The arguably most recognized and imitated album cover in pop history is that of Abbey Road by the Beatles. It took a stepladder, a traffic cop and ten minutes for Iain Macmillan to get the shot of the Beatles crossing the street to EMI Studios on August 8, 1969. The hit singles were “Something” and “Come Together” and more than 10 million copies of the album have sold. Not sure if sales were thanks to the album cover or the hit song list, bottom line, both live on.
In December 2010, the crossing was given grade II listed status for its “cultural and historical importance” by the British Government.