The World’s Worst Album Covers! Celebrating Horrible Vinyl Cover Art – Plus Some Good Songs Too!

Who Wants To Buy This Album?!?!?

No reason to waste time: with the beginning of 2022 resembling a dumpster fire at best, here’s an article about the world’s worst album covers – and what better way to jump right in than with a guy playing a guitar on his toilet!

Or what about this?

Who’s Hungry Now?

Not me – ever again!

The terrific news outlet The shared the story of a record collector with an unusual focus.

As The Guardian reported, there’s a lover of vinyl who also loves bad cover art! Steve Goldman owns about 300 records that can lay claim to having some of the world’s worst covers of all time!

Stuff like this:

Goldman, 55, has been obsessively collecting the records for five years and shared them with the public recently, raising money for charity.

Among the covers he shared:

His favorites change day to day but high up is an album by a duo called “Deduce & Dalvan”. It shows the two walking out of water naked with the exception. briefs and ties. In a triangle there is a girl dressed as an angel.

As he admitted:

“I really, really don’t know what is going on.”

You can see more of his collection here:

If you type “worst album covers” on your search engine, you will find hundreds of examples like these:

Of course, one of the most notorious album covers ever came from the great music group of all time:

What Were The Fab Four Thinking?!?!?

Yes, this is real…it was released and then withdrawn almost immediately, making it one of the most sought-after collector’s items of all time.

As Rolling Stone explained, 26 year-old Photographer Robert Whitaker was behind it – as the band was releasing a collection of various songs held from the US market until then, so they didn’t care about it!

“We’d done a few sessions with [Whitaker] before this, and he knew our personalities,” remembered Paul McCartney in an interview for the Beatles Anthology. “He knew we liked black humor and sick jokes. And he said, ‘I have an idea – stick these white lab coats on.’ It didn’t seem too offensive to us. It was just dolls and a lot of meat. I don’t really know what he was trying to say, but it seemed a little more original than the things the rest of the people were getting us to do.”

Needless to say, a much more sedate photo was used as a replacement. As RS noted, one Beatles hated the original cover:

George Harrison was less magnanimous in his assessment: “I thought it was gross, and I also thought it was stupid. Sometimes we all did stupid things, thinking it was cool or hip when it was naïve and dumb, and that was one of them. But again, it was a case of being put in a situation where one is obliged, as part of a unit, to cooperate. So we put on those butchers’ uniforms for that picture.”  

If you want to see the definitive look at this band, you must watch this 6+ hour documentary:

It’s a revelation, pure and simple: the recording of the “Let It Be” album, with healthy snipped of “Abbey Road” as well – plus the ENTIRE London rooftop concert!

See the trailer and more here:

While it’s not the worst album cover of all time, I got into a lot of online controversy when I shared the worst “song title” ever:

“Baby, I’m-A Horrible Song Title!”

Yes, I called this the worst song title of all time and boy did it anger some folks!

I actually like the band, just not the title!

Click here to see why!

Now, let’s end on a much higher musical note:


Is Pete Twonsend’s Who anthem “Won’t Get Fooled Again” the greatest rock song of all time?

Here are the three contenders for that title!

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13 replies

  1. Such amusing covers. I never liked the title of that Bread song, nor the song itself.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. Haha! Thanks for the laughs. I have to wonder if the purpose of these covers was simply to grab attention. If so, it worked.

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  3. These covers were terrible. Worst of all was the Beatles. What were they thinking?


    • Although I understand how people would find that original cover as off-putting, I actually think it’s legendary marketing (at least 25 years ahead of its time). If this was one of (if not the) first times that horror-related elements were used in an album, then this predates imagery as grotesque as Grindcore, specifically Reek of Putrefaction (1988). The original album cover consisted of a collage of autopsy photographs collected from medical journals &, many times over, has been re-issued with censored cover art. Now, that isn’t the earliest example of gross-out cover art (intentionally or otherwise), but it remains a historically significant example. I’m hoping someone here finds that fascinating.

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  4. Omg I love all of these!!!!

    Liked by 1 person


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