Best Iron Maiden Albums

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The Top Ten

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Songs like Aces high and 2 Minutes to Midnight just prove that you can have 2 legendary tracks on one album and still not be done with a great track, the rest of it is still top notch like the Rime of the Ancient mariner, I just love it so much

One of the albums where all songs are of equal high quality. Amazing vocal performances in Aces High, Flash of the Blade and Rime of the Ancient Mariner, and then there's of course the incredible guitar play throughout the album.

Brooding atmosphere, killer production and vibe. Progressive, evocative but never twee or self-conscious. Rhythm guitars and stacked harmonies sound glorious and Steve's bass sound has now reached its zenith. Tune after tune and such energy! The rawness and power of Maiden at its finest.

Best Maiden album ever. I just love it. It has Metal hymns like Aces High and 2 Minutes to Midnight, and also very heavy songs like Flash of the Blade, Powerslave and Rime of the Ancient Mariner. It's clearly Maiden's heaviest album ever, and I thing they did it just perfectly.

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1. Invaders 10/10
2. Children of the Damned 10/10
3. The Prisoner 9/10
4.22 Acacia Avenue 10/10
5. The Number of the Beast 11/10
6. Run To the Hills 11/10
7. Gangland 7/10
8. Hallowed be thy Name 12/10

Total Eclipse is only on the remastered release, not the actual album, so no there are not 9 songs

Clive Burr, Clive Burr, Clive Burr. His exquisite sound, touch and groove is the beating heart of this album, and Bruce is already a tour de force. So many heavyweight classics here we can overlook Gangland. Last of the warm, woody classic production. Such maturity in the groove, arranging and lead guitar work. Had they chosen Total Eclipse instead of Gangland this would be maybe unbeatable.

The definitive Iron Maiden Album. I would actually say that Power slave is better to listen to but tracks "Number of the Beast" and "Run to the hills" are all time classics and were so important for metal and Maiden at the time. "Hallowed be thy Name" is an absolutely fantastic track also. If you want to get into Iron Maiden, get this and Power slave and you will be hooked. Guaranteed.

One of the best albums through out history, and ofc Iron Maidens best album, with one of the worlds greatest songs ever, Hallowed Be Thy Name.

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One of Metals Best albums. Every song is original and very well played.
1) Moonchild 10/10
2) Infinite Dreams 10/10
3) Can I Play With Madness 10/10
4) The Evil That Men Do 100/10
5) Seventh Son of a Seventh Son 10/10
6) The Prophecy 8/10
7) The Clairvoyant 10/10
8) Only The Good Die Young 10/10

Just a superb Album from a Superb Band Up the Irons from the UK

Sparkling production and limitless energy. Not a weak song or even a weak moment. The road-going prototype for prog metal, perfect in every way. Fire-breathing melodies and stellar lyrics. Title track contains Adrian's best solo, and therefore Maiden's best solo. This album should be handed out at birth.

Best album from Iron Maiden PERIOD!
1#Monnchild(best opening song from any maiden album 10/10)
2#Infinite Dreams(so beautiful and melodic song 10/10
3#Can I Play With Madness(very good and catchy song 10/10
4#The Evil That Men Do(awesome SONG 10/10)
5#Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son( IT'S THE BEST IRON MAIDEN SONG!
6#Prophecy(Very underrated song 10/10)
7#The Clairvoyant(awesome bass intro and the whole song is just pure ORGASM! 10/10)
8#Only The Good Die Young(Perfect way to end a perfect album 10/10)

This album is not from this earth, it comes from another world far away from here. It is perfectly fixed in a time and space, forever standing there. The first time I heard it, it transported my soul into another dimension, I have never felt a more intense emotion as when I heard the interlude in the title track. You hear the first 6 albums and you think that Iron Maiden reached their peak, and then you realize they got EVEN BETTER. The songs, lyrics, harmonies, vocals, even the artwork are beyond human capability. This is a true metal masterpiece. Immortal. In my opinion, it is the best album of any music genre of all time. EVER.

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This is Adrian's album. Every solo, every song is amazing. Maiden experimented with synth guitars, and they succeed.
Bruce's lyrics are absolutely great specially on the closing track Alexander The Great. This album also has the more-mainstream track ever "Wasted Years" which happens to be my favourite. This is definitely Maiden moving forward from the early 80's straight forward rocker anthems onto something more progresive. 1 step closer to the magnum opus 7th Son of a 7th Son.

1. Caught Somewhere In Time 10/10
2. Wasted Years 10/10
3. Sea Of Madness 8/10
4. Heaven Can Wait 10/10
5. The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner 7/10
6. Stranger In A Strange Land 9/10
7. Deja-Vu 10/10
8. Alexander The Great 11/10

After listening to it closely, this is their best album, all the songs are kind of related and all of them are good. The guitar work is amazing, especially Adrian.

Tune after tune after tune. Adrian's masterwork. Drums have immense power and the overall production has a real sense of magic and youthful vibrancy. Only the overly swooshy guitars let it down - the '80s effects were better integrated on the follow-up.

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As good as Powerslave apart from the slightly woolly bass guitar sound. Maiden's sound is beginning to develop into something darker and more menacing, yet the melodies are disgustingly catchy. Vibrant and exciting all the way through. This and Powerslave comprise Bruce's career peak, and Nicko brings new power and conviction to the sound. So many cracking tunes it's unfair.

From the moment I heard this album I fell in love with it! From the awesome drum intro of Where Eagles Dare (what a fantastic baptism of fire for Nicko! ) Right through to the last strains of To Tame A Land it's a masterpiece throughout! I also have to add that this is my favourite production of any Maiden album! The levels are perfect, everything can be heard clearly and the guitars just chime throughout! Also this album contains my favourite Maiden song EVER in Revelations!

Classic Maiden with killer tunes like "Flight of Icarus", "Revelations" and the majestic Dune hommage "To Tame A Land". Many hidden treasures on this one. Highly underappreciated.

This album should be the top of the all Iron Maiden, because it has a longer amount of songs due to their singing and backgroung vocals. But there are 7-8 awesome and amazing tunes of their music and hardwork they done for the songs they can play and even more... But also Maiden's awesomest song of that album was The Trooper, because it was more rare and had a good sound, but it was related to Hallowed Be Thy Name, which did turn out to a great success due to everything they put into their music.

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Renewed energy. Kevin Shirley a sublime fit, and the first to truly capture the full weight and passion of Nicko's drums. Not a bad song on this. Epic and progressive like Seventh Son, raw and exciting like the early stuff, but bigger sounding than either. If the playing was as tight as the early days it would rate even higher for me.

Amazing album from start to finish. Wicker man is the best opening track on any Maiden offering other then maybe Aces High. Additionally, this CD is full of some of Iron Maiden's greatest songs of all time including Ghost of the Navigator (my personal favorite), Brave New World and Blood Brothers. There is not a weak track on the whole CD.

The comeback of Bruce Dickinson resulted in one of the best they've ever done

From beginning to end a fantastic album. One of those albums where you never need to hit the "track forward" button. Dickinson's voice on "Brave New World" alone is worth the album cost

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The Di'anno era was amazing, and this album is a perfect example of such. It has great songs such as Prowler, Charlotte the Harlot, and also, the most popular song on this album, Phantom of the Opera. It also contains Transylvania, a wonderful instrumental. Oh, and not to forget the band's signiture song: Iron Maiden. Overall, an outstanding album.

I mean: Charlotte the harlot, Prowler, Running free, Remember tomorrow, Iron maiden, Phantom of the opera...
I love this great album... Should be no.1!

paul dianno is a very good singer and especially in the song: iron maiden. It is for me one of the best songs from iron maiden. But I also all the other songs but this is for me the best album from iron maiden. UP THE IRONS! :D:D:D:

Very Underrated album. Or at least in Iron maiden discography standards.

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A 23 year old Clive Burr drumming with more maturity and precision here than Nicko would ever summon. Amazing tunes and atmosphere, slick and surprisingly bluesy guitar work, the groundbreaking twin lead sound fully realised here. Such a fun album with lovely warm, clear production. Paul the wrong vocalist for the band, but the right vocalist for Killers. A treat.

Killers is a real classic. Songs like wrathchild, Murders in the Rue Morgue are very good songs

I know I'm in a minority here but I always preferred Dianno as the vocalist. Killers is a classic.

Ok this os weird:

1. Killers 11
1. Drifter 10
2. Killers 10
3. Ides/Wrathchild 10
4. Rue Morgue 10
5. Purgatory 10
6. Profigal Son 10
7. Genghis khan 10
8. Another life 10
9. Innocent Exile 10
10. Twilight Zone 10

2. Book of souls 10
3. Iron Maiden 10
4. Brave new world 10
5. Somewhere in time 10
6. Powerslave 10
7. 7th son 10
8. Number of the beast 10
9. Piece of mind 10
10. A Matter of Life and death 9.5
11. The final Frontier 9.5
12. Fear of the dark 9
13. Dance of death 9
14. No prayer 9
15. The x factor 8.5
16. Virtual XI (low) 8

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Amazing Iron Maiden album! Maybe even better than the Number Of The Beast! This and No Prayer For The Dying are my favorite Iron Maiden records probably. However I do love all of them almost equally. Best band in the world!

A dark sprawling colossus of an album. Rewards repeated listening. A real slow burn where a lot of the best ideas are teased out over minutes rather than seconds. Sadly Bruce sounds a little tired on the high notes, but has a new warmth and conviction on the lower stuff to make up for it. Adrian's guitar playing continues to mature and the drums have huge power and character.

The book of Souls has to be voted by many people next month is released, because is maybe not the best, but one of the best Iron Maiden albums of all time, deserves to be in the top 5 at least, amazing album, If Eternity Should Fail, best opener since Moonchild, The Great Unknown is amazing!, the Red and the Black one of the best epics since Bruce and Adrian returned, same with The Book of Souls, one of the most incredible songs Janick and Harris have written, Death and Glory a good quick song with powerful singing, Shadow of the valley is also amazing, Tears of a Clown, a really good tribute to Robbin Williams, I love the solos of that song, The Man of Sorrows is one of the best contribution of Dave Murray to the band, really different but a lot of amazing melodies combined together, and of course, one of the best epics... If not the best Iron Maiden epic, Empire of The Clouds written by Bruce, oooh man, what an incredible journey is that 18 minutes song, the melodies of the piano ...more

Seeing this at 9 is disturbing. It deserves to be in the top 5 for sure.
An album with no weakness at any point, since each song keeps the level at a high point.
It exhibits the acquired experience of the band showcasing a refined version of themselves, proving that the band improves with age like a fine wine.

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Just heck yes! It will be very difficult for Iron Maiden to top this album. Almost every (all but like 2) songs on this album are 5 star songs in my opinion. The Legacy, For the Greater Good of God and The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg are just so wonderful!

Underrated, deserves to be higher up. Several songs here are 5 star quality. These Colours Don't Run, Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg, Out of the Shadows and The Longest Day are in my opinion, some of their best material. Brilliant from start to finish, and those who have never heard it seriously need to check it out. You will not be disappointed. UP THE IRONS!

I love this album just for the sheer consistant quality of the tracks. I love all of them, and I think bruce's vocals are just amazing in this album. I prefer Maiden's newer material over there old stuff just because I believe they are more serious and have better lyrics.

This is the best album Iron Maiden has done so far, I believe that Janick Gers and Nicko McBrain have said the same; very good and even brilliant songs, classics like "Brighter than a thousand suns" and one of the best songs ever made, "For the greater good of God", perfect, amazing song! Moving song...

The Contenders

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Flawless. More diverse and more consistent than their "classic" albums (which I love to bits mind you) there are so many different soundscapes, from the dark and brooding (mother of mercy, end part of When the wild wind blows) to the exotic (Isle of Avalon, Middle section of The man who would be king) and space (title track and Starblind) but it doesn't feel unfocussed either.

Iron Maiden are decent at capturing the atmosphere of progressive music but these songs repeat themselves too much and are too simply structured to be called progressive. Starblind, for example has the same verse-chorus before and after the instrumental section. The addition of some guitar parts in the second time and the way these songs are structured justifies their length for some listeners including me, it's just that it doesn't really fall under the progressive category, with the possible exception of The Man Who Would Be King where the verse-chorus part only takes up 1/3 of the song

Edit: I wrote this before I was a prog metal fan, and now regret it a bit

Just wonderfull. It has some of the most original maiden songs, a strange mix of prog metal with classic heavy metal and a touch of psychodelic rock. A song that specially caught my attention was the magnific Isle of Avlon, wich for me is the most progressive and creative maiden song ever.

The psychodelic title track is so amazing! The Talisman show what Harris wanted with this album, showing all his love for prog rock/metal

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Should be way higher than this. Fear of the dark's guitar solos are absolutely epic, one of their best songs. Anyway, I can not argue with some albums higher, but 12 is just too low.

Definitely one of my favorite Iron Maiden albums. I think it deserves a higher place on this list for it's brilliant vocals, song structures and guitar riffs. My personal favorites off of this album are Be Quick Or Be Dead, From Here To Eternity, Afraid To Shoot Strangers, Childhood's End and Fear Of The Dark.

This is an incredible album, not THE best but it definitely has to be in top 5. In my opinion the best Maiden song - Fear Of The Dark - is on this one. Also - great cover, Eddie's scarier than ever. Although boogeyman checks his closet for Chuck Norris, Norris ckecks under his bed... For EDDIE

Fear of Dark very good, Weekend Warrior underrated - Viviwashere

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Brave New World part two. Peak modern Maiden. Such renewed vigour in this lineup it needed two back-to-back albums to show its full potential. Slightly muddier production the only downfall.


This has to be in the top 5 and would live to hear this album live, Epic!
Amazing lyrics, melodies, solos structure.

The only album that ends with an acoustic song! Journey man has got to be like the best acoustic song iv ever heard.

I think that Iron Maiden has been at its best since Bruce and Smith came back in 1999. Their albums recorded during the first decade of the century have just been epic and at another level. All Brave New World, Dance of Death, A Matter of Life and Death and Final Frontier are Maiden playing luxury heavy metal. Dance of Death is perhaps my favorite, but AMOLAD and Final Frontier are equally as good. All epic songs that take you places. I love ALL Maiden albums, but in my opinion Seventh Son of A Seventh Son is the only album that can compare to their latest 3 albums.

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Veru Good Album
The Music In This Album... I Think It's Very Strangier Than The Other Albums
In My Opinion It's The Darkest Album Of Their Discography
Songs Like ''Lord Of Files''Man On The Edge''Judgement Of Heaven''Fortunes Of War''Blood On The Worlds Hands''The Edge Of Darkness''


For me this album takes iron maiden from NWBHM scene to progressive metal.

Awesome album. This is Iron Maiden making exceptional elite music. It surely sounds darker and different than most Maiden albums, but this band's sound is unmistakable and you still recognise the unique Maiden playing. Of course Blaze is a different kind of singer than Bruce, but he does an excellent job here. The album's darker music and production go great with his voice.
Choosing a best Maiden album is too hard for me. In my opinion, this is their best album of the 1990s (yes, even better than Brave New World), and one of their all time best. From the 1980s, their best work is without a doubt Seventh Son of a Seventh Son. Picking their best album from the 2000s is harder, as they are all among their best of all time. It's a close pick between AMOLAD and Final Frontier, although Dance of Death is also spectacular. Incredibly, Iron Maiden have overall been more prolific, sound tighter and write better music in the 2000s than any other time in the band's long history.

It's ridiculous that the x factor is this low. Steve Harris himself stated that this, along with SSOASS and Piece of mind are his favourite albums. Out of 11 songs there are only 2 of them that don't make you feel chills. Come On! Sing of the cross! Fortunes of war! Lord of the flies! Look for the truth! Judgement of heaven! The edge of darkness! This is heavy metal! Please vote for this epic, dark album

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Peak Maiden. A glorious and flawlessly captured timepiece. DVD indispensable.

Perfect Live album... Showing the awesome prowess of the band live... Everybody should own this album, it is a metal pre-requisite!... From the spine chilling churchill's speech to the final curtain call

Of all the live metal albums out there this is arguably one the best if not the best. It really captures their live show perfectly. Put this album on your turntable, sit back and close your eyes and enjoy a live performance of one of the best metal bands there ever was.

One of metal's greatest live CDs. From the album artwork, to Churchills speech, Rime of the ancient mariner, all just amazing. Iron maiden rule live, and this album captures that amazing raw energy. One of those bands that have some songs sound better live.

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Definitely not their best, but FAR from their worst. This is really good. Don't stop yourself from checking this out, just because all the hardcore fans hate this. Listen to Futureal and The Clansman, and you'll see what I'm talking about

As much as I love most Iron Maiden albums, this one takes the prize. While it can be repetitive, it's also very rewarding to listen too; the repetition also can establish a good groove/vibe, such as with 'The Angel and the Gambler'. Blaze's performance is excellent as usual, Steve's bass clicks it's way along the record with straight-up rocking bass lines, and the guitar duo delivers memorable riffs yet again. Oh, and did I mention Nicko's simplistic (not overdone) but always great drumming? Fantastic album. It definitely grows on you and has stood the test of time.

Lastly, don't like Blaze? Check out his solo versions of 'Futureal', 'Sign of the Cross', etc. - Blaze's voice is doing better and he can just go all out, and it sounds awesome.

Awesome album, I love all the songs, all of them are gold in my eyes! When this album first came out, I listened to it day and night! Best songs: Futureal, Don't Look to the Eyes of a Stranger, The Educated Fool, Como Estais Amigos.

1: Futureal 10/10
2: The Angel and the Gambler 8/10
3: Lightning Strikes Twice 9/10
4: The Clansman 10/10
5: When Two Worlds Collide 7/10
6: The Educated Fool 10/10
7: Don't Look to the Eyes of a St. 11/10
8: Como Estais Amigos 10/10

I actually love Como Estais Amigos, Don't Look to the Eyes of a Stranger, and The Educated Fool. Admittedly, Virtual XI isn't their best album, but it is definitely their most underrated one. It deserves much more applause than it ever receives.

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Compilation albums should be removed from this list as, although they are made up of songs by the band, they are not in themselves albums which contain new material


Good album! Should be higher because it has all the best songs, pretty much

Compilation album, should be listed... but only for the new songs!
So this album should only be rated for Virus in this list

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SCREAM FOR ME Brazil! Number 1 live album ever!

ROCK IN RIO! Amazing setlist choice and amazing overall performance by the best band in the world. Rock in Rio is their best live album in my opinion and it always will be. Up the irons!

Good yes yes me like

My preferance

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Pretty good

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At the age of 6, I heard Number of the Beast and didn't get it. Next year, I heard the Trooper and gradually became obsessed to where I am today. I know every Iron Maiden song or studio album, but this was my first Maiden CD. I got it for Easter and my dad and I would always drive around listening to the album over and over again. A great album and one with a lot of sentimental value to me. UP THE IRONS!


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The best live album that they have done, in my opinion

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Awesome EP

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