20 Amazing Album Covers from the Last 20 Years

20 Album Covers Worthy of Any Gallery Wall.

With the sales of vinyl rising over the past 5 years by almost twenty percent, the impetus to start producing amazing album artwork is even greater.

In the last twenty-years – the age of the compact disc – some bands have taken great pride in their album art, making it an extension of the album’s overall concept.

After much debate, we’ve pulled together a list of twenty standouts. This list is not comprehensive as there were dozens more we came across in our conversations – but we capped the list at twenty.

Let us know what you think we missed in the comments below.

Of Montreal – Skeletal Lamping
Of Montreal - Skeletal Lamping
The crazy messy genius that is Of Montreal is in full effect here.

Madvillain – Madvillainy
Madvillain – Madvillainy

The only hip-hop album on our list. MF Doom as Dr. Doom is just amazing.

MSTRKRFT – Fist of God
MSTRKRFT- Fist of God

The bold and provocative cover is perfect for this music.

Neko Case – Middle Cyclone
Neko Case- Middle Cyclone

Neko Case is our hero. And she is coming to save us (or slay us?).

The Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots
The Flaming Lips- Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots

The Epic Yoshimi does battle in this Japanese inspired artwork.

Menomena – Friend and Foe
Menomena - Friend and Foe
An amoebous creature surround by a beautifully rendered nightmare.

Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

The band’s hometown architecture is on-display. The detail on the plain background makes it somewhat difficult to see what you are looking at.

Santogold – Santogold
Santogold - Santogold

Gold. Pure Gold.

Sufjan Stevens – Illinois
Sufjan Stevens - Illinois

Where to begin. Illinois’ most infamous characters & iconography are displayed in this amazing, clever, and hilarious cover.

Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavillion
Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavillion

Trippy hologram that appears to move. Like a lot of the band’s music on this album – it’s beautiful while at the same time a bit unsettling.

Radiohead – Hail to the Thief
Radiohead - Hail to the Thief

A crude visual commentary on consumerism rendered in vibrant colour.

Death From Above 1979 – You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine
Death From Above 1979 - You're a Woman, I'm a Machine

Half-elephant, half hard-core indie-rock duo. In hot pink. Be afraid.

Godspeed You Black Emperor! – Lift Yr. Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven!
Godspeed You Black Emperor! - Lift Yr. Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven!

This is pretty straightforward. And pretty amazing.

Atlas Sound – Logos
Atlas Sound - Logos

The album cover depicts Atlas Sound’s Bradford Cox shirtless showing the effects Marfan’s syndrome, which he suffers from.

Justice – †
Justice - †

Stark. Dark. Iconic. Unforgettable.

Belle and Sebastian – Dear Catastrophe Waitress
Belle and Sebastian - Dear Catastrophe Waitress

The cover depicts a moment frozen in time. A picture says a thousand words.

Arcade Fire – Neon Bible
Arcade Fire- Neon Bible

The ‘good book’ as Las Vegas glitz. Irreverent, yet entirely appropriate.

Okkervil River – Black Sheep Boy
Okkervil River - Black Sheep Boy

Straight out of the mind of Will Sheff into perennial Okkervil River cover artist Will Schaff’s hands – the Black Sheep Boy is born. He doesn’t look happy.

Wolf Parade – Mount Zoomer
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Hard to say what this one is about but it’s amazing.

The Unicorns – Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone?
The Unicorns – Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone

Montreal’s The Unicorns present their version of adolescent bubble-art as they ask the all important question: “Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone?”