The 10 Worst Album Covers Of 2011

Dec 28th, 2011 // 19 Comments

Though our specialty is reviewing music, we’re often distracted from an artist’s tunes by their amazingly awful album cover. In 2011, there were 10 (mostly) high-profile releases with cover art so ridiculous, so badly designed, and just so straight-up weird that we had to share them with all of you. Last year, MGMT nabbed the highest honor here for their hallucinatory surf’s-up-kitty album cover art for Congratulations — but even that hot mess looked like it should be hanging in a museum compared to this year’s entries. Check out our 10 picks for worst cover art for albums and mixtapes released in 2011 (with one exception), and check back tomorrow for a palate cleanser of the year’s 10 best.

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  1. jhon
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    worst cover ever
    this is awful

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    I’m still in complete awe that something this atrocious exists.

  3. Xadax
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    This should’ve been #1.

  4. Jessica Brown
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    I hate your website, I think Chris Brown’s CD covers are creative, unique, dope and if anything it should be on “The 10 most amazing CD cover of 2011″ Team Breezy all the way,,,,, u jus’ hating.

  5. musicLuvr
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    Xtina’s Bionic was worse

  6. YeahRighto
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    So GaGa’s imaginative chopper chic is hideously uninspired?
    Funny how it sold by the truckloads, basically reinvigorating the music industry in actual cd sales!
    Your trash is another persons treasure!
    Your opinion seems flawed…

  7. YeahRighto
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    People will remember the Born This Way cover as an iconic cover in future reference, it achieved its purpose, it made U look!

  8. Kaitlin
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    you kidding? I love this cover

  9. Angel
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    Idolator.com are stupid
    This cover is the best, the most beautiful
    is a beautiful monster

  10. Angel
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    sorry but
    This cover is the best, the most beautiful

  11. littlemonsterwendy
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    This shouldn’ve been THE MOST BEAUTIFUL.Sorry i’m a fan so i’m not gonna say anything bad bout her

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    Blink’s cover is good.

  13. Daisha
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    the whole entire point of this cover was DETENTION, you said it yourself. Even the notebook paper background explains it all. #Teambreezy

  14. CryotiC
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    Lady Gaga has become repetitive and grating, and this album color reflects the lazy music writing contained within. Terribly fake photoshop = terrible cover.

  15. CryotiC
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    @YeahRighto
    People will remember Born This Way (both the cover and the music contained within) as the keystone of one of the most embarrassing years (so far) in pop music ever.

    So much of the music released this year has been ear-grating, repetitive, and poorly-sung with poorly-applied instrumentation. For some reason, Gaga seems to be ripping off herself with her second album. Lady Gaga can do better than this, but she doesn’t. And why should she? Dumbass kids who don’t know any better and have no extended musical taste keep buying this crap, so the music industry is going to keep making it.

  16. CryotiC
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    @Jessica Brown
    Outside of Chris Brown’s CD covers looking like crap (though for the record, at least they weren’t photoshopped like half of the covers on here), Chris Brown doesn’t deserve to be on the best of 2011 list. Chris Brown doesn’t even deserve to be on the WORST of 2011 list. All Chris Brown deserves is to be shot in the face for beating up a young woman and being idolized for it. He shouldn’t be mentioned anywhere in mainstream media.

    P.S. It takes a hater to hate a hater. Remember that. And expand your musical horizons instead of listening to a hack “Imitation Usher” R&B artist, “Team Breezy” or “Team Whatever-Stupid-Hipster-Nickname-You-Call-Chris-Brown-by-Nowadays”. The guy sucks, and his music sucks too.

  17. RyGuy
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    For fans of C.B. (#teambreezy), you have to learn that if somebody has an opinion on him (or any other artist you like), they are not being a hater. They are just simply expressing an opinion.

    @CryotiC

    I agree that what he did was wrong. I agree that he should do more to atone for what he did. I ALSO think that people should be given 2nd chances AND that we should stop treating her (Rihanna) like a total victim. She’s gotten by on enough luck and circumstance (because it’s clear to anyone with ears that she can’t sing) to give her anymore of a boost[my opinion].

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    “Stinks that they won’t show it”- same hereI also rlaley wish that Switchfoot had the chance to perform at the Grammy’s, but they have to play Katy Perry-ugh! (I am so sick of her songs. She is way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, OVERPLAYED!!!!

  19. BobDole
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    Second chance?? Chris Brown ISN’T SORRY. He doesn’t give a s*** about beating up women and calling people fa**ots. What don’t people understand about that?! The only reason he’s mad is because people won’t just forget the whole thing. THEN he posts a naked picture of himself in front of a mirror all over the internet. The guy is mentally destroyed.

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