Black Sabbath have been ranked as the most important British band of all time in a new poll from BPI. The poll consisted of nearly 4,000 rock fans casting their votes.
The metal godfathers edged out Iron Maiden and Led Zeppelin, who came in second and third, respectively. The rockers were quick to thank fans for the honor in an official statement:
"We are honoured and flattered to be acknowledged in a poll like this which is voted for by the fans. We thank you."
The group is currently working on a new album, and guitarist Tony Iommi spoke on their progress with the UK's Guardian: "We've written the 15 songs and we've played them all, but now at the moment we're recording them. We're about six tracks in at the moment."
BPI poll results:
1 - Black Sabbath (45%) 2 - Iron Maiden (22.6%) 3 - Led Zeppelin (21.6%) 4 - Motorhead (2.9%) 5 - Deep Purple (2.3%) 6 - Judas Priest (1.9%) 7 - Other (3.6%)
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