20 of the most epic Latinx music covers


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Latin American music is artistic, colorful and daring, in itself. It paints a picture in our minds and makes our lives much brighter and more alive. Such punchy music should have equally impressive album art, right?

It makes sense to describe the rich hearing experience you will have while listening to the album with the accompanying illustrations. Some records we only hit on the cover art – it’s an added bonus if they sound as good as the artwork. Well, we’ve found some vinyl covers that are as beautiful to look at as they are to listen to.

For this article, we’ve compiled a roundup of 20 recordings featuring stunning artistic album covers. All albums are by Latinx musicians and span decades. In the illustrations and fashions of the artists photographed, you will see influences from the vinyl release period. You’ll also see how these vintage blankets have inspired other artists since. It’s time to get inspired and learn Latinx music at the same time!

Santana, Santana

The first album we’re looking at on our album cover list is Santana’s Santana. Released in 1969, the rock band’s debut album featured optical illusion artwork by artist Lee Conklin. If you look closely, besides the lion, you can see people. This trippy visual takes on its full meaning, because the album was released during the psychedelic era. Santana presents the hit song “Evil Ways”.

Selena, Love Prohibition

Released in 1994, Selena’s fourth album, Forbidden love, and its album cover is iconic. How many people have you seen dressing up as Selena in this pic, recreating her wispy bangs, ruffled shirt, and leather jacket? With red lips and hoops? How about the pins, lipstick, T-shirts and other merchandise we’ve seen since that pay homage to that legendary album cover from the 90s.

Sheila E, In Romance 1600

Sheila E’s 1985 album cover photo, Romantic 1600, is sheer 80s romantic excess at its best. She looks like the female version of Prince on it, in all the sweet lavender, ruffles, and drama. Romantic 1600 presents Sheila’s hit song, “A Love Bizarre”. Definitely, an album to listen to, with an equally impressive cover.

Celia Cruz, Presentation Celia Cruz

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We don’t need to tell you that a Celia Cruz album is going to be amazing, it just is. And so many of his album covers are iconic as well, so it took us a while to narrow the choices down to just one. Presentation of Célia Cruz has such a vibrant and gorgeous blanket – Celia’s glamorous pose, her peach tiered ruffle dress, the matching wall, and those peacock plants and feathers being part of the landscape.

Alejandra Guzman, Unico

Mexicana Alejandra Guzman is one of the rockeras we all know and love. She is known for her rebellious, unruffled attitude and style, just as much as for her music. This album cover is so awesome – big, edgy, daring, just like Alejandra. This is one of those covers that we mentioned, that you want to buy because the photo style is so cool. It also gives you the idea that the songs are just as badass.

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Nelson and Sus Estrellas, Mucho Nelson

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Records from the 60s are especially cool, due to their abundance of cheerful colors, distant graphics, edit moments, and trippy fonts. No matter how cool the record is, you’ll want to buy the album just for the sake of art. Nelson y Sus Estrellas is a Venezuelan orquesta who created the music boogaloo, son, pachanga and guaguancó. they came out Mucho Nelson in 1968. It’s such a fun album cover; with its swirling graphics and groovy colors, you can tell right off the bat that this is a 1960s production.

Carlos Vives, The Tierra of the Olvido

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Colombian singer Carlos Vives loves to sing songs about the homeland. His 1995 album, Olvido’s Land is composed of vallenato, latin pop and tropi-pop sounds. The artwork is so beautiful and rich in color, showcasing some of Colombia’s natural beauty. I heard this album – some of the great songs Olvido’s Land contains “Pa ‘Mayte”, “La Tierra del Olvido” and “Zoila”.

Willie Colon and Hector Lavoe, criminality pay

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Willie Colon and Hector Lavoe are salsa legends, who have had cool album covers as a team and on their own. Their joint efforts usually have a gangster air, including the 1972s. Crime pays. How swaggy do Colon and Lavoe look in trench coats and fedoras, smoking cigars sitting on a Rolls Royce?

The Lupe, The Better

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Next on our list of super cool album covers is La Lupe. The 1993 release of The best, presents a return photo of the Latin queen of soul. Just look at the attitude and the confident look on her face! And the style! Then you add the words “the best,” and you literally have one of the best album covers of all time.

Aztec, Aztec

Latin rock band Azteca released their self-titled debut album in 1972. The album cover features an Aztec calendar, with the addition of pianos. The cool artwork is both a sign of the group’s Chicano pride and their love of music. Fun fact: Sheila E was a member of this group at one point (along with other members of the Escovedo family).

Linda Ronstadt, Canciones of my father

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Linda Ronstadt is a rock legend, but she is also known for Latin music. She released Mi Padre’s Canciones in 1987, a celebration of Ronstadt’s Mexican heritage and Chicana identity. In 2010, the classic mariachi album sold 10 million copies worldwide.

Mana, Drama Yes Luz

The artwork for Mana’s 2011 album, Drama Yes Luz, offers exactly that. How beautiful is this album cover ?! A white dove in flight is surrounded by light and the cosmos. Three of the album’s singles – “Lluvia al Corazon”, “Amor Clandestino” and “El Verdadero Amor Perdona” – topped Billboard’s Hot Latin Tracks and Latin Pop Airplay charts. The album also won two Latin Grammys and a Grammy.

Mariah Carey, Rainbow

Mariah Carey has been serving up her sexy album covers for decades now. The one we wanted to include on this list is for years 1999 Rainbow. It’s so cheerful, girly, and unmistakably Mariah. The music on the album is great too; some hits include “Heartbreaker”, “Heartbreaker” (Remix) and “Thank God I Found You”.

Elis Regina E Ximbo Trio, O Fino, Make Fino

This following album cover was selected for its magnificent graphic simplicity and use of color (it’s also a hands-on lesson in color theory!). This is the Brazilian recording of Bossanova from 1965, O Fino, Do Fino, by Elis Regina E Zimbo Trio. The live album was recorded at the Teatro Record in São Paulo.

The cover girls, We I can not Go Wrong

The Cover Girls are a freestyle group, which has had several hit songs including “Show Me”, “My Heart Skips a Beat” and “Wishing on a Star”. Their album, We can’t go wrong, came out in 1989. We had to include it for late 80s fashion, some powerful poses and a nice magazine-style layout.

Malo, Evolution

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Latin rock albums can have a whole artistic story, illustrated right there on the cover. This is the case with Malo’s 1973 album, Evolution. Undoubtedly a shout and celebration of the group’s Chicano culture, the gorgeous colorful artwork depicts what appears to be the evolution of Mexican culture.

Yma Sumac, Voice of the Xtabay

Yma Sumac was a singer, whose voice was legendary, and who had an incredible vocal palette. She has become a star, creating music that spans exotic genres, mambo, lounge and world. The album that launched his career dates from the 1950s Voice of the Xtabay. The album cover is exquisite, showing Yma in an ornate manner, which represents her Peruvian identity.

Vicente Fernández, Para Siempre

Like several other Latinx artists on this list, Mexican icon Vicente Fernandez has plenty of cool albums to choose from, which feature some great covers. But this one, 2007 Para Siempre, really stood out for us. From Chente’s rich red to rose color palette and romantic look, this is an album cover that has probably made millions of women pale. Can you believe this was his 79th studio album ?!

Gloria Estefan, Let This Cowardly

Bright red was also eye-catching on Gloria Estefan’s album cover for Let This Cowardly. The album was released in 1987 and included the songs “Anything For You”, “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You” and “1-2-3”. We love the drama and glamor of the entire ’80s look, from Gloria’s styled hair to her’ 80s makeup, black and white outfit, and bold accessories.

Various artists, Nu Yorica Roots! The rise of Latin music in New York in the 1960s

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Naked Yorica Roots! is an entire album dedicated to the celebration of Latin music in New York in the 1960s. It features legendary musicians, such as Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, Eddie Palmieri and Ray Barretto. The album cover is so psychedelic, vibrant and groovy, it’s begging to be picked up and looked at.

Gal Costa, Cantar

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The final album cover art we’ll be looking at belongs to Brazilian legend Gal Costa. He is Cantar, released in 1974. The artwork on the cover strikes a cool balance. It features fun layers of color on top, but the bottom of the album is softer and more bohemian, with Gal’s face covered in her hair and a big flower.

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Kenneth T. Shippee

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