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Controversial Album Cover Quiz

Updated on May 5, 2013

Controversial album cover artwork takes on many forms: nudity, sexuality, violence, sacrilege or basically just bad taste. There have been albums with a burning New York City skyline on the cover (Dream Theater's Live Scenes from New York), completely nude artists (John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Two Virgins) and even a dirty toilet (The Mama's and the Papa's If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears). All three of these covers were banned by retailers and were either altered to cover up the inappropriate body parts (Two Virgins) or completely changed (Live Scenes from New York).


Times Have Changed

Nowadays, it's hard to determine what is and is not appropriate. What was in bad taste 30 or 40 years ago, may be completely fine today. In 1955, Doris Day released the album Love Me or Leave Me, in which the starlet posed in a long shimmering gown with a slit going up the side. It showed off a lot of leg and caused quite a few heads to turn. Today, no one would think twice seeing a woman's leg or even her cleavage or her backside on the front of an album.

Controversial Album Cover Quiz

Think you know everything there is to about music? This short quiz can prove you wrong. Test your knowledge of controversial and banned album covers and find out what has and has not been appropriate in music history.


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    • JoanCA profile image

      JoanCA 5 years ago

      I guess I failed. Only 66%.

    • Billy Donahue profile image

      Bill Donahue 6 years ago from Boston Massachusetts

      I only did slightly better than amymarie_5, 61%, i am very disapointed in myself!

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      amymarie_5 6 years ago from Chicago IL

      And I thought I knew my music... I got only 50% :)