Music Has Gone to the Dogs: 10 Awesome Dog-Themed Album Covers

Is it wrong that we may have picked up any number of albums over the years based on the dog art alone?


As thousands of canine-decorated albums may attest, dogs are one of music’s best friends, whether the sounds are rock, country, hip-hop, or electronic music. Peruse our picks for the coolest dog album covers of all time.

Nelson — Because They Can (1995)

Rock twins Matthew and Gunnar Nelson cheekily used this sleek pair of hounds to represent their stunning long blond locks. Albums with dogs on the cover often seem to have little connection to the musical artist, but this one is wonderfully personalized.

Captain and Tennille — Love Will Keep Us Together (1973)

These two sweet bulldogs help clinch that loving feeling for the ’70s duo. We think it might have been even cuter if the Captain had shared his hat with one of the pooches, but that might just be the benefit of hindsight.

Rick Springfield — Working Class Dog (1981)

The album that yielded future soap opera star Springfield’s most enduring hit “Jessie’s Girl,” a Grammy winner, sports a very personal cover. Working Class Dog features his own dapper Bull Terrier, Ronnie, looking happy in his suit, tie, and oh-so-’80s pocket protector.

“Weird Al” Yankovic — Poodle Hat (2003)

This album from America’s leading musical satirist contains no actual songs about dogs, but the cover still has a wonderfully silly fashion statement. The next time you’re looking for something to wear on the subway in New York City, consider Yankovic’s furry flair.

Barbra Streisand — Songbird (1978)

“Sorry — couldn’t find a bird!” Streisand writes on the cover of her famed pop album. No matter; a marvelous Maltese is all it needs.

Snoop Dogg — Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told (1998)

This over-the-top and blinged-out photo illustration of the West Coast rapper hanging out with Rottweilers is a classic example of an outrageous visual style that dominated Southern hip-hop music throughout the ’90s thanks to graphic team Pen and Pixel. As the last album Snoop recorded for a prominent label in New Orleans, this is a fitting tribute.

INXS — Shabooh Shoobah (1982)

The influential group selected an elegant Whippet for its striking black-and-white cover. This was the third release from INXS, but Shabooh Shoobah provided the band’s first taste of exposure outside of its native Australia.

Fleetwood Mac — Tusk (1979)

The classic tug of war between dog and man is captured on the cover of this double album. Somehow, we think it provides a neat metaphor for the infamous interpersonal tussles now buried in the band’s history.

James Taylor — One Man Dog (1972)

Forget the ladies: ’70s crooner James Taylor is all about his four-legged friend. We’re not quite sure why he put a tie on to go fishing with his pal, but they sure do look content to be together on the water.

Beck — Odelay (1996)

The photo of this gorgeously moppy Komondor at play was apparently an eleventh-hour image selection for this cover. It captures a joy and a boundless energy that is also mirrored in Beck’s music.

Disagree with our picks? Got another to add? We’re all ears!

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