HMV calls for votes on Best of British films and albums

Queen Elizabeth II’s 1953 Coronation Parade on Oxford Street, London / Photo: EMI Music

By Ray Bennett

HMV has launched a national poll on Facebook that asks fans to choose the best British movie and record album from the past 60 years to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The Best of British campaign lists 60 titles in both categories with votes open to Facebook users until May 20. Fans may select five films and five albums released since 1952 from HMV’s suggested long-lists and nominate their own titles. Results of the survey will be published just ahead of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in the first week of June. Entrants have the chance to win a complete set of all 60 albums on CD and the 60 films on DVD.

HMV spokesman Gennaro Castaldo said, “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.”

The film list runs from “A Clockwork Orange” to “Zulu” with Harry Potter, the Pythons and James Bond well represented plus war pictures, art films, epics, crime dramas, comedies, and Oscar winners. The term British is extended to include Steve McQueen’s much-loved “The Great Escape”.

The album list runs from Adele to the Who with plenty of classic rock including the Beatles, Rolling Stones and David Bowie plus the Coldplay, Kasabian, Dizzee Rascal and the Smiths but curiously no Kinks.

HMV said, “The two long-lists 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.”

The retailer said it will feature many of the titles named in its poll in a Best of Britain online and in-store promotion including releases priced at two for £10. Window and in-store displays in all 240 outlets will support the campaign in the last week of May and first week of June. Advertising will highlight a special version (pictured) of HMV’s traditional dog and trumpet with a nod to the Queen’s favourite corgi instead of the traditional mascot Nipper.

This story appeared in Cue Entertainment.

The survey long-lists follow:

Diamond Jubilee: 1952 – 2012: GREATEST BRITISH FILMS

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


Diamond Jubilee: 1952 – 2012: GREATEST BRITISH ALBUMS

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

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