The Greatest Album Covers of All Time : David Bowie

David Bowie is one of the greatest icons to date. Obviously for his music career and with that comes great albums and with that comes great album art. Obviously with Bowie having 27 albums there are going to be some iconic masterpieces but I have managed to narrow it down to just a few of the best.



It just looks like a plain black on black album cover with nothing special. Though it was produced in such a lavish and simply beautiful style. The star being die-cut, the vinyl album is encased in a clear plastic inner sleeve which is indeed clearly visible. (The CD version isn’t as cool though as it looks like just a white cover with a black star put on the front.) However, the center of the LP is also black, no writing, symbols or any sign of communication for that matter. Just down the bottom is deliberately cropped up stars down the bottom which if you look closely look out to spell Bowie.


‘Heroes’ was produced during Bowies Berlin period. Bowie looked like a counter threat  with the short hair & leather jacket printed onto a monochrome sleeve. The photo was taken by one of Bowies favourite photographers, Sukita, it is described to match the music perfectly.

‘The Next Day’

Designer of the cover, Barnbrook didn’t just reconstruct one of Bowie’s more successful album covers, he trashes it. Though, him trashing it doesn’t entirely ruin it, it makes it much more interesting. The remake of the ‘Heroes’ album cover was made in a way to portray the effect of a vandalised album poster. The original being completely recognizable but ‘ruined’ by the overlay of a plain white square including the new album title in a simple font.

‘Aladdin Sane’

“A Lad Insane” possibly referring to Bowie’s half brother, Terry Burns who was indeed schizophrenic. The iconic Bowie photo shoot was with him painted with a blue and red zigzag/lightening bolt down one side of his face, this shoot was used for the ‘Aladdin Sane’ album cover. The lightening bolt was originally inspired by the ‘High Voltage’ sign that was stuck  on anything that had dangerous amounts of electricity.

‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars’

‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust’ is about a bisexual alien rock superstar. The photos for the Ziggy Stardust album were taken in January 1972 on a cold, wet night by photographer Brian Ward. The art work was later created by Terry Pastor.

What are your favourite Bowie album covers?





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