It’s that time again to review the highlights and lowlights of the year. What better way to kick things off than with our annual “Worst Album Covers List”. I’m not sure if cover art has lost its importance due to the slow demise of physical media, but there was such an influx of horrific artwork and photography in 2010 that I was forced to double the list in size. I hope you don’t mind…
“No Guts, No Glory”
This cover should probably be #1, but I've convinced myself that it's intentionally over-the-top bad...it's the only way to explain it.
19. Michael Jackson
I appreciate that they've tried to include references to all the different periods Michael's life, but I find the images to the left of a rotting Michael corpse to be tasteless.
18. J King and Maximus
So Maximus can shoot flames and J. King is...a plumber?
17. Blake Shelton
“Loaded: The Best of Blake
The photographer told him to look "loaded", unfortunately Blake went "full-retard".
16. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
“Round and Round”
Don't you just hate it when you get peanut butter stuck on the roof of your mouth?
I knew Hurley had bad luck, but the Smoke Monster has nothing on the wrath of Weezer.
14. Sheek Louch
“Donnie G: Don Gorilla”
This cover set back race relations 500 years.
13. Neil Diamond
Based off this cover I've come to two beliefs: Neil Diamond uses Cialis, and the original title of the album was "Wet Dreams".
12. Mike Watt
You would think the most disturbing part of this cover would be the lizard-bird with He-Man legs cracking out of an egg-shell while standing on a plaque and being pierced by an arrow. But no. Once again, Comic Sans font wins.
11. Pastor Christy Davis
Tracy Morgan is also a cross-dressing pastor? Who knew!
10. Scissor Sisters
9. Hunx and his Punx
Battle of the gay album covers: Only one will come out on top...or bottom.
8. Ringo Starr
The question should be: Y?
7. Rascal Flatts
“Nothing Like This”
"Behold, my glorious glowing penis!"
6. Jeff Beck
“Emotion & Commotion”
It's a little known fact that eagle nests are made primarily out of Fender Stratocasters.
I've always had a crush on the girls from Cocorosie, and after seeing this cover, I've acquired a strange fetish for girls with cotton candy mustaches.
Ah! The age old act of rappers dressing like centaurs and holding up fencing swords in order to ignite lightning bolts! I remember when NWA did this same cover back in '87.
The needle says "No!" but the spoon says "Yes!"
“Babez for Breakfast”
The commonly over-looked Garbage Pail Kid "Ari Ohla"
1. Brian Ray
“This Way Up”
I've heard of a "chick magnet", but not until this album cover did I know of the "douche magnet".
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