If you're looking for some of the hottest albums in history, look no further. Of course, we're not necessarily talking about highest charting positions, best record sales or most media buzz — it's their sizzling cover art that put these 50 albums on our list.

The musicians behind this collection of sexy — and often NSFW — album covers are varied, including acts that were already well established at the time of release and bands just entering the scene. The art itself is just as diverse, with some going for pure (mostly female) nudity, others embracing a more sensual vibe and a few relying on more suggestive images. Of course, there's no one way to do sexy, and these artists' own tastes run the gamut.

While these covers certainly provided some extra attention for the artists, and by extension, their music, it hasn't always been positive. In many instances, U.S. retailers refused to display the steamy records on their shelves, citing the cover art as indecent. Some artists caved and changed the art, but others stuck with their vision.

Check out this list of 50 sexy album covers that pushed buttons and boundaries, and see if your top choices made the cut.

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