* The image for TheBlackKeys album, ''El Camino'' is [[http://flavorwire.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/black-keys.jpg anything but.]] No vintage muscle car is visible, only a rusted, white van with faux wood paneling.
* The band RoxyMusic always used women on their album covers despite the fact there were no women in the band. They did this because they wanted to evoke exotica covers and magazine covers of the 50s. The fact that Roxy is also a woman's name led a lot of people to buy the albums thinking it was female sung exotica from Latin America, not male sung art rock from England.
* The [[http://www.perrific.com/cds/covers/beck.jpg badass mechanical thing with the horned animal skull with glowing eyes and a fiery red background]] on the cover of Music/{{Beck}}'s ''Mellow Gold'' looks awesome, but is a bit misleading considering most of the music is more folksy than the cover would imply. Some moments of the album are trippy (if not heavy) enough to fit the cover. listen to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lec_hUZ6dIM Sweet Sunshine]] and see if you can't imagine that thing clanking around to the beat.
** ''[[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Lg3n9siN-H0/UIeAMq7xMgI/AAAAAAAAYJo/259npj00sZM/s320/Beck-Sea-Change-Delantera.jpg Sea Change]]'' evokes Music/DavidBowie's ''Aladdin Sane'' and not the sombre, folky and largely acoustic album it actually is.
* Gary Numan's backing band put out one largely forgotten TheBandMinusTheFace album entitled ''For Future Reference'' under the name Dramatis. While the initial release had [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/__ZenZ_-dWB0/SNcx0Fm0ZRI/AAAAAAAABRw/g3G6-svdUnk/s200/fro.jpeg a cover just featuring a photograph of the band]], in 2000 it would be re-released with a cover with [[http://image.allmusic.com/00/amg/cov200/dre200/e241/e24162qwjlu.jpg one ambiguously shadowy face on it that might or might not be Gary Numan]], and billed as an album called ''The Dramatis Project'' by Tubeway Army Featuring Gary Numan. In fact Numan only contributed guest vocals for one song, and no members of Tubeway Army, the band that initially brought Numan fame, were involved.
* [[http://betterpropaganda.com/images/artwork/Share_The_Fantasy-godheadSilo_480.jpg This cover]] for the album ''Share the Fantasy'' by Godheadsilo makes it seem like a BlackMetal-esque cover, but the music is really psychedelic noise rock.
* [[http://img.maniadb.com/images/album/172/172212_1_f.jpg This cover]] for the album ''Visit Me'' by R&B group ''Changing Faces''. Which would suggest a lot of sex driven songs. It's not... the album has nothing to do with sexual themes or topics. The album consists of LighterAndSofter R&B songs about relationships and the inherent drama.
* The Kinks' album Face to Face features an iconic 60s cover that includes a white background, and some pretty psychedelic colors and art. The Kinks' frontman, Ray Davies, has stated that he was never happy with the cover, and that he thought a simple black cover much better suited the style of the album itself.
* Music/DavidBowie's early albums ''Space Oddity'' and ''The Man Who Sold the World'' got the TrendCovers treatment after ''The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars'' hit it big -- they were reissued with pictures of him as Ziggy on the covers. But while ''Ziggy Stardust'' was GlamRock through and through, those albums were folk rock and Music/HeavyMetal, respectively.
* Nearly every single Super Eurobeat cover lives and breathes this trope, quite notably in ''[[http://www.eurobeat-prime.com/covers/seb175.jpg Super Eurobeat 175]]'', which features upbeat and fun tunes such as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-xTpK7n2B4 this.]]
* Famously, the cover for ''Led Zeppelin IV'' (which doesn't even feature a title!) shows a significantly weathered image of an old man on a rural road, suggesting that the record was going to be nothing but hippie folk music. While there ''is'' some of that ("The Battle Of Evermore," for instance), the tracks that most people remember from this album are the heavy metal standards "Black Dog" and "Rock and Roll" - and "Stairway to Heaven," which actually ''starts out'' as a medieval ballad, but has morphed into a full-blown headbanger by the climax.
** This was entirely intentional, as was leaving out the band's name entirely from the cover. They wanted to show the critics their music could stand on their own without all the hype surrounding them. Of course, everyone knew who made that album anyway, so...
* Some album covers, such as certain editions of Music/FrontLineAssembly's ''Civilization'', list the tracks in the wrong order.
* Music/MyBrightestDiamond's album ''A Thousand Sharks Teeth'' consists of a photo of Shara Worden playing an accordion. There's no accordion to be heard anywhere on the album.
* The cover for Music/{{KISS}} "Creatures of the Night" originally featured Ace Frehley, even though he doesn't perform on the album.
** A later re-issue featured an updated band photo on the cover with Bruce Kulick, who doesn't perform on the album either
* Music/NickDrake's ''[[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/3c/NickDrakePinkMoon.jpg Pink Moon]]'' is an extremely sparse, short folk album, but the cover makes it look more like an avant-garde jazz album.