From the pompadours and sideburns of the original rock’n’roll era, to the safety pins and dyed mohawks that defined the punk movement, image has always been a part of music. Not until David Bowie, however, did a musician so completely understand how visuals could enhance their work. Introducing a new theatricality to rock, Bowie himself became a walking work of art, expressing each creative phase through new personas and dramatic overhauls of his look. The best David Bowie album covers not only traced the sonic revolutions that played out across his records, they elevated the album cover to the status of high art, creating some of the most iconic images in pop culture history.
Covering every artwork from his studio albums, here is a countdown of all 28 David Bowie album covers, ranked and reviewed.