The music and film retailer ran the Diamond Jubilee Poll after surveying around 55k of their customers over their thoughts on the best British album of the last 60 years. Almost 10% of those asked named the 1982 Iron Maiden album amongst their top choices.
It is less surprising to see that The Beatles were the most popular choice in the Top 10 albums with Adele’s 21 being the only current album to feature in the list. Both of the top 2 spots were something of a surprise with 2nd place in the list going to Depeche Mode’s 1990 album Violator.
Iron Maiden were clearly delighted to have topped the poll and their lead singer Bruce Dickinson said: “We’re astonished and delighted to hear The Number of the Beast has been named number one in HMV’s Diamond Jubilee survey for the greatest British album category.
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!”
The Top 20 Best British Albums of the last 60 years as voted for in the HMV poll are:
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’
11. Led Zeppelin: ‘IV’
12. The Beatles: ‘Rubber Soul’
13. The Clash: ‘London Calling’
14. David Bowie: ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars’
15. The Smiths: ‘The Queen is Dead’
16. Black Sabbath: ‘Black Sabbath’
17. Radiohead: ‘OK Computer’
18. Pink Floyd: ‘Wish You Were Here’
19. Elton John: ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’
20. Oasis: ‘Definitely Maybe’
It is the 2nd time that Haneke has won the top prize at the festival as he won back in 2009 with his movie The White Ribbon, a film set in a small German village before the outbreak of the First World War.
Amour (Love) is basically the story of a couple aged in their 80’s who are dealing with the prospect of death in their lives. Although Haneke has been known for shocking scenes in his movies Amour is an altogether gentler affair. After receiving the award Haneke said that Amour was a very personal movie to him as he has had to deal with a similar situation in his own family as that which he had portrayed in the film.
The movie has had some powerful responses from the Cannes audiences with people leaving screenings in tears after watching the film, which is set almost entirely in a small Paris apartment. A lot of credit has been given to the 2 main actors, 85-year old Emmanuelle Riva and 81-year old Jean-Louis Trintignant.
The Cannes jury awarded 2nd place to Matteo Garrone’s Italian satire “Reality,” while Ken Loach’s whisky-tasting comedy “The Angels’ Share” won the third-place Jury Prize.