London, May 28 (ANI): Heavy metal legends Iron Maiden have topped a poll for the best British album of the past 60 years with their legendry record, 'The Number of the Beast'.
The rockers beat off competition from Eighties group, which included the 'Depeche Mode's' album Violator, and 'The Beatles' Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band to top in an HMV survey to mark the Diamond Jubilee.
Iron Maiden's 1982 album, which features their single track 'Run to the hills', took a whopping 9.2 percent share from the 30,000 votes cast - being selected 2,754 times.
We're astonished and delighted to hear The Number of the Beast has been named No.1 in HMV's Diamond Jubilee survey for the greatest British album category, the Sun quoted Bruce Dickinson, the lead singer of the band as saying.
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, he said.
However elsewhere, in the chart there was more success for The Beatles, with Abbey Road, Revolver, and The White Album all in the top ten.
Pink Floyd's The Dark Side Of The Moon ranked fifth and even won the vote of British Prime Minister David Cameron.
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, said HMV's Gennaro Castaldo.
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, said Castaldo.
The survey is part of a wider 'Music is great' campaign initiated by HMV, which seeks to highlight the best of British music in the Jubilee year.
Here is a look at the top10 British albums of the past 60 years
Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast (9.18 percent)
Depeche Mode - Violator (6.30 percent)
The Beatles - Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (5.69 percent)
The Beatles - Abbey Road (5.67 percent)
Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon (5.23 percent)
The Beatles - Revolver (4.01 percent)
Queen - A Night at the Opera (3.98 percent)
Oasis - (What's the Story) Morning Glory? (3.91 percent)
Adele - 21 (3.07 percent)
The Beatles / White Album (2.60 percent). (ANI)