8 of the best albums with the worst cover art ever

13 July 2018, 16:53 | Updated: 13 July 2018, 17:15

Worst album covers
Picture: Capitol/Parlophone

By Tom Eames

Most of the greatest albums ever made must have taken a lot of time and effort. That can't always be said about the artwork.

Here are a handful of examples of when brilliant albums had dreadful artwork, proving you should never judge a book (or album) by its cover...

  1. The Beatles - Yesterday and Today

    Yesterday and Today
    Picture: Capitol

    Photographer Robert Whitaker took this bizarre photo of The Fab Four dressed as butchers with a load of meat and plastic baby dolls around them. While the Beatles themselves liked it, it caused a bit of an uproar and it was changed to a different cover eventually.

    Producer George Martin hated it, saying: "I thought it was disgusting and in poor taste … It suggested that they were madmen. Which they were, but not in that way."

  2. The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds

    Pet Sounds
    Picture: Capitol

    AKA the album where the Beach Boys feed goats.

    Sure, it's called Pet Sounds, but come on guys!

  3. Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water

    Bridge Over Troubled Water
    Picture: Columbia

    It's an iconic cover in many ways, but when you take a deeper look at it, it's an odd one.

    Considering these two fell out all the time, we doubt it helped that Paul essentially photobombs Art!

  4. Lionel Richie - Can't Slow Down

    Can't Slow Down
    Picture: Motown

    This is an example of where the cover does the opposite of the title.

    Despite being called Can't Slow Down, it appears that Lionel can indeed do so, as he's just having a nice sit down in an empty room.

  5. The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour

    Magical Mystery Tour
    Picture: Parlophone

    A cover so silly and bright that it's almost blinding.

    No idea who signed off on this one.

  6. David Bowie - Hours

    David Bowie - Hours
    Picture: Virgin

    One of the few occasions where Bowie might have put a slight foot wrong, this cover is just an odd mess.

    It's almost as if the printer messed up at the last minute and they just went with it.

  7. Queen - The Miracle

    The Miracle
    Picture: Parlophone/Capitol

    This probably looked cool at the time, but now... oh dear.

    It is rather mesmerising though, if you stare at it long enough.

  8. Rod Stewart - An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down

    Rod Stewart album
    Picture: Mercury

    Absolutely terrifying.