101 Kick-Ass Music Covers: The Runner-Ups

Adweek recently asked me to compile a gallery of the best music magazine covers of all time. Called “101 Kick-Ass Music Covers: The most awesome, iconic and controversial magazine images of the last 80 years,” it’s a nifty visual collection of covers from the 1930s-now. Adweek creative director Nick Mrozowski and executive editor Tony Case collaborated with me to put together this obsessive (and graphic) list.

As with any list of this sort, there were way too many to choose from, and a lot of my favorite covers were left out of the mix. Here are 12 classic magazine covers featuring musicians that didn’t make the original list of 101, but a still classics in their own right.

(Above): Marian Anderson, Musical America, 1963

19 Bowie 1983

David Bowie, Rolling Stone, 1983

08 Bob Dylan 1969

Bob Dylan, Crawdaddy, 1969

10 Sun Ra 1969

Sun Ra, Rolling Stone, 1969

02 Web Pierce 1957

Webb Pierce, Rustic Rhythm, 1957

18 Mick Jagger 1981

Mick Jagger, The Rocket, 1981. Illustration by Philip Burke.

04 Dizzy Gillespie 1964

Dizzy Gillespie, Down Beat, 1964

16 Ornette Coleman 1977

Ornette Coleman, Jazz, 1977

14 Jimmy Page + William Burroughs 1975

Jimmy Page and William Burroughs, Crawdaddy, 1975

22 Great Day in Hip Hop 1998

The Greatest Day in Hip-Hop History, XXL, 1998

20 Morrisey 1985

Morrissey, Smash Hits, 1985

01 JayNas.cov.Final.spec

50 Cent, Vibe, 2005

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