Skip to comments.Iron Maidenís The Number of the Beast Voted Best British Album of Past 60 Years
Posted on 05/30/2012 12:22:56 AM PDT by Olog-hai
NME.com reports that music retailer HMV conducted the poll which asked music fans to vote on the best British album from the past 60 years. Iron Maidens The Number of the Beast topped the poll with almost 10% of the votes.
Depeche Mode came second with Violator, and The Beatles (four albums in the Top 10) came third with Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Iron Maidens Bruce Dickinson said:
Were 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 its 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!
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Well, I just learned something about the UK.
It is one wicked album. The guitar work on it is amazing with a ton of catchy hooks and riffs.
Iron Maiden is the best! Imho.
DARK SIDE OF THE MOON.
I’m a hardcore Maiden fan, but yea...DSOTM is a force that cannot be denied. But the people have spoken so...UP THE IRONS! ;)
Love maiden, but I think powerslave and killers are better.
HMVs 10 Best British Albums of the last 60 years:
1. Iron Maiden The Number of the Beast
2. Depeche Mode Violator
3. The Beatles Sgt. Peppers 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 (Whats the Story) Morning Glory?
9. Adele 21
10. The Beatles The White Album
If you haven’t, check out “Brave New World” from about 2000. Very underrated album in their catalog. Easily up there with Killers IMO.
Yes! YES! Up the Irons!!
As a long-time Iron Maiden fan, it’s wonderful to see Iron Maiden getting their full due as the music force they are.
For me, personally, I find “Piece of Mind” and “Powerslave” to be the best Iron Maiden albums to date, but “Number of the Beast” certainly ranks as one of the greatest albums of all time nonetheless.
Oasis’ Morning Glory is top of my list.
The Stone Roses debut needs to be there as well.
The ‘White Album’ is a Rorschach test meant to test someone’s hipster credentials. It’s actually an overlong, disjointed effort with an appalling quotient of dross. To paraphrase Mark Twain, everybody praises it but few listen to it.
Top to bottom I think NOTB is the best album. killers and Brave New World are my two favorite songs.
Being a huge Maiden fan, I finally saw them in concert last year in Tampa, where they hadn’t played since 1991.
This Gator agrees
For me it’s a tossup between ‘Twilight Zone’ with DiAnno and ‘Thin line between love and hate’ with Bruce for songs. I was always more of a ‘deep cuts’ guy ;)
Albumwise, That’s tough. Dunno if I could honestly pick one. BNW, Powerslave/Live after Death, Killers and the original Iron Maiden are about tied. The nice thing about being an IM fan is never having to utter the words ‘that song/album sucks’. ;) Even Blaze Baily had some good stuff.
Agree 1,000%. Best metal band, ever. I’m going to see them again on June 26th. It’ll be my son’s first time seeing them.
After Dark Side, the gap to whatever is in 2d place is simply enormous.
Dark Side isn’t merely the Absolute Best ‘British’ Rock Album of all time, it is T.H.E. Absolute Best Rock Album of all time, period.
Concept, execution, ‘completeness’ — when they locked up those tracks, there wasn’t ANYTHING left on the table undone.
One Man’s Opinion
Wouldn’t argue with Maiden, the Beatles or Floyd. Never even heard of Adele. Depeche Mode and Oasis? Come on.
The big one missing for me from that list would be Black Sabbath, at least one of the first six albums would need to be represented in my top 10 somewhere.
Given the current police state that we once knew as Great Britain, could this selection be a harbinger?
Dark Side isnt merely the Absolute Best British Rock Album of all time, it is T.H.E. Absolute Best Rock Album of all time, period.
Concept, execution, completeness when they locked up those tracks, there wasnt ANYTHING left on the table undone.
One Mans Opinion
Two men's opinion.
I was already a big Judas Priest fan from hearing the “Killing Machine” and “Stained Class” albums and then they put out “British Steel” right around the same time. IMHO JP’s “British Steel” album really opened up the door to metal in America. Then after Iron Maiden put out Killers I literally spent the whole summer holed up in my room with a guitar trying to learn ever song off those five albums.
What I am surprised by is that Black Sabbath's “Paranoid”, Deep Purple's “Machine Head”, and Judas Priest's “British Steel” albums didn't make the top 10.
I mean Black Sabbath being one of the biggest influences for Heavy Metal with the song “Iron Man” alone, then you have Deep Purple with the song “Smoke On The Water” that launched a million guitars, and then there is Judas Priest with “Living After Midnight” which opened up AOR play and made it cool for metal to be heard on radio.
I understand it was not just metal bands but all British Bands but I feel those three alone should have got a lot more recognition than they did. And don't even get me started on Led Zeppelin I and II not being up there. “Whole Lotta Love” was a mindblowing experience the first time I heard it and then there is “How Many More Times” which to this day is on my MP3 top 20.
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