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Iron Maiden's 'Beast' named best British album of past 60 years

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Iron Maiden's 1982 album The Number of the Beast has been named the best British album of the past 60 years in a new poll.

The heavy metal band's third studio effort beat off competition from Depeche Mode's Violator and The Beatles' Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, who landed at two and three respectively.

Iron Maiden

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Depeche Mode: Vince Clarke, Andrew Fletcher, Martin Gore and Dave Gahan

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The national survey, conducted by HMV, was created in celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Speaking about Iron Maiden's win, 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 Beatles' second entry comes in at four with Abbey Road, while Pink Floyd round off the Top Five with The Dark Side of the Moon.

The Top 60 best British albums as voted for in HMV's Diamond Jubilee poll are as follows:

1. Iron Maiden: The Number of the Beast (9.18%)
2. Depeche Mode: Violator (6.30%)
3. The Beatles: Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (5.69)
4. The Beatles: Abbey Road (5.67%)
5. Pink Floyd: The Dark Side of the Moon (5.23%)
6. The Beatles: Revolver (4.01%)
7. Queen: A Night at the Opera (3.98%)
8. Oasis: (What's the Story) Morning Glory? (3.91%)
9. Adele: 21 (3.07%)
10. The Beatles: White Album (2.60%)
11. Led Zeppelin: IV (2.50%)
12. The Beatles: Rubber Soul (2.49%)
13. The Clash: London Calling (2.48%)
14. David Bowie: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (2.38%)
15. The Smiths: The Queen is Dead (2.25%)
16. Black Sabbath: Black Sabbath (2.16%)
17. Radiohead: OK Computer (1.99%)
18. Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here (1.99%)
19. Elton John: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1.89%)
20. Oasis: Definitely Maybe (1.72%)
21. Take That: Beautiful World (1.66%)
22. Led Zeppelin: II (1.48%)
23. Elbow: Seldom Seen Kid (1.44%)
24. The Who: Who's Next (1.38%)
25. Coldplay: Parachutes (1.31%)
26. Sex Pistols: Never Mind the Bollocks (1.30%)
27. Muse: Origin of Symmetry (1.25%)
28. Amy Winehouse: Back to Black (1.23%)
29. Joy Division: Unknown Pleasures (1.20%)
30. The Stone Roses: The Stone Roses (1.14%)
31. David Bowie: Hunky Dory
32. The Cure: Disintegration
33. My Bloody Valentine: Loveless
34. Arctic Monkeys: Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
35. Pulp: Different Class
36. Mumford & Sons: Sigh No More
37. Blur: Parklife
38. Florence & The Machine: Lungs
39. The Prodigy: Fat of the Land
40. The Rolling Stones: Exile on Main Street
41. Kate Bush: Hounds of Love
42. Radiohead: Kid A
43. The Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers
44. Portishead: Dummy
45. The Rolling Stones: Let it Bleed
46. The Specials: The Specials
47. Kasabian: Kasabian
48. Manic Street Preachers: The Holy Bible
49. Tinie Tempah: Disc-overy
50. Stereophonics: Word Gets Around
51. Massive Attack: Blue Lines
52. Primal Scream: Screamadelica
53. Dusty Springfield: Dusty in Memphis
54. Aphex Twin: Selected Ambient Works
55. Blur: Modern Life is Rubbish
56. The Streets: Original Pirate Material
57. PJ Harvey: Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea
58. Dizzee Rascal: Boy in da Corner
59. Teenage Fanclub: Bandwagonesque
60. Roots Manuva: Run Come Save Me

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