As England prepares to swing with the Olympics and Queen’s Jubilee, HMV took a poll in honor of the Queen’s anniversary to find out the best British albums of the past 60 years. This is not a list of the Queens faves, or songs from her iPod. It’s a chance to take the musical temperature of the Queen’s subjects, this moment in time. Dusty Springfield’s Dusty In Memphis (one of your DJ’s favorite albums ever) made the list. So did the Special’s debut, Radiohead Kid A and OK Computer, Florence & The Machine Lungs, Mumford & Sons Sign No More, The Cure Disintegration, David Bowie’s Hunky Dory and Ziggy Stardust, Who’s Next, Led Zeppelin III & IV, Elton John’s Yellow Brick Road, and the Clash’s London Calling. Amy Winehouse, Joy Division, Coldplay, The Stone Roses and Black Sabbath also made the list. The Rolling Stones showed up with Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers and Exile On Main Street. A bit ironic…The Smiths The Queen Is Dead, and the Sex Pistols Never Mind The Bollocks. Doubt it anyone will be singing the Pistols song God Save The Queen. Not polite. Or off with their heads. Either way, non-starters. The Beatles showed up three times in the top ten. Rubber Soul came in at #12.
So let’s run down the Top 10…for the queen, of course.
!0. The Beatles White album
9. Adele 21
8. Oasis What’s The Story Morning Glory?
7. Queen A Night At The Opera
6. The Beatles Revolver
5. Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon
4. The Beatles Abbey Road
3. The Beatles Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
2. Depeche Mode Violator
And brace yourself…………
1 – Iron Maiden The Number Of The Beast
No, really. Aren’t lists fun?
But since this was all inspired by the Queen…here’s your bonus cut.