Throwback Thursday: 10 Album Covers You Forgot Existed

This Throwback Thursday, we're taking a peek back to an age before iPhones, Spotify, and Beats Music. We're talking about the good ol' days when you actually bought hard copies of your music...and actually cared about the album artwork. 

Here our 10 of our favorite album covers (that we completely forgot about.)

1. Shakira: PIes Descalzos

Shakira: Pies Descalzos (1996)

Eighteen years ago, Shakira released her major-label debut, Pies Descalzos, an album that experimented with pop-rock and Latin rock elements. The music was uniquely Shakira, and so was her style! We had completely forgotten that the now-blonde Colombiana used to have rocker-chic black locks! 


2. Jennifer Lopez: On the 6

Jennifer Lopez: On The 6 (1999) 

In 1999, actress-turned-singer Jennifer Lopez released her first album, On the 6. We like to think of this album cover as the beginning of her evolution from sweet Jenny to fierce and feisty JLo! (I mean, look at those metallic gold hot pants!)


3. Ricky Martin: A Medio Vivir

Ricky Martin: A Medio Vivir (1995) 

The best part about the A Medio Vivir album? The hair. Definitely Ricky Martin’s hair. 


4. Christina Aguilera: Stripped

Christina Aguilera: Stripped (2002)

Who remembers Christina Aguilera’s dirrty girl phase? We loved this album, which featured some of Aguilera’s greatest hits, like ‘Dirrty’, ‘Can’t Hold Us Down’, ‘Beautiful’, ‘Fighter’ and ‘The Voice Within.’  Controversial opinion: we even loved XTina’s raunchy new look and half-black, half-blonde hair. And damn, her abs looked good. 


5. Mariah Carey: Glitter

Mariah Carey: Glitter (2001) 

File this under albums we wish we could forget. We adore Mariah Carey, but the film Glitter and its accompanying soundtrack were tragic career missteps for the diva. Fortunately, the horrendous movie was saved by a stellar album cover. It was shiny, hot pink, and glittery...and well, we were teenagers at the time.


6. Miami Sound Machine: Primitive Love

Miami Sound Machine: Primitive Love (1985)

Is her hair so large because it’s full of secrets? Primitive Love will forever be known as the crossover album that made Gloria Estefan famous. While we love the song “Conga”, we’re most grateful that this album exposed us to Gloria Estefan’s fabulous (and enormous) hair. 


7. Pitbull: M.I.A.M.I.

Pitbull: M.I.A.M.I. (2004) 

Mr. 305 wasn’t always the charming cubano he is today. It’s unusual to see Pitbull wearing anything but a crisp button-down and blazer, but back in the day, the rapper was more comfortable in a camo cap and t-shirt. His look -- and sound -- have come a long way, but M.I.A.M.I. will always be the album that made him famous.


8. Juanes: Mi Sangre

Juanes: Mi Sangre (2004) 

Juanes might be clean-cut now, but back in the day, the rocker actually looked the part. That stare. That hair. And the sleeve of (fake) tattoos. We listened to this album over and over again, and ‘A Dios Le Pido’ and ‘La Camisa Negra’ are still our favorite Juanes jams. 


9. Aventura: We Broke The Rules

Aventura: We Broke The Rules (2002) 

Our first loves were the men (read: boys) of Aventura, and who could blame us? Everyone owned this album, and “Obsesion” was our obsession  for years after We Broke The Rules came out. 


10. Marc Anthony: Contra la Corriente

Marc Anthony: Contra la Corriente (1997)

Raise your hand if you (or your mom) owned this album! Bespectacled Marc Anthony sang his way into our hearts with hits like Y Hubo Alguien.