Survey reveals timeless impact of iconic album covers

Beatles' 'Abbey Road' tops list, reflecting generational preferences
28 March 2024

In a recent extensive survey of 2000 Britons, researchers delved into the world of iconic album covers, meticulously examining a curated selection of over 60 albums. The findings highlight the long-lasting significance of album covers in music history.

Abbey Road by The Beatles led with 48% of respondents, followed by Michael Jackson’s Bad at 43% and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles at 37%. Notable mentions included Nirvana’s Nevermind and the Sex Pistols’ Never Mind the B*llocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols, recognized by 34% and 29% of respondents, respectively.

When asked about the most iconic album artwork by decade, 24% voted for the 80s, followed by the 70s with 20%, and the 90s with 18%. Surprisingly, less than 10% favored the 60s, despite two Beatles albums making the top three.

Interestingly, a significant generation gap emerges, as 27% of respondents aged 16-24 favor album covers from the 2000s, closely followed by the 1990s at 23%. These preferences are likely influenced by the albums respondents grew up with.

For further details, you can access the full study here.