Readers Poll: The Best Album Covers of All TimeSelection include 'Nevermind,' 'London Calling' and 'Sticky Fingers'
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4. The Beatles, 'Abbey Road'
Beatles nuts who believed that Paul McCartney died around 1967 and had been replaced by a dopplegänger found a lot to examine on the cover of Abbey Road. They saw the picture as a funeral procession: John (covered in white) is the preacher, Ringo (in black) is the mourner, George (in denim) is the gravedigger and Paul (barefoot) is the corpse. A license plate in the background read 281f. McCartney was 27 when the album came out, making people think the message meant he would have been 28 had he not died. None of that was intended. They shot the cover on August 8th, 1969 outside of Abbey Road studios. Tourists flock to the spot in droves, and it's been parodied countless times – sometimes by members of the Beatles themselves, as Paul did on the cover of his 1993 LP Paul Is Live.