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We are the robots: Five great android-centric album covers

Christina AguileraWhy Christina, you're looking quite ... what's the opposite of beautiful? (Courtesy of RCA)

By Allison Stewart

The art for Christina Aguilera's forthcoming "Bionic" album recently hit the internet and the puzzlingly ugly, half-lady, half-cyborg image got us wondering about the strange and enduring popularity of robots on CD covers. So we tracked down and ranked our favorite robot album art.

A caveat: By "robot," we also mean cyborgs, droids, any sort of animatronic creature -- sentient or otherwise -- and robot dogs. And yes, we're aware that these things aren't even remotely similar.

What we had to leave out: contributions from the Alan Parsons Project (they love robots, possibly too much), German metal bands (ditto), and, sadly, this thing:

Michael Schanze - Schalt dein Herz auf Empfang / Sonne scheint in alle Herzen.

(Our top five, after the jump.)

Click Track's top five robot album covers:

5) Tokio Hotel: "Humanoid"

Mirrors Aguilera's in its use of a half-human, half-robot creature. It's also ugly, but not as much.

4) Janelle MonĂ¡e: "Metropolis Suite I: The Chase"

The singer dresses up like C-3PO, except with mutilated limbs and a Human League haircut.

3) Aerosmith: "Just Push Play"
Features a shiny, metal-covered gynoid (this is a female robot) with -- because this is an Aerosmith album -- large robot breasts. Even Joe Perry criticized this release. And if history has taught us anything, it's that Joe Perry is usually right about things.

2) The Black Eyed Peas: "The E.N.D."

As you may have guessed by this point, when your album cover has a robot on it, it's not exactly the equivalent of a blinking sign saying, "Quality Product Within."

1)The Flaming Lips: "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots"
Unless you're the Flaming Lips. In a rare moment of both subtlety and textural literalism, the Lips' CD cover features history's most adorable, least menacing pink robot.

Did we leave out your favorite robo-cover? Let us know in the comments.

By Allison Stewart  |  April 1, 2010; 2:45 PM ET
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No love for Queen's News of the World's Frank Kelly Freas cover?

Posted by: Hemisphire | April 1, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Black Sabbath Technical Ecstasy (BSTE) probably has a female robot or maybe a transsexual robot. What about robot groupings? BSTE, Alan Parsons, and Aerosmith are good releases. I named my daughter after Joe Perry and believe me he is not right about everything. There are several great songs on Just Push Play. Herbie Hancock probably has one or two.

Posted by: wheelofvoter | April 1, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

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