To celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, HMV conducted a public vote for the top British album of the last 60 years. Heading up the list was none other than Iron Maiden's 1982 classic 'The Number Of The Beast.'
Toppling such giants as the Beatles, Queen and Pink Floyd, Maiden took almost ten percent of all votes cast.
The Beatles did place a total of four LP's in the top ten, with Pink Floyd, Oasis, Queen, Depeche Mode and Adele making up the rest of the list. Classic records by Led Zeppelin, the Clash, Black Sabbath, David Bowie and the Smiths all found a home in the top twenty, but surprisingly such legends as The Who, Sex Pistols and The Rolling Stones all failed to reach the upper regions of the list.
The HMV 20 Best British Albums of the Last 60 Years:
- Iron Maiden – 'The Number Of The Beast'
- Depeche Mode – 'Violator'
- The Beatles – 'Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'
- The Beatles – 'Abbey Road'
- Pink Floyd – 'The Dark Side Of The Moon'
- The Beatles – 'Revolver'
- Queen – 'A Night At The Opera'
- Oasis – '(What's the Story) Morning Glory?'
- Adele – 21′
- The Beatles – 'White Album'
- Led Zeppelin – 'IV'
- The Beatles – 'Rubber Soul'
- The Clash – 'London Calling'
- David Bowie – 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars'
- The Smiths – 'The Queen is Dead'
- Black Sabbath – 'Black Sabbath'
- Radiohead – 'OK Computer'
- Pink Floyd – 'Wish You Were Here'
- Elton John – 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road'
- Oasis – 'Definitely Maybe'