your honest opinion you have awful taste when it comes to album cover arts.
1y
idc if you lgbtq+ you don't like voodoo cuz you too straight
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