15 Creative Music Album Cover Designs For Your Inspiration

Music albums, EPs, singles, and the like portray the sound of the artist and / or the album itself, so the first thing that should be noticed is the design. It is an important part of marketing music – a unique album cover design means a higher chance of getting sold.

List of creative music album cover designs

Here are 15 of the most creative album cover designs we could find:

Circa Survive – On Letting Go

The concept art is not only quite surreal but also straightforward and unique. The girl’s head is used as the gas or fuel of the hot air balloon that takes it up, up and away, which could symbolize the ‘letting go’ of a person, relationship, event in life.

Architecture in Helenski – Places Like This

This one is a retro-style work; the details on this one are quite strong and clearly show the difference between the modern ages and the old ages (the green place in the middle).

Dream Theater – Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory

This is a remarkable album in the history of rock and progressive music. It depicts a man as he recalls ‘scenes’ from his memory, which is true to the story of the album, when a man tries to consult a psychiatrist and remember his ‘past life’.

Muse – Absolution

This is yet another album art cover with a unique concept. Instead of birds flying, you can see shadows of men / people flying instead, with a man looking up in the sky.

Genji Siraisi – Censorsh!t

This has a nice concept about censorship and all of the symbolisms that depict things that are most often censored in media and television like war, government conspiracies, death / suicide, sexual pleasures, money scams and other things.

Parts & Labor – Receivers

The concept is quite unique, using seemingly cutout figures and a strange black machine-like animal spraying out little squares that must be implying the title of the album, ‘receivers’.

BECK – The Information

At first glance, you might think this is a boring album artwork, but it’s not. When you receive a physical copy of this, it actually comes with stickers which you can stick to the blank album cover to make your own customized album artwork. Pretty neat and creative, huh?

Michael Jackson – Dangerous (album)

MJ’s album artworks are also spiced up as you see. The details and symbolisms on this one are heavy and the art style is quite top notch.

Pinebender – Too Good to be True

This is quite similar to the concept of BECK’s “The Information” album, but instead of stickers, you get a nice little light-blue pencil to draw your stuff on the cover and a bunch of extra pages inside the CD case.

Sting – The Soul Cages (Promo CD version)

Considering that Sting was an environmentalist, this unique packaging of the promotional version of his album is quite the creative design itself.

Monkey Majik – Fly (Single), Around the World (Single) and Thank you

With their art director Artless, the combination of these three cover designs all line up into a single picture.

The Police – Ghost in the Machine

Instead of using the artists’ photographs, they use seven-segment depictions of themselves on the cover.

Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti

The use of windows as the letter platforms on this design is quite creative

Mika – Life in Cartoon Motion

This one’s very colorful and full of creativity.

The Beautiful Mistake – This is Who You Are

This is quite the vintage and gloomy design, but it’s great.


This wraps up 15 of the best and most creative album artworks we’ve found on the Web. Enjoy and share with your friends!

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