AME's top 40 magazine covers of the past 40 years

TOP 40 MAGAZINE COVERS
1. Rolling Stone – Jan. 22, 1981 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono lying in bed
2. Vanity Fair – Aug. 1991 – Nude pregnant Demi Moore
3. Esquire – April 1968 – “The Passion of Muhammad Ali”: Ali with arrows in his body
4. The New Yorker – March 29, 1976 – Drawing of New York from Hudson River and rest of the country to Pacific Ocean
5. Esquire – May 1969 – Andy Warhol drowning in Campbell’s soup can – “The decline and collapse of American avant-garde”
6. The New Yorker – Sept. 24, 2001 – 9/11 – Twin towers drawing in all black against a gray skyline
7. National Lampoon – January 1973 – “If you don’t buy this magazine, we’ll kill this dog” – Man pointing gun at terrified dog
8. Esquire – October 1966 – “Oh my God – we hit a little girl.”
9. Harper’s Bazaar – Sept. 1992 – Linda Evangelista holding up the letter ‘A’ in magazine’s title: “Enter the Era of Elegance”
10. National Geographic – June 1985 – Afghan girl – “Haunted eyes of an Afghan refugee’s fears”
11. Life – April 30, 1965 – “Drama of life before birth” – fetus in womb drawing
12. Time – April 8, 1966 – “Is God Dead?”
13. Life – 1969 – Man on the moon: “To the moon & back”
14. The New Yorker – December 10, 2001 – “New Yorkistan” map: New York divided into Middle Eastern names
15. Harper’s Bazaar – April 1965 – Model’s face peering through pink cutout
16. The Economist – Sept. 10-16, 1994 – Two camels portraying: “The Trouble with Mergers”
17. Time – June 21, 1968 – Lichtenstein drawing: “The gun in America”
18. ESPN – June 29, 1998 – Michael Jordan jumping against all-white background
19. Esquire – December 2000 – smiling Bill Clinton photo
20. Blue – October 1997 – Man diving
21. Life – November 26, 1965 – Vietcong prisoner with eyes and mouth taped shut: “The blunt reality of war in Vietnam”
22. George – Oct/Nov 1995 – Cindy Crawford dressed as George Washington
23. The Nation – November 13, 2000 – George Bush: What me, worry?
24. Interview – December 1972 – Andy Warhol photographing model for the Christmas issue
25. Time – September 14, 2001 – 9/11: Photo of twin towers terrorist bombing
26. People – March 4, 1974 – Young Mia Farrow biting a strand of pearls, set to star in Gatsby
27. Entertainment Weekly – May 2, 2003 – Nude Dixie Chicks – “Country’s controversial superstars take on their critics”
28. Life – April 16, 1965 – Black and white photo: “Vietcong zero in on vulnerable U.S. copters”
29. (tie) Playboy – October 1971 – African American woman posing on Playboy bunny chair
29. (tie) Fortune – Oct. 1, 2001 – “Up from the ashes”: Man covered in ashes after 9/11 terrorist attacks
31. Newsweek – November 20, 2000 – Half Bush, half Gore photo: “And the winner is…”
32. Vogue – May 2004 – Nicole Kidman’s back profile – dress in an elegant gown
33. (tie) Newsweek – July 30, 1973 – “The Nixon Tapes”: Aerial view of the White House turned into a tape recorder
33. (tie) Wired – June 1997 – Apple symbol covered in barbed wire: “Pray”
34. New York – June 8, 1970 – “Free Leonard Bernstein”
35. People – September 15, 1997 – Black and white Princess Diana photo
36. Details – February 1989 – Cyndi Lauper photo
37. (tie) Fast Company – Aug/Sept 1997 – “The brand called You” – against a Tide background
38. (tie) Glamour – August 1968 – “Best Dressed College Girls” with a black woman as the cover model (first time a black woman appeared on the cover of a national women’s magazine)
39. (tie) National Geographic – October 1978 – Gorilla taking photograph: “Conversations with a gorilla”
40. (tie) Time – April 14, 1997 – Ellen DeGeneres: “Yep, I’m Gay”

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