Iron Maiden’s The Number Of The Beast is voted the best British album of the last 60 years

Iron Maiden’s 1982 platinum album ‘The Number Of The Beast’ has been voted the best British album of the past sixty years in a major survey of fans and the wider British public.

The month-long poll, hosted by HMV to mark the Diamond Jubilee, met with a remarkable response from music and film fans alike, with 54,545 votes cast and more than 330,000 posts on Facebook. In one of the largest ever surveys of its kind, driven primarily by social media, people were able to select their favourite films and albums through a Facebook poll application specifically built for the occasion.

Iron Maiden’s iconic heavy metal album ‘The Number Of The Beast’ topped the poll, although The Beatles were the most popular recording artist, gaining over 20% of the votes and gaining four entries in to the top ten.

On the band’s win, Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickenson commented, “We’re astonished and delighted to hear The Number of the Beast has been named No.1 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!”

Top British Albums:
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


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