The 30 Best Album Covers of the 2010s

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The 30 Best Album Covers of the 2010s

Maybe an album cover says nothing about its contents, or maybe it says everything. The saying “You can’t judge a book by its cover” is about as trite as a phrase can be, and it’s also not necessarily true—at least when it comes to music. Oftentimes, a glance at an album’s artwork provides a glimpse of what lies underneath. As Paste’s Lizzie Manno once pointed out, sometimes album covers look exactly how their albums sound. The best album covers of the 2010s accomplish the same aesthetic magic as classics like Joni Mitchell’s Blue and My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless. These photos, sketches and renderings are nearly perfect representations of the music within, not to mention they are striking to behold. Feast your eyes on our favorite album covers of the 2010s, as voted by the Paste staff.

30. Phoebe Bridgers: Stranger in the Alps

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29. Alvvays: Alvvays

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28. Chance The Rapper: Acid Rap

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27. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith: The Kid

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26. (Sandy) Alex G: House of Sugar

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25. Caroline Rose: Loner

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24. Young Thug: JEFFERY

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23. Janelle Monáe: Dirty Computer

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22. Lorde: Melodrama

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21. King Krule: The Ooz

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20. St. Vincent: MASSEDUCTION

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19. Purity Ring: Another Eternity

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18. Bon Iver: Bon Iver

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17. Tame Impala: Currents

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16. Sharon Van Etten: Are We There

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15. Bjork: Vulnicura

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14. Kamasi Washington: Heaven and Earth

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13. Low: Double Negative

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12. Big Thief: Capacity

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11. Jamie xx: In Colour

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10. Rihanna: ANTI

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9. Solange: A Seat At The Table

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8. Parquet Courts: Wide Awake!

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7. St. Vincent: St. Vincent

6. The National: Trouble Will Find Me

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5. FKA twigs: LP1

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4. Young Fathers: Cocoa Sugar

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3. Thundercat: Drunk

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2. Kendrick Lamar: To Pimp A Butterfly

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1. Weyes Blood: Titanic Rising

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