Country music has a way of tugging at your heartstrings, taking you on a journey of humble beginnings, heartbreaks and the simple joys of life. But before you even press play, there’s something else that captures your attention— the album cover. A great album cover sets the stage for the musical experience to come.
Below, we’re going to take a look at the top 5 best country album covers that have not only captured the essence of the music but also made their mark as iconic pieces of art.
1. Dolly Parton – “Coat of Many Colors” (1971)
Dolly Parton‘s Coat of Many Colors album artwork is as heartwarming as the title track itself. It features a young Dolly in a patchwork jacket, showcasing her humble and heartfelt themes that run through her music.
2. Shania Twain – “Come On Over” (1997)
Shania Twain‘s Come On Over broke records and boundaries, just like its cover art. Twains sultry pose and confident gaze announced her arrival as a country-pop sensation.
3. Willie Nelson – “Red Headed Stranger” (1975)
Willie Nelson‘s Red Headed Stranger is a masterclass of simplicity. The minimalistic cover featuring a painting of a lone cowboy, mirrors the album’s stripped-down sound.
4. Kacey Musgraves – “Golden Hour” (2018)
Kacey Musgraves‘ Golden Hour cover is just as dreamy as the music itself. With its soft pastel hues and airy vibe, it’s a representation of the album’s charm.
5. Garth Brooks – “No Fences” (1990)
Garth Brooks‘ No Fences album cover is a nod to the contemporary side of country. The black and white image of a young Garth exudes charisma and hints at the energy and excitement that define his music.