Congratulations to Iron Maiden – the iconic rockers’ landmark 1982 ‘The Number of the Beast’ has been voted the best British album of the past 60 years in a major survey of fans and the wider British public.
The month-long poll to find the UK’s favourite album was run by HMV to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubliee this year. ‘The Number of the Beast’ took 9.2% of the vote placing it comfortably in the top spot.
“We’re astonished and delighted to hear The Number of the Beast has been named no.1 in HMV’s Diamond Jubliee survey for the greatest British album category,” says Maiden lead vocalist Bruce Dickinson. “Some of the most influential and classic albums from the past 60 years were in the running to 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 Jubliee year, is very special. Thank you to all our wonderful fans!”
‘The Number Of The Beast’ has to date sold over 14 million copies worldwide and featuers the anthemic UK top 10 single ‘Run To The Hills’. It was not only the band’s first UK no.1 album but the first to feature the vocals of Bruce Dickinson.
In all classic EMI-released albums accounted for seven of the poll’s top 10 with Depeche Mode‘s ‘Violator’ at no.2, ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ and ‘Abbey Road’ from The Beatles at no.s 3 and 4, Pink Floyd‘s ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’ at no.5, and The Beatles again at no.s 6 and 10 with ‘Revolver’ and ‘The White Album’.