With the Halloween coming soon, most of us would like to venture into some mysterious fun while staying at home. Then check out the music world’s mystery-laden album covers by ‘shock pop’ artists such as Lady Gaga to current trendsetters like Billie Eilish. From past to present, let’s dive down the strange album covers which can be found on JOOX, Asia’s most dedicated platform, and its vast music library of 30 million songs, from international hits to Asian gems like K-Pop and Cantopop.
The Halloween mysterious album covers list will be in two categories: Enigmatic Covers and Magical Mysteries. How many of these have you listened to? Get ready for a thrilling and exciting music trip with the JOOX mobile or desktop app, and website version!
When music fans think of enigmatic album covers, it’s easy to remember the edgy art of hard rock or metal bands like the iconic witch-in-the-woods image in Black Sabbath’s debut album or the dark and gothic Nightmare by Avenged Sevenfold. But the pop music world has its fill of deliciously shocking album pictures, too!
Avril Lavigne ‘Avril Lavigne’
This 2013 self-titled album by Avril Lavigne features the Canadian superstar staring at your soul.
Billie Eilish ‘When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?’
Billie Eilish proves to the world that she’s not your ordinary pop star. In fact, she wants to freak you out with her debut album’s cover art, released in 2019.
The album reveals a lot about this mysterious international singer, focusing on similar-sounding music combining electronic beats and string instruments with songs in tribute to her native country Iceland. It topped Iceland’s official albums chart, charted at number 28 on the US Billboard 200 and number four on the UK Albums Chart. It was also highly acclaimed and continues to be praised by critics.
Katy Perry ‘Witness’
Katy Perry has never shied away from reinventing herself all throughout her illustrious career, but she never warned us about putting one eye in her mouth in this album art in 2017, which certainly piques our curiosity.
Lady Gaga ‘Born This Way’
Just as everyone thought Lady Gaga has shocked everyone enough, she released ‘Born This Way’ in 2011, with her head stuck on a motorcycle body as the album cover.
Marilyn Manson ‘We Are Chaos’
What Halloween music list would be complete without ‘shock rocker’ Marilyn Manson? He is back in 2020 with this heavy metal-country-glam music concoction.
The Rolling Stones ‘Goats Head Soup’
The Rolling Stones, one of the most iconic rock bands the world has ever known, were pioneers in shocking moms and dads around the world. This cover is as astonishing in 2020 as it was originally released in 1973.
Big Bang ‘Bigbang Mini 4’
K-Pop sensations Big Bang wants to drill their infectious pop hooks into your skull with this mini-album released in 2011.
Red Velvet ‘The Perfect Red Velvet’
While the rest of the K-Pop world tries to charm the world with candy-colored or glamorous images, girl group Red Velvet comes out of left field with this grindhouse horror-inspired cover for their 2018 reissue.
Ronald Cheng ‘Freak’
If mystery was what Hong Kong singer and actor Ronald Cheng was going for on the cover of his 2014 Greatest Hits album, then he certainly hit the nail on the head in this blurry, puzzling album cover.
Halloween is definitely not just about over-the-top, crazy things! It’s also about magic and mystery – two things definitely captured by the artists in the next list. Throughout the history of recorded music, album covers have often featured artists’ faces as clear as daylight for fans to instantly recognize them as icons, with classic examples being David Bowie’s self-titled 1969 album and Adele’s 21. But some artists choose to add a little bit of mystery by covering their faces as shown on their album covers, to lure their listeners to dig deeper into their music.
Ariana Grande ‘Dangerous Woman’
The cover of Ariana Grande’s 2016 album says it all – she’s still here to play, but she is now a dangerous woman you can’t mess with.
Released in 2016, Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ album shows her in a vulnerable state before performing on stage, and even accompanied a documentary film.
Selena Gomez ‘Rare’
Selena Gomez has freshly dropped her new album this year, and judging by the Deluxe Edition’s cover, there certainly is still a lot to unpack and discover about herself and her music.
Shawn Mendes ‘Shawn Mendes’
The cover of Shawn Mendes’ 2018 self-titled album cover encapsulates the singer’s multi-faceted musical talent, influenced by pop-rock, blues and R&B.
Taylor Swift ‘1989’
Taylor Swift’s fifth album released in 2014 transitioned her further from being a country darling to being a bona fide pop star.
SEVENTEEN ‘SEVENTEEN 1ST ALBUM [FIRST ‘LOVE&LETTER’]’
In 2016, Seventeen released their debut album, which boosted them into K-pop stardom. Not giving away all of their faces in the album art made the fans want to see more.
Wanna One ‘1÷X=1 (UNDIVIDED)’
Their fans truly can’t get enough of Wanna One with their iconic Korean bangs hairstyle, so the K-pop group gave them a little bit more in this 2018 mini-album.
Hins Cheung ‘Vibes’
Hins Cheung injected flavors of country-blues, pop-rock and hip-hop in his 2016 release, encapsulated by his simple yet alluring album cover.
Joey Yung ‘Joey & Joey’
Hong Kong diva Joey Yung’s 2011 release is as irresistible as her catchy pop hooks that will never go out of style.
Juno Mak and Kay Tse ‘the album part one’
2018 brought us this Juno Mak and Kay Tse collaboration, and the digital album’s cover embodies the bittersweet stories told in their songs.
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