Worst Iron Maiden Songs

The Top Ten

1 The Angel and the Gambler

I don't mind the song until blaze starts repeating the same lyrics 100 times - MaidenFan666

There is no such thing as a bad Iron Maiden song, there's just ones like I like more then others.

I can't stand this song! It's SO repetitive! It's probably the worst Iron Maiden song EVER! Should be at the very top.

Don't YA THINK I CAN SAVE YOU, yea, please, turn it off

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2 The Appariton

At least the Angel and the Gambler sounds good for a little bit. But god-damn it gets old quick. The Apparition, on the other hand, is just one guitar part the whole way through. And its a horribly boring guitar part. In fact the vocals, drums, and bass are the exact same way. While it's not a horrible song, it's horrible for a Maiden song.

Slow and not getting anywhere...

Just bad from start to finish - christangrant

Their only bad song in my opinion

3 Weekend Warrior

#2? Come on, this ones fun to listen to.

Iron Maiden here? This song sounds more like hard rock and AC/DC. - IronSabbathPriest

4 Hooks In You

What is this, scene metal?

I like it

5 Bring Your Daughter to the Slaughter

Well overrated is a stupid reason to hate a maiden song

I have never understood this songs popularity. The lyrics sound like something Motley Crue would write.

This isn't a bad song, it just sounds like something WASP would do. That said, Bruce's voice was getting shot at this point. - truckturner

The lyrics are stupid and cheesy. I dislike the song, but what saves me from hating it is that the guitar solo isn't all that bad. - rishal21

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6 Don't Look to the Eyes of a Stranger

I don't even know what the hell they pulled off at the end. Had virtual 11 not been almost 2 fifths pure horror it would have been a decent album. I don't mind this song until blaze starts repeating the chorus over 10 times.

Just a terrible song.

Worst maiden song ever. Its just annoying.

Neh... don't like Blaze, sorry bloke...

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7 Quest for Fire

Quest for fire is good, It's sunshine and steel that is sort of corny.

I love this song

Awful. Not quite sure what they were thinking when they not only continued writing it after first inception, but then ended up recording it? I love almost everything about Maiden, but definitely not this.

God awful... not as bad as some of the later stuff after Smith left but terrible at the time

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8 Fear Is the Key

I know I'm weird, but I actually really like this song. - MaidenFan666

Through the mud, emerges a slow-tempo turd

Ugh it's terible. I'm gonna puke. JESUS what is up with Iron Maiden making this a song. BLUERGHH!

9 Holy Smoke

I bet people don't like it cause it has swear words which is unusual for Maiden.

Actually this is probably their only song that contains swearing words.

No Prayer for the Dying is one of weakest albums from Iron Maiden. Holy Smoke is one of the proofs.

This son should be no. 3

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10 Gangland

Incredibly boring, worst song on the album.

Weakest song off NotB but it's still very good. Shouldn't be on here.

I think this is actually one of the more underrated Maiden songs. - truckturner

This song is the only reason Number of the Beast isn't my favorite Iron Maiden album. Not godawful, but not very good either. The rest of the album is fantastic, though. - Metarock

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The Contenders

11 2 A.M.

Most of the Blaze Bayley stuff is terrible, but this doesn't deserve to be on the list, it's actually pretty good.

What this is a good song... My favorite song from the x factor to be honest.

12 I'm a Mover
13 Chains of Misery
14 Sun and Steel

Worse than Quest for Fire. - IronSabbathPriest

One of their blandest numbers with an and annoying and worthless chorus. It also glorifies the idea of a young child killing people, which is not good.

Go listen to kids bop

This is one of my favourite maiden songs, I don't know how the hell this list was made but it's retarded

15 Public Enema Number One
16 El Dorado

This list has serious issues! Alexander no5? How could someone vote for Hallowed be thy Name? El Dorado no32?

This song rocks

This song is just..ok, its mostly the intro that I hate, but overall its not too great but not horrible - MaidenFan666

17 Run Silent Run Deep
18 Look for the Truth
19 Lightning Strikes Twice

Repetitive and annoying. A song that highlights the problems of Virtual XI. (Exceptions being The Clansman, Futureal, and Como Estais Amigos

20 Alexander the Great

What?! This is the best song on somewhere in time who ever made this is an idiot the worse song on my list is the duliest, quest for fire and fates warning only songs I hate and angle and gambler 1 whoever voted for that is an idiot weekand warrior dang I love that song but iron maiden I's my favorite band next to metallica I hate this list

This song is amazing. Retards who are stupid enough to judge it based on its length shouldn't be allowed to vote.

LoL, When I saw songs like Alexander the Great, Hallowed be thy name and el dorado in the top 20 I knew that I shouldn't take this list seriously like really? Those songs are awesome.

Oh, come on. This song is absolutely amazing, instrumentally. The lyrics don't really work a lot of the time and have me saying, "oh come on" a few times. That said, the song is still pretty great just for the instruments - kempokid

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21 Twilight Zone
22 Can I Play With Madness

This is a great song. People like The Evil that Do, which is good, but has no riff. This is better written sorry.

Just plain irritating and overly poppy.

23 The Man Who Would Be King

Terrible song, terrible album. Not a song with a beat. RIP Clive.

24 Futureal

Why is it bad its an great song!

Best blaze bayley era song. - gemcloben

25 The Assassin

Why is Futureal here? One of the few greatest songs from Blaze era. Everything in No prayer for the dying is bad, but Holy Smoke and Bring your daughter...

There isn't a Maiden song I particularly hate, and surprisingly I actually enjoyed NPFTD, but I have to say that The Assassin is THE WORST Maiden song ever. Sounds more like an awful broadway/show-tune villain song. Just bad.

Worst Chrous I've ever heard in my whole life :/

Hey this song is kinda catchy my worst song is the apparation just boring but not

26 Invaders

The Number Of The Beast album would be FLAWLESS with out this song. The chorus is AWFUL!

Like Gangland I think this is underrated. - truckturner

I actually like this song

NOTB is amazing except for Invaders and Gangland - sweetbeef

27 Another Life
28 No More Lies

What on earth is this doing on here? It's one of the best songs on the Dance of Death album.

29 When the Wild Wind Blows

It's not your classic Maiden but it's great. - SoldierOfFortune

Not good I've tried listening to it it's ok just for me like a 3.5 out of 10

30 Total Eclipse

It will been funny if this song is number one because come after the best maiden's song (hallowed be thy name)

It ruins the Number Of The Beast album, and it is way worse than Gangland.

All tracks of the album are great, what exactly do you find bad about it? - levtomas1998

There are no bad iron maiden songs.

Pretty much a hidden gem.

31 Blood On the World's Hands
32 Hallowed Be Thy Name

Hell no this is Iron Maiden's #1 Best Songs you've got to be kidding with this being in the Worst list - TheMetalTechKid73


This is literally considered one of the top 3 Metal songs of all time. If you don't love this song, you hate Metal. Simple as that.

Why does everyone like this song. There is other songs better than this

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33 Innocent Exile
34 Isle of Avalon
35 Nodding Donkey Blues

This is a horrible Hard Rock song by Iron Maiden even the song title is stupid - christangrant

36 Drifter

Anyone voting for this Killers classic as Maiden's worst song shouldn't be allowed to listen to music.

I like it for that live version. E YO YO YO YO - SoldierOfFortune

37 The Mercenary
38 Prodigal Son

I guess I just don't get it. I mean, it's so out of place on Killers, which is a kick ass raw (yet refined) album of the mid to late NWOBHM era, let alone so outta place for Iron Maiden in general

Great stupid great

39 Die With Your Boots On

The chorus is annoyingly repetitive, other than that, it's fine. - IronSabbathPriest

I like this song, I just don’t like how they repeat most of the lyrics over and over again.

40 The Duellists

This song is awesome! The instrumental section has some great riffs and solos. - IronSabbathPriest

This song is massively underrated

41 Sign of the Cross

This song is awesome, what is it doing on this list!?

Really? This is one of the few good Maiden songs of the 90's.

This song somehow is an 'epic' I do not agree. 2 god damn minutes is just praying by a random guy, there are 7 minutes of guitar which get told quick, and the singing isn't too strong. An awful track to open The X Factor. - cameronbrown

42 Out of the Shadows

Why did they made this?

43 Age of Innocence
44 Gates of Tomorrow
45 Shadows of the Valley
46 The Unbeliever

Weak riffs and album production, awful vocals, awful chorus.

47 Blood Brothers

Borderline power ballad. Almost as bad as Nothing Else Matters. Totally shameful in fact. Nothing as bad has been done before or since. Can't believe it has become and encore song. What are they thinking?!?! Should be number 1. My vote 1/10.

So many people like it I just don't just like when the wild wind blows song my vote for this song 4/10

48 2 Minutes to Midnight

Although it's a an undeniable classic, I hate how this music is always a staple in their setlist. This song isn't bad, but it's not so good to have the status it possesses. I'd replace this an 'Iron Maiden' for any other Maiden hidden gem - MetalGurja

Well now you're just being ridiculous, it's one of their best ever. - truckturner

No just no this is a great iron maiden song

Jesus, this is so overrated

49 Charlotte the Harlot
50 Wildest Dreams
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Top Remixes (7)

1. Futureal
2. Alexander the Great
3. The Assassin
1. Don't Look to the Eyes of a Stranger
2. The Appariton
3. Weekend Warrior
1. The Angel and the Gambler
2. Bring Your Daughter to the Slaughter
3. Hooks In You

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