The Best Album Covers of 2012

Below are the 50 album covers that were voted Best Album of the Week in our AlbumArtExchange Blog polls in 2012. They are posted in order from the weeks of January 10 through December 18. Thanks to the readers who took part in selecting the best album cover every week.

For a larger view, click the image to go to the gallery. Most of the covers are available in various sizes.

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Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head by T.I. is the best album cover for the week of December 18, 2012

According to our AlbumArtExchange blog poll, the best album cover for the week of December 18, 2012 is Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head by T.I. The cover received 40% of the votes cast by our readers. I Found You! by Caspar Babypants took second place with 32% of the vote. Les Miserables Highlights from the Motion Picture Soundtrack was third with 24%.

Art direction and design for the winning cover is credited to Greg Gigendad Burke. Burke has designed many noteworthy album covers for artists such as Jay-Z, Trey Songz, Jason Mraz, Christina Perri and Missy Elliott.

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Wacky Album Cover of the Evening


Various Artists – Yuletide Disco (1979)

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Which is the best album cover for the week of December 18, 2012?

Below are six album covers that were preselected from this week’s new music releases. They were chosen based on Amazon.com sales rank and for their noteworthy album cover designs. Please vote for the cover that you think is the best of the bunch. The winner will be announced next Tuesday.

Caspar Babypants – I Found You!

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Various – Django Unchained OMPS

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Various – Les Miserables Highlights

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The-Dream – Terius Nash: 1977

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T.I. – Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head

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Tom Tom Club – Downtown Rockers

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Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors by Big Boi voted best album cover for the week of December 11, 2012

According to our AlbumArtExchange Blog poll, the best album cover for the week of December 11, 2012 is Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors by Big Boi. The winning cover received 31% of the votes cast by our readers. There was a tie for second place between Unorthodox Jukebox by Bruno Mars and Almería by Lifehouse. Both received 28% of the vote.

The illustration for the winning cover is credited to Justin “Jus10″ Huff. I do not have addition information about the artist. This appears to be Huff’s first commercial album cover.

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Editor’s Choice: December 17, 2012

Below are 10 noteworthy album covers that were posted to the AAX gallery last week. They were selected simply because I found them to be interesting or a valuable addition to the gallery. They are listed in no particular order.

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Wacky Album Cover of the Evening


Dave Brubeck Quartet – Near-Myth (1961)

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Which is the best album cover for the week of December 11, 2012?

Below are six album covers that were preselected from this week’s new music releases. They were chosen based on Amazon.com sales rank and for their noteworthy album cover designs. Please vote for the cover that you think is the best of the bunch. The winner will be announced next Tuesday.

Big Boi – Vicious Lies and
Dangerous Humors


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Howard Shore – The Hobbit An
Unexpected Journey OMPS


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Bruno Mars – Unorthodox Jukebox

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The Game – Jesus Piece

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Green Day – ¡Tré!

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Lifehouse – Almería

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Fall to Grace by Paloma Faith voted best album cover for the week of December 4, 2012

According to our AlbumArtExchange Blog poll, the best album cover for the week of December 4, 2012 is Fall to Grace (U.S. Edition) by Paloma Faith. The cover received 54% of the votes cast by our readers. Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness Deluxe Edition by Smashing Pumpkins was second with 21%. There was a tie for third between Blur’s Parklive and Lana Del Rey’s Born to Die The Paradise Edition, which both received 11%.

The winning cover features a stunning photograph by David Standish. The London-based Australian photographer has an impressive online portfolio at davidstandish.com. It is definitely worth a look. I hope that we will see more album covers from Standish in the future.

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