|The Definitive Iron Maiden Ranking|
I will be taking no questions
With the Rock in Rio recording of The Clansman, this album has no reason to exist anymore.
No Prayer for the Dying
When the best thing here is Holy Smoke, something went terribly wrong.
The X Factor
Not as bad as its reputation would suggest
I'm always surprised by how low this one is for me considering how much I love the debut, but besides Wrathchild and Murders in the Rue Morgue, I can do without it.
A Matter of Life and Death
Brighter than a Thousand Suns, For the Greater Good of God, and The Legacy fuck HARD. The rest? Eh.
Somewhere in Time
A few classic songs, but the rest are pretty forgettable. Bruce hated this album for a reason!
The Final Frontier
The highs reach damn high (Isle of Avalon), but the album gets weighed down a bit by a bit too many Harris epics. One of their best album covers though!
Fear of the Dark
Cut about 4 songs off this thing, and it'd be a Maiden classic. Judas Be My Guide gets the award for most underrated Maiden song (well, one of).
Dance of Death
You can't tell me this doesn't belong in the top 10 when No More Lies, Dance of Death, Paschendale, and Journeyman exist.
The Book of Souls
A remarkable late career highlight. As far as I'm concerned, If Eternity Should Fail and The Red and the Black are bonafide Maiden classics.
Piece of Mind
Quest for Fire & Sun and Steel may be some of the worst songs of their 80s output, but the rest is an absolute beast of a record.
The Number of the Beast
Invaders, 22 Acacia Avenue, and Gangland nearly bring down what is a classic record, C'mon, you can't tell me those are anybody's favorite Maiden tracks.
The one that started it all. It still shines bright despite its less-than-ideal production.
One of metal's most iconic albums for a reason.
Brave New World
It's a goddamn shame Maiden have never performed The Nomad live.
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
Cut The Prophecy, and you have 40 minutes of pure perfection.