'The Number Of The Beast' Wins Best Album of Last 60 Years

Iron Maiden The Number Of The Beast has been voted as the best British album of the last 60 years in a new poll by HMV.

The metal classic came out on top, taking almost ten per cent of the public vote which was conducted by HMV to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

The Beatles featured four times in the top ten, while other artists included Depeche Mode, Queen, Pink Floyd, Oasis and Adele.

Speaking about the achievement, Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson said:

"We're astonished and delighted to hear The Number of the Beast has been named Number One. 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!

Outside the Top 10, The Clash placed at Number 13 with London Calling, with David Bowie's The Rise and Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars at Number 14 and The Smiths' The Queen Is Dead at Number 15.

Radiohead's OK Computer was 17th, with Black Sabbath self-titled effort at Number 16. The Who, Sex Pistols, Blur, Stone Roses, The Cure, Joy Division, Arctic Monkeys, Pulp and Rolling Stones all failed to make the Top 20.

The 10 Best British Albums of the last 60 years as voted in HMV poll were as follows:

  • 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