You know the old adage: you can’t judge a book by its cover. Sometimes the same can be said for albums and their respective covers, but other times (namely, those times when you’re stoned), the album covers are as otherworldly as the music itself.
There’s no question that some of these iconic album covers have had herbal accompaniment, whether it came from the designers, the artist themselves, or just the fans.
These are 15 of the trippiest album covers ever, in no particular order, maaaan.
Pink Floyd, 'Dark Side of the Moon'
It's only fitting that one of the greatest stoner albums of all-time would have the one of the greatest stoner album covers of all-time. If you didn't spend hours upon hours staring into that simplistic rainbow-triangle-prism poster on your bedroom wall in college and pondering your existence, you did it all wrong, friend.
The Beatles, 'Revolver'
With every listen of this essential album you get something new out of it. Same for when you gaze upon Klaus Voormann's classic cover art.
Jimi Hendrix, 'Axis: Bold as Love'
Just like Dark Side of the Moon and Revolver, this one -- which features Jimi Hendrix taking on the various forms of Vishnu -- is essential, mind-blowing cover art that was both of its time and completely timeless.
Tame Impala, 'Currents'
Part sex education tool, part Magic Eye poster art, 100 percent freakin' awesome. The eye-catching, swirling, '70s-inspired cover is as adventurous as the very album it holds.
Kid Cudi, 'Man on the Moon: The End of Day'
Kid Cudi set the bar awfully high when it comes to debut studio albums, not only musically, but also for having stunningly psychedelic cover art that tells a story all its own.
Cream, 'Disraeli Gears'
An album that has "Sunshine Of Your Life" and "Strange Brew" needed an appropriately trippy art to accompany it, and the colorful, psychedelic cover did it justice -- and then some.
Animal Collective, 'Merriweather Post Pavilion'
You feel high just looking at this optical illusion cover, which will play tricks with your eyes and take you to other dimensions even when you're stone cold sober. Try not to get dizzy.
The Zombies, 'Odessey and Oracle'
Come on, like an album named Odessey and Oracle (note that even though the title contains just three words, one of them is misspelled -- and not intentionally) wasn't going to have some major stoner shit going on.
Everything about this album cover is stoner-approved, from the comic book homages to the neon graphics. Of course, ATLiens ups the ante when you consider the art on the CD itself is a masterwork, too.
Grateful Dead, 'Aoxomoxoa'
You can pretty much take your pick from their entire catalogue, considering all of the Grateful Dead's album covers have trippy-ass artwork, but this classic is still blowing minds across generations.
Joy Division, 'Unknown Pleasures'
Like so many album covers on this list, this simplistic, artful cover immediately catches the eye and takes each person to a different place. See the cover as mountains? How about radio frequency waves? It's unknown to everyone but you.
Fiona Apple, 'The Idler Wheel...'
Like a Spirograph gone wonderfully awry, this avant-garde cover keeps you guessing and analyzing as long as the full title of this masterpiece.
Muse, 'The Resistance'
Credit where credit is due: Muse knows how to turn out some hella creative album covers. While The 2nd Law and Black Holes and Revelations are mind-benders in and of themselves, The Resistance has all the perfect makings of trippy album cover art.
King Crimson, 'In the Court of The Crimson King'
A creepy, visually arresting reminder that not all trips are pleasant ones.