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What makes an album cover great? These days, the whole concept of album artwork – arguably even the album itself – is a moot point. Today’s teenagers have iPods full of music but many have never bought a compact disc, while vinyl is increasingly the preserve of bearded collectors as even club DJs move towards digital mixing solutions.

That said, we’ve yet to see a major artist release an album without some sort of artwork to accompany it, and while we can laugh long and hard at the worst offenders, it’s time to celebrate the finest album artwork ever to grace record shops, CD collections, t-shirts and bedroom walls across the globe.

Click onwards to see the 50 greatest album covers of all time, as voted for by you…

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