Best Iron Maiden Albums

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The Top Ten

1 Powerslave

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.

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.

When the sun sets on Maiden’s career there can be only one album that stands out as their greatest and that is Poweslave by a long shot. There is simply no better opening one-two punch in all of metal music than Aces High and 2 Minutes to Midnight. Powerslave is their best titled effort to date and Rime of the Ancient Mariner is the best song ever written by any band over 13 minutes in length. Flash of the Blade and Back in the Village are under rated classics that beg to be listened to over and over again. Losfer Words is I believe their only instrumental to date and is a wild roller coaster ride of changing beats and timings mastered by two of the greatest guitarists ever. Some of you are thinking that I forgot the duellists! I have simply saved the best for last. I truly believe this is my favourite track on the album. Yes this is very subjective of course but for me this song defines Maiden at their apex in the mid 80s. The raw emotion, passion and writing in this song are way ...more - cnauta70

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2 The Number of the Beast

AMAZING ALBUM FROM THE START TO FINISH
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 - RedHotChiliPeppers7

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

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.
UP THE IRONS

Best album in my opinion. Number of the beast and Acacia Avenue are amazingly catching songs and songs like hallowed be thy name with hallowed be thy name shows the band's complexity.

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3 Seventh Son of a Seventh Son

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

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!
7777777/10
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)
SSOASS! UP THE IRONS!

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!

Simplie the best

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4 Piece of Mind

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!

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.

Definitely should trade places with 'The Final Frontier' on here.

This was my first heavy metal album and I loved it. I went on to their other pre Dickenson stuff which for me was not as polished. Number of the Beast was their break through album but Peace of Mind had it all.

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5 Somewhere in Time

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

From start to finish great! In aesthetic way sounds like concept album! Very unique for Iron Maiden history!

best ever

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6 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.

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

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.

Definitely the best Iron Maiden album of the 2000s. With songs like The Wicker Man, Brave New World, Blood Brothers and Out Of The Silent Planet, all I can say is that this is my favorite maiden album of the 2000s. - Kiyomi

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7 Iron Maiden

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:

Ahh, Classic Iron Maiden. The Paul Di'Anno era..
To be honest, I prefer the Bruce Dickinson era, but the Paul Di'Anno era is awesome too in my opinion. I really like this album, with songs like Prowler, Sanctuary and the title track. - Kiyomi

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8 Killers

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.

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. - KidsHaveNoRock

For me, Killers is for eternity. Like Mozart..

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9 The Book of Souls

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

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.

Iron Maiden returns after 5 years with an incredible 92 minutes masterpiece. They push their progressive elements even further and after over 30 years of making heavy metal music they are still able to make interesting and great compositions. In my opinion it's definitely the album of the year. Personal favorites are "The Book Of Souls", "The Man Of Sorrows" and of course "Empire Of The Clouds. You can't miss out on this album. It doesn't matter if you're an Iron Maiden fan or just fan of heavy metal music. You have to get this album.

I don't believe in saying the old stuff is the best just because it's old. This is an incredible musical achievement, comparable to Powerslave and Seventh Son.

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10 A Matter of Life and Death

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 album gets resent it doesn't deserve. There's so many good songs on it!

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The Contenders

11 The Final Frontier

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.

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.

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.

The best of all

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12 Fear of the Dark

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 - Moonchild

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.

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13 Dance of Death

SOO! UNDERRATED, THAT ALBUM IS FAR SUPERIOR COMPARE TO THE OTHERS, THE ONLY ONE WHO HAVE LOT'S OF GREAT SONGS LIKE THIS ONE IS BRAVE NEW WORLD

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.

Some of the best songs hide behind some of the worst album art

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14 The X Factor

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''
AND WHO CAN FORGET THE ONE OF THE BEST SONGS... I'M TALKING ABOUT FOR THE EPIC SONG ''THE SIGN OF THE CROSS'' ONE OF THE BEST SONGS OF IRON MAIDEN
IT'S NOT THE BRUCE DICKINSON IN THIS ALBUM BUT BLAZE BAYLEY HE IS DOING VERY GOOD JOB

IF YOU LIKE DICKINSON MORE THAN BLAZE... WATCH THE LIVE ''ROCK IN RIO 2001''
THE AMAZING PERFORMANCE OF IRON MAIDEN IN THE SONG ''SIGN OF THE CROSS''

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

One of their best work

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15 Live After Death

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 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.

I understand why it doesn't get the same attention as the studio albums (at least these days), but this captures the band at its absolute peak with many of the best songs from my favourite period.

Best album amazing work live

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16 Flight 666
17 Best of the Beast

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

UTI

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 - RockFan2002

18 Somewhere Back in Time: The Best of 1980-1989

Pretty good

19 Maiden England
20 Death on the Road

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

21 Soundhouse Tapes

Awesome EP - DaCow

22 No Prayer for the Dying

Underrated! Just listen to "Holy Smoke", "No Prayer for the Dying" and "The Assassin"
And what about "Bring Your Daughter... though the Slaughter"?!

Jesus Christ, how the hell is this literally the lowest album on the list? Are people so deaf that even the damn compilations and live albums top this? This isn't even remotely bad, and sure it isn't a Powerslave or a Killers but it doesn't deserve any of the thrown at it - dubsinthetubs

15? Seriously 15? Come on! This album has very awesome songs! Song like: No Prayer for the Dying, Bring your daughter... To the slaughter, Tailgunner, and not to forget Mother Russia and Public Enema Number One! Come on this album is way better than a matter of life and death!

One of my lesser favorite Iron Maiden albums. Nonetheless, I still like it a lot, with songs like Tailgunner, No Prayer For The Dying, Public Enema Number One, and the funny 'Holy Smoke'. It's a lot catchier and a bit poppier than the other albums, but I don't really care. It sounds good, and that's what matters. - Kiyomi

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23 Virtual XI

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.

Tracklisting:
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

No their best, Not their worst (their worst is No Prayer)
Futureal 10/10
Angel and the Gambler 7/10
Lightning Strikes Twice 5/10
The Clansman 10/ 10
When Two Worlds Collide 100/10
The Educated Fool 10/ 10
don't Look to The Eyes of a Stranger 9/10
Como Estais Amigos 10/10

Come on When Two Worlds Collide is so underrated. This is clearly in their top ten songs. am I the only one who sees that. If you can't see that then you shouldn't be listening to Maiden. I mean it's not as good as songs like Hallowed Be Thy Name, Number Of The Beast, Run to the hills, Rime of the Ancient Mariner, and lets not forget, Fear of the dark.

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24 Live at Donington
25 Rock in Rio

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!

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)

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26 From Fear to Eternity: The Best of 1990-2010

The best songs from Iron Maiden in one album

27 En Vivo!

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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28 Best of the 'B' Sides
29 Hallowed Be Thy Name

You do realize that this is a song right? not an album.

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