Best Iron Maiden Songs

The Top Ten

1 Hallowed Be Thy Name

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!

Timeless masterpiece

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2 The Trooper

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.

is good

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3 Fear of the Dark

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.

Maybe some of you will be suprised reading this, but I never liked Iron Maiden in general. But this song, this is more than awesome! - somekindofaguy

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4 The Number of the Beast

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!

666! The Number of the Beast!
A real classic! - Dendo

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5 Rime of the Ancient Mariner

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.

Their best song, totally better than run to the hills, fear of the dark and the number of the beast

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6 Run to the Hills

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

the solo is one of the best solos from them! - rock2metal

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

best

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7 Aces High

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! - fireinside96

My list:
1. Empire Of The Clouds
2. Hallowed Be Thy Name
3. Number Of The Beast
4. Phantom Of The Opera
5. The Trooper
6. Aces High
Empire Of The Clouds is my favorite. It’s one of my favorite songs, period.

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8 Dance of Death

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.

Best song

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9 Phantom of the Opera

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!

Nah, Transylvania is better - Himalayansalt

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10 Wasted Years

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.

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.

Should be
wasted years
bring your daughter to the slaughter
number of the beast
be quick or be dead
empire of the clouds
hallowed be thy name
fear of the dark
two minutes to midnight
powerslave
and so on and so on and so on
I LOVE IRON MAIDEN

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The Newcomers

? Judgement of Heaven
? Alexander the Great

Underrated song - one of the best of smith & murray's guitar solos, a really catchy and epic song - petrucci75hammet

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...

Educatational, enjoyable, epic.

Sublime Maiden song with a typicaly catch chorus. - LonelyLongDistanceRunner

Great song overall and the lyrics are so historically accurate, too. Gotta love the guitars.

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The Contenders

11 2 Minutes to Midnight

first song I learnt all the way through to play on guitar! - robberto217

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 at the very top..Along with Wasted years!

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12 Powerslave

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!

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.

Especially the Live After Death version. - Cygnus2II2

An amazing song from an amazing album

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13 Seventh Son of a Seventh Son

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. - LonelyLongDistanceRunner

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

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?

Adrian describes it as a piece of music not a song, it is so well composed and performed, Adrian really outdoes himself here, and greatly melodic too

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14 Paschendale

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.!

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.

You can see yourself in the trenches while listening to this song. You can feel the pain ant the anguish of the men that fought there. That's what Maiden makes. Best song of the post 80s albums.

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15 When the Wild Wind Blows

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.

What is wrong with this list!?
I know that this song is a newer song off of an album that came out in 2010, but if you can't see that this is one of the best songs ever, then you must be def. This song may not be their best song ever (That's Rime Of the ancient Mariner) but it deserves to be high that 18 spot, it should be top ten for sure

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16 The Evil that Men Do

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!

¡Simplemente el mejor! Su introducción, sus cambios de tiempo (4 en total), su letra, el punteo de Adrian, la voz de Bruce, el bajo galopante de Steve, el certero acompañamiento de Dave y la inigualable destreza en la batería de Nicko... ¡Iron Maiden en la plenitud de sus facultades!, como dice alguien más abajo: "Si el Seventh Son es el mejor álbum de Maiden y esta es la mejor canción del álbum, entonces esta es la mejor canción de la banda".

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17 Blood Brothers

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!

This song is proof that good music still exists

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18 Revelations

The live version of this song from "Live After Death" is unbelievable, I mean Bruce has the most amazing live voice I've ever heard in Metal! This song has everything, melodies, slow and fast sections, solos and more! Definitely Top 5 in my opinion.

This is such a classic song. Great guitar work. Not the best vocal, but its still awesome. The mix of soft and loud, and acoustic and electric guitar really make this a fantastic song. Classic.

The live version from "Live After Death" is absolutley epic. I always chug a beer during the solo after bruce says GO! Top 5 song for sure.

I listened to 'Live After Death' in the early 90's and this is the sing that got me into Maiden. Still my favourite to this day!

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19 Flight of Icarus

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. - onepolej

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

. This rocks. what to low you silly voters

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20 Sign of the Cross

JUST AN EPIC SONG... AMAZING GUITARS RIFFS... AMAZING BASS RIFFS... PERFECT DRUM BREAKS... AND VERY GOOD VOCALS FROM BLAZE... BUT I LIKE THE LIVE VERSION OF THIS SONG WITH BRUCE DICKINSON AT ROCK IN RIO... JUST HEAR IT

Standing alone in the wind and rain
Feeling the fear that is growing
Sensing the change in the tide again
Caught by the storm that is brewing
Feel the anxiety hold off the fear
Some of the doubt in the things you believe
Now that your faith will be put to the test
Nothing to do but await what is coming

Why then is god still protecting me
Even when I don't deserve it
Though I am blessed with an inner strength
Some they would call it a penance
Why am I meant to face this alone
Asking the question time and again
Praying to God won't keep me alive
Inside my head feel the fear start to rise...

AMAZING INTRO... THANKS BLAZE

How This Song Its Not In Top TEN OF IRON MAIDEN SONGS... EPIC SONGS LIKE SIGN OF THE CROSS, RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER, WHEN THE WILD WIND BLOWS, FOR THE GREATER GOOD OF GOD... THEY SURE BE IN TOP TEN... WITH HALLOWED BE THY NAME, FEAR OF THE DARK, BLOOD BROTHERS, DANCE OF DEATH, ACES HIGH, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA... COME ON VOTE IT... UP IRONS FROM Greece AND FROM ANY COUNTRY OF THE WORLD

The best maiden track

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