1.) The Beatles - Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band
One of the most famous collages in history with 60 full-size cardboard cutouts, original uniforms and a shout out to the Rolling Stones. One of the most expensive layouts ever commissioned.
2.) The Rolling Stones - Their Satanic Majesties Request
Another pricey effort with a three dimensional effect on the initial printing. Includes the faces of the Fab Four as a response to Sgt. Peppers.
3.) Pink Floyd - Animals
One of many superb covers done by the famed Hipgnosis studios. The pig balloon was made by the same German company that constructed Zeppelins. The balloon broke free and scared cows in a farmer's field.
4.) Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
Taken from a visual representation of a pulsar's beams. Simple but effective. Still seen on t-shirts to this day.
5.) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
By the same artist responsible for Unknown Pleasures. Inspired by World War 1 naval camouflage and Cubism.
6.) Bob Dylan - Blonde On Blonde
A giant gatefold out of focus shot taken on a cold day in the meat packing section of New York City. Many rockers got perms to duplicate Dylan's bouffant hairstyle.
7.) Grateful Dead - Aoxomoxoa
Rick Griffin creates the perfect visual representation of a psychotropic journey. And that's before you listen! (Look for a five-year old Courtney Love on the back.)
8.) Elvis Presley - 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong
You can never have too many gold lame suits on the cover.
9.) The Clash - London Calling
Inspired by an Elvis album, LC was honored by the Royal Mail with a postage stamp in 2010. (London is burning in the title cut but the postman always delivers.)
10.) R.E.M. - Murmur
The railroad trestle on the back cover was the subject of a conservation effort by fans but has been deemed unsafe by the authorities.