Worst Iron Maiden Albums

Iron Maiden is known to be extremely solid, but which is your least favourite album?

The Top Ten

1 No Prayer for the Dying

Ha ha, two votes were enough to get this above Virtual XI. - Alkadikce

Haters Gonna Hate. You People Don't understand all of these "Bad" alums. Especially this one. You Think Iron Maiden Were Idiots, but they weren't. They didn't to do another epic album because it would be too much. And Besides, Their "Bad" albums aren't even bad. - IronMainiac666

A different style and a different approach which did not suit the band. Whilst Tail Gunner and the title track are amazing, the rest is terrible and many choruses are attempted to be catchy but fail. All songs on here are under 5 minutes except the epic one, Mother Russia, which isn't epic but is terrible. The album also contains the dreadfully cheesy Holy Smoke, Hooks in You and Bring Your Daughter to the Slaughter. What a mess this album is! - cameronbrown

This album... It wouldn't be that bad if it didn't have "Iron Maiden" stamped across the front of it's artwork. Simply put, this is the only Iron Maiden album I've been severely let down by, and undoubtedly the worst work they have ever put out. Sorry Maiden, this one just didn't cut it.

2 Virtual Xi

Let's watch this album

1- Futureal: Short and some repetitive, Maybe is a ok song but the best maiden's songs are always long, if this song been like 4 or 5 minutes probably been more memorable
Rate: 6/10
2- The Angel And The Gambler: Very repetitive, and ridiculous long, I know I know, maiden's song are long but this is ridiculous, almost 10 minutes to listen something than we listen in other maiden's songs
Rate: 4/10
3- Lightning Twice Strikes: Just like futureal, need more speed and energy to been memorable, not bad but needs more emotion to play this, because the song don't work how it is
Rate: 4.5/10
4- The Clansman: Best song of the album, long but it knows how to work, not like the angel and the gambler, the song got variety, good lyrics and a epic rhythm, and is the best song with Blaze at vocals
Rate: 8/10
5- When Two Worlds Collide: Another underrated song, the diference between this and lightning twice strikes is maybe the rhythm, in this is ...more

Only 1 good song on this album, the clansman, which however is maidens most underrated song, a classic which would have been much more popular and more remembered by fans had it been on one of bruce's albums. The rock in rio version with bruce was just fantastic!

Anyway, apart from the clansman, I just can't say that any of the other songs on this album are worth listening to. Futureal may be an okay song, but it's just silly and repetitive.

Furthermore, like the angel and the gambler may just be maidens worst ever song!

This may not be their worst album, but it is their least inspired. Most of these tracks are extremely dull, boring and dead in the water outside of the half-decent opener Futureal (which would have been far better if Bruce sang it). For me, this album suffers from two major problems. The first is Blaze Bayley, who was always the wrong choice to follow in Dickinson's shoes. I don't hate him, and he has quite a decent voice, but it lacks the range of Dickinson and Di'anno, which is a major problem for the heavy sound Maiden were playing. Instead of the latter front men whose either operatic or punk sound gelled well with the music, Bayley's low register comes across as flat on such songs. While The X Factor worked because Blaze's voice actually worked with the more moody material they worked on, it doesn't work here when they try more energetic songs, as he sucks all the energy out their material, making it tedious to listen to. Even worse, the music utterly sucks. All of the tracks ...more - Mrveteran

Why everyone seem to hate this album? I really like this album. Lighting Strikes Twice, The Clansman, When Two Worlds Collide, Don't Look to the Eyes of a Stranger, Como Estais Amigos - all these songs is quite good and melodic. If Bruce had been sang on this album, it would be even better.
And for me this album is much better than X Factor and No Prayer for the Dying.
Underrated. - Merkwurdigliebe

3 The X Factor

Iron Maiden doesn't have any bad albums. This is just the least good.

How the HELL is The X Factor better than No Prayer for the Dying?! That's IMPOSSIBLE! No Prayer for the Dying at least sounded good. I hate Sign of the Cross there is too much dead time that doesn't need to be there.

How the Hell is A Matter of Life and Death higher than this? I only really liked Sign of the Cross from this Album, that's it!

I can't believe this album is on the 3rd place, this album is great!

4 Fear of the Dark

While many fans would disagree, this is Maiden's worst album. While albums like NPFTD & Virtual XI are cruddy in their own ways, this is album is far worse, as not only is it far more disappointing, it is also more lazy. Iron Maiden have never been good at prog metal (speed & thrash metal is their expertise) but here, they don't even try. Songs go on and on without much reward for the listener, creating repetitive, boring and monotonous tracks as a result. Outside of the first two tunes ("Be Quick or Be Dead" & "From Here To Eternity"), there is nothing to write home about with this album. Even the title track is as dead in the water (and as poorly written) as the rest of the album, and how it has become a live staple is something which I'll never know. Overall, Fear Of The Dark is a terrible album, and was Maiden's nadir during their dreadful 90's run. No wonder Bruce left at this point.

Absolute worst album! Only the title track is worth a few listens, but otherwise, I'd have to rate this even below VXI. All the other songs are so boring that you just don't want to finish listening to even one of them.

Including Afraid to Shoot Strangers? It's one of my all-time favorite songs - Alkadikce

I understand that many assume that since this album contains the classic title track, it should be a great album. But it's NOT. This and Virtual XI are the only true mistakes in Iron Maiden's career; VXI is indeed their weakest effort but this is too far down. No Prayer and X Factor are certainly not classics but aren't without their hidden gems that make them memorable enough, however, while the solid songs on FotD rock such as the title track and Be Quick of Be Dead, it's also home to some of Maiden's most nauseating moments, (I'm looking at you, Weekend Warrior). It also disgusts me to see classic albums such as Somewhere in Time, Iron Maiden, and Killers on this list (Bruce is a great singer, but he's not the ONLY key member of Iron Maiden).

I also assumed that since this album contains the classic title track, it should be a great album. And it didN'T disappoint me. - Alkadikce

There are some good songs on this album, most notably the title track of course, one the best ever. But there are other very good songs like be quick or be dead, from here to eternity, afraid to shoot strangers and childhood's end. A very underrated album, though it is far away from being one of the best.

5 The Final Frontier

Al least virtual, x factor and no prayer had one decent song. This one has nothing, not event the cover is up to standards. Not one song played live anymore. I still haven't finished listening to it after all those years.

no need to

Don't like this boring and extremely long song's that go on forever and go nowhere,i have tried to like this but I'm sorry just can't,and the production well what production it sound's shait and apparently Adrian Smith had a rather heated discussion with Steve Harris about this very thing - kieros

By far the worst. trying to play progressive music. I was first thrilled that Adrian came back (Brave new world). I hope it is not him bringing them to this style. Killers is higher that this piece of crap on the worst maiden Album... ouf... opinions are not to be discussed I guess

6 Killers

People on this list are just mindlessly defending the old and attacking the new for invalid reasons. Opinions, but... don't start acting like Metallica fans about this "only first X albums were great" thing - Alkadikce

You're joking, right? This is one of their best albums. - Mrveteran

Idiots this top three best at least

Why is this on this list?

7 A Matter Of Life And Death

This album is not boring you have to concentrate on the music to enjoy it. Not everything has to be fast. - Alkadikce

You guys are complete fools if you vote for this one. This is easily their most musical, lyrical, conceptual, and dense album to date! And if you can only listen to easy songs like the Trooper, or wont give it a chance because its new, you are a simple minded and impatient person. This is by far Iron Maidens best album, the band thinks so, I think so, so listen to it carefully with your ears and not your butts.
10/10 Their Dark Side of the Moon

Need to listen a few times but very solid

This is a good album the only thing is its just not heavy enough like most of their successful albums

8 Piece of Mind

What? I... seriously? Are you joking? Die With Your Boots On, Where Eagles Dare, The Trooper, etc.? Those are all Iron Maiden’s greatest songs. - awesomedp900

Seriously? This album is tops! This is one of their best. Revelations, die with your boots on? If you can't see the majesty, load the gun and end it. Jesus Christ.

Overrated in my opinion. Not bad, but definitely not among Maiden's best albums. Yes, The Trooper is one of their best songs ever but the rest is pretty unremarkable to me...

Is there anyone who really hates this album? - IronSabbathPriest

9 Dance of Death

All Maiden albums are extremely good to listen to, so is this one but it just has more cheesy and boring moments than all the others.

I like the album, but the cover art is horrible.

Actually is pretty cool, the only problem are the album cover, ¿what the hell is that? ¿where is eddie?

Becouse when you listen to it you alywas have thought "Feel like I've been listining it before,"

10 Iron Maiden

What, if you think this is the worst then you have no idea, this album is the best!

Iron Maiden? Bad Album? This is a Joke Bro!

This is maybe their best, not even close to their worst

The Contenders

11 Brave New World

This is one of the best iron maiden albums!

This is the best Iron Maiden album!

This album is one if their best - Sabbath

WHAT!? Final Frontier is much worse than this. This is the best album released after 1990

12 The Book of Souls

For me this is the worst. It has very good moments, but what I hated on it is the parts that are totally taken from old Maiden songs, and there are many. Why to do this? This ruined the songs even when most of another parts of same songs are very good. So, beside this is the most avarage and generic Maiden album, a bit like a parody of themselves. By the way, songs like Death or Glory, Tears of a clown, and Empire of Clouds are very good. All Maiden albums are great, but this is the most disappointed album to me. The Blaze Bayley era is much better, creative,spontaneous fresh and organic than this. I love the X Factor and Virtual XI. Also No Prayer For The Dying is a awesome album. But stupid people always follow the pack.

I can already see the crowd yelling "whoaa" in the red and the black, a song that will be a live classic. The last 4 minutes of the song is the best I've heard of maiden in a very, very long time (not that what they've made in the recent years has been poor though)

The first disc is just excellent, with the great unknown just about taking the prize as "the very least good song", whereas the 2nd disc is a little bit more of an endurance test, but then comes "empire of the clouds" what an incredible song

It's not the worst but I've voted for this because I have seen them in the book of souls tour and they played 2 songs that lasted 10 minutes a time. Watching live that seriously sucks. Did not get to see loads of there brilliant songs as they played 5 songs off this album so that's why I've voted for this not the worst but spoils the show with long boring songs!

This album is just horrible. Slow and meandering it makes me skip one song after the next. Maybe two decent songs. A long wait for nothing. Fourth consecutive go no where album.

13 Somewhere in Time

Should not be on here. It does contain synths but otherwise is just a classic Iron Maiden album.

This is a fantastic album and shouldn't be on this list!

It sickens me that the common gospel nowadays is that Dickinson had lost the plot during this period. Why don't any fingers point to Mr. Harris - the band's driving force who couldn't come up with a single song that's even halfway decent? Just overblown and wretched epics that try so hard to rival his previous offerings but fall flat on their face.

Smith's songs were the saving grace on this one. Harris' writing should be consigned to the scrap heap of history. - tommydeath

I don't hear the Maiden in this album. Indeed, it was a pinnacle of experimentation, especially for Adrian, but it was not done good.

14 Number of the Beast

Overrated doesn’t mean bad. This is still a great album while being overrated. - Userguy44

How can thIs be on the worst list

It's a little overrated but kicks ass. Especially children of the damned, the prisoner, title track, and I guess run to the hills. And it has their best song hallowed be thy name. This doesn't deserve to be here. Hell this whole list should never exist because all maiden album rules ( and blaze bayley era rules too ) can't wait for book of souls

This album is the best example of the word OVERRATED!

15 A Real Live One
16 A Real Dead One
17 En Vivo!
18 The Book of Souls: Live Chapter
19 Seventh Son of a Seventh Son

Why is this album on the list, is one of the best masterpieces, not just from Iron Maiden discogaphy, but also in heavy metal history

20 Powerslave

Lol no. - Userguy44

I just want to cry when I see this on the list.

Who decided to put this beautiful albatross on this list, and shoot it down with a bow and arrow? Wow... Every song is just brilliant here.

The 0.4 per cent who voted on this should shoot themselves.

21 Rock In Rio
22 Live After Death
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