Best and Worst Album Covers – 2012 – An Overview

Best/Worst Album Cover Lists – 2012

Each year, music and art critics work to provide readers and viewers with their “Top 10” lists in a variety of categories (by musical genre, by who most-effected pop culture, by who raised the bar, by who revealed the most of their inner souls or their outer skin, etc.). Many of these same publications and sites also attempt to arrive at – by their design standards and/or knowledge of the relationships between musicians, their record labels/distributors and the people they hire to create a new graphical representation of their latest music releases – which records came with the best (or worst) associated album covers.

Some lists were the opinions of a publication’s reporter or staff, while others reflect the votes of readers of those publications, but whether they approach these surveys from the angle of music fan, the art fan or simply from folks that appreciate the importance of good album art (to the promotion and sale of music and/or a musical act’s image), these lists do provide some interesting insights into the “art of criticism”, as do the comments submitted by those who agree or disagree with the final poll results.

Presented in no particular order, here is a list of lists from sources around the world for Best or Worst Album Covers for 2012 – please let us know which of these lists best-represented your feelings on the topic by leaving a comment for us, below – thanks!

“Best of” Lists –

Album Art Exchange Bloghttp://blog.albumartexchange.com/?p=4316

Pitchfork Magazine http://pitchfork.com/features/staff-lists/9014-the-best-album-covers-of-2012/2/

Gigwisehttp://www.gigwise.com/photos/78510/1/muse-the-2nd-law-voted-best-album-art-of-2012

The Smoking Section on Uproxx.com – http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2012/12/album-covers-list#page/1

XXL Magazinehttp://www.xxlmag.com/xxl-magazine/2012/12/xxl-presents-the-best-album-covers-of-2012/

Diffuser.fmhttp://diffuser.fm/best-album-cover-2012-diffuser-fm-music-awards/

Paste Magazinehttp://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/lists/2012/12/the-50-best-album-covers-of-2012.html

New Music Express/NME (UK) – http://www.nme.com/ratemy/291008/best-album-art-of-2012

Creative Bloq by Future Publishing (UK) – http://www.creativebloq.com/best-album-art-2012-113322

Bad Perm (“Hip Hop from a Woman’s Perspective”) – http://www.bad-perm.com/2013/01/best-hip-hop-album-cover-art-of-2012/

Hot New Hip Hophttp://www.hotnewhiphop.com/best-album-covers-of-2012-news.3866.html

Respect Magazinehttp://respect-mag.com/best-album-covers-of-2012/

Complexhttp://www.complex.com/music/2012/12/2012-year-in-review-the-25-best-album-covers-of-2012/rap-music#gallery

Brightest Young Thingshttp://brightestyoungthings.com/articles/the-best-album-art-of-2012.htm

Print Magazinehttp://www.printmag.com/Article/The-Best-Album-Art-of-2012

A Closer Listenhttp://acloserlisten.com/2012/12/16/acl-2012-the-years-best-album-covers/

R&B on About.com – http://randb.about.com/od/photogalleries/ig/2012-s-Best-Album-Covers/

Faster Louder (Australia) – http://www.fasterlouder.com.au/gallery/snapshot/29357/Best-Album-Covers-of-2012#1

Kerrang Radio (UK) – http://www.kerrangradio.co.uk/music/features/the-best-album-covers-of-2012/

The 405http://thefourohfive.com/news/article/best-artwork-of-2012

“Worst of” Lists –

The Guardian (UK) – http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2012/dec/21/worst-album-sleeves-2012

News.com (Australia) – http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/music/the-worst-album-covers-of-2012/story-e6frfn09-1226541664848

Brightest Young Thingshttp://brightestyoungthings.com/articles/the-worst-album-art-of-2012.htm

Pitchfork Magazinehttp://pitchfork.com/features/staff-lists/9013-the-worst-album-covers-of-2012/

Idolatorhttp://idolator.com/7335462/worst-album-covers-2012

Maktoob on Yahoo – http://en-maktoob.news.yahoo.com/photos/the-worst-album-covers-of-2012-1355928749-slideshow/

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