Yes, the Queen of England reigned for 60 years and is currently being celebrated by her fellow Brits. However, another all-English institution was recently awarded honors for their regency. HMV, a music retailer, conducted a poll in finding the best British music album produced over the past 60 years. Admittedly, to my surprise, Iron Maiden’s ‘The Number of the Beast’ came in first. And when I say surprise, then it’s just considering the army of bands and musicians originating from the Island, some of which were arguably more successful then the “first real heavy metal band” (that quote, by the way, is my own personal opinion).
Iron Maiden outranked acts such as the Beatles, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, getting a total of 9.2% of the incoming votes for their trademark album. Bruce Dickinson was understandably “astonished and delighted” over the news. I suppose he was just as surprised by the results and credits this accomplishment to the loyalty of the fans.
As you know I’m personally not a huge fan of these polls and any discussions around “The best xyz…”. But anyway, I’m actually surprised to see “The Number of the Beast” in the top ten, let alone taking the pole position. That in and of itself is remarkable and on a personal note, I obviously couldn’t agree more. It took me a while to warm up with Iron Maiden but I certainly became a fan over the past few years. Adrian Smith’s and Dave Murray’s guitar arrangements are phenomenal, Steve Harris is a killer, Bruce Dickinson is not from this world and Nicko McBrain kicks booty. So, what can I say: I like it!
In case you are interested in the full list of album which made it into the top ten, here you go:
1. Iron Maiden: The Number of the Beast (9.2%)
2. Depeche Mode: Violator (6.3%)
3. The Beatles: Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (5.7%)
4. The Beatles: Abbey Road (5.6%)
5. Pink Floyd: The Dark Side of the Moon (5.2%)
6. The Beatles: Revolver (4.0%)
7. Queen: A Night at the Opera (3.9%)
8. Oasis: (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? (3.9%)
9. Adele: 21 (3.1%)
10. The Beatles: White Album (2.6%)