Not too long ago, the internet exploded because Miley Cyrus -- Hannah Montana herself! -- had the audacity to be the first person to ever use a scantily clad body to try and sell music. Or, y'know, not.

Cyrus has been taking advantage of the advertising adage that "sex sells" to help move units -- and she's recently been joined by everyone from pop star Lady Gaga, who displays her her thong-clad bum on the cover for her new R. Kelley duet, to indie darling Sky Ferreira, whose art for "Night Time, My Time" features her naked in a shower.

By contrast, Cyrus' "Bangerz" cover, featuring the singer in a short trench coat, is positively demure -- but album art has been the primary means of using skin to sell music since pretty much the moment music has been for sale.

Here are the sexiest album covers we could find, dating back to the 1950s and 1960s right up to today.

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  • Mitsou, "Ya Ya" (1994)

  • Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass, "Whipped Cream and Other Delights" (1965)

  • Rollins Band, "Nice" (2001)

  • Johnny Mann Singers, "Night" (1956)

  • Seal, "Seal" (1994)

  • Roxy Music, "Country Life" (1974)

  • Maroon 5, "Hands All Over" (2010)

  • Julie London, "Julie" (1958)

  • Mariah Carey, "Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel" (2009)

  • Wild Cherry, "Wild Cherry" (1976)

  • Hurricane, "Slave to the Thrill" (1990)

  • Ohio Players, "Honey" (1975)

  • Sebastien Tellier, "Sexuality" (2008)

  • Pulp, "This Is Hardcore" (1998)

  • Sugar Ray, "Lemonade and Brownies" (1995)

  • The Strokes, "Is This It" (2001)

  • Barbra Streisand, "Streisand Superman" (1977)

  • Grace Jones, "Island Life" (1985)

  • Black Crowes, "Amorica" (1994)

  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience, "Electric Ladyland" (1968) (UK Edition)

  • Goldfrapp, "Supernature" (2005)

  • ice-T, "Power" (1988)

  • "Music for Hangovers" (1963)

  • Katy Perry, "Teenage Dream" (2010)

  • Kelly Rowland, "Talk a Good Game" (2013)

  • Lady Gaga, "The Remix" (2010)

  • Ladytron, "Softcore Jukebox" (2003)

  • Lords of Acid, "The Crablouse" (1994)

  • Ciara, "Body Party" (2013)

  • O Donel Levy, "Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky" (1974)

  • Paul Mauriat, "Blooming Hits" (1967)

  • Pixies, "Surfer Rosa" (1988)

  • Peaches, "The Teaches of Peaches" (2000)

  • Claudia Wheeler, "The Price Is Right" (196?)

  • Queen, "Bicycle Race/Fat Bottomed Girls" (1978)

  • Basement Jaxx, "Remedy" (1999)

  • Richard Holmes, "A Bowl Of Soul" (1966)

  • Rihanna, "Unapologetic" (2012)

  • Macrocosm, "Introducing... Brand X"

  • Serge Gainsbourg, "Histoire de Melody Nelson" (1971)

  • Blink 182, "Enema of the State" (1999)

  • The Sounds, "Dying To Say This To You" (2006)

  • The Cars, "Candy-O" (1979)

  • Buckingham Nicks, "Buckingham Nicks" (1973)

  • Divinyls, "Divinyls" (1990)

  • Ween, "Chocolate and Cheese" (1994)

  • Lady Gaga, "ARTPOP" (2013)

  • Sky Ferreira, "Night Time, My Time" (2013)

  • Sade, "Love Deluxe" (1992)

  • Beyonce, "4" (2011)

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers, "Mother's Milk" (1989)