Relevant magazine recently published “The Definitive Ranking of Insanely Awesome Christian Album Covers.” And while this is a respectable list, I am not yet ready to say it is the “definitive ranking”—not by a long shot. Relevant may not have done its due diligence on this one. I’m a bit of a connoisseur myself when it comes to such things, so I offer my own top ten ranking of gloriously awesomer Christian album covers.
Some bands need more cowbell. This band needs more cardigan. C’mon, Kirk! Get rid of that Fonzie jacket. I have a fever that can only be cured by more cardigan!
(I still love this album, by the way. It’s a classic.)
Okay, this isn’t actually an album cover. It’s from the inside cover of Stryper’s “To Hell with the Devil.” But still, wow.
|3. Michael W. Smith
World-bending paradoxes ensue when a guy appears frolicking through the design printed on the front of his own sweater. What does that even mean?
|4. Amy Grant
Before she crossed over, there was this.
The one and only showstopper known as Carman. It’s like he’s channeling Taco from that super spooky video for “Puttin on the Ritz.”
If you know Carman, you know he deserves two slots on this list. He is, after all, Carman. Which may render him the most gloriously awesomer of them all.
|7. Steven Curtis Chapman
This is a great album, and this guy is still making great music. But sometimes the hair alone is enough to land a guy on this list.
|8. Al Denson
I never actually owned this album, but I remember that hair. Winning!
|9. Lost Dogs
This cover is Lost Dogs’s rendering of “Little Red Riding Hood,” the title of the album. Still a great record and ahead of its time. Two best songs are “No Ship Coming In” and “Duncecamp.”
|10. DC Talk
Does this cover fill you with confidence that these guys can really rap and dance? Well, they did. If you love rap music you might be heavenbound.