Best Iron Maiden AlbumsPlease add the albums missing and vote a lot. Thanks.
The Top Ten
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.
I remember hearing Aces High on my boom box and immediately riding my bmx bike to the mall and buying this cassette. I listened to this everyday during that wrestling season. I'm still listening to this album 30 years later. Beautiful balance of grit and polish on the production. Aces, 2 Minutes..., Back in the Village and Flash of the Blade have ripping guitar riffs. Losfer Words is a fantastic instrumental with twin guitar harmonies. So much has been said about Mariner, but it truly is Iron Maiden's epic apex, the epic metal song by which all other epic metal songs are measured.
I DON'T WANNA DIE, I'M A GOD, WHY CAN'T I LIVE ON?
This album is perfection personified. Aces High is an album opener second only to Moonchild. 2 Minutes to Midnight is a metal anthem that rallies any crowd as Judas Priest's Electric Eye does. Losfer Words is a strangely titled, yet amazing instrumental. Flash of the Blade, The Duellists, and Back in the Village are highly underrated tracks. Powerslave is the master title track with Maiden's greatest guitar solo in history. Rime of the Ancient Mariner is not only their first fully fledged epic, but their best. Up the Irons!
NOTB is a great album; the title track, Hallowed Be Thy Name and Children Of The Damned standing out in particular, but that album also had the poor Total Eclipse and the relatively average Gangland.
On Powerslave, when the worst song is an instrumental that sets the mood of the album perfectly (and is better than about 2 or 3 songs on NOTB), you know you have gold, especially with the four fan favourites this album houses, along with underrated classics like Flash Of The Blade, The Duellists and Back In The Village. This is my favourite album of all-time and stands head and shoulders above Maiden's other great albums.
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.
Any real maiden fan knows that this is their greatest album, no coincidence it's their most successful. From the frantic opening and underrated invaders to the pivitol of all maiden epics in hallowed this is one of the most important albums in the history of heavy metal.
I'm not really into iron maiden was mostly curious to check out the list. I give this album my vote because it includes the only songs I really like with iron maiden; the number of the beast, run to the hills and hallowed by the name.
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.
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.
A masterpiece concept album. Has to be their best in my opinion. Moonchild has a fantastic opening which goes into an action packed brilliant song. Infinite Dreams is so flawless and beautiful. Can I Play With madness is so cool and so catchy. The Evil That Men Do is just so amazing. Seventh Son of A Seventh Son is an unbelivable masterpiece. The Prophecy is ok, but it lacks the quality as the rest of the songs. The Clairvoyant is just so brillaint. One of my favourite short iron maiden songs ever. Then the awesome album ends with the fantastic Only The Good Die Young! That track has this rhythm that is unforgettable. SO AMAZING! THEIR BEST ALBUM EVER!
This is the best maiden album as it showcases their prog influences. The title track is epic, you have the pop sensibilities of can I play with madness, the evil that men do is outstanding. A concept evil to boot all about the occult and good vs album. This is their masterpiece in my humble opinion.
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.
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.
This album, in my opinion, sounds the best out of all the other maiden albums. Don't get me wrong, Maiden has other really fantastic albums, but on somewhere in time, the recordings, the instruments, and of course Bruce's vocals all just really shine.
Now what do you get when you mix a perfect sounding recording with a band that put a ton of energy in to writing the material? You get Somewhere in time.
The experimentation with synth from Steve, Adrian, and Dave that ultimately sounds mind blowing.
Bruce's powerful, mind blowing vocals.
Nicko's pounding, Thunder-like drumming.
The February 6th 1987 "Somewhere on tour" show was also the best concert I've ever seen, Hands down. These guys know A live performance.
1 - Caught somewhere in time 10/10
2 - Wasted years 10/10
3 - Sea of madness 10/10
4 - Heaven can wait 9.5/10
5 - Long distance runner 8/10
6 - Stranger in a strange land 10/10
7 - Deja-Vu 9/10
8 - Alexander the Great ...more
Easily the most consistently great album. Not a single song that isn't fantastic. Seventh Son is in general, so unappealing to hear and the choruses and synths and guitars just don't mix well. The Number Of The Beast has 4 amazing songs; the title track, which isn't even that amazing, it's pretty overrated but still great; Run To The Hills, which is rightfully considered to be a great metal classic, 22 Acacia Avenue, an extremely underrated and incredibly epic tune, and of course Hallowed Be Thy Name. Powerslave is a solid, great metal album, as well as Killers.
1) Somewhere In Time
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!
I vote Piece of Mind because it has that classic sound, it made me really get into Maiden and it's all killer, no filler. Besides, it has some of the best metal songs of all time: Revelations, The Trooper, Still Life and least but the best, To Tame A Land.
This is the one Maiden album I can listen to whenever, the rest are not as enjoyable at all times like this one (7th Son bores me and Number of the Beast is a bit overrated). This album+Powerslave+Brave New World= Metal Bliss.
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.
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.
Brave new world (the song) is better than all of these albums apart from the number of the beast which has my all time favorite iron maiden song run to the hills which is about the white men coming to wipe out the Indians but also the picture of brave new world is astonishing people would love to hear brave new world.
The chorus is "our brave new world... In a brave new world.
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.
How would anyone dislike this album? Every song on this album is absolutely amazing and there is no filler whatsoever. My favorites have to be "Out of the Silent Planet" and "The Thin Line Between Love and Hate". This album is what signified the return of Iron Maiden, and is in fact better then their old albums.
This album might just be my second favorite studio album of all time with the first being the first Rush album. Paul Di'Anno's vocals on this album are so much more raw and so much more powerful than Bruce Dickinson's ever were, the bass hit harder than ever and even drove the music back then as opposed to Bruce Dickinson's overproduced vocals driving the music, the drums were big and punchy, and the guitar had one of the most amazing tones that lent itself superbly to the music. Easily my favorite Maiden album.
At the time of it's release this was a new sound and served notice that Maiden was to be reckoned with. While the Dianno era and Dickinson era are almost two entirely different bands, this album is raw, unadulterated power. Decades after it's release, the music sounds as fresh as it did the day it was released. Outstanding effort all around. Up the Irons!
Great songs. Years of playing and touring went into this album and it's construction. The sound of a band that wanted to be heard. The production is a little dry due to Will Malones lack of interest in this great band. However, the music shines through and is still selling. Iron Maiden is a great place to start listening to the best band on the planet.
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.
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.
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
Easily the most underrated album. I prefer PD's voice over Dickinson but you can tell he had reached the ceiling. Song for song, no album can match this one. And looking at the heavy hitters = Killers, Wrathchild, Murders...and my personal favorite, Drifter - they match the top 4 of any other album. I must say that just after 1 listen thru The Book Of Souls there is a strong possibility that this album gets bumped to #2 for me.
As much as I respect Bruce Dickinson and Blaze Bayley, and as much as I love Somewher in Time and The X Factor, I must say that Killers is truly killer. Phenomenal album. Paul Di'Anno is rampages across this album with ferocious yet seemingly contained punk-influenced vocals slightly ahead of typical Iron Maiden instrumentation. However, this is some of there best instrumentation as well.
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.
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!
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.
I have listened to many an Iron Maiden album, and like any album by any band, there are songs on each that I don't care for (ironically, most of them tend to be the title track). In fact, most Iron Maiden albums net me three, maybe four songs that I listen to again and again. I love 'em, but they're not perfect.
That being said, Book of Souls is the closest thing to perfect they've ever made. EVERY song I enjoy to some degree. EVERY track has a reason to be here. While The Book of Souls may not necessarily contain the BEST songs Iron Maiden has written, it contains no bad ones. Even the big ones like Number of the Beast or Somewhere in Time have at least one track that I can't stand to listen to. The only complaint I can bring against Book of Souls is that some of the songs go on a bit too long. Yes, my one and only gripe is that Book of Souls contains TOO MUCH Iron Maiden.
This album is just pure Maiden all over. But it's not just that, it's also one of the heaviest albums. Not to say that it hasnt got quiet, proggy moments. It's also Nicko's best performance on any Maiden album. Different World is an amazing opener, These colours don't run uses 9th chords all throughout beautifully, Brighter than a thousand suns is groovy, and the Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg is the pinnacle of it all. Amazing effort!
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!
Come on! Why is this way down here? No one can argue that Number of the Beast, Powerslave, and Piece of Mind deserve to be near the top for iconic reasons; but with songs like the Legacy, Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg, the Longest Day, and the best opener (Different World) since Aces High, how is this number 12?
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!
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
This is the best album by Iron Maiden! I've been Maiden-fan since 1980 and I still remember the day when Killers came to record store as their latest album. So, I have "some" background. The Final Frontier is an exceptional, quality prog-influenced album from the band that has been able to put well their experince as a musician and as a composer to this record. Really great compositions and arrangements, like masterpiece Isle of Avalon that has great instrumental piece in the middle and like Mother of Mercy that has really dramatic vocal melodies and much much more. As well know, Bruce was influence by Peter Hamill of VDGG and that really shines through. Not a single weak moment in this album.
This album is too long to fully enjoy in one sitting, but after a couple of listens, it really starts to grow on you. I would say the Final Frontier is up to par with the golden three: The Number of the Beast - Powerslave. There are no songs that stand out on their own as well as much as for example, The Number of the Beast, but every song is great. All in all, a fantastic album.
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.
I have to vote for fear of the dark. I think this is very good album overall but way too underrated. This album contains so many good songs like fear of the dark, afraid to shoot strangers, be quick or be dead and so on. If you haven't listened this album or just once or twice, you should definitely get to know this album better it deserves it.
Often my favourite album to listen to for the overall tone and the guitar work as much as I love Adrian Smith, Janeck Gears influence on this album is greatly welcomed by me! Production wise it's the right amount of atmosphere and cleanliness without being overproduced or sterile. Of course the title track remains Maidens most singable song.
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
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.
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.
My absolute favorite? Maybe, maybe not. But a phenomenal record nonetheless. Whether it be kick ass songs like 'Wildest Dreams', epic guitar solos in 'Rain Maker', progressive epics like 'Dance of Death', or the acoustic experimentation of 'Journeyman', this album is something else - in a great way. Also, song writing credits from everyone in the band, making this the only Maiden album to do so. Very balanced and overall incredible.
A band that was considered done and dusted by many followed up Brave New World (Excellent album also) with this fantastic album produced by the "Caveman" Shirley. A band that is so much bigger than one person. Together they are great mates and fantastic musicians who know what the fans want. Great Rock! This album delivers in spades.
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
I can't understand why this album is so underrated.
I can't find any weak song in it, all are epic, its one of my all-time favourites along with the underrated "Dehumanizer" from Black Sabbath.
That the original line up is not on an album does not mean that this album is not good.
Blaze does a phenomenal job on this one, "THIS IS THE BEST MAIDEN ALBUM OF ALL TIMES", listen to music don't read names
This album is nowhere near as bad as everyone says. Sure, Blaze might not have been as good as Dickinson, but that isn't enough to straight out say it's terrible. It has amazing tracks such as Sign of the Cross and Fortunes of War and is worth a listen to.
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.
I get that many won't rank a live album with studio stuff, hence the low rating. But if you are a true Fan of the band, you know this one got played in your stereo more than at least 1/2 the records listed higher! Top 3 for me!
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.
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
One of the most underrated albums ever! (2)
Futureal, one of their best songs ever (along with Virus from Best of the Beast)! I also love The Angel and the Gamble (its different from typical Maiden, cause its more Rock n Roll dancing vibe like ZZ Top, Bruce Springsteen and Thin Lizzy), Como Estais Amigos, Educated Fool, don't look to the eyes of the stranger, When Two Worlds Collide, Lighting Strikes Twice, and of course The Clansman!
This is much better than Brave New World, Dance of Death and Final Frontier, on my opinion. Sounds more enigmatic, fresh and not so mechanical like these albums.
Blaze is the man!
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
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
Compilation album, should be listed... but only for the new songs!
So this album should only be rated for Virus in this list
Good album! Should be higher because it has all the best songs, pretty much
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
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!
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What!? This is way too underrated! This is the best Live album that they have ever recorded! The songs are played brilliantly and Bruce's singing is wonderful! Although the actual DVD is twice as good, this album is still amazing! ლ(ಠ益ಠლ)
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!
The best live album that they have done, in my opinion