Monday Fresh: Iron Maiden's Number Of The Beast Voted Best Album

While Iron Maiden is undoubtedly a heavy metal institution, mainstream recognition is not something that they are often afforded.

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While Iron Maiden is undoubtedly a heavy metal institution, mainstream recognition is not something that they are often afforded. A recent poll conducted by music retailer HMV, however, is set to change all that.

In a poll to mark the Queen of England's diamond jubilee, the store has been asking its customers to vote for their favorite British album of the past 60 years.

Winning 9.2% of the 30,000 votes cast, Maiden's landmark 1982 album Number Of The Beast went on to trump such heavyweight acts as Oasis, Pink Floyd and The Beatles.

The full top ten list is as follows, along with percentage of votes, is as follows:

01. Iron Maiden - The Number Of The Beast (9.18%) 02. Depeche Mode - Violator (6.30%) 03. The Beatles - Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (5.69) 04. The Beatles - Abbey Road (5.67%) 05. Pink Floyd - The Dark Side Of The Moon (5.23%) 06. The Beatles - Revolver (4.01%) 07. Queen - A Night At The Opera (3.98%) 08. Oasis - (What's The Story) Morning Glory? (3.91%) 09. Adele - 21 (3.07%) 10. The Beatles - White Album (2.60%)

Blabbermouth has published the following statement from HMV's Gennaro Castaldo:

"You often tend to see the same artists and albums dominate album polls, but with social media increasingly giving the most ardent and passionate fans a powerful voice, I think that's all going to change, and so it's no surprise that Iron Maiden have come out on top as their fans are renowned for being the most loyal and dedicated around. Congratulations to Iron Maiden we now know the number of the beast is, in fact, 1."

Iron Maiden are set to tour the US next month.

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    dial-a-death
    To note, I think the list is pretty good, mine (in no paticular order) would be: Queen- Jazz Iron Maiden- 7th Son Of A 7th Son Oasis- (What's The Story) Morning Glory? Saxon- Denim And Leather Pink Floyd- The Wall Supertramp- Crime Of The Century Onslaught- Killing Peace Def Leppard- Adrenalize Thunder- Backstreet Symphony Deep Purple- Machinehead
    Wppa
    While "The Number Of The Beast" has some absolutely great songs like: Run To The Hills, Children of the Damned, etc. I still don't think it's that good of an album. Songs like: Invaders, Gangland, are pretty good but not amazing. And the two songs "22 Acaia Avenue" and "The Prisoner" are okay, but that's about it.
    ctb
    robo37 wrote: Can the 8 dislikers please explain?
    Because you randomly posted your favourite probably and you knew it was UK-only. :p
    dial-a-death
    robo37 wrote: How the **** are Queen and Adele actually capable of writting good albums? And where the **** are Radiohead? Seriously, I don't think I've seen a single of these lists UG shows that hasn't managed to profoundly pissed me off. ...and Number Of The Beast... seems pretty average, though I've only heard 1 or 2 songs from it so I'll try yo keep an open mind.
    SERIOUSLY? I prefer half of Queen's album tracks to their "Greatest Hits". Queen made a lot of AMAZING albums. Have you listened to Jazz ? A Night At The Opera? Sheer Heart Attack? The Miracle? A Kind Of Magic? Innuendo? Those are some of the best albums ever made! Queen are the most diverse band ever, listening to one of their albums, you can hear aspects of Led Zep, The Who, Rolling Stones, you name it, with arguably the greatest rock singer of all time at the helm.
    TimTheWizard
    mpk3432 wrote: it pains me to see an adele album which has been out for like a year next to real classics like these fantastic news tho, up the irons!
    You should listen to the album, there's a reason it has sold so many albums already. It's one of the greatest "pop" albums since... idk, Thriller? I agree with the Radioheads, it should be in there instead of Oasis but yeah it's a poll so what ya gonna do
    dewitt
    robo37 wrote: robo37 wrote: Leaving nationality aside, I would have gone for: 1. The Fragile - Nine Inch Nails 2. Hail to the Thief - Radiohead 3. Cruel Melody - Black Light Burns 4. 10,000 Days - Tool 5. See You on the Other Side - Korn 6. Elect the Dead - Serj Tankian 7. 13 - Blur 8. Concentration - Machines of Loving Grace 9. Songs for the Death - Queens of the Stone Age 10. Unholy - Martin Grech - Can the 8 dislikers please explain?
    Well, if you really want to know, I think your list is shit, and I hope I never have to spend time listening to your soundtrack of choice. Also, your list is almost completely irrelevant to the article. Maybe your list would have less down-votes if you had stuck to the format used in the poll (i.e., British music), but judging by your taste in music, I'd still guess otherwise. But no one is saying you can't listen to what you like and enjoy it. We just don't have to agree with you.
    dewitt
    mpk3432 wrote: GenerationKILL wrote: mpk3432 wrote: it pains me to see an adele album which has been out for like a year next to real classics like these fantastic news tho, up the irons! It pains me to see that some people who don't like a specific genre think they're not worthy of the same amount of recognition. 21 is one of the best JAZZ albums ever made. quit being so narrowminded. and yes, I am a huge metal fan, just like you. adele....jazz? ye, and slipknot is 80's funk and i love blues and jazz, so you cant comment on another person's taste pretty much any album released in the last 10-15 years cannot be judged on sales and whatnot, because pop culture has made it so that music doesnt sell well because its good, but because its "popular" its "the best album of the year" adele is a massive example of this. personally, i dont like her voice, i dont condone those who do, but anyone who says shes this amazing artist who is as good as maiden or queen or the beatles.... just give it 20 years and we'll talk, we'll see who's "popular" then, coz her fans will move on to the next craze, the next "best album of the year" also im not a fan of people who dont write the music and take all the credit from the team of writers who produce stuff that pales in comparison to what one good musician can do but anyway... maiden ftw once again ;D
    I actually like Adele just as much as Iron Maiden -- maybe even a **** hair more. I'm not a big fan of Adele, by any means; i actually think most of her music is shit. But Iron Maiden isn't really any better. They've always just been a poor man's Judas Priest, to me, with less interesting songs and [generally] less-skilled musicians. I'm not upset that they topped the list. I just figure this poll must have been featured on a Maiden fan page somewhere, and, as others have said, they probably didn't get many votes for any other albums of theirs. Number of the Beast is their most widely recognized album, and there's quite a dropoff between it and the next in line, in the eyes of the general public. Bands like Zeppelin, the Stones, the Who, the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Queen, Black Sabbath, etc., etc. -- all better bands with a more recognizable, more widely acclaimed catalog of music to choose from. Their votes were split amongst many albums, whereas most casual Maiden fans prompted to take part in this poll would simply just select this album, since it's the most well-known.
    Enix165
    Don't get me wrong. I love Maiden. But where I live, at the very least, every angsty 12 year-old kid and their brother, mother and dog have an Iron Maiden shirt. All of them have signature instruments, there's a movie about them, they've been in video games, been hailed as one of the biggest and most influential metal bands ever and Bruce Dickinson has enough money to run his own private airline. HOW IS THIS NOT MAINSTREAM RECOGNITION? Also, surprised Depeche Mode's there above bands like The Rolling Stones, Judas Priest and Led Zeppelin considering I actually know who the latter three are.
    )v(egaFan90
    It's funny to see a couple people bitching about non-British albums that aren't in the list (notably the guy complaining about the Black Album, lol). I was misled by the title quickly read the first paragraph. Problem solved!
    SkepsisMetal
    robo37 wrote: robo37 wrote: Leaving nationality aside, I would have gone for: 1. The Fragile - Nine Inch Nails 2. Hail to the Thief - Radiohead 3. Cruel Melody - Black Light Burns 4. 10,000 Days - Tool 5. See You on the Other Side - Korn 6. Elect the Dead - Serj Tankian 7. 13 - Blur 8. Concentration - Machines of Loving Grace 9. Songs for the Death - Queens of the Stone Age 10. Unholy - Martin Grech - Can the 8 dislikers please explain?
    Maybe that The Fragile and 10,000 days are the only noteworthy albums on there, and as much as I love Tool; they are far from regarded as classics.
    TheExterminator
    Eh, I know I shouldn't expect much from people voting on a -HMV- poll, but even if you were just picking from Metal albums that came out in the same time-frame as Number of the Beast, you could find dozens better. Hell, Motorhead, Judas Priest, and Black Sabbath all fall in that 60-year time span and they've all done better things than anything Maiden's done, and they're popular enough to actually be known by HMV's consumer base. I love Iron Maiden probably more than the next guy, but c'mon. Number of the Beast isn't even Iron Maiden's best album. Again, though, I shouldn't expect much from HMV's fans/consumers. It doesn't surprise me they mistook "most well-known" and "best"
    anjan14
    guitargodwannab wrote: anjan14 wrote: I'm really glad ! Maiden deserve this .Even though number of the beast is not my favorite record but I'm glad Iron Maiden have got this .I'm just little disappointed for not seeing Guns N Roses or even Metallica . Metal Forever .Peace people. hey dumbass, Metallica or GnR ARENT from the UK.....this was based on UK bands over the past 60 years. **** my question is why no Who or no Sabbath
    First read all the comments carefully and then answers ! Arrogant freak !
    link no1
    robo37 wrote: dewitt wrote: robo37 wrote: robo37 wrote: Leaving nationality aside, I would have gone for: 1. The Fragile - Nine Inch Nails 2. Hail to the Thief - Radiohead 3. Cruel Melody - Black Light Burns 4. 10,000 Days - Tool 5. See You on the Other Side - Korn 6. Elect the Dead - Serj Tankian 7. 13 - Blur 8. Concentration - Machines of Loving Grace 9. Songs for the Death - Queens of the Stone Age 10. Unholy - Martin Grech - Can the 8 dislikers please explain? Well, if you really want to know, I think your list is shit, and I hope I never have to spend time listening to your soundtrack of choice. Also, your list is almost completely irrelevant to the article. Maybe your list would have less down-votes if you had stuck to the format used in the poll (i.e., British music), but judging by your taste in music, I'd still guess otherwise. But no one is saying you can't listen to what you like and enjoy it. We just don't have to agree with you. 1. You can't say the list is shit when I can pretty much I garantie you haven't heard a single song from about half of those albums, and only 1 or 2 for the others. 2. I know this article is about UK bands only, hence me saying "Leaving nationality aside" before the list. Seeing as the title is "Iron Maiden's Number Of The Beast Voted Best Album" it seems like a pretty relivent thing to post, especially seeing as the wholepoint of having a comment section is for people to voice their opinions on the matter. 3. I'm not saying yo have to agree with me. All I'm saying is that people shouldn't judge areas of music that they know next to nothing about, especially when that often comes down to making assumptions based on it having a bad rep. (not that I'm saying that's what you're doing, but I'm guessing that that's what the majority of dislikers did) I find it funny tbh that mentioning Coil got 2 dislikers, even though hardly anyone knows anything about what their music sounds like. I'm tired sick of people assuming that just because they haven't heard of a band/musician it means they automatically aren't any good. Nonsense. But yeah, in hignsigt I probably should have moved Korn and Serj Tankian down the list and put Coil's Musick to Play in the Dark on there.
    Dude, it doesn't matter how you try to defend it. 1) People don't like your list for a reason. 2) Even NOT counting nationality, your list is irrelevant. Why would you post your 'top 10 albums regardless of nationality' or whatever on a article about the top 10 BRITISH albums? It's like a 'top 10 mammals' list where I go and tell everybody that I think the list should include my 'top 10 reptilians'.
    rokr258
    I know there's already too many Beatles albums up there, but I really wish one of them would have been Rubber Soul. I love that album from the bottom of my heart. Also, where is One Direction????? COME ON YOU GUYS BOY BANDZ RULE
    thebigredjj10
    I hate lists like this. Why did I comment then? To give UG a hit and a comment, because that's what type of fellow I am. I want the site to keep running.
    K33nbl4d3
    I'd say both Paranoid and British Steel are just plain better, but I don't know... I used to like Maiden but I just can't get into it anymore...
    HarrySound
    The Almighty - Crank That would be mine I guess. British music isn't good. And i'm english
    Reddaz
    Don't wanna sound like a queer or nuthin, but Depeche Mode is a pretty sweet band!
    GenerationKILL
    mpk3432 wrote: it pains me to see an adele album which has been out for like a year next to real classics like these fantastic news tho, up the irons!
    It pains me to see that some people who don't like a specific genre think they're not worthy of the same amount of recognition. 21 is one of the best JAZZ albums ever made. quit being so narrowminded. and yes, I am a huge metal fan, just like you.
    robo37
    robo37 wrote: Leaving nationality aside, I would have gone for: 1. The Fragile - Nine Inch Nails 2. Hail to the Thief - Radiohead 3. Cruel Melody - Black Light Burns 4. 10,000 Days - Tool 5. See You on the Other Side - Korn 6. Elect the Dead - Serj Tankian 7. 13 - Blur 8. Concentration - Machines of Loving Grace 9. Songs for the Death - Queens of the Stone Age 10. Unholy - Martin Grech
    - Can the 8 dislikers please explain?
    Reddaz
    GenerationKILL wrote on 05/28/2012 - 04:21 pm / quote | mpk3432 wrote: it pains me to see an adele album which has been out for like a year next to real classics like these fantastic news tho, up the irons! It pains me to see that some people who don't like a specific genre think they're not worthy of the same amount of recognition. 21 is one of the best JAZZ albums ever made. quit being so narrowminded. and yes, I am a huge metal fan, just like you.
    What's that whirring sound? Oh must be Miles Davis and Les Paul spinning in their graves!
    stonedhippos
    doesn't matter if Maiden is number one on the list. no zeppelin means this list is irrelevant.
    hihi7
    Wait a second... Isn't Zeppelin from the UK? How are they not up there?
    guitargodwannab
    anjan14 wrote: I'm really glad ! Maiden deserve this .Even though number of the beast is not my favorite record but I'm glad Iron Maiden have got this .I'm just little disappointed for not seeing Guns N Roses or even Metallica . Metal Forever .Peace people.
    hey dumbass, Metallica or GnR ARENT from the UK.....this was based on UK bands over the past 60 years. **** my question is why no Who or no Sabbath
    saint_berzerker
    Ha...first Heavy Metal album I ever bought. I was like 12. Couldn't stand the music (at that time), but the album cover made me buy it.
    GasPipe
    Imagine if all the people who voted for Beatles album got behind one Beatles album though? Says a lot about the Beatles, true musical greats, whose fans are all spoiled for choice for good albums. Still a bigger fan of Iron Maiden personally though haha.
    FMVG96
    robo37 wrote: How the **** are Queen and Adele actually capable of writting good albums? And where the **** are Radiohead? Seriously, I don't think I've seen a single of these lists UG shows that hasn't managed to profoundly pissed me off. ...and Number Of The Beast... seems pretty average, though I've only heard 1 or 2 songs from it so I'll try yo keep an open mind.
    Queen is so much better than Radiohead
    GameSkate
    From these 10 albums Dark Side Of The Moon should definitely have first place...
    robo37
    dewitt wrote: robo37 wrote: robo37 wrote: Leaving nationality aside, I would have gone for: 1. The Fragile - Nine Inch Nails 2. Hail to the Thief - Radiohead 3. Cruel Melody - Black Light Burns 4. 10,000 Days - Tool 5. See You on the Other Side - Korn 6. Elect the Dead - Serj Tankian 7. 13 - Blur 8. Concentration - Machines of Loving Grace 9. Songs for the Death - Queens of the Stone Age 10. Unholy - Martin Grech - Can the 8 dislikers please explain? Well, if you really want to know, I think your list is shit, and I hope I never have to spend time listening to your soundtrack of choice. Also, your list is almost completely irrelevant to the article. Maybe your list would have less down-votes if you had stuck to the format used in the poll (i.e., British music), but judging by your taste in music, I'd still guess otherwise. But no one is saying you can't listen to what you like and enjoy it. We just don't have to agree with you.
    1. You can't say the list is shit when I can pretty much I garantie you haven't heard a single song from about half of those albums, and only 1 or 2 for the others. 2. I know this article is about UK bands only, hence me saying "Leaving nationality aside" before the list. Seeing as the title is "Iron Maiden's Number Of The Beast Voted Best Album" it seems like a pretty relivent thing to post, especially seeing as the wholepoint of having a comment section is for people to voice their opinions on the matter. 3. I'm not saying yo have to agree with me. All I'm saying is that people shouldn't judge areas of music that they know next to nothing about, especially when that often comes down to making assumptions based on it having a bad rep. (not that I'm saying that's what you're doing, but I'm guessing that that's what the majority of dislikers did) I find it funny tbh that mentioning Coil got 2 dislikers, even though hardly anyone knows anything about what their music sounds like. I'm tired sick of people assuming that just because they haven't heard of a band/musician it means they automatically aren't any good. Nonsense. But yeah, in hignsigt I probably should have moved Korn and Serj Tankian down the list and put Coil's Musick to Play in the Dark on there.
    MacMan2001
    I love Depeche Mode's 90s stuff, where they moved into being more of an alt-rock band. I'm 20 and my mum has been a lifelong fan, otherwise I'd never have heard of them. I have a limited edition numbered vinyl Violator album cover poster on my wall too, sadly not #101 though! (fans will get it). Not a bad list too - a lot of Beatles on there, predictably.
    Maiden95
    Chronologo wrote: Maiden95 wrote: dewitt wrote: I'm not a big fan of Adele, by any means; i actually think most of her music is shit. But Iron Maiden isn't really any better. They've always just been a poor man's Judas Priest, to me, with less interesting songs and [generally] less-skilled musicians. I'm not upset that they topped the list. I just figure this poll must have been featured on a Maiden fan page somewhere, and, as others have said, they probably didn't get many votes for any other albums of theirs. Number of the Beast is their most widely recognized album, and there's quite a dropoff between it and the next in line, in the eyes of the general public. Bands like Zeppelin, the Stones, the Who, the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Queen, Black Sabbath, etc., etc. -- all better bands with a more recognizable, more widely acclaimed catalog of music to choose from. Their votes were split amongst many albums, whereas most casual Maiden fans prompted to take part in this poll would simply just select this album, since it's the most well-known.I respect your opinion but you are really wrong about Iron Maiden. If you think they are a poor man's Judas Priest with less interesting songs you are sadly mistaken. Listen to Revelatoins or Infinite Dreams or The Man Who would be King, I love Priest but those songs are much more interesting than most of Priest's catalogue. Also IMO, Dickinson > Halford, McBrain > Travis, Smith and Murray > K.K. And Tipton. And let's be real Steve Harris blows Ian Hill away. Check out Maiden's live show compared to Priest's also. Sorry but your nickname makes any of your arguments invalid. IMO, I love Adrian Smith's playing style, but KK and Tipton blow the maiden's axemens away. You're right about Harris, right about McBrain, he's got more groove than Travis, but long time ago Judas had A FANTASTIC drummer called Les Binks who I think it could do a decent match against McBrain. For me Halford and Dickinson are both amazing, still you must understand by now that Halford is older. Bruce almost blew his voice in the early nineties but he started to take care of it and now he can still perform quite well. Anyway I'm glad for Maiden, and I do understand the letdown that is the lack of Zeppelin
    Well ignore the nickname haha, cause I really took an objective look into the debate. I hate being the "fan boy" and I'm not trying to be here. Oh yeah, Les was a great drummer, and nothing against Scott Travis or any other Priest drummer, but Nicko McBrain is one of the best and most underrated in rock history. Halford is INSANE. I will give you that. I honestly prefer Dickinson's vocals but if you want to say Halford is better, especially given the age, I have no problem
    mpshena
    So I have no idea how to comment on somebodies post I just made a profile. But robo37 I think no ones likes your list because most people here are rockers and metal heads. Those bands are just not close to metal lol
    robo37
    mpshena wrote: So I have no idea how to comment on somebodies post I just made a profile. But robo37 I think no ones likes your list because most people here are rockers and metal heads. Those bands are just not close to metal lol
    Fair enough.
    HollowPoint423
    Sign of War wrote: Also... Britain? CARCASS! While I do agree Carcass are great and that Heartwork is easily the best Melodic Death Album ever they're just not going to get any mainstream recognition. I for one am disappointed that there are loads of Beatles albums on there and not any Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Cream, Deep Purple, Jethro Tull or any of the other great British Bands, also Adele? GET OUT!
    The first time I heard Carcass' Heartwork, I was in love. That album has to be one of the best sounding albums I have heard. Shoot, I have it on my iTunes!! The guitars are so heavy and clear considering that album came out in '93.