To be honest, coming up with a list like this is pretty difficult. The 10 coolest? In a population of thousands of album covers? Not an easy task. Besides, what is cool for one person might not be cool for someone else. That’s why for the sake of this list, the album cover will be explained together with the reason behind its inclusion.
Dreams and Nightmares by Meek Mill
This ranks as cool because of the depth of thought given. A Rolex and a handcuff? This imagery basically says that when it comes to fame or fortune, they’re not usually just face value. They come with a price and, oftentimes, fame becomes a prison. ‘Nuff said.
The Bravest Man in the Universe by Bobby Womack
This one’s cool because, seriously, the imagery’s a call to action. When people see this, some are going to try to copy it and not all will be able to do so. We’d put our bets on double-jointed fellas. But the rest of the world? Good luck with that!
The Only Place by Best Coast
Yes, this is a word play. The artists come from the West Coast and they played around with the idea and named themselves “Best Coast.” That’s pride and respect right there. They showed their home state some love with this bear hugging some piece of a puzzle that’s actually the shape of the Golden State. That’s one cool act right there.
Reign of Terror by Sleigh Bells
Oh, this album’s another one of the deep-thought kind. That’s blood splattered on an otherwise innocent pair of white Keds. And it basically stands for a break from innocence. Get it? Cool people, deep people, they make sense. They’re the kind of people you want to talk to.
Dangerous by Michael Jackson
The King of Pop rightfully claims his title on this album cover. Abundant with active images and dressed in gold, it makes you think about what could be possibly “Dangerous,” but just like MJ’s stare, you know something’s lurking behind the façade.
Under The Iron Sea by Keane
Oh, this one’s just plain vector fun. It’s simple yet smartly done. You get the feel of the sea but you see the horses and you know this is one tough album. Mix it with aptly chosen typography and you have a cover to sell.
Reanimation by Linkin Park
Now this album was released when anime was at its most popular. Riding on the coattails of Ghost Fighter, Ranma One Half, and of course Voltes V, Linkin Park gave their album cover an anime twist. This one’s got the marketing and target marketing down pat.
Abbey Road by the Beatles
Well this one’s a no-brainer. It’s iconic. How else can it not be cool?
Nevermind by Nirvana
Another no-brainer. Another iconic album cover.
As Cruel as School Children by Gym Class Heroes
So, this is cool not because it’s right. It’s not cool because bullying is cool. It’s cool because it reveals the ugly truth. School children can get really cruel. Be aware of it. Don’t let it get past you. Stand up against bullying.