Our friends at Pitchfork — if there’s one thing they know, it’s how to hate with style. Today the point-lovers set aside their trusty numeric conventions for an unranked and totally amusing list of the year in terrible album covers. A few to give you the idea:


Biffy Clyro: Puzzle
This guy must be the world’s worst puzzle-solver.


Eagles: Long Road Out of Eden
Any cover that lists “Eagles” as the artist is a horrible cover.


Prince: Planet Earth
Prince finally fulfills his dream of having sex with the entire planet at once.

Head here for the rest of their one-linered top 20. Maybe MP3 is to blame but it seems easy these days to find the shitty … but what about album art to love in this time of cholera? Well we’ll leave it to you to tell us (crib sheet), we’d rather continue dwelling on the atrocious. After the jump, a simple image signifying a historic low in cover imagery. NSFW if you are a graphic designer and want to avoid co-workers’ knee-jerk, eye-gouging outrage.

OK so that’s unfair. Remember how Perry read your comments and totally made it better?

Comments (16)
  1. Brian  |   Posted on Dec 13th, 2007 0

    no strawberry jam?

  2. SFA had a new album? Horrible anti-pop art. The most alarming image on that list would be the CYH cd – full circle to where the *hype*[?] began.

  3. john  |   Posted on Dec 13th, 2007 0

    the cover for strawberry jam is so delicious.

  4. arson jenson  |   Posted on Dec 13th, 2007 0

    perhaps, john, but blackberry jam is the nicest jam. the nicest jam you can have.

  5. eyetrap  |   Posted on Dec 13th, 2007 0

    it was embarrasing to read the pitchfork one liners under every cover.

  6. mrs  |   Posted on Dec 13th, 2007 0

    Seconded, eyetrap. The irony of it was rather entertaing, however.

  7. dannygutters  |   Posted on Dec 13th, 2007 0

    woah woah woah, they get harsh on hipster mustashes on the new pornographers album?!, biting the hand that feeds!

  8. Charlie Kane  |   Posted on Dec 13th, 2007 0

    Hmm..they are all pretty bad. I’d put the Interpol cover on there, as well. I really don’t understand that one at all.

  9. bookwibble  |   Posted on Dec 13th, 2007 0

    The Ted Nugent one reminds me of what Smell the Glove would have looked like.

  10. great stuff!!

  11. Uryu Ishida  |   Posted on Dec 13th, 2007 0

    Did Pitchfork forget to put the atrocity that is the cover of “Curtis” on this list? That album art was worse than all of those (with the exception of Satellite Party’s and Ted Nugent’s along with a few others). Seriously, that guy looks uglier than the people on Hayseed Dixie’s cover and the asses found on Joni Mitchell’s cover.

  12. Morgan  |   Posted on Dec 13th, 2007 0

    I’ll admit that Dntel’s album cover was not so great, but that CD was phenomenal. Probably best of the year imo. P4k writers make me so mad. All they like to do is criticize!!! Gah!!!

  13. Brian  |   Posted on Dec 14th, 2007 0

    As much as I dislike Pitchfork, they are dead right here, this is an awful collection of Album covers.

  14. joey  |   Posted on Dec 14th, 2007 0

    how did 8 diagrams not make this list?

  15. historyman68  |   Posted on Dec 16th, 2007 0

    the Biffy album cover is pretty abysmal, but the album itself is pretty cool.

  16. Moi  |   Posted on May 19th, 2009 0

    wtf!? The biffy album cover is good… and you cant dismiss the eagles album because it is eagles… eagles are good anyway… you clearly havnt got a clue what you are talking about… i will agree with the last two as being god awful covers though! :P

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