Best Iron Maiden Guitar Solos

The Top Ten

1 Powerslave Powerslave Cover Art

This song has two solos, which were designed of an amazing form, they represent Adrian and Murray's virtuosity. The first one it introduces us to a condition of peaceful, the beauty of this one only captures the attention of the person who is listening. The second solo shows a perfect balance between melody and the speed. Both are impressive, demonstrating one of the most beautiful compositions in the golden age of Iron Maiden.

Three solos actually, first Murray then Adrian and then Murray again.

Stumbled upon this page after googling what everyone thought the greatest Maiden solos were, and I must say I have to agree with everyone! Dave and Adrian kick arse in this song, and it's definitely my favorite maiden solos and never get sick of listening to them. Just a shame that the rest of the song isn't anywhere near as good as the solos!

This song actually has 3. All three of them kick major ass. Adrian's can often be forgotten because it's smack dab in the middle of the song between two of the greatest solos of Dave Murray's career. Think of it as the glue between two separate moods.

Two great consecutive solos that are both very different from each other, yet bridged together perfectly. The first five seconds of Adrian Smith's solo alone is enough to give one goosebumps.

2 Phantom of the Opera Phantom of the Opera Cover Art

I'm c ing them 2nite. Can't wait. I hope they play this.

Love the classic album. Dickinson Madien is still great. But Dano,s where its at

3 Dance of Death Dance of Death Cover Art

Haven't heard too many maiden songs, but I've heard many songs in general to know that this song should be higher! Sickest guitar solo I've heard anyways

When I hear this solo I allways feel like I'm in a awesome dream.
This solo is one of the most beautiful solos ever. And the harmony part between the solo is perfect.

This deserves to be higher. 3 solos and all are great.

Until the time came to reunite us both my spirit!

4 Hallowed Be Thy Name Hallowed Be Thy Name Cover Art

This guitar solo is legendary! Whenever I hear this song, I can't help but to want to listen to the solo over and over again. It's solos like this one that makes Iron Maiden so incredible.

Powerslave is close, but for me this is the most awe-inspiring and epic guitar solo ever. It gives me GOOSEBUMPS. This is the greatest song of all time.

My all-time favorite of Maiden! Great effort and a joy to watch live indeed

5 Alexander the Great Alexander the Great Cover Art

The solos are amazing in this piece. gives me the shivers EVERY time I hear it. I have every Maiden album and this song by far has the most compelling and virtuosity of solos than most Maiden songs...though the others on this list are extremely good. Adrian and Steve are Gers as well.

While I think Powerslave IS their best. This is 2nd place for Mr and voted for it because it should be at least top 5. It makes you feel so powerful when you listen to it. Not to mention it's like 3 minutes long.

One of the more underrated Iron Maiden songs and solos. This is definitely in my top 5 Maiden songs.

Most underrated Iron Maiden solo. This should be neck and neck with Powerslave, which is at #1.

6 The Trooper The Trooper Cover Art

This is probaly the best song of iron maiden. I could hear it every day and not get tired of it. This song really rocks my world! Up the Irons!

Best Iron Maiden solo! Fear of the Dark and Wasting Love are good solos too... but they are more emotional than speed!

Oh this guitar solo is epic! It beats powerslave by miles that one is far too long this one rocks! Come on you irons!

They took my life, they can take yours too, vote for this or I'll murder you.

7 Killers Killers Cover Art

These riffs are killer just like album. Fast and furious with nice little duo at the end.To me this album was the inspiration for the ensuing thrash metal scene.


8 Aces High Aces High Cover Art

On no other song have I heard such a perfect ratio of soloing to musical sense. This really adds something to the music, instead of being a flurry of notes there simply to show off the musician's prowess.

Not only a fantastic solo, but it fits the song seamlessly, the solo is like a spectacular dogfight! It's a yes from me!

My favorite song from the iron maiden

This needs to be higher.

9 Stranger In a Strange Land Stranger In a Strange Land Cover Art

Starts slow, melodic, fitting perfectly with the atmosphere the song tries to bring you, and then it starts to speed up to end with a climax. Adrian Smith at his best.

Best solo ever. I actually get myself into the posture without my knowledge and imitate adrain :P

The Adrian Smith solo in this track is my favorite Iron Maiden solo of all time

My favorite.

10 Wasted Years Wasted Years Cover Art

This song has a great riff, probably Adrian smiths greatest solo, Steve Harris’s most underrated baseline, and awesome drum fills.
This song is awesome

Mainly due to punching in solo for a while when singing Bruce...

How can you not love this whole songs guitar performance

It just fits the whole feel of the song so perfectly.

The Contenders

11 Caught Somewhere In Time Caught Somewhere In Time Cover Art

14, really? Iron maiden is the palm of my hand. Solos on the song powerslave, Alexander the great, Rime of... ,stranger.. ,wasted years, flight of... and many many more... Doesn't match up to this song. Mind blowing Solos from both Dave and Adrian, they have thrown every guitar trick in your face and slapped you hard with it. Awesome solo. Hear again and vote friends.

These 2 back to back solos combine into the greatest solo section maiden have done and it defenetly should be among the first 3

What!?!? This should definitely be higher its one of the most epic solos the world has ever heard.

The whole song's great but for me the solo's better than powerslave's...for me

12 Fear of The Dark

Love the intro on this one awesome song

13 The Number of the Beast The Number of the Beast Cover Art

WO YAY, LOVE IRON MAIDEN, IRON MAIDEN 4 ever I LOVE YOU IRON MAIDEN, WO ok ill stop, this is one of their greatest Iron maiden solos ever, how can't you love iron maiden? Laugh out loud, peace!

How can this be rated this low?!
This is the best maiden solo ever!
Since I can't use the f-word,
To hell with you all!

14 Afraid to Shoot Strangers

No doubt best guitar solo. Maybe not the most technical solo, but definitely sound. One of the first bits I learned to play on my guitar. I can't understand why it is ranked so low.

Dave shows why he's the best at what he does in this song alone

Good solo this should be top 5

100% dopamine from this solo man

15 To Tame a Land
16 Seventh Son of a Seventh Son

How is this not on the list, the part leading up to this is so epic! And the solo itself... GODLIKE, enough said

Since "The Wickerman" is not included in the list (God knows why..) I'll vote for my second best solo; excuse me, I meant _series_ of solos. An epic song, an even more epic series of solos, particularly by Adrian Smith. Maiden at its best, with all the vocal & guitar melodies & harmonies and a "boom-busting" rhythm.

Metal cheers from Greece,

17 Blood Brothers Blood Brothers Cover Art

Come on people... this one deserves to be one in the top 10... both janick's and dave's solos move me... every time I listen to their solos, they give me goosebumps... they are just too awesome...

Janick's solo is mind blowing!

18 No More Lies No More Lies Cover Art

I think this is the best

19 Infinite Dreams Infinite Dreams Cover Art

How was this not on the list. It has a fantastic solo that really emphasises the songs mood.

20 Sign of the Cross Sign of the Cross Cover Art

Yep, this one! The Sign of The Cross. Who doesn't like this one. Maybe it isn't the longest solo. Maybe a couple of seconds long. But this is just an awesome solo. Love the guitars and vocals. (it is blaze bayley so what!? )

Anyway I like bruce dickinson more but this is just awesome

Solo its more like 6 minutes of guitar! Blaze does it brilliantly because personally I don't likle him but he does some good ones of the x factor like this fortunes of war look for the truth and the aftermath.

The best solo for me. Great bass in the background. So this song has for me the best solo of all. Also like the Dance of Death solo but this is just the best solo of all! UP THE IRONS!

Hands down one of the BEST guitar solos from any Iron Maiden song. I didn't expect something to be from the Blaze Bayley era to be that good. Congrats to Janick

21 Run to the Hills Run to the Hills Cover Art

this solo is awesome! I haven never heard a marvel like this one

22 Ghost of the Navigator
23 The Nomad The Nomad Cover Art

Such a WONDERFUL and beautiful solo! It is the best instrumental section in any Maiden song in my opinion, I love it!

Great solo. It is beautiful.

24 Rime of the Ancient Mariner Rime of the Ancient Mariner Cover Art

These solos are just pure epicness that contribute to the song as a whole!

Happy Birthday Adrian Smith!

25 The Prisoner The Prisoner Cover Art

Deserves to be much much higher... This strnger in a stange land, hallowed be thy name, phantom of the opera, dance of death and loneliness o the long distance runner have the best solos in my opinion

I love the energy coming from Adrian in this solo it's damn near impossible to not get goosebumps during it

Can this solo be any more EPIC? It's both Dave and Adrian's best solo ever. I just love it.

Top 5 for sure.

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