Music was a great source of unity for the Yugoslavs, with people enjoying genres from folk to disco and heavy metal performed by artists from a variety of ethnic and religious backgrounds. Serbs, Croats, Slovenes, Macedonians, Bosnians, and Montenegrins shared the stage to create beautiful music, alongside soulful Roma and Albanian artists who brought even more exotic and unique sounds.

This era is gloriously captured in these cheesy album covers, which, like most of the 70s and 80s stuff we see from any country, looks just ridiculous now. Don't believe us? Scroll down to below to check these vintage photos out for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

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Biljana Malesevic
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1 year ago

what? She is first woman to show off her natural hair on legs. Kinda brave, imo.

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Having visited most of the countries of the former Yugoslavia, I was interested and rather shocked to find that there is quite a lot of nostalgia for those times among certain members of the population, who look back fondly at a time of peace and relative prosperity under strongman leader Josip Tito.

Tito's death, followed by the eventual dissolution of the country into 6 independent states, reopened deep ethnic tensions that sparked a bloody conflict, the aftermath of which is still felt today.

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Skure
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1 year ago

Try to find the video with this man in Bayern München jersey.

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Skure
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1 year ago

She is famous for erotic humor in her songs.

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Back in those days, it was all about the music. You could be famous without needing to look a certain way, like pop musicians seem to now.

While it's tempting to scroll through and mock these album cover artworks for their cheesy and 'ugly' looks, I urge you to at least check out the work of Šaban Bajramović

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Wil Vanderheijden
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1 year ago

Massive Photoshop fail...

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Skure
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1 year ago

Many say that she got the longest legs...

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Time Magazine voted Bajramović in the top 10 best jazz musicians ever, and his soulful voice, full of anguish and emotion, is a joy to behold.

Known as the 'King of Romani Music,' Šaban's work has been copied and stolen countless times, and you have undoubtedly heard him sing if you have seen any of Emir Kusturica's classic films Time of the Gypsies, Underground or Black Cat, White Cat.

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Withnail
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1 year ago

I don’t remember seeing him on the Enterprise...

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Skure
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1 year ago

His name is Krunoslav Kićo Slabinac. Very popular musician.

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Keep scrolling to check out these classic worst album covers for yourself, and be sure to check out some of the amazing music behind the cover art!

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Valerie Lessard
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1 year ago

cringey? no, this one's awesome

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Rowlie
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1 year ago

hard choices

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Wil Vanderheijden
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1 year ago

I would be angry too if my barber messed up my hair like that.

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Rowlie
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1 year ago

He's undercover on the cover

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Shooey
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1 year ago

No Capes!

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Biljana Malesevic
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Pitty you can't translate these songs, titles are hilarious (I am Serbian btw), it's almost imporsible to translate it so that it stays in "spirit of language" but well I will try: 1. I'll fight those who listens to screaming 2. I am not Metalicca 3. Just withyou (no, I did not make typing mistake here) 4 Kill woman who doen't wash her hair (same, I just tried to type with spelling errors made in Serbian) 5. Drug, called madness 6. Give'er the soap, friends 7. whattadoyou need drugs, friend 8. woman, you need spelling book 9. you're wrong brother woman 10. I dunno mother why she listens to noise 11. we are just bathing

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athornedrose
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1 year ago

well that looks like something freud would've had fun with

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Rowlie
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1 year ago

Gorgeous

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DP von Icecream
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1 year ago

Never knew the 90ties are considered vintage now :-/@author can you please get yourself a pair of shiny NEW glasses? (or contact lenses)

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Skure
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1 year ago

"Slavuj iz Mrčajevaca" - Even I don't listen to this kind of music, I need to say he is one of the greatest stars in Yugoslavia...

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Ed Souza
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1 year ago

Gray man bad.

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Marky Mark And The Funky Bunch
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1 year ago

I wanna put you in one of these great used cars we've got!

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Full Name
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1 year ago

This record was made in Brooklyn last July.

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Rowlie
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1 year ago

the car had to be traumatized

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Wil Vanderheijden
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1 year ago

Off all the places where she could have put her hand.

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Wil Vanderheijden
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1 year ago

Is this an add for hair extensions?

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Valerie Lessard
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1 year ago

mugabi

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STress the Terrible
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1 year ago

(translated) Come back, my love! Resounding "NOPE!!!"

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Withnail
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1 year ago

Well, looks like he’s had enough of this.

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Valerie Lessard
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1 year ago

david brent

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Kathryn Baylis
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1 year ago

And his Number 1 hit "'Scuse Me While I Scratch My Head", flip side is "I Think She Had Lice"

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Wil Vanderheijden
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1 year ago

Is that a cougar?

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1 year ago

It's fun to stay at the Y-M-C-A!

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