LONDON, UK (Top40 Charts/ HMV UK)
Iron Maiden's landmark Heavy Metal album of the Eighties The Number of the Beast and Danny
Boyle's acclaimed 1996 cult film Trainspotting have respectively been voted best British album and best British film of the past sixty years in a major survey of fans and the wider British public.
The most popular recording artists, however, claiming just over a fifth of all the votes cast in the albums category, are The Beatles, who have four titles in the top 10 including Sergeant Pepper at no.3. The most voted-for directors are Danny
Boyle and Stanley Kubrick, who each have three films counted as being British in the overall top 60, while the most popular actors - tied with four appearances each out of the sixty films listed are Colin Firth, Hugh Grant
and Michael Caine - each quintessentially British in their own way. The Harry Potter and Monty Python franchises also scored heavily among voters, each with two films in the top 10.
The month-long poll, hosted by HMV to mark the Diamond Jubilee, met with a remarkable response from music and film fans alike, with 54,545 votes cast in total across the two categories (split approx 30,000 for albums & 24,000 for films) and more than 330,000 Facebook mentions and likes generated in the process. In arguably one of the largest ever surveys of its kind - driven primarily by social media, people were able to select their favourites by using a simple but innovative voting app on the retailer's Facebook page that could also be accessed via the url www.hmv.com/jubilee.
HMV's Gennaro Castaldo, comments: "The beginning of Elizabeth
II's reign, and the bright new future it represented, didn't just coincide with a flowering of British popular culture, it helped to provide the very spark that lit the touch-paper for an explosion in music and film talent. Since then, the Queen
has presided over the richest period of cultural achievement in our nation's history, so it's only right that her Diamond Jubilee, which ironically also encapsulates sixty years of the official charts, should be a period when we reflect on the greatest British albums and films of the past six decades."
Compared to some critics' polls, which are often dominated by the same titles, the HMV survey for the Diamond Jubilee has been entirely determined by a public vote, and so arguably throws up one or two surprises. In doing so, however, it demonstrates the compelling and growing power of social media such as Facebook and Twitter to engage with fans and give them an interactive platform to express their passion for their favourite artists and recordings.
Iron Maiden's The Number of the Beast….is 1! The Number of the Beast tops the album poll with a 9.2% share of the total albums vote (2,754 votes) - a potent reminder of the passion and loyalty of their fanbase and of Rock and Metal fans in particular. This landmark recording, which, to date, has sold over 14m copies worldwide and features the anthemic UK top-10 single Run To The Hills, is significant not only for giving the band their first UK no.1 album, but for the debut of their lead vocalist
Bruce Dickinson, who comments: "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. 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!"
See Notes to Editors
for more details.
Equally impressive in second spot and with 6.3% of the votes (1,892 votes) are electronic music legends Depeche Mode, with, for many people, their career-defining album Violator. The most popular artists overall, however, are The Beatles, who, with Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band at no.3 (5.69%) have four albums in the top 10 and five in the top 20 - accounting for just over 20% or approximately 6,000 of the 30,000 votes cast in the albums category.
The top 10 also features Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon- as voted for by Prime Minister
Cameron in HMV's poll, Queen's A Night at the Opera, Oasis
(What's The Story) Morning Glory? and the cultural phenomenon that is Adele's 21, which is the only album currently in the Official UK Charts top-10 to make it into the poll. Just outside of the top 10 are a number of other iconic artists/albums including Led Zeppelin
IV, The Clash
London Calling, David
Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, The Smiths The Queen
Black Sabbath's self-titled album, Radiohead
OK Computer and Elton John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. Featured in the top 30 are acclaimed albums from the likes of Take That, Elbow,
The Who, Coldplay, The Sex Pistols, Muse, Amy Winehouse, Joy Division and The Stone Roses.
The Nineties rank as the most popular decade for music, with 18 albums from this period making the overall top 60, just ahead of the 1970s with 15 - underlining the decade's iconic status for Rock music in particular. The Noughties come next with 13 albums out of the 60, followed by the Sixties with 8 and surprisingly, perhaps, the Eighties with just 4, including, ironically, Iron Maiden's The Number of the Beast. Our current decade only has 2 entries, including Adele21, whilst the album concept had yet to be introduced in the 1950s, so unsurprisingly there are no entries from this era.
Full list of top 60 British albums of the past 60 years
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
/ A Night at the Opera (3.98%)
/ (What's the Story) Morning Glory? (3.91%)
/ 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
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
/ OK Computer (1.99%)
18. Pink Floyd
/ Wish You Were Here (1.99%)
19. Elton John
/ Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1.89%)
/ Definitely Maybe (1.72%)
21. Take That
/ Beautiful World (1.66%)
22. Led Zeppelin
/ II (1.48%)
/ Seldom Seen Kid (1.44%)
24. The Who / Who's Next (1.38%)
/ 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
Bowie / Hunky Dory
32. The Cure / Disintegration
33. My Bloody Valentine
34. Arctic Monkeys
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
39. The Prodigy
/ Fat of the Land
40. The Rolling Stones
on Main Street
41. Kate Bush
/ Hounds of Love
/ Kid A
43. The Rolling Stones
/ Sticky Fingers
45. The Rolling Stones
/ Let it Bleed
46. The Specials / The Specials
48. Manic Street Preachers
/ The Holy Bible
49. Tinie Tempah
/ Word Gets Around
Attack / Blue Lines
52. Primal Scream
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
Manuva / Run Come Save Me
Compared to the results in the albums category, which are more strongly driven by fanbase voting, the films category has arguably an even greater spread of titles across the decades, many of the which are rightly regarded as iconic and have come to represent the very essence of British popular culture.
The cult film Trainspotting tops the poll with a 6.00% share of the vote (equivalent to just under 1,500 of the 24,000 votes cast in this category). The 1996 British comedy drama was directed by Danny
Boyle based on the novel of the same name by Irvine Welsh, and stars Ewan McGregor as Renton - part of a group of heroin addicts in a late 1980s economically depressed area of Edinburgh. The film has been previously been ranked 10th by the British Film Institute
(BFI) in its list of the top 100 British films of all time, while in 2004 it was voted the best Scottish film of all time in a public poll. See Notes to Editors
for more details.
In second and fourth spots respectively in the Best British films poll are Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Monty Python's Life of Brian - which, together, account for just over 10% of all the film votes cast, making it the most popular film franchise in the top 60. Harry Potter also features strongly, with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, the final instalment in the series, at no.3 and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban at no.7. Together the two films account for nearly 8.5% - or just over 2,000 of the 24,000 film votes cast, to underline the dedication of the Harry Potter fanbase.
Also featured in the top 10 are two masterpieces from renowned American director Stanley Kubrick, A Clockwork Orange
at no.5, which was released to great controversy in 1971 but to lasting effect, and the acclaimed 2001: A Space Odyssey, which was made in England and came out in 1968. Combined with Kubrick's other film in the top 60 - Dr. Strangelove, Kubrick has, like Boyle, three films in the top 60 - accounting for a tenth of the overall film vote.
The rest of the top 10 features The Italian Job at no.8 - arguably the film that most encapsulates the Sixties era, zombie-com Shaun Of The Dead (the film's star - Simon
Pegg also pops up at no.12 with Hot Fuzz) and, appropriately, perhaps, in this Diamond Jubilee year, the multi-award winning
The King's Speech, starring Colin Firth as King George
Just outside of the top 10 are more British iconic films, including rom-com Love Actually - the first of two Richard Curtis-directed films, at no.11 (the other is Four Weddings and a Funeral at no.22), Goldfinger
- the highest rated Bond film at no.13 (Dr. No comes in at no.32); Billy Elliot (no.14);
The Great Escape, which is the highest-ranking war movie, at no.15; Snatch - the first of two Guy Ritchie-directed movies in the top 20 films (the other is Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels); Quadrophenia at no.18; and Bridget Jones' Diary at no.19.
The most popular British actors in the top 60, each with four films, are Colin Firth (Love Actually,
The King's Speech, Bridget Jones' Diary and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy), Hugh Grant
(Love Actually, Bridget Jones' Diary, Four Weddings and a Funeral and Notting Hill) and Michael Caine (The Italian Job, Alfie, Get Carter and Zulu). Alec Guinness and John Cleese each have three films in the list.
The most popular decade for films in the survey is the Noughties, accounting for nearly a third -18 of the 60 titles, ahead of the 1960s with 13. Next comes the Seventies with 8 films and the Eighties with 7, followed by the 1990s with 6, our current decade 2010+ with 5 and the 1950s, when QEII first acceded to the throne, with 3
1. Trainspotting (6.00%)
2. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (5.48%)
3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two (4.79%)
4. Monty Python's Life Of Brian (4.78%)
5. A Clockwork Orange
6. 2001: A Space Odyssey (4.29%)
7. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (3.69%)
8. The Italian Job (3.11%)
9. Shaun Of The Dead (2.95%)
10. The Kings Speech (2.66%)
11. Love Actually (2.34%)
12. Hot Fuzz (2.27%)
14. Billy Elliot (2.24%)
15. Slumdog Millionaire (2.22%)
16. The Great Escape (2.18%)
17. Snatch (2.18%)
18. Quadrophenia (1.98%)
19. Bridget Jones' Diary (1.92%)
20. Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1.92%)
21. 28 Days
22. Four Weddings and a Funeral (1.83%)
23. This is England (1.81%)
24. Lawrence of Arabia (1.80%)
25. Dr. Strangelove (1.74%)
26. The Full Monty (1.66%)
27. Notting Hill (1.64%)
28. Withnail and I (1.62%)
29. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1.37%)
30. The Wicker Man (1.17%)
32. Dr. No
33. A Fish Called Wanda
35. The Inbetweeners Movie
36. Chariots of Fire
37. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
39. Sexy Beast
41. Four Lions
43. Get Carter
45. The Ladykillers
46. The Dambusters
49. A Room with a View
50. Brassed Off
51. Gregory's Girl
53. East is East
54. Dead Man's Shoes
56. Layer Cake
57. The Long Good Friday
58. The Railway Children
59. Human Traffic
60. Don't Look Now
Regional voting patterns
Surprisingly, perhaps, given its strong overall showing, Iron Maiden's The Number of the Beast didn't rank no.1 too often when viewed regionally, though it did really well in Scotland and the North East, but it consistently achieved top 3 - 5 scoring across the board. In essence the album won because of broad-based national support, rather than a regional focus. Trainspotting also scored well across the whole country, though it did particularly well in London, the North East and Scotland, of course.
London / South East
Violator comes out as the top album in London and the South East ahead of Adele
21, while The Clash
Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars also make it into the top 10. Coldplay
Parachutes and Radiohead
OK Computer also scored more strongly than their respective positions in the overall poll. Withnail and I is the third-ranked film, despite not breaking the top 20 in the overall poll.
The South West are big fans of Iron Maiden
- (What's the Story) Morning Glory? did particularly well here, while Devon-born Muse also do well with Origin of Symmetry showing more strongly than in the national chart. Bristol-based Portishead
Dummy and Massive
Attack Blue Lines did proportionately better than their national positions. Hot Fuzz was the top movie.
Adele's 21 is the top album - the only region where the London-born star tops the albums chart, closely followed by The Beatles' Sgt Pepper and Iron Maiden's Number of the Beast. In film, Monty Python's The Life of Brian emerges as the top choice with Shaun of the Dead a close second.
East of England
The top album was Muse's Origin of Symmetry, which only just made the top 30 in the main poll - suggesting the region has its fair share of Prog-rockers! Adele's 21 fared well as did Radiohead's OK Computer. The top two films were The Italian Job and Shaun of the Dead.
21 was the top album, closely followed by Iron Maiden's The Number of the Beast and Queen's A Night at the Opera. Sheffield's Arctic Monkey's Whatever
People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, which only made no. 34 in the overall albums poll, made the Yorkshire top 10. The Harry Potter films did especially well, with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two at no.1, while The Full Monty, which was set in Sheffield, of course, also featured strongly in the top 10.
Like Manchester, Oasis' (What's the Story) Morning Glory? was the top album in the North East, with another North West band, Elbow, coming second. The top films were Trainspotting and Monty Python's Life of Brian, with Hot Fuzz coming in third.
Local bands fared well, with Elbow, The Smiths and Stone Roses
making up the top 3 in contrast to the overall poll. The Italian Job came in as third-favourite after Trainspotting and A Clockwork Orange.
(OK Computer) had the top albums. Withnail and I was the third ranked film.
Liverpool / Merseyside
The top 5 is unsurprisingly made up entirely of Beatles
albums with Sgt. Pepper at no.1 followed by Abbey Road, Revolver, The White Album and Rubber Soul. Interestingly, Harry Potter: Deathly Hallows - Part 2 and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban are the two highest ranked films.
and Led Zeppelin
scored well, although unlike the national pattern it was Wish you Were Here and Led Zeppelin
II. The Manic Street Preachers' The Holy Bible and Stereophonics
Word Gets Around did proportionately better here. The film voting was a real mix, with both Love Actually and Notting Hill making the top 5, suggesting the Welsh do like a nice romantic comedy.
Primal Scream's Screamadelica and Teenage Fanclub's Bandwagonesque as expected did much better north of the border when compared to their national showing, but the Scots like their Rock, and Iron Maiden
were a strong no.1. There was also a lot of support for Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon. Film-wise it was Trainspotting all the way - unsurprisingly given the film is set in Edinburgh, though the Python films were hugely popular also.
Of the 54,545 votes received in total for the survey (approx 30,000 for albums and 24,000 for film), 63% were from male participants and only 37% were female - perhaps reflecting the profile of social media users when it comes to entertainment content.
Just over a third of all the voters were aged 24 or under, while over half were 34 or less. Put in a nice, symmetrical way, 53% of the voters were aged below 35. Unsurprisingly, perhaps, given the profile of social media, just over 8% of voters were aged 55 and over, and if more from this category had participated it's likely that a greater number of albums and films from the Sixties and Seventies would have fared a little more strongly in the overall vote.
10.8% under 18/ 23.1 % 18 to 24/ 18.9% 25 to 34/ 23.9% 35 to 44/ 14.2% 45 to 54/ 8.3% aged 55+
HMV and the Diamond Jubilee 'Best of British' campaign Leading entertainment retail specialist HMV launched the online survey to celebrate the remarkable achievements in British music and film presided over by The Queen
during her sixty-year reign.
HMV, which itself has a heritage stretching back more than 100 years, invited customers and the wider public to use a special voting app on its facebook page (url www.hmv.com/jubilee) to put forward their choice of the greatest British albums and films of the past six decades. The app, which was developed by HMV's digital and social media agency - MMK Media, features hmv's Nipper mascot cloaked in a Union flag in 'Britannia' style in its design.
The national poll is part of a wider 'Britain/Music is GREAT' Industry
initiative that, in this special Olympic and Jubilee year, seeks to highlight the far-reaching achievements and contribution of British culture and music (url www.facebook.com/MusicisGREATBritain).
HMV will also use social media to run some retro homage pieces across the week for fans to engage with and share online, including retro gaming and minimalist alternative designs for books and films - e.g. someone recently converted the entire OK Computer album to 8-bit (think Mario/Spectrum music).
So HMV will be posting links on its Facebook page to 8-bit versions of songs from some of the winning albums, including Iron Maiden
Run to the Hills, Depeche Mode
Personal Jesus, The Beatles
Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds, Pink Floyd
Bohemian Rhapsody, Oasis
Don't Look Back in Anger and Adele
Rolling in the Deep.
HMV will also engage with movie posters via social media, where iconic parts of each movie in the top 10, such as Trainspotting, are taken and turned into minimalist posters that can be posted alongside a brief description of the film on HMV's facebook page and Pinterest site across the week.
The Number of the Beast
The Number of the Beast is the third studio album by the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden, released in March 1982. The album saw the debut of vocalist Bruce Dickinson, and the final appearance of drummer Clive Burr in the band. The album met with considerable critical and commercial success and was a landmark release for the band, becoming their first album to reach No.1 in the UK albums chart and to be certified with platinum status in the US. Going on to sell 14m copies worldwide, The Number of the Beast produced the anthemic single Run to the Hills - the band's first top 10 hit in the UK singles charts. The album was also controversial, particularly in the US, due to the religious nature of its sleeve artwork and some of its lyrics. The Number of the Beast, takes its name from The Book of Revelation in the New Testament. (Source: Wikipedia).
Trainspotting is a 1996 British comedy drama directed by Danny
Boyle based on the novel of the same name by Irvine Welsh. The movie, which grossed $72m and is available on DVD/blu-ray through C4 films/Spirit, follows a group of heroin addicts in a late 1980s economically depressed area of Edinburgh and their passage through life. The film stars Ewan McGregor as Renton, Ewen Bremner as Spud, Jonny Lee Miller as Sick Boy, Kevin
McKidd as Tommy, Kelly
MacDonald as Diane
and Robert Carlyle as the fearsome Begbie. The film also features the novel's author Irvine Welsh as Mikey Forrester, a hapless drug dealer, in a cameo performance. The Academy-nominated screenplay by John Hodge was adapted from Welsh's novel. Beyond drug addition, other concurrent themes in the film include the exploration of the urban poverty and squalor in 'culturally rich' Edinburgh. The film has been ranked 10th by the British Film Institute
(BFI) in its list of the top 100 British films of all time. In 2004 the film was voted best Scottish film of all time in a public poll.
Participants were able to vote via an innovative voting app on HMV's Facebook page that could also be accessed via the url www.hmv.com/jubilee. Voters were able to select from a 'longlist' of sixty albums and films picked by HMV staff in an earlier internal poll, or they could nominate their own favourite in each category by entering a choice in the box marker 'other'. On average most people voted in both categories, though some chose to vote in one of them only. People could only visit the site once to register their vote. A total number of 54,545 votes were cast across the two album and film categories (split approx 30,000 for albums & 24,000 for films).