1. London Calling

Artist: The Clash

Year released: 1979

Give Em Enough Rope may have been more macabre, but nothing disrupted the culture quite like London Calling. This is arguably one of the most iconic images in rock 'n' roll history. Based on the layout and design of Elvis Presley's debut record, it shows bassist Simonon smashing his Fender P-bass into the stage of The Palladium in 1979, a moment captured by photographer Pennie Smith. From tattoos to T-shirts, the cover of London Calling can be seen everywhere.

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