We have a look back at the fascinating tales behind some of our favourite album covers.

There’s no shortage of wild armchair interpretations out there for the King of Pop’s intricate Dangerous album cover (plenty of which claim they’ve found the key to Jackson’s Illuminati leanings) – but that was likely the the goal of artist Mark Ryden.

The notoriously cryptic pop-surrealist painter took six months to meld a sea of symbols pertaining to Jackson’s life, with a common circus-esque thread holding them together. Does the crowned chimpanzee signify a puppet world leader installed by shadowy forces? Is it an allusion to mankind before we were corrupted by a secret elite? Is it simply Jackson’s beloved pet Bubbles? Whatever the truth, the record became one of the best-selling albums of all time, spawning several #1 singles including the perennial favourite Black Or White.