‘THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST’ BEST BRITISH ALBUM OF PAST 60 YEARS
Iron Maiden’s legendary 1982 album ‘The Number of the Beast’ has been crowned the best British album of the past 60 years.
In a recent HMV poll marking the Diamond Jubilee, Maiden’s 3rd LP garnered 9.2% of the 30,000 votes cast, being nominated 2,754 times.
The classic record, which has sold over 14 million copies worldwide, and features the U.K. Top-10 single “Run To The Hills”, gave the band their first No. 1 album in the UK.
Vocalist Bruce Dickinson 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!”
HMV’s Gennaro Castaldo also commented: “You often tend to see the same artists and albums dominate album polls, but with social media increasingly giving the most ardent and passionate fans a powerful voice, I think that’s all going to change, and so it’s no surprise that Iron Maiden have come out on top as their fans are renowned for being the most loyal and dedicated around. Congratulations to Iron Maiden — we now know the number of the beast is, in fact, …1”.
HMV’s Top 10 British albums of the past 60 years: .
1. Iron Maiden – The Number Of The Beast (9.18%)
2. Depeche Mode – Violator (6.30%)
3. The Beatles – Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (5.69)
4. The Beatles – Abbey Road (5.67%)
5. Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon (5.23%)
6. The Beatles – Revolver (4.01%)
7. Queen – A Night At The Opera (3.98%)
8. Oasis – (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? (3.91%)
9. Adele – 21 (3.07%)
10. The Beatles – White Album (2.60%)
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