Most Overrated Iron Maiden Songs


The Top Ten

1 The Number of the Beast - The Number of the Beast

This song must be overrated because it's the title track to maiden's best and most popular album. It's a decent song, but I saw it on a list of top 100 guitar solos of all time and I remember thinking I could name lots of maiden songs with way better guitar work!

heard it to much times.and why is the trooper on this list its the best song ever

Now this is an overrated song. It's got simple riffs and isn't very long. It's an average song of theirs, and I now I would like it more if it didn't get more attention than it deserved. - Songsta41

Sucks. Sucks. Sucks. The Number of the Least. (not serious, I like this song) - Alkadikce

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2 Run to the Hills - The Number of the Beast

Every time I tell someone that I'm a huge Maiden fan and they tell me " Yeah me too, my favorite song is Run to the Hills or Number of the Beast", I know they don't know much about Maiden. It even became one of my least favorite song because of this.

always near the top of good lists, but doesn't have the harmonies and melodies of other songs

I like this song and The Trooper a lot, but they seem alike in some ways. The videos were similar, and songs concept felt similar. Great songs that probably get the overrated tag, because MTV played them almost hourly (Due to a lack of content at the time)

I've heard this song so many times it's now annoying, and seeing it at the top of every "best Iron Maiden song" list is also annoying. It's a good song, it just gets annoying quickly

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3 Fear of the Dark - Fear of the Dark

The album is terrible, and its title track isn't much better. While I appreciate that its become a live staple for Maiden, it's an extremely boring and lazy song that in line with the rest of the album is a failed attempt at prog-metal. Prog-metal isn't their strong suit, but they have pulled off some incredible entries in the genre over the years, like Hallowed By Thy Name and Phantom of the Opera. This song isn't even in the same class as those masterpieces. While those songs were incredibly complex in musicianship and had strong lyrics, Fear Of The Dark is utterly routine in the former aspect and in the latter aspect... let's not even go there ("Fear of the dark, Fear of the dark, I have constant fear that something's always near" - This band is better than such lazy and simplistic songwriting). Overall, it's an awful song which ends Iron Maiden's worst album. Go figure. - Mrveteran

The most overrated Maiden song ever. 2 minutes deserves each bit of its fame. SO does Trooper, Mariner, and Hallowed. While Run to the Hills and 666 are definitely overrated, they aren't nearly as overrated as this song. It's quite droll and weak for a Maiden song - be Quick or be Dead is better.

Hallowed Be Thy Name is overrated, but Fear of the Dark is even worst. It's not a bad song, but there are about 20 songs better than this one but it's often placed in the top-5. Hallowed Be Thy Name is top-10

I do not think this song or album is anywhere near their best -- surprised at how many people love it.

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4 2 Minutes to Midnight - Powerslave

This and run to the hills are the most overrated maiden song but ya know they still rock you just get tired of people saying those are the best when there's when the wild wind blows, the longest day, seventh son of a seventh son, etc. ( I can name nearly 100 more just to be honest ). But I don't have a problem with people liking it though all maiden songs rule

Good song (come on it's Iron Maiden) but I just don't like it and the fact that it is 6 min. long just makes me want to skip it.

It's a decent song, but it's not worthy of the credit it gets. My uber favorites are in a top 75 type deal. This one is like 85th of all I'm songs. Still a good one, just not perfect.

Decent song but nowhere near the best as some people say

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5 Bring Your Daughter... to the Slaughter - No Prayer for the Dying

Nothing from No Prayer for the Dying is overrated. It's number 27 on the best Iron Maiden albums list and there are only 15 studio albums. Studio albums should always be before live albums and compilations. This album gets so little recognition that no one even does that. I've never seen this song anywhere above #70 on the best I'm songs list. This definitely shouldn't be in the top ten of this list. It shouldn't even be on the list. - Songsta41

There is a difference between "overrated" and "good". Hallowed, FotD, and the Trooper are "good" and get only as much respect as they deserve (although it's not really helpful that they're the only couple of Maiden songs that radio stations acknowledge. ) Bring You Daughter was popular, but it isn't exactly the same standard of "good" as most of Maiden's other material. Overrated.

Don't get me wrong, it's a great song, but the fact that so many TV music shows keep showing this video when talking about Iron Maiden?

Better off showing The Number Of The Beast or The Trooper, because they are much better!

Not overrated, just generally a crap song from a crap album. - sweetbeef

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6 Running Free - Iron Maiden

This is the weakest song from their debut album, I have no idea why this song is considered one of the better songs from it the song musically isn't as impressive as most of the other songs especially compared to Phantom of the Opera don't get me wrong it's not a bad song but far from being one of the best from Di Anno era Iron Maiden. - christangrant

Weak lyrics for a Maiden song.

Worst song on their debut, yet it somehow became a hit...

This was made to be a party song that they can have fun with at the end of their shows, they didn't intend it to be an epic or a hit. just somthing to get the crowd really involved and end with a bang

7 Can I Play With Madness - Seventh Son of a Seventh Son

Can somebody please just tell me what it is everyone hates about this song, please it's not bad at all, lyrics are poor yes but the guitars are great. Can people not listen to anything past the lead vocals! - DeadAsian

One of The worst songs by Maiden honestly! This deserves first place.

This is a catchy song. We don't want catchy songs. We want songs with guitar. Screw lyrics they don't even matter, guitar is the only thing important. This song is terrible

Very repetitive. After multiple listens it starts to become boring. And no great riff at all!

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8 The Trooper - Piece of Mind

Iron Maiden has no overrated songs (in my opinion), because I think overrated means when something receives much more attention that it deserves... This song is their most commercial song along with "Run to the Hills" (I don't try to say Maiden is commercial, but these two are their most commercial songs)... However, this songs don't receive much attention between mainstream public as other metal songs do, like "Enter Sandman", "Crazy Train", "Art of Life", "One"...

This list is wrong, as the voters are... Why the hell is "Hallowed Be Thy Name" in this list?! It's one of the greatest metal songs ever! The awesome riffs, the Bruce's vocals, the epic solo made by Adrian & Dave, the Steve's bass performance and the Nicko's drumming! This song is perfect! It's no overrated because it deserves much more attention than it has! - rock2metal

But this is a masterpiece! You people must know that hallowed be thy name isn't the only good iron maiden song

Good song, but not the best by them in my opinion, a tad to repetitive mabey?

It's a good but it gets way to much attention then it should.

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9 Flight of Icarus - Piece of Mind

It's pretty good, but it just isn't good enough to be the 15th on the list of best Iron Maiden Songs. To be quite honest, the Piece of Mind album was a little disappointing. It had its moments, but it just didn't have enough emotion to it.

This isn't overrated.

10 Wrathchild - Killers

13? For real? Come on...

The Contenders

11 Hallowed Be Thy Name - The Number of the Beast

Is this not the best song in the history of the world!?

When a song is a band's trademark and it isn't their best, it's overrated. This definitely deserves to be their trademark. It's properly rated, not overrated. - Songsta41


Some people say that this is the best metal song of all time.Its not even the best Iron Maiden song.It is good but is way overrated.The second most overrated metal song ever. - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

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12 Moonchild - Seventh Son of a Seventh Son

Yeah moonchild... It's one overrated song. I have played it so many times and I can't get into it. Boring. BRuce sounds like a retard singing it. Have you heard him laugh during the song? It uses odd words as well. Nah. Hate the song and it does not deserve the credit it gets.

13 Wasted Years - Somewhere in Time

Certainly not the best song on Somewhere in Time.

This song is good like all maiden songs, but not really one of their best in my opinion

14 Die With Your Boots On - Piece of Mind

This song is underrated not overrated

15 Revelations - Piece of Mind

Nuh uh. This is one of their best and quite underrated actually. - IronSabbathPriest

16 Heaven Can Wait - Somewhere in Time

No, this, Hallowed, Aces, Wrathchild, and Rime deserve no place on this list.

The only song on Somewhere in Time that I skip. Terrible chorus, and vastly overrated. Listen to Sea of Madness and Alexander the Great instead!

The sing-a-long part gets annoying. But other than that, great song. - IronSabbathPriest

17 The Evil That Men Do - Seventh Son of a Seventh Son

Its overrated but not as bad as run to the hills

18 Rime of the Ancient Mariner - Powerslave

Not really overrated, it's fairly rated. How many times have you heard this masterpiece played live? Exactly. - IronSabbathPriest

This, Heaven Can Wait, & Powerslave have no place on this list!

19 Paschendale - Dance of Death

This is the best modern Maiden song! - IronSabbathPriest

I would call it overrated. It's a great song, I don't think it makes the top 20 though. - Songsta41

Some call it greatest maiden masterpiece ever when its not even best song on that album amazing song though but still overrated

The song just doesn't get near any good maiden song, and yet some people say its their best song... In my opinion this IS most overrated Maiden song

20 Brave New World - Brave New World

Pretty good track, but I don't like the repetitive chorus, it ruins the song a lot. Otherwise it is great. - IronSabbathPriest

21 Wasting Love - Fear of the Dark

And show me where to find this song on the best I'm songs list. - Songsta41

22 Holy Smoke - No Prayer for the Dying

Am I missing the pleasant melodies in this song? Complexities? It shows up on a greatest hits album, but might be the only Iron Maiden song that is painful to listen to. There is nothing catchy or interesting or melodious.

Underrated, not overrated.

People hate this song because it's Hard Rock. But, holly smoke I like Hard Rock Maiden more than boring Epic stuff. This is real 80's hard n' heavy.

23 Alexander the Great - Somewhere in Time

How? It's not considered top 20 iron maiden songs, while I dare to call it top 5. - Songsta41

24 Seventh Son of a Seventh Son - Seventh Son of a Seventh Son

About as bad as Can I Play with Madness but it was never praised as much as it - dubsinthetubs

25 Wildest Dreams - Dance of Death
26 Blood Brothers - Brave New World

What were they thinking when they came up with this one? "How many times can we repeat the same chorus over and over before people get sick of it"?. Very good example of live crowds making it a better song than it really is

The only maiden song I hate

It is just lame...

This song just sucks so much, definitely their worst. Can't understand why people like this. I like all maiden songs, but this one is just so bad.

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27 Rainmaker - Dance of Death

I'm tired of this song its noring but its alright but judt has a weird music video and weird lyrics run to the hills is probaly 1 on my overrated but rainmaker 2

28 Phantom of the Opera - Iron Maiden

By far the best song on their debut, what's it doing here?!

Quality material.

Probably one of maiden's worst songs

29 Where Eagles Dare - Piece of Mind

How is it overrated in any way? It's only been featured in their live sets on two tours. It's not overrated at all. - IronSabbathPriest

30 Aces High - Powerslave

No, this is so wrong - Aces High is one of their best songs and I'd say it's actually underrated. - Metal_Treasure

Me too I was expecting to find it on the most inspirational songs list and it's not on their.I look to this song for motivation - MrQuaz680

Aces high is their best song and it's bit underrated - Disturbedpotato

Aces high is properly rated for such a fantastic song. - Songsta41

Meh. this one's just kinda too repetitive. this is the kinda song mostly new maiden listeners are gonna like until they listen to the good stuff

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31 No More Lies - Dance of Death

To be honest, I'm not even sure anyone besides Steve Harris and myself acknowleges this song's existence. It's kinda underrated. Kinda. - IronSabbathPriest

32 The Wicker Man - Brave New World
33 The Duelists - Powerslave
34 Empire of the Clouds - Book of Souls

It's about quality, not quantity.

Stop. Bruce Dickinson spent months working on this song, and the others spent a lot of time on it as well. - CostcoHotDogs

It really is about quality not quantity though. This song tries too hard to be special, and is pretty self-serving to be honest. The title track is far better.

€It’s about quality, not quantity.”
Just because it’s 18 minutes long doesn’t mean that it’s like that. This song has more quality than you would ever know.

35 Satellite 15...The Final Frontier - The Final Frontier
36 The Prisoner - The Number of the Beast
37 Speed of Light - The Book of Souls

Not a bad song but isn't that good

38 Dance of Death - Dance of Death

Nice solo excellent intro

This song wouldn't have made "top 50" in the seven first maiden albums.

I don't really understand what is the good about this song. The chorus is not catchy and in my opinion the guitar solo is horrible. It is an atrocious song.

39 Children of the Damned - The Number of the Beast
40 Powerslave - Powerslave

Ummm.. Extremely underrated

41 Angel and the Gambler - Virtual XI

Eh, I don't know what to think of this. Somewhere between underrated and fairly rated. It isn't a great track, and people only know it for being "the worst". - IronSabbathPriest

This song is the wurst

Who overrates it? - Alkadikce

42 For the Greater Good of God - a Matter of Life and Death

This song is not overrated it is underrated

In order to be a successful band one must not spread out the word of "religion", they must be neutral unless a Christian Rock band, etc.

The ONLY reason Iron Maiden was able to do this was because they're rich and it was their 14th album.

43 When the Wild Wind Blows
44 The Red and the Black - The Book of Souls
45 El Dorado - The Final Frontier
46 The Book of Souls - The Book of Souls
47 The Thin Line Between Love and Hate - Brave New World
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2. Run to the Hills - The Number of the Beast
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