Along with producing some of rock’s most memorable music, the 1970s featured inventive and unique album covers. From the trippy artwork of Roger Dean who designed covers for Yes, to bizarre covers by Storm Thorgerson whose designs graced covers of Pink Floyd albums thru-out the ’70s including perhaps the most recognizable Classic Rock cover art ever, “Dark Side of the Moon”. Album Covers were truly an art form in the ’70s and are having a resurgence today with sales of vinyl albums reaching new highs.
Take a tour through 40 iconic album covers while you enjoy our “’70s A-Z Weekend” on 94.7 WCSX!
The Dark Side of the Moon is the eighth studio album by the English rock band Pink Floyd, released on 1 March 1973 by Harvest Records.
Boston is the debut studio album by American rock band Boston. Produced by Tom Scholz and John Boylan, it was released on August 25, 1976, by Epic Records.
Hotel California is the fifth studio album by American rock band Eagles. Released on December 8, 1976, by Asylum Records.
Who's Next is the fifth studio album by English rock band the Who that was released on August 14, 1971.
Rumours is the eleventh studio album by British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac, released on 4 February 1977 by Warner Bros. Records.
Candy-O is the second studio album by the American rock band the Cars. It was produced by Roy Thomas Baker and released in 1979 on Elektra Records.
Queen II is the second studio album by the British rock band Queen. It was released on 8 March 1974 by EMI Records in the UK and Elektra Records in the US.
Out of the Blue is the seventh studio album by the British rock group Electric Light Orchestra, released in October 1977.
Innervisions is the sixteenth studio album by American singer, songwriter and musician Stevie Wonder, released on August 3, 1973.
Breakfast in America is the sixth studio album by the English rock band Supertramp, released by A&M Records on 29 March 1979.
Bad Company is the debut studio album by the English hard rock supergroup Bad Company. The album was released on June 26, 1974.
Sticky Fingers is the 9th British and 11th American studio album by the English rock band the Rolling Stones, released on 23 April 1971 on their new, and own, label Rolling Stones Records.
Fragile is the fourth studio album by the English progressive rock band Yes, released on 26 November 1971 by Atlantic Records.
Physical Graffiti is the sixth studio album by the English rock band Led Zeppelin. It was released as a double album on 24 February 1975 by the group's new record label, Swan Song Records.
Born to Run is the third studio album by American singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen, released on August 25, 1975, by Columbia Records.
Street Survivors is the fifth studio album by the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, released on October 17, 1977.
Wish You Were Here is the ninth studio album by the English rock band Pink Floyd, released on 12 September 1975.
Bat Out of Hell is the 1977 debut album by American rock singer Meat Loaf and composer Jim Steinman.
Flirtin' with Disaster is the second studio album by American rock band Molly Hatchet, released in 1979 by Epic Records.
Abandoned Luncheonette is the second studio album by the American pop rock duo Daryl Hall & John Oates, released in 1973.
Tales from Topographic Oceans is the sixth studio album by English progressive rock band Yes, released on 7 December 1973 by Atlantic Records.
This Year's Model is the second studio album by English singer-songwriter Elvis Costello, originally released on 17 March 1978 in the United Kingdom through Radar Records.
Tubular Bells is the debut studio album by English musician Mike Oldfield, released on 11 March 1973 as the first album on Virgin Records.
Deceptive Bends is the fifth studio album by rock band 10cc, released in 1977.
Aladdin Sane is the sixth studio album by English musician David Bowie, released on 13 April 1973 through RCA Records.
Billion Dollar Babies is the sixth studio album by American rock band Alice Cooper, released on February 25, 1973 by Warner Bros. Records.
In the Court of the Crimson King is the debut studio album by English rock band King Crimson, released on 10 October 1969 by Island Records.
Rock 'n' Roll Animal is a live album by American musician Lou Reed, released in February 1974 by RCA Records.
Maggot Brain is the third studio album by the American funk rock band Funkadelic, released by Westbound Records in July 1971.
Kiln House is the fourth studio album by British blues rock band Fleetwood Mac, released on 18 September 1970 by Reprise Records.
At Fillmore East is the first live album by American rock band the Allman Brothers Band, the album was released in July 6, 1971, in the United States by Capricorn Records.
Exile on Main St. is the 10th British and 12th American studio album by the English rock band the Rolling Stones, released on May 26, 1972 by Rolling Stones Records.
Stranded is the third album by English rock band Roxy Music, released in 1973 by Island Records.
Sufficiently Breathless, the second album by Captain Beyond, was released in 1973.
London Calling is the third studio album by English rock band the Clash. It was originally released as a double album in the United Kingdom on 14 December 1979 by CBS Records, and in the United States in January 1980 by Epic Records.
‘Live’ Bullet is a live album by American rock band Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band, released in April 1976.
Stand Up is the second studio album by British rock band Jethro Tull, released in 1969.
Alive! is the fourth album overall, and the first live album, by American hard rock band Kiss. It was released on September 10, 1975.
Ramones is the debut studio album by American punk rock band Ramones, released on April 23, 1976, by Sire Records.
The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get is the second studio album by the American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joe Walsh. The album was released in 1973.