uncovering the most memorable magazine covers

Time magazine recently released a list of “The 13 Most Influential Candy Bars of All Time.” So that got us thinking – what are the most influential, or most memorable, magazine covers of all time? Here’s a list of the top 10 magazine covers that have made an impact on us:

  • Vanity Fair, August 1991 – featuring Demi Moore; many have posed pregnant after, but she was the groundbreaker!
  • Rolling Stone, January 22, 1981 – featuring Yoko Ono and John Lennon posing just hours before he was shot. The photo was used in his dedication issue.

  • Esquire, April 1968 – featuring Muhammad Ali; his photo was taken right after he refused to be inducted into the U.S. Army because of his religious beliefs, a controversial subject.

  • The New Yorker, September 24, 2001 – a simple, yet moving black cover with the Twin Towers silhouetted in grey.

  • Esquire, April 1968 – this eerie quote was taken from the the longest article the magazine has ever published, covering the Vietnam War.

  • National Geographic, June 1985 – this iconic image of a 12-year old refugee in a camp on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border is haunting.

  • Rolling Stone, August 1, 2013 – a controversial cover featuring the Boston Marathon Bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

  • New York Magazine, November 2012 – a moving picture of the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

  • People, September 15, 1997 – featuring the beloved Princess Diana.

  • Time, May 21, 2012 – featuring a mother breastfeeding a son who was almost tall enough to reach her while standing up.

Which cover do you remember most?