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Maiden Classic Named Album Of Past 60 Years

Tuesday, May 29th 2012 12:45

The Number Of The Beast is the best record since the Queen took to the throne

In honour of the forthcoming jubilee celebrations HMV asked its customers to name their favourite album of the past 60 years.

Voters were asked to choose from a shortlist of 60 albums and Maiden came out on top with a massive 9.2% of around 30,000 votes.

HMV’s Gennaro Castaldo, comments: "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. 

"The beginning of Elizabeth II’s reign, and the bright new future it represented, didn’t just coincide with a flowering of British popular culture, it helped to provide the very spark that lit the touch-paper for an explosion in music and film talent.  Since then, the Queen has presided over the richest period of cultural achievement in our nation’s history, so it’s only right that her Diamond Jubilee, which ironically also encapsulates sixty years of the official charts, should be a period when we reflect on the greatest British albums and films of the past six decades.”

Here's the top 60 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%)                              

11. Led Zeppelin - IV (2.50%)
12. The Beatles - Rubber Soul (2.49%)
13. The Clash - London Calling (2.48%)
14. David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (2.38%)
15. The Smiths - The Queen is Dead (2.25%)      
16. Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath (2.16%)
17. Radiohead - OK Computer (1.99%)
18. Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here (1.99%)
19. Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1.89%)
20. Oasis - Definitely Maybe (1.72%)

21. Take That - Beautiful World (1.66%)           
22. Led Zeppelin - II (1.48%)      
23. Elbow - Seldom Seen Kid (1.44%)  
24. The Who - Who's Next (1.38%)       
25. Coldplay - Parachutes (1.31%)        
26. Sex Pistols - Never Mind the Bollocks (1.30%)       
27. Muse - Origin of Symmetry (1.25%)           
28. Amy Winehouse - Back to Black (1.23%)   
29. Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures (1.20%)            
30. The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses (1.14%)

31. David Bowie - Hunky Dory           
32. The Cure - Disintegration  
33. My Bloody Valentine - Loveless   
34. Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not       
35. Pulp - Different Class        
36. Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More 
37. Blur - Parklife        
38. Florence & The Machine - Lungs 
39. The Prodigy - Fat of the Land       
40. The Rolling Stones - Exile on Main Street            
41. Kate Bush - Hounds of Love         
42. Radiohead - Kid A 
43. The Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers         
44. Portishead - Dummy         
45. The Rolling Stones - Let it Bleed   
46. The Specials - The Specials         
47. Kasabian - Kasabian         
48. Manic Street Preachers - The Holy Bible
49. Tinie Tempah - Disc-overy           
50. Stereophonics - Word Gets Around          
51. Massive Attack - Blue Lines         
52. Primal Scream - Screamadelica  
53. Dusty Springfield - Dusty in Memphis      
54. Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works 
55. Blur - Modern Life is Rubbish       
56. The Streets - Original Pirate Material       
57. PJ Harvey - Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea 
58. Dizzee Rascal - Boy in da Corner            
59. Teenage Fanclub - Bandwagonesque      
60. Roots Manuva - Run Come Save Me




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