Best Iron Maiden Songs

The Top Ten

Hallowed Be Thy Name Hallowed Be Thy Name Cover Art

This is the trademark of iron maiden
amazing song with great lyrics and guitar performance is extremely good

I always thought their trademark was Run To The Hills, but I like this song better. - Fiend

Hallowed be Thy Name is not simply an Iron Maiden's or a metal song, it is something more, like a perfect harmony of music, lyrics, progressive evolution and the rise of the climax during the song itself. I think Steve Harris has written his masterpiece with this song, which is really beyond any genre and time style!

Awesome. Enough said. If I could only listen to one song for the rest of my life, this would be it. Up the Irons!

A very different theme from any other song, plus great catchy music

The Trooper The Trooper Cover Art

Honestly, I'm surprised Run to the Hills and Number of the Beast are below this, but maybe rightly so. This is maybe the greatest song ever (just listen to the intro, it explains everything).

its just so good
and especially live after dead version is best
then guitars and bass wow what a song
and perfect drums its just so good song
UP THE IRONS FROM FINLAND!

Words can't describe the epicness of this incredible song.

This is the song I listened to while traversing the Amazon with a machete.

Fear of the Dark Fear of the Dark Cover Art

great song. when I listen to it, the hair of my hands stands up

Every time I hear this song, I'm kinda sing along to the rhythm on the intro

yeah what can I say... picking the best of maiden is always hard but I think this one is the best.

No matter how much I like other songs with more complex and deeper meaning, I never get bored with this song. It's like my brain can not comprehend how beautiful it is, the intro melody is so timeless I can not describe it. Not only that, but the verses, chorus, guitar solos, and outro fit together so perfectly. It's one of those metal songs that had to be written sooner or later. If you like the studio version, just wait till you hear the Rock in Rio live version.

Aces High Aces High Cover Art

Definitely the best. others are good but this is epic. Solo is the one of the best solos that ı have ever listened.

I really like this song, not comparable! I have been on the laste Friday on the Sonysphere in Basel, but they didn't play this song. Sad Sad! But the concert was top! Cheers to all Iron Maiden fans, hallowed by thy name, number of the best are great as well. Roger

Epic song and definitely the best. The solo is a beast!

The song that made me discover them in 1984... good lyrics, video was just like a good old war movie. Nicko's drumming is not random for a change (after somewhere in time...). Too bad Dickinson can't sign it live. In studio, the vocals were at his best with this song. Do not listen to the Live after death version please...

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

Metal in pure state. Simply one of the best of Iron Maiden. I also can't believe it isn't in the top three songs. Just vote up!.

This song has done in four minutes and fifty-one seconds what countless other songs have failed to do. From the dark and unnerving passage from Revelations, to the heart-racing guitar riff, to the evil and awe-inspiring lyrics, the rapid head-banging drumbeat and the mind-numbing, spine-chilling, lightning fast electrifying guitar solo, this song is an anthem of Iron Maiden and of all Heavy Metal. It is the epitamy of Metal, the icon of everything it stands for, and it will never be conquered. Listen to this song as I am now, see that all I've said is true, and hear with it all of the triumph and glory of Heavy Metal.!

The song is based on the book of revelations and the number 666 is the number of the anti-christ aka the devil. However the metal part is total EPIC!

Should be number 1, no doubt. The most iconic metal song every written. When it comes on unexpectedly, say in the car or at a party, goosebumps every time. Plus I then start to drive like a complete idiot.

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

This is the most epic adventurous song of all time in my opinion! Wonderful lyrics, beautiful notes on brilliant instruments, this is Maiden at it's best! From a huge Belgian fan who saw them live at Pukkelpop in 2010, best Pukkelpop concert in it's history! LOVE

It is basically epic. The lyrics the story it tells its rhyme
Can't believe this isn't in the top three... Vote for it people

Deep, It gets you in, long strong and full of Iron maiden core courage.

For me, Iron Maiden's best song and one of the best in the metal history. Hope to see it live someday

Run to the Hills Run to the Hills Cover Art

I think that this song rules the earth well, after god!

the solo is one of the best solos from them!

Loving it!
Awesome drums! Superb musicians!
THE BEST OF IRON MAIDEN!
Don't know why so far from the first place!

Bruce Dickinson best vocals. Those notes he hits on the chorus are unbelievable. Awesome power.

Phantom of the Opera Phantom of the Opera Cover Art

I just love the bass and guitar harmonies in the middle of the song AND THE SOLOS ARE EFFIN' AWSOME AND THOSE RIFFS HAVE GOT SOME ENERGY WHICH IS JUST SICK!

All the tunes are just superb! The solos in the between just carry them with you, there is not one part where you can get bored, the vocals are just awesome! One of the best songs I've ever heard!

Based on guitar, this song probably has the best base of the century... And of course it's other instruments are also too good...
IRON MAIDEN ROCKS!

I really love nearly every Song of Iron Maiden, but I have to say that this one always blows my mind. I especially love the guitar part in the middle, it just fits in so perfectly. Steve Harris at his best and that's on their first officially released Album, other Bands like Metallica or else needed at least, one Album before finding their amazing unique sound, but Maiden got it from start. Up the Irons!

2 Minutes to Midnight 2 Minutes to Midnight Cover Art

first song I learnt all the way through to play on guitar!

Excellent intro and outstanding lyrics. One of the most relevant song about the cold war and nuclear weapons. Surprising that its not in top 10.

I'm surprised this isn't in the top 10. This song is by far the most energetic and memorable for me out of the entirety of Iron Maiden's collections. I mean the entire Powerslave album is legendary as it is. This song is my favorite though out of them all.

Should be in top 5, awesome song...great energy. Got that raw sound that kinda stretches the norm of Maiden's usual MO. Totally pumps you up, if you feeling down this tune will definitely make you want to get up and kick life in the teeth.

Dance of Death Dance of Death Cover Art

The story telled in this song should be written down in a book. And the music is just perfect. Because of this song most of the fans will like to say their last goodbye, drink and say a pray for it...

This song represent what Iron Maiden is. The composition of this song in all the aspects is very incredible, the guitar and drums composition(do not forget Steve Harris), and the lyrics of the song make you think about the meaning of death to all the people, of an incredible way, also this song brings you unexplainable feelings. This song should be on top 3.

Awesome guitar playing.. It should be in top 3..1-trooper,2-fear of the dark,3-dance of the death.. This song touches my soul.

Their most famous song and no other song can exceed the energy that this song oozes out.

The Contenders

Wasted Years Wasted Years Cover Art

This song is total gold! I mean, the intro is totally mind-blowing, one of maidens best, along with run to the hills and trooper, but the rhythm in this one; as a whole song, is something unique! Ecstasy! And the lyrics speak to me, deeply...
Still, I am surprised some legendary classics are so low on this list. Charlotte the harlotte is right now 97, for example? Prisoner? Revelations? Powerslave? To mention a few... Also check out infinite dreams, the intro sets my mind into a calm state... anyway, this is just proof that iron maiden is the best band in the world! Right now hallowed be thy name is leading this list solidly, I was a little bit surprised to not see one of the other classics as number 1, but when I think about it, I think it's defining for other songs, and a masterpiece composed brilliantly. I love these old songs the most, but I got into maiden through brave new world, definitely an epic album, has progressive songs that makes me fall into trance... wait, all the ...more

Mindblowing intro! How the hell is this down here? The message this song holds is also very deep.

marking the definitive maiden new era, a fantastic fast, melodic, aggressive, sweet song. wonderful lyrics by Adrian Smith

Definitely one of their most beautiful songs, simply yet amazing. Can bring someone to tears in the right scenario. Should be top 5, but its hard to pick Iron Maiden's best.

Powerslave Powerslave Cover Art

The instrumental part in Powerslave is is exceptional, and the vocals are amazing as always. Listening to Bruce sing "I'll strike from the graavvee" is just EPIC!

Bruce is DEFINITELY underrated as a song writer. But this song is an essential Iron Maiden track. Steve is a great instrumental writer, but I really enjoyed the fact that Bruce wrote the whole song, and he is a great storyteller. And I really enjoy the change near the end where it goes from the instrumental solo back into hammering guitar riff. I think Bruce should have done more.

One of their best songs for sure, all the energy and riffs its just overal amazing.

Hard to pick one maiden son as their best. But this song is so amazing every bit of it is tantalizing and endlessly mesmerising. I sing every word with undying passion every time. A song it is impossible to get sick of no matter how many times I listen to it. Love the composition and that breakdown and solo in the middle just kick unmerciful ass. This song is like sustenance I feel so riled up and energetic after listening to it. The word epic is thrown around to often but it is a perfect descriptor of this amazing track off my favorite Maiden album the one that made me fall in love with this band.

Seventh Son of a Seventh Son Seventh Son of a Seventh Son Cover Art

A underrated masterpiece off the brilliant concept album of the same name.

A criminally underrated song by plenty of Maiden fans, which utilizes synthesizer in a brilliant way to create an atmospheric piece of musical brilliance.

This is a song that proves Iron Maiden are the greatest/most talented band ever.

representing maiden at the top of the world, #1 chart...dreaming past, when metal was allowed to do it

Now this masterpiece... gives me the goosebumps.. every time I listen to it..

Best Iron Maiden song ever. It is just amazing. The song has one of the best instrumental pieces in it out of every Iron Maiden song ever made. Why is it not number 1?

Paschendale Paschendale Cover Art

My all-time favourite Iron Maiden song, and without a doubt one of their most epic. Paschendale is an unbiased uncensored look at one of the First World War's most blood-drenched and futile battles, and the musical work is absolutely as perfect as it can get.

Listening to the song, you can see the actual battle happening, almost like a narrative telling the story of a single soldier on the western front:
As the song picks up at the one minute mark, you can picture an allied trench being bombarded constantly by artillery leaving dozens of troops dead, wounded or shell-shocked.
When the chorus first kicks in at the two-minute point you can imagine a German bayonet charge.
A minute later, you can imagine the attack floundering and the Germans retreating and a "calm before the storm" taking place.
At the 3:40 mark, you can picture allied guns returning fire before a counter-attack before the troops go over the top of the trench.
At 4:40 you can imagine the ...more

This is the best song ever. The transitions, the music, the solos, the singing. All is perfect. WTF. It's place 0ne.!

Listening to this song you can help being agitated, exhilarated, awakened and moved to emotion all in one. It's a masterpiece (or perhaps master-peace? ). I have so many favourite Maiden songs (like all of us must have) and so chasing one is like chasing between your own kids (assuming you had as many kids as great Maiden songs). I say this because like any vote on a Maiden song there is an element of guilt felt to the other songs! (apologies to Hallowed be Thy Name, ROTAM, FTGGOG, Number of the Beast, Run to the hills, Face in the sand, Ghost of the navigator, PowerSlave, TMTM, etc, you get the point). What a strange series of things to to say as a seemingly sane person (albeit perhaps a Maiden devotee) but that is life as a Maiden fan. My first metal album of Maiden was The Number of the Beast, original issue on vinyl. I still have this album and keep it in my bedroom). 35+ years latter and it is just as epic. Take care all and fingers crossed that Maiden and Bruce (as a soloist) ...more

This should be way higher on the list. It closes out a great album. It is composed beautifully with a great solo and fantastic vocals and melody.

Alexander the Great Alexander the Great Cover Art

Underrated song - one of the best of smith & murray's guitar solos, a really catchy and epic song

Most Underrated Iron Maiden song, it's so sad to say they just never played this masterpiece live.

His name struck fear into hearts of men. This is definitely one of the truly great Maiden songs and there are so many.

It's hard to even get started ranking Maiden's many masterpieces. I haven't even heard mention to:

The sign of the Cross
The Prophecy
Children Of the Damned
Total Eclipse
Caught Somewhere in Time
The Loneliness of the Long distance Runner
Mother Russia
Tailgunner
Mother of Mercy
Coming Home
Etc. Etc. Etc...

It's so sad that they've never played this song live. This one's a masterpiece.

The Evil that Men Do The Evil that Men Do Cover Art

Do the math this is the best song fron seventh son of a seventh son and seventh son of a seventh son is the best album of iron maiden so the evil that men do is the best song of iron maiden. It's very beautiful song with perfect guitar work on the part of the razor's edge, great solo and catchy.

I am Indonesian. I love this song, just hear the bass. You will find that it must in ten rated song for iron. So far, the song reflects about us, about how evil we are.. The human

Don't get me wrong, Aces High, Run To The Hills, Blood Brothers, Fear Of The Dark, and The Phantom Of The Opera are all fantastic, songs, but this song in my personal list is higher than all of them, because the vocals, guitars, bass, and drums, are absolutely perfect. This is one of Maiden's best songs without a doubt, so vote up!

Seventh son is my favourite Maiden studio album which is saying a lot considering the iconic status of Number of the beast and Powerslave in particular. I could listen to Evil that men do over and over. So many great riffs, the gallop out in force and a solo that is truly epic.

Infinite Dreams Infinite Dreams Cover Art

More brilliance off SSOASS.

Especially love the closing verse 'These got to be just more to it then this.. 'ect.

Again utilising synthisiser in a way that proves that they can actually add texture to songs without it sounding soft.

Actually I agree that Hallowed Be Thy Name is the ultimate Iron Maiden song.
But how can this masterpiece be this low?
Hallowed, Rime, Alexander, Fear & Infinte Dreams are the top 5 in my Maiden book!

Each time I listen to the Seventh son of a Seventh son album, I am stuck with this song. I just keep repeating it because it is so beautiful. The lyrics in it are really great and they keep going on in my head.

This is one of my favourite by Iron Maiden, along by Hallowed be thy Name and Powerslave.

Atmospheric brilliance and drama. This song always stops me in my tracks.

Blood Brothers Blood Brothers Cover Art

When you think that we've used all our chances
And the chance to make everything right
Keep on making the same old mistakes
Makes untipping the balance so easy
When we're living our lives on the edge
Say a prayer on the book of the dead

This song is so...
You can't say it in words...
just...
... perfect

This song is just so masterpiece! I love the solo after the silent part and it's so great

This song is so perfect! never gets boring and it's so diverse! one of the most beautiful pieces of music, I've ever heard! Janic's solo kills me!

Bruce Dickinson's vocals are amazing and everyone is absolutely at the top with their instrument! You can tell that a lot of compsosition and thought went into this song because it says almost exactly how I feel about the world today. Very expressive and excellently laid out. Great work Iron Maiden, this song I can really relate to because of the lyrics and how Bruce Dickinson states himself. This song is underrated when it really has an excellent sound to it and the lyrics are so excellently composed!

Afraid to Shoot Strangers Afraid to Shoot Strangers Cover Art

the main riff that comes after the beginning arpeggio is just brilliant. the song also contains probably the best guitar solos of iron maiden. I am actually suprised to see this masterpiece so down at the list, and think that it belongs to the top 5.

Pick one favourite Iron Maiden song? Impossible. It varies from week to week and there are too many great songs to say one is the best. But, if hard pressed to pick one, I'll opt for this one. It's a slightly unusual Maiden song, certainly in the first Bruce-era, and highly underrated. But just listen to the majestic melody starting at around the 2:40 mark, can't think of any other single melody or riff in the Maiden pantheon of great songs that makes my hair stand on end as much as this one. Simply marvelous and only made better by the fact that it's revisited later on in slightly different form after the all guns blazing mid-section. Basically has all you'd ever need and want and more in a Maiden song.

This song is great! after: ''No reasoning, no more to say'' there is a great instrumental part, for me this song must be on the top 15!

This was the fourth Iron Maiden song I ever listened to and right from the get-go it caught my attention, Run To The Hills I knew LONG before Iron Maiden, and Be Quick or Be Dead and From Here To Eternity were great but other than Fear of the Dark, I would say this one and Fear of the Dark are my 2 favorite Maiden songs. It is genius from beginning to end. The duel guitar solo in the song sends chills up my spine EVERY time.

The Empire of the Clouds

Proof that Iron Maiden can make epic masterpieces even after 40 years. For me, the piano inclusion was such a surprising move, but it incredibly fits in this song perfectly. 18 minutes of pure music art, pioneered by Bruce Dickinson.

What a masterpiece! I could hear this over and over again and still not get tired.

One of the most masterful piece of music I have heard time and again and it still blows me away. The lyrics are absolutely stunning, the progression, riffs, their attempt to do a SOS, it's a real punch in the feels.

This song is currently ranked #40 on "Best Songs of 2015". So come 25,000 Iron Maiden fans, and help me get it to the #1 spot that it deserves!

Flight of Icarus Flight of Icarus Cover Art

This song shows that Bruce is the best metal singer there ever was, it's my favorite Iron Maiden song after Hallowed be thy name, and since Hallowed is first, this songs deserves the vote. The guitar solo is amazing, the lyrics are a reference to the Greek story of Icarus, and as I mentioned, the vocals are Dickinson's best.

this is my second favorite maden song right after hallowed be thy name, this song shows that bruce dickinson is the greatest singer that ever lived.

Awesome song... Great story telling... Magical! Along with HALLOWED BE THEY NAME, this is my favorite Maiden tune.

This song is awesome one of the first iron maiden songs I ever listened to this song should be one of the top tens it well good it's my one of my fave 3 run to the hills sun and steel and this

When the Wild Wind Blows When the Wild Wind Blows Cover Art

This song is proof that music still exists. Iron Maiden has never flopped in any album, especially not The Final Frontier. This song is amazing as heck and I believe goes up in the epic tier with songs like Hallowed Be Thy Name and Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

Good lyrics, unique sound, great song progression, an absolutely epic gem. I would certainly place it around numbers 8-10. It's current position on the list doesn't do this song justice.

Wonderful intro-outro and solo. I think the most beautiful song of Iron Maıden. This song should definitely be in the top 3.

This song is one of the best song of iron maiden.. its lyrics are very good.. playing of guitars are awesome.. it should be at least top 5.. it's my best song in FINAL FRONTIER album

Killers Killers Cover Art

Easily the best Maiden song. Starts out strong Paul can scream as well as anyone. Great guitar work as always with Maiden. It's a shame they don't like to play it anymore

second best maiden song after hallowed be thy name

People don't think of Paul Di'anno when it comes to Iron Maiden. But he delivers a fantastic vocal performance on this song, and the bass into from Steve Harris is just phenomenal.

Paul is no Bruce, but this is Maiden's best song

Wrathchild Wrathchild Cover Art

It was hard for me decide between Iron Maiden and Wrathchild. Both of them are just pure, mind blowing heavy metal masterpieces, but since I have crossed the limit already I decided to choose this one because it appeals to me a little bit more. I don't get why this song isn't seen in top10's more often. Well at least it made it in MY Top 10 list (more like top 12 list but whatever) but still I hope that this song remains on the list

Hey, what's going on here? This is one of the all time favorites. Please hear it, please vote it...

So classic! Fear of the dark is my favourite maiden track but this one is just so damn underrated, doesn't get nearly enough praise

Absolutely mindblowing intro. Classic

The Prisoner The Prisoner Cover Art

Damn is a Fantastic song why 51?!?! love the drums and the chorus ''Not a Prisoner, I'm a Free man and my blood is my own now, don't care where the past was, I know where I'm going! '' Great song! ;D

This song defines all that makes Iron maiden. The bass is always audible, the drumming is superb and the sheer number of fantastic riffs that make up this song is why I love this song. Bruce's vocals are great and very distinctive, almost operatic. One of the best songs ever off of one of the best albums ever. Why this song is down here can only be explained by the wealth of masterpieces that Iron Maiden has produced over the years. For me this song is one of their best.

Amazing from beginning to the end. Adrian Smith's riff and solo unbelievable.

Great song! One of the best, it's an insult this isn't in the top ten! Lyrics, instrumental solos and vocals are completely EPIC!

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