Most Underrated Iron Maiden Albums

The Top Ten

1 Somewhere in Time Somewhere in Time

I have never understood the lack of acclaim for this album. I will admit that is isn't as good as their best 80's work (Killers & Number Of The Beast), but that's no reason to dismiss out of the gate. The songs are strong as a whole, including some underrated classics like Caught Somewhere In Time & Alexander The Great just to name a few. Meanwhile, the production and vocals as still as strong as ever, and on top of this, it's nice to see Maiden experiment. Sure the inclusion of synthesisers may have made it more of its time than their other releases, but it still shows progression in their sound, and they are far better with such components here than on other albums (i.e. the overrated Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son). Not their best 80's work, but undeservedly forgotten, Maiden's SIT delivers the goods when it counts. - Mrveteran

I really do not understand why "Somewhere in Time" is so underrated! It's a phenomenal record an one of Maiden's finest to date! 1986 was a great year for heavy metal! M/ Up the iron!

10 years since I am listening to Iron Maiden, my God they are best, The Number of the Beast, Powerslave, Fear of the Dark, then all their albums recorded from 1999 to today July 2016. Just as I have been admiring their latest classy album The Book of Souls, I just accidentally gave time to "The Lonliness of the long distance runner", I immediately fell in love with it. Then I listened to other songs as well, ohh myyy Godd, I immediately felt how, I mean, how underrated the album really is. Great album. All those looking for next album of any great band, just listen to this masterpiece, you will surely love the album.

First Maiden album I ever owned back in 87. was 13. listened to this til the tape popped. amazing songs & lyrics. It was my gateway to the earlier albums and to this day so glad that I picked it off the shelf.

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2 The X Factor The X Factor

While not as good as their other albums, this one is their most underrated effort. While people will defend their other albums, this one seems to have no support from anyone. And it does have its faults admittedly, including some weak songs here and there and how Bayley was the wrong choice for the band, and in some of the songs his lack of truly powerful vocals becomes rather apparent (Sign Of The Cross being the main casualty). However, I will say that despite this, this album is quite good in other respects. A lot of the tracklist delivers and it has far more energy and passion put into it than Maiden's other 90's albums, and even though he was the wrong choice, Bayley at least gives his new position a good stab and it does it rather well. to be honest, if it were Dickinson doing the vocals, the backlash perhaps wouldn't be so harsh. As such, it's definitely their underrated gem. - Mrveteran

Come on. Sign Of The Cross, Man On The Edge, Lord Of The Flies, Aftermath, Edge Of Darkness and 2. Am. All these songs are underrated classics.
With Bruce on vocals it would have been considered to be their best album.
Blaze did a great job on this one and on Virtual XI.

Up the Irons and Blaze!

There's several songs on here that should be getting played live instead of the same old stuff they play every tour.

3 Virtual XI Virtual XI

Without a doubt their most underrated album. This album has numerous gems, like the epic the Clansman, Futureal, Como Estais Amigos, the Educated Fool, Lightning Strikes twice... And only one weak song in my opinion (The Angel and the Gambler, which would have been AS bad without the repetitive chorus, but still genuinely bad).

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4 Dance of Death Dance of Death

A very varied album, with great song quality throughout and songs that don't outstay their welcome. It's the only album since Bruce rejoining the band that has some real straight up rockers (by this I don't mean the obligatory 4 minute opening single but proper songs like No More Lies & Montsegur). The other post 2000 albums rock in parts but songs are mostly too drawn out. It has got a ballad that works (Journeyman), some songs that veer a bit more to the prog side (for example, Face In The Sand which has a great intro) and a great epic (Paschendale) which is all the more effective because not every song is trying to be an epic like on A Matter Of Life Or Death. Definitely my favourite album of the 2nd Bruce era.

Has some of Maiden's best songs on it (Dance of Death and Paschendale), some pretty decent ones (Rainmaker, No More Lies, Journeyman and Age of Innocence - The most underrated Maiden music) and overall is a good album.

Such a great album, and such little love... It's more "prog metal" than heavy metal but this stuff is epic! - BimmyJim

Great album. How is somewhere in time #1? That album is not under rated it is very popular.

5 Fear of the Dark Fear of the Dark

This album has Fear of the Dark and Afraid to Shoot Strangers. There are underrated songs such as Judas Be My Guide, Be Quick or Be Dead, and Wasting Love. Definitely the Bruce album that criminally gets pushed away.

I couldn't name you a bad song on Fear of the Dark. This album rocks. I think people just say this album is bad because is more 'rocker' and because they don't like to admit that Gers made a excellent job on this one.

Best Maiden album! Songs like Afraid To Shoot Strangers,Fear Of The Dark,Be Qucik Or Be Death anf Wasting Love is really good and album deserve to be number 1.

6 Matter of Life & Death Matter of Life & Death

Very underrted, is the best Iron Maiden album of the 2000's, and it is in my top 5 Iron Maiden albums for sure, just listen to songs like The Longest Day, The Legacy, For the Greater Good of God, Brighter Than a Thousands Suns, These Colors Don't Run, I mean, is full of masterpieces.

The "Somewhere in Time" of post 2000 Maiden, superior to his peers from a musical standpoint.

This album has every classic Maiden element from start to finish. No filler here. One of their best period! Whats up with the two X crap releases doing on the list? It's not Maiden without Bruce. that's like cornflakes with the milk. UP THE IRONS!

7 No Prayer for the Dying No Prayer for the Dying

I couldn't name you a bad song on this album

I love this album, not their best but not their worst I think it is more interesting than "Fear of the Dark"

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8 Brave New World Brave New World

Just so melodious. Just listen to "The Nomads" for the starter. I can't tell how beautiful and melodious this album really is.

The wicker man, blood brothers and ghost of the navigator are strait masterpieces

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9 Killers Killers

Extremely underrated. Out of the two Di'anno albums, this one is by far the best but sadly also the most overlooked. Most of the reviews I've seen for this album are positive, but the main consensus is that this is the weaker of the two albums. Stereogum for instance says that the album gives off "there's the unavoidable feeling that Killers is comprised of leftovers". I beg to differ personally. Not only is this album far better than its predecessor, it's one of Maiden's best albums. While their debut was the sound of a band without an identity, this album gives Maiden their own distinct sound and is very tight and focused as a result. Meanwhile, Di'anno has gotten far better. He sounds more comfortable in his role and reaches some incredible high notes at some points. A fantastic album overall and a great addition to the Maiden cannon. - Mrveteran

Personally this is my favourite Maiden album. Classics such as Wrathchild, Murders in the Rue Morgue, Genghis Khan, Killers and of course my favourite Maiden song of all time PURGATORY. Most of the people tend to forget about Di�'Anno while I think he has been the best vocalist in the history of Maiden (All my respects to Mr. Dickinson who has been the one that catapulted the Irons to where they are now). To conclude, I need to say I have a special place in my heart for this album. Up the Irons!

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The Contenders

11 The Final Frontier The Final Frontier

I think this might be the second best maiden album of the 21st century (after Brave New World of vourse).

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12 Book of Souls Book of Souls

Seriously doe, this album is seen from one of Iron Maiden's best albums.

Every Song of this Album is amazing!

13 Seventh Son of a Seventh Son Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
14 Powerslave Powerslave
15 Piece of Mind Piece of Mind

And don't forget Nicko's first Kick Arse Outing with the boys...

A magnificent masterpiece; true British Heavy Metal in all it's wonderous dual guitar, galloping bassline, air raid siren singing glory!

16 Number of the Beast Number of the Beast

Ah, yes. CRIMINALLY underrated. Like it couldn't get any MORE acclaim.

UNDERRATED? this is (even though it's my 3rd favorite) the most OVERrated iron maiden album

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