The Worst Album Covers Of 2016
Worst album covers 2016 | © Soft Hair/GOOD/Def Jam/Drag City
There are many parts that go into crafting an album: the music, the personalities of those behind the music, the marketing campaign, the press coverage, the tours, and the artwork. In a time before streaming services and blog coverage, the latter played a much larger role — having an appealing cover often determined whether those browsing CD outlets or flipping through vinyl crates would purchase your body of work. While visual appeal rarely determines depth of crowd today, there is still something to be said about an engaging cover, and the same goes for those that are decidedly lacking.
We have been blessed in audio output these past 10-and-a-half months, but there have also been some real disappointments on the artwork end. From some of the most anticipated albums to drop this year to the obscure and simply horrifying, these are the worst album covers of 2016.
Tindersticks – The Waiting Room
Great album, terrifying choice of headwear.
Tindersticks "The Waiting Room"
© City Slang
Kanye West – The Life of Pablo
For someone who is so passionate in design, we expected more.
Kanye West "The Life of Pablo"
© GOOD/Def Jam
Too Many Zooz – Subway Gawdz
Somebody call James Franco or Mark Whalberg. Or Jason Clarke. Or Charlton Heston.
Too Many Zooz "Subway Gawdz"
© Too Many Zooz
Ty Segall – Emotional Mugger
Ty Segall "Emotional Mugger"
© Drag City
Elton John – Wonderful Crazy Night
We’d like to imagine this is Elton John’s “I’m totally having a wonderful, crazy night” pose.
Elton John "Wonderful Crazy Night"
© Mercury/Virgin EMI
Red Vox – Blood Bagel
Why would anyone attempt to ruin bagels?
Red Vox "Blood Bagel"
© Red Vox
Yanni – Sensuous Chill
A little spicy. A little icy. All Yanni.
Yanni "Sensuous Chill"
Redfoo – Party Rock Mansion
Beer bong? Rad. Scandalous photo of a female who appears to be biting at some guy’s underwear? Sweet. Random bro with an obnoxiously giant chain throwing up the metal horns? Sick. Welcome to party rock mansion. Check out: Never, bro!
Redfoo "Party Rock Mansion"
Sia – This Is Acting
The permanent fish face makes us very uncomfortable.
Sia "This Is Acting"
The Hotelier – Goodness
The Hotelier’s third album is one of 2016’s best. Its cover is not.
The Hotelier "Goodness"
© Tiny Engines
Sei2ure – Vibrator
© PRSPCT Recordings
Elisa – On
Elliphant – Living Life Golden
Elliphant "Living Life Golden"
© TEN Music Group/Kemosabe
Soft Hair – Soft Hair
Surely, even Adam and Eve needed sunscreen.
Soft Hair "Soft Hair"
© Soft Hair
Pixies – Head Carrier
We’re not really sure what’s going on here, but with such a boilerplate effort (at best) on their sixth album, we’re not too eager to figure it out.
Pixies "Head Carrier"
Scooter – Ace
It looks like someone just discovered Photoshop.
© Sheffield Tunes/Kontor
Super Guitar Bros – Nice.
The duel turtleneck approach is bold. You have our respect, Super Guitar Bros.
Super Guitar Bros "Nice."
© Super Guitar Bros
Nick Jonas – Last Year Was Complicated
Nick Jonas has so many emotions.
Nick Jonas "Last Year Was Complicated"
Good Charlotte – Youth Authority
After 14 years, Good Charlotte progressed from the “young and hopeless” to the “youth authority,” and they’re still a terrible band.
Good Charlotte "Youth Authority"
Humo – Fiera / Aljarafe
Even muscle-bound freaks need to cool off and take a cat nap in front of a fan sometimes.
Humo "Fiera / Aljarafe"
Cyndi Lauper – Detour
Oh no, Cyndi Lauper, ranch rope font?
Cyndi Lauper "Detour"
Yung Bae – Skyscraper Anonymous
Everything about this cover is nonsense, but the music will have you groovin’ through every second of its 11 tracks. Shoutout to the classic school picture backdrop.
Yung Bae "Skyscraper Anonymous"
© Andrew Walker
Yuck – Stranger Things
Yuck "Stranger Things"
© Mamé Records
Poppy – 3 : 36 (Music To Sleep To)
Poppy "3:36 (Music To Sleep To)"
Garbage – Strange Little Birds
This weirdly reminds me of the Elephant Graveyard from The Lion King. This isn’t a good thing.
Garbage "Strange Little Birds"
Korn – The Serenity of Suffering
It takes a certain kind of person to appreciate Korn’s music. It takes an even more unique individual to appreciate their…artwork.
Korn "The Serenity of Suffering"
Steven Tyler – We’re All Somebody from Somewhere
The only thing more questionable than the cover of Steven Tyler’s solo debut is its title.
Steven Tyler "We're All Somebody from Somewhere"
Lumpy & The Dumpers – Huff My Sack
Lumpy & The Dumpers "Huff My Sack"
© Lumpy & The Dumpers
Poliça – United Crushers
Again, not really sure what is happening here.
Poliça "United Crushers"
© Mom + Pop Records
The Tragically Hip – Man Machine Poem
Naked babies shouldn’t be thrown into the air for album covers.
The Tragically Hip "Man Machine Poem"
Ninja Sex Party – Under The Covers
This album is meant to a be a joke, so, really, this cover is a success.
Ninja Sex Party "Under The Covers"
© Ninja Sex Party
Pitbull – Climate Change
We’re not entirely sure if this is the cover of Pitbull’s upcoming album, but whatever it ends up being, we don’t like it.
Pitbull "Climate Change"
© Mr. 305/RCA