10 Inspiring Album Cover Artworks & 30–Songs Playlist

We've gathered amazing album covers with inspiring artwork and compiled them into a playlist just for you! 🤘

I don’t know about you, but before I click on a song, I (definitely) judge the cover art. One of the easiest ways to stand out among the same fonts and uniform layouts of streaming platforms is to have a striking album cover. Music producers are also aware of this fact, they collaborate with visual artists and create incredibly beautiful album covers. In this article, we have brought together 10 album cover designs that we think may inspire you, and we also prepared a 30-song playlist featuring amazing cover art.

Here is the link to the Spotify playlist which consists of many more songs that are not on this article: Inspiring Album Covers Spotify Playlist – especially feel-good indie and alternative rock lovers may enjoy the playlist 😌

1. STRFKR – Future Past Life (2020)

Album Cover Art: Sohale Kevin Darouian

STRFKR – Future Past Life

Future Past Life is the sixth studio album by the Portland-based indie rock band STRFKR. Sohale Kevin Darouian -visual artist and longtime STRFKR collaborator- returned to provide the album’s artwork, packaging design, and digital visuals. If you want to check out more of his works: https://sohale.me/

Deep Dream is one of my favorites from the album.

2. Villagers – The Art of Pretending to Swim (2018)

Album Cover Art: Niall Mccormack

Villagers – The Art of Pretending to Swim

The Art of Pretending to Swim is the fourth studio album by Irish indie pop band Villagers. The album’s cover art is made by Irish painter Niall Mccormack who is mostly known for his geometrical patterns.

A Trick of the Light is a song that anyone can enjoy, whatever their musical taste.

3. Hippo Campus – Landmark (2017)

Album Cover Art: David Kramer

Hippo Campus – Landmark

Landmark is the debut studio album by American indie rock band Hippo Campus. Cover art is made by David Kramer, a multidisciplinary designer based in Brooklyn, NY. You can check out more of his work through the website: http://dkramer.co/

Way It Goes is another uplifting indie staple.

4. The Cactus Channel & Sam Cromack – Do It For Nothing (2017)

Album Cover Art: Jon DiNapoli

The Cactus Channel & Sam Cromack – Do It For Nothing

Do It For Nothing is a collaboration between Australian instrumental band The Cactus Channel and the indie vocalist Sam Cromack. The unique album cover is the work of Jon DiNapoli, a freelance animator and illustrator based in Melbourne, Australia. To follow Jon DiNapoli in Instagram: @jondinapoli

One of the somber tunes in the playlist, Sam Cromack’s vocals are amazing.

5. Coast Modern – Coast Modern (2017)

Album Cover Art: Daiana Ruiz

Coast Modern – Coast Modern

Coast Modern is the debut album by the American indie pop duo of the same name. The cover illustration is made by Daiana Ruiz, an Argentine artist based in Berlin. Ruiz also designed the vibrant covers of every single track from the album, to check out more of her works: @dairuiz

Pure indie pop, as vibrant as its cover art.

6. Dayglow – Fuzzybrain (2019)

Album Cover Art: Sloan Struble (a.k.a. Dayglow)

Dayglow – Fuzzybrain

Dayglow is the indie pop project of American singer, songwriter, and producer Sloan Struble. Fuzzybrain is his debut album and he made the sculpture on the album cover himself -we love a versatile king.

Dayglow is one of my favorite artists, I had a hard time choosing only one song, but this is it.

7. Young the Giant – Home of the Strange (2016)

Album Cover Art: Rob Sato

Young the Giant – Home of the Strange

Home of the Strange is the third studio album of the American alternative rock band Young the Giant. The album cover artwork, illustration, and watercolor by Rob Sato. To follow more of his work: @robsato

My favorite song of the band by far.

8. MGMT – Little Dark Age (2018)

Album Cover Art: Jim Taber

MGMT – Little Dark Age

LDA is the fourth studio album by the American indie rock band MGMT. The album’s iconic cover artwork – and tattoo for many people- features an illustration by Jim Taber. It originally appeared in 1988 on the front cover of the first issue of Witness to the Bizarre, a literary horror and supernatural fanzine.

It’s a classic at this point.

9. Lawn – Bigger Sprout (2022)

Album Cover Art: Annie Russel

Lawn – Bigger Sprout

Bigger Sprout is the not-yet-out album of Lawn, a Dutch Alternative-Indie rock band. The colorful cover illustration is made by ceramic artist Annie Russel @secretlunch , inspired by a photograph of Alex Prager ( @alexprager ). The album will be out in summer 2022.

It’s a discovery for me, highly recommend it.

10. The Strokes – The New Abnormal (2020)

Album Cover Art: Jean-Michel Basquiat

The Strokes – The New Abnormal

The New Abnormal is the sixth studio album by American rock band The Strokes, a fan favorite for sure. The album cover features a 1981 painting by the iconic Jean-Michel Basquiat called Bird on Money.

Perfection, an absolute favorite of mine.

We’ve come to the end of the list. I hope the album covers we’ve chosen have inspired you, or at least you have discovered a song/artist that will become your new favorite 🤘 Be sure to check out our playlist Inspiring Album Covers Spotify Playlist for many more great songs with inspiring album cover designs that were not mentioned in this article. Until next time!

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