7. Minor Threat

Artist: Minor Threat

Year released: 1981

Without doubt one of the hallmark images of American hardcore, Minor Threat used this photo of Alec MacKaye, singer Ian's younger brother. It's been echoed again and again, from the cover of Rancid's ...and Out Come The Wolves to a Nike ad campaign that ended in a lawsuit from the band. No other album cover of the movement offered such stark imagery, while being so poignant.

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