The artwork on an album cover ideally offers an iconic image while complementing the music on the disc underneath it. In 2011, there were a handful of shining examples of successful album covers; who could forget the understated black-and-white elegance of Adele's "21," or the fantastic shot of Lil Wayne as a young graduate on "Tha Carter IV" cover?
Yet for all of the successful album covers, a handful of weird, boring and downright disgusting pieces of artwork were issued as well; some of them left us scratching our heads, while others will likely haunt our dreams for years to come. Check out our countdown of the 10 Worst Album Covers of 2011, and tell us which ones you think are the most downright vile -- or secretly brilliant -- in the comments section.
| 10. LMFAO | "Sorry For Party Rocking"
The Concept: Redfoo and Sky Blu navel-gazing, literally.
| 9. 311 | "Universal Pulse"
The Concept: Shapes, animals, outer space. Groovy, man!
| 8. William Shatner | "Seeking Major Tom"
The Concept: The "Star Trek" captain returns to the final frontier.
| 7. Jane's Addiction | "Great Escape Artist"
The Concept: Half-dressed creepy guy hugs himself in a physically difficult manner.
| 6. Lou Reed + Metallica | "Lulu"
The Concept: The saddest-looking mannequin in history.
| 5. Care Bear | "Teeth"
The Concept: Making it rain on a golden, hairy backside is fun!
| 4. Yuck | "Yuck"
The Concept: Big head, tiny genitalia.
| 3. Lady Gaga | "Born This Way"
The Concept: Gaga as half-woman, half-motorcycle. Don't blame her -- she was born that way!
| 2. Mr. Muthaf*ckin' eXquire | "Lost in Translation"
The Concept: Um. . .
| 1. Limp Bizkit | "Gold Cobra"
The Concept: Half-naked chicks, a monkey smelling his own finger, and of course, a big ol' cobra.