Iron Maiden top best UK albums list

2012-05-29 20:07
Los Angeles - Iron Maiden's The Number of the Beast has been named the best British album of the past 60 years.

The heavy metal group were "astonished" to have placed so highly in the poll with their 1982 LP, beating Depeche Mode's Violator and The Beatles' Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, which were placed second and third respectively.

Speaking about the survey - which was carried out by HMV to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth - Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson said: "We're astonished and delighted to hear 'The Number of the Beast' has been named number one in HMV's Diamond Jubilee survey for the greatest British album category. 

"Some of the most influential and classic albums from the past 60 years were in the running so it's a testament to our incredibly loyal and ever-supportive fans who voted for us. 

"Iron Maiden is a proudly British band, so to win this category as voted for by the British public, in Jubilee year, is very special. Thank you to all our wonderful fans!"

The Beatles dominated the top 10, with entries in fourth, sixth and tenth place - for Abbey Road, Revolver and White Album - while Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon rounded out the top five.

The top 15 best British albums as voted for in HMV's Diamond Jubilee poll are:

1. Iron Maiden: The Number of the Beast
2. Depeche Mode: Violator
3. The Beatles: Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
4. The Beatles: Abbey Road
5. Pink Floyd: The Dark Side of the Moon
6. The Beatles: Revolver
7. Queen: A Night at the Opera
8. Oasis: (What's the Story) Morning Glory?
9. Adele: 21
10. The Beatles: White Album
11. Led Zeppelin: IV
12. The Beatles: Rubber Soul
13. The Clash: London Calling
14. David Bowie: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
15. The Smiths: The Queen is Dead


  • Rob - 2012-05-29 21:03

    Frampton comes alive & Rumours by Fleetwood Mac ????? Dark side of the Moon should be no 1 & Led Zep IV 2nd.

      martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-05-29 21:46

      Bad Company's "Bad Co." Deep Purple - "Made in Japan", even the Sex Pistols "Never mind the bollocks" could be on the list!

  • martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-05-29 21:44

    Seems very subjective... but big-up to Iron Maiden. All the albums on the list should be in every afficionados collection (on vinyl not CD) The sad part is that in 60 years time, people will be voting for Justine Bieber and Myley Cyrus!! Urrrgh

      jonathon.shuttleworth.5 - 2012-05-30 09:04

      HAHAHA mmmm true indeed there, well I say we enjoy a good band being at the top while it lasts ;-)

  • Christo - 2012-05-30 06:29

    Up the Irons!

  • TheRealWitblitz - 2012-05-30 06:48

    Pink Floyd should be no.1

      jonathon.shuttleworth.5 - 2012-05-30 09:06

      Ummmmm naaaah don't think so.... Its about time a band like Maiden got recognition for something like this.

  • jonathon.shuttleworth.5 - 2012-05-30 09:03

    Now that is just plain awesome news.... Everytime I walk into an HMV the smallest of them could make Look & Listen drool in variety...

  • ockert.j.dupreez - 2012-05-30 12:00

    That's awseome for Iron Maiden. It is about time they get recognition! Frankly speaking: Adele doesn't belong on this list yet. Her album is good, but it hasn't been out long enough to really be influential like these bands on this list.

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