With the year coming to a close, it’s that time again to take a look back at some of the best that the music world had to offer in 2016. First up on the “Best of” docket is my annual “Best Album Covers” list. Throughout the year, I kept a list of album covers that I found strange, beautiful, and provocative. This list is a compilation of my favorites from this yearlong collection. Anyone who loves the album as an art form knows the importance of a powerful LP image, and the following 20 covers elevate their corresponding albums.
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(?).