|Iron Maiden Ranked|
Discounting live albums and "best of" packages. This is exceptionally difficult as they have so many classic albums. Up the Irons!
The Number of the Beast
It may seem too obvious but its hard to argue with its success, influence, and overall greatness. Having "Hallowed Be Thy Name" doesn't hurt either.
Somewhere In Time
A personal preference. No filler and some powerful moments, notably "Waster Years" and the title track.
A Matter of Life and Death
I was tempted to put this at one or two, and may have if it wasn't still relatively new. This album is simply a beautiful and gigantic assault on your senses. Unbelievably strong and consistent considering what usually happens to bands at their age.
Number 1 to many, its hard to argue with the greatness of the first two and last two tracks. I'm one of those that believe the middle is pretty much filler however.
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
Has some of the more commercial work of their career up to this point, notably "Can I Play With Madness." Very little weaknesses are found, although there is no track present that is one of their all time classics in my opinion.
Piece of Mind
Alot of filler is present, including their worst song ever recorded, "Quest for Fire." Tremendous songs like "Revelations," "The Trooper," and "Where Eagles Dare" make up for it.
Brave New World
Huge comeback album from the Bailey days. Strong and epic throughout.
The original, and it is probably higher on many other's lists. One of the best debuts in history, I only wish Bruce would have sang on it.
Dance of Death
Not as strong as Brave New World but contains one of their top 5 songs in "Paschendale" and a personal favorite in "No More Lies." Much better than I anticipated it would be at release.
Fear of the Dark
4 outstanding songs are slightly muddled by a great deal of filler. The title track turns into the greatest song ever written when in a live setting.
The first Maiden record I owned. "Wrathchild" is classic, although the two instrumentals are among the strongest tracks. This doesn't neccessarily bode well for the rest of the album. "Murders in the Rue Morgue" is love or hate.
No Prayer for the Dying
By far the worst Dickinson album. Bruce completely mailed this one in. Aside from "Mother Russia" and the title track, this is entirely skippable.
The X Factor
This may be too harsh, as "Sign of the Cross" is outstanding. The only problem is lounge singer Bailey can't hold his weight, although this is far superior to their next release with him.
The band was basically phoning it in and cashing checks at this point. Not quite disgraceful, but close.