The 8 worst album covers ever

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(Image credit: Peter Rabbitt/Grandaddy/Drake/Madonna/Maroon 5/Crosby, Stills & Nash)

It’s difficult to move without hearing something new about Taylor Swift at the moment, whether she’s supporting her footballer boyfriend Travis Kelce at the Super Bowl or she’s announcing a new album at the Grammys. 

The Tortured Poets Department is arriving in April, but it’s fair to say it doesn’t boast one of the best album covers of all time, or even one of the best we’ve seen from T-Swizzle – and people have been poking a bit of fun at it online too. And with an exhibition of the world’s worst album covers going on display in the UK, we thought it’d be a good time to take a look at some album covers that we aren’t fans of.

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Adam England

Adam is a freelance journalist covering culture and lifestyle, with over five years’ of experience and a Master’s degree in Magazine Journalism from Cardiff University. He’s previously written for publications including The Guardian, The Independent, Vice and Dazed, and was Senior Editor at from 2022 to 2023. When he’s not writing, he’s probably drinking coffee, listening to live music, or tinkering with his Apple devices.