10. Beastie Boys, License to Ill (1986)
Art Direction: Stephen Byram
Photographer: World B. Omes (aka David Gambale)
Label: Def Jam/Columbia
For all the storm and bluster of the "leather jacket" era Beasties, one of their greatest pranks from that era was more subtle, coming in the form of illustrator World B. Omes' bait-and-switch cover. The front cover shows the Beasties' logo plastered on the tail section of a seemingly idyllic jet in flight. But flip it around to reveal its true fate: a T-bone collision with the side of a cliff. Or just look at the cover in the mirror and notice how the jet's serial number, 3MTA3, becomes "EATME." Oh, you irrepressible Beasties.