The annual “Worst Album Covers” list is one of the highlights of the year for me because it gives me a chance to explore music outside of what I usually focus on. It also gives me a chance to loosen my pretentious music reviewer tie for a moment and have some fun. Obviously this list is just a matter of taste; in fact, I have had friends tell me in the past that they prefer many of the albums on this list to my “Best Album Covers” list. Whether you find the following covers to be interesting or fantastically bad, take joy this year’s collection of strange cover art(?).
20.Gucci Mane & Young Thug
Young Thugga Mane La Flare
The newest member of the Wu-Tang Clan: Two-Faced Killah
Legend has it that Melody Road is haunted by a creepy old panhandler.
18. Slug Christ
Well that escalated quickly.
17. Florida Georgia Line
Anything Goes, eh? I’m guessing that was the answer Florida Georgia Line gave when asked what concept they’d like to use for the cover of their new album.
You know those things where soccer moms get together to drink wine and paint? I imagine this cover was created at one of these shindigs, only they substituted the wine with shrooms.
15. Carmine & Vinny Appice
Drum Wars Live!
Based on this cover, I can assume that a Drum War is the musical equivalent to larping. “Lightning bolt! Lightning bolt! Lightning bolt!”
14.The Chuck Wagon Gang
Meeting in Heaven
So you’re telling me that I can either meet up with The Chuck Wagon Gang in Heaven, or I can go to Hell and meet up with Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, and Keith Moon? Decisions, decisions…
13. Dillon Francis
Money Sucks, Friends Rule
Mr. Francis, if your friends “rule,” then why did they allow you to release an album with this cover (which “sucks”)?
12. The Pretty Reckless
Going to Hell
This “tramp stamp” comes with directions.
I tried thinking of a funny caption for this cover, but everything I came up with was either corny or blew.
10. Venetian Snares
My Love is a Bulldozer
I’ve never seen a centaur that looks so lethargic and unmotivated. This must be the rare sub-species known as the “complacentaur.”
9. Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice
Trouble Follows Me
When choosing an artist to create your cover, steer clear of anyone whose employment history includes “Six Flags Caricature Artist.”
8. Walk the Moon
Talking is Hard
I decided these guys must be Canadian based solely on my knowledge of Terrance & Phillip.
7. Steel Panther
All You Can Eat
“This is my pizza given for you; eat this in remembrance of me.”
Sound of a Woman
Paper bag masks + chrome diamond font + gratuitous explosions = CoverGoneWrong
4. No Bra
Who knew crutches could be so slimming?
3. Roseanna Vitro
Roseanna is still in the process of house-training her piano.
2. Serious Black
A Daylight Breaks
All Zombies Go To Heaven
In My World
Women always misunderstand when Matthewdavid tells them he has a baby-penis.