Media Release: hmv launches Diamond Jubilee public vote to select greatest British album and film of past six decades

LEADING entertainment retail specialist, hmv, has launched a major online survey that aims to celebrate the remarkable achievements in British music and film presided over by The Queen during her 60-year reign.

hmv, which itself has a heritage stretching back more than 100 years, is inviting its customers and the wider public to use a special voting app on its Facebook page to put forward their choice of the greatest British albums and films of the past six decades.

The app, which has been 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:

Participants in the hmv survey, which closes 20th May, will be able to vote for up to five albums and five films, as well as nominate their own ‘other’ selection if not listed, from a ‘longlist’ of 60 titles in each category compiled by hmv store and head office staff in a recent internal poll.

The two ‘longlists’ that voters can choose from reflect our nation’s rich post-war cultural heritage, and feature a broad and diverse selection of iconic and contemporary artists, musical genres and cinematic styles ranging from Adele to Zulu and Cult Sci-Fi to Punk Rock.

Unsurprisingly, The Beatles head the albums list with five nominations, along with The Rolling Stones on three and David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Radiohead, Oasis and Blur – who all have two, as well as Queen, Elton John, Kate Bush and Coldplay. The Clash and The Sex Pistols ensure that Punk and New Wave is well featured, and Manchester’s contribution from the Nineties is additionally represented by Joy Division, The Smiths and The Stone Roses.

Scotland and Wales have their champions in the shape of Primal Scream and Teenage Fanclub and The Manic Street Preachers and Stereophonics respectively, while, along with Adele and the much-missed Amy Winehouse, more contemporary British artists include the Arctic Monkeys, Dizzee Rascal, Tinie Tempah and this year’s Mercury Prize winner, PJ Harvey.

The films category is arguably even more diverse, with the James Bond, Harry Potter and Monty Python franchises well represented alongside a selection of Working Title romantic comedies such as Four Weddings and a Funeral and Love Actually.

Military films range from The Bridge on the River Kwai to The Great Escape, while classic comedies include the likes of A Fish Called Wanda, Shaun of the Dead and Ealing Studios’ The Ladykillers.

Historical dramas that shine a light on a Great Britain of Royalty and Empire include Lawrence of Arabia, Gandhi, A Room with a View and The King’s Speech, while modern-day society is reflected by the grittier offerings of Sexy Beast, Tyrannosaur and This is England.

One of the most featured actors among the films nominated is Michael Caine, who stars in Alfie, Get Carter, The Italian Job and Zulu

*** See Notes to Editors for full list of nominated albums and films.

The full results of the HMV survey, including, in the view of the voting public, the name of the overall greatest British album recorded and the greatest British film made since the Queen’s accession to the Throne in 1952, will be revealed in the period leading up to the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, which culminate 3rd – 5th June.

Everyone entering will also have the chance to win a complete set of all sixty albums on CD and all sixty films on DVD that is up for grabs.

Many of the titles featured in the poll are being highlighted to customers in a summer-long ‘Best of Britain’ instore/online CD and DVD campaign, often at two for £10 pricing designed to inspire the public to revisit titles they’ve ve not listened to or watched for a long time, or, in the case of younger consumers, to perhaps enjoy them for the very first time.

The campaign will be supported with window and instore displays across the 240-strong chain in the last week of May and first week of June, when, in homage to The Queen, hmv advertising will also feature a specially adapted version of the famous ‘dog & trumpet’ trademark logo that will see a corgi stand in for hmv’s much-loved canine mascot – Nipper.

HMVs 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 60 years of the official charts, should also be a period when we reflect on the greatest British albums and films of the past six decades.”



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Notes to Editors

Diamond Jubilee: 1952 – 2012: GREATEST BRITISH ALBUMS *** hmv survey longlist

Adele 21

Amy Winehouse Back to Black

Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works 85 – 92

Arctic Monkeys Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not

The Beatles Abbey Road

The Beatles Revolver

The Beatles Rubber Soul

The Beatles Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

The Beatles The White Album

Black Sabbath Black Sabbath

Blur Modern Life Is Rubbish

Blur Parklife

The Clash London Calling

Coldplay Parachutes

The Cure Disintegration

David Bowie Hunky Dory

David Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

Depeche Mode Violator

Dizzee Rascal Boy in da Corner

Dusty Springfield Dusty in Memphis

Elbow Seldom Seen Kid

Elton John Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Florence and the Machine Lungs

Iron Maiden Number of the Beast

Joy Division Unknown Pleasures

Kasabian Kasabian

Kate Bush> Hounds of Love

Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin II

Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV

Manic Street Preachers The Holy Bible

Massive Attack Blue Lines

Mumford & Sons Sigh No More

Muse Origin of Symmetry

My Bloody Valentine Loveless

Oasis Definitely Maybe

Oasis (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?

Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon

Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here

PJ Harvey Stories from the Cities, Stories from the Sea

Portishead Dummy

Primal Scream Screamadelica

The Prodigy Fat of the Land

Pulp Different Class

Queen A Night at the Opera

Radiohead Kid A

Radiohead OK Computer

The Rolling Stones Exile on Main St.

The Rolling Stones Let It Bleed

The Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers

Roots Manuva Run Come Save Me

Sex Pistols Never Mind the Bollocks

The Smiths The Queen Is Dead

The Specials The Specials

Stereophonics Word Gets Around

The Stone Roses The Stones Roses

The Streets Original Pirate Material

Super Furry Animals Radiator

Teenage Fan Club Bandwagonesque

Tinie Tempah Disc-overy

The Who Who’s Next

Diamond Jubilee: 1952 – 2012: GREATEST BRITISH FILMS *** hmv survey longlist

2001: A Space Odyssey

28 Days Later

A Clockwork Orange

A Fish Called Wanda

A Room With a View

Alfie (1966)


Battle of Britain

Billy Elliot

Brassed Off

Bridget Jones’ Diary

Chariots of Fire


Dead Man’s Shoes

Don’t Look Now

Dr. No

Dr. Strangelove

East Is East

Four Lions

Four Weddings and a Funeral


Get Carter


Gregory’s Girl

The Great Escape

Harry Potter: Deathly Hallows – Part 2

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Hot Fuzz

Human Traffic



Lawrence of Arabia

Layer Cake

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

Love Actually

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Monty Python and the Life of Brian


Notting Hill



Sexy Beast

Shaun of the Dead

Slumdog Millionaire


The Bridge on the River Kwai

The Dam Busters

The Descent

The Full Monty

The Inbetweeners Movie

The Italian Job

The King’s Speech

The Ladykillers

The Long Good Friday

The Railway Children

This is England



The Wicker Man

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Withnail and I


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