The 25 Best Iron Maiden Songs…Period

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I made a post back in August 2011 entitled The 25 Best Iron Maiden Songs. In this post, I ranked the 25 best songs in Iron Maiden’s entire discography, being objective as possible. I really liked that post and still do but one of the rules I placed in ranking those 25 songs was to include at least one song per album. This list below is a bit different. When I say these are the 25 Best Iron Maiden songs period I mean there are no rules applied, no questions asked. These are just the straight up 25 best Iron Maiden songs. You can look at this list as ‘Iron Maiden’s Greatest Hits’ meets ‘if I had a $25 iTunes gift card to buy Iron Maiden songs, which ones should I buy?’ with a little bit of ‘I’m brand new to Iron Maiden, which songs should I hear first?’ mixed in.

Related posts:

The 25 Best Iron Maiden Songs
My Favorite 25 Iron Maiden Songs
The Best Iron Maiden Albums From First To Last  
My Favorite Iron Maiden Albums From First To Last
The 20 Best Iron Maiden Solos
The Top 20 Iron Maiden Epic Songs
The 25 Best Iron Maiden Intros
The 25 Best Iron Maiden Choruses
My Top 50 Favorite Albums of All-time
(Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son is number 3 on the list)
My Top 100 Favorite Songs of All-time
(The Evil That Men Do is number 4 on the list)


(A few songs from this Top 25 list are not on Spotify yet)


25. “The Ghost of the Navigator” (2000)

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24. “Run Silent Run Deep” (1990)

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23. “Different World” (2006)

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22. “Wrathchild” (1981)

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21. “The Clairvoyant” (1988)

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20. “Children Of The Damned” (1982)

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19. “Stranger In A Strange Land” (1986)

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18. “Dance of Death” (2003)

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17. “The Wicker Man” (2000)

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16. “Prowler” (1980)

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15. “Be Quick Or Be Dead” (1992)


14. “Wasted Years” (1986)

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13. “2 Minutes To Midnight” (1984)


12. “Fear Of The Dark” (1992)

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11. “Killers” (1981)

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10. “Caught Somewhere In Time” (1986)

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9. “Phantom of the Opera” (1980)


8. “Flight of Icarus” (1983)

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7. “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” (1984)

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6. “The Evil That Men Do” (1988)

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5. “The Trooper” (1983)

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4. “The Number Of The Beast” (1982)

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3. “Aces High” (1984)

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2. “Run To The Hills” (1982)

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Related Posts:

The 25 Best Iron Maiden Songs
My Favorite 25 Iron Maiden Songs
The Best Iron Maiden Albums From First To Last  
My Favorite Iron Maiden Albums From First To Last
The 20 Best Iron Maiden Solos
The Top 20 Iron Maiden Epic Songs
The 25 Best Iron Maiden Intros
The 25 Best Iron Maiden Choruses
My Top 50 Favorite Albums of All-time
(Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son is number 3 on the list)
My Top 100 Favorite Songs of All-time
(The Evil That Men Do is number 4 on the list)


Links of Interest:

Iron Maiden Official Site
Iron Maiden Youtube Channel
Follow Iron Maiden on Facebook
Follow Iron Maiden on Twitter
Iron Maiden Myspace Page
Iron Maiden Wikipedia Page
Iron Maiden Last.fm Page
Iron Maiden RollingStone Artist Page
Iron Maiden ArtistDirect Artist Page
Iron Maiden NME.com Artist Page
Iron Maiden Lyrics at LetsSingIt.com
Iron Maiden on Spotify


5 Comments on “The 25 Best Iron Maiden Songs…Period

  1. One question: how in the hell could you leave off powerslave? Or still life? I mean your list is a great compilation, but you left off some doozies.

  2. We could all argue for ever about what should be on this list – the catalog is so huge. Some things that are certain though: Run Silent, Run Deep; Be Quick or Be Dead and Different World are absolutely not in the top 25. The last record is great, and an argument could be made for a couple of songs (Coming Home. Talisman) making the list, just not that one. Run Silent is just an attempt to have representation from a weak record (probably the weakest Bruce record). I think I’d probably replace these with Afraid to Shoot Strangers, Coming Home and Powerslave….and something else needs to go for Blood Brothers.

  3. Surely this list that was made was a “IMO” type of thing at best….. I am almost 44 years old and I have been listening to Maiden since I was 10 and even though I agree that this is one great list, I would have to diagree on how the “Top 25 list” is done. Like Mike said ‘The catalog is huge’ and just because you might think one of the songs deserves a certain spot on this list doesn’t mean another fan would agree with that as well.

    I am quite sure if you asked all the maiden fans out there what there top 25 list would look like, it would be MUCH different than what you have made for yours. I haveliked every single album that Maiden has put out and I would have to admit that my ‘TOP 25″ would differ from yours. Like I said, I like ALL the albums, and if I was to have to choose one album as my favorite (which would be quite a task to begin with) I (IMO) would have to say “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son” but, that doesn’t mean the next fan will agree.

    Every fan is different, we all have are favorites, and for YOU to come out and say ‘This is it, these are the ones’ is totally idiotic at best…. They are ‘the ones’ of YOUR choice, not every Maiden fan in general.

  4. I absolutely agree with your #1. Hallowed Be Thy Name live at Dortmund (on YouTube) is fabulous. But for my money, I’d have had Powerslave in there at #6 instead of The Evil That Men Do, and Rime Of The Ancient Mariner somewhere.

    • I need to go back and update the list to (possibly) include some Book of Souls songs. For the live video of HBTN, which year are you referring to? There are several live videos on Youtube for that song and location. Thanks!

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