1. Powerslave: This is my favorite Iron Maiden record for several reasons. It was the album that introduced me to the band and the fact that it had so many killer songs on it. This album was released in 1984 and it contained “Aces High”, “2 Minutes to Midnight”, “Powersalve, and “Rime of the Ancient Mariner”. All of which are fantastic songs.
2. The Number of the Beast: Released in 1982 is another favorite Iron Maiden record. This was a toughie to rank as it almost I tied with my number one pick. This record was the album that first featured vocalist Bruce Dickinson. This album has some of the strongest vocal work by Bruce and some of the tightest instrumentation. I love all of the songs, but my favorite off of this album is “Children of the Damned”, “The Number of the Beast”, “Run to the Hills”, and “Hallowed Be Thy Name”.
3. Iron Maiden: Released in 1980, this was the debut record for Iron Maiden. This album had a raw kind of feel to it. This is another one of my favorite Iron Maiden records. “Prowler”, “Running Free”, “Remember Tomorrow”, “Phantom of the Opera”, “Charlotte the Harlot”, and “Iron Maiden” are all my favorite songs on this record.
4. Piece of Mind: This record was released in 1983 as the follow up album to “Number of the Beast”. Just like the previous record, this album has many fantastic songs that also featured lots of great vocals and instrumentation. I love the songs “Revelations”, “Flight of Icarus”, and “The Trooper”. I also love the history behind the lyrics of “Die with Your Boots On” referring to the U.S. Cavalry during our Indian Wars and the Old West. This album is a fucking classic.
5. Killers: Released in 1981 was the album that got me into playing an instrument. That’s right; it was the bass as I was a bassist Steve Harris fan. This album was the last to feature vocalist Paul Di’Anno. My favorite songs on this album are “Wrathchild” and “Killers”. Although, not a Punk band, I really loved the overall sound to this record as it was very raw to the point that it had a Punk feel to it here and there.
6. Seventh Son of a Seventh Son: Released in 1988 was another great Iron Maiden release. “Moonchild”, “Infinite Dreams”, “Can I Play with Madness”, “The Evil That Men Do”, “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son”, and “The Clairvoyant” are all great songs on this album. The feel of the music to the vocals is what made this album great. Although, I wasn’t as happy with the production as the overall background noise was very noticeable to me and wasn’t that clean.
7. Somewhere in Time: Released in 1986, started to show signs of a band that maybe a bit tired from all of the touring and recording. This album did have a few songs on it that to me were very good. Wasted Years”, “Caught Somewhere in Time”, and “Stranger in a Strange Land”. The rest of the album was good, but not as great as it could’ve been.
8. Book of Souls: This album was released in 2015 and is one of my favorite newer releases by the band. I really dig the layout of the entire record as it flows very well. The production sounds amazing. The band proves once again, that with age, comes great taste. Some of the strongest songs are the opening track “If Eternity Should Fail”, “The Great Unknown”, “The Red and the Black”, “The Book of Souls”, and “Empire of the Clouds”.
9. A Matter of Life and Death: Released in 2006 is one of the better Iron Maiden records of the 2000’s. This album is a bit heavier sounding with a great deal of Prog Rock thrown in. The songs that I like are “Different World”, “These Colours Don’t Run”, “The Longest Day”, and “Out of the Shadows”,
10. The Final Frontier: Released in 2010 brings back the heavier elements of Iron Maiden into the equation. I love how the album opens up with “Satellite 15… The Final Frontier” I love this song because it has this heavy bass riff that give you this eerie feel. Then it goes into “El Dorado” which is another great song on the album. Other highlights on the album are “The Alchemist”, “Isle of Avalon”, and “The Talisman”. Definitely one of the better releases in the 2010’s era next to “Book of Souls”.
11. Brand New World: Released in 2000, saw the return to vocalist Bruce Dickinson. It was a great start to a reshaping band. This album did have a few songs on it that I really liked. “The Wicker Man”, “Ghost of the Navigator”, “The Mercenary”, “The Nomad”, and “Out of the Silent Planet” are all songs that I enjoyed.
12. Dance of Death: Released in 2003, this album has a lot to offer. I really enjoyed the songs “Wildest Dreams”, “Montségur”, “Gates of Tomorrow”, “Paschendale”, and “Face in the Sand”
13. Fear of the Dark: Released in 1992 and was the last album of the 1990’s to feature vocalist Bruce Dickinson as he left to pursue a solo career. This album will continue to see a slopping Iron Maiden as the quality of music is compromised due to the band re-releasing the same record over and over. It was a boring album and I wanted something different or a return to the early 1980’s style. This album did have a few songs on it that I did like, “Be Quick or Be Dead”, “Fear Is the Key”, “The Apparition”, and “Fear of the Dark”.
14. Virtual XI: Released in 1998 was the last album to feature vocalist Blaze Bayley. It is also a much stronger record with Blaze at the lead. It’s much heavier than the previous album, but it does fall a bit short. This album does seem to refuel Iron Maiden as far as song ideas. Several good songs on this album are “Futureal”, “The Angel and the Gambler”, and “The Clansman”, “The Educated Fool”.
15. No Prayer for the Dying: Released in 1990 saw the quality of music changing for Iron Maiden. This was the same era that I kind of got bored with the band and the music they were putting out. And because of that, I really just forgot about Iron Maiden and followed Bruce Dickinson more or less through his solo projects. Some of the songs on this record that I did like was “Tailgunner”, “Holy Smoke”, “No Prayer for the Dying”, “The Assassin”, and “Bring Your Daughter… to the Slaughter”.
16. The X Factor: Released in 1995 and was the first to feature vocalist Blaze Bayley. No Iron Maiden fans never gave Blaze the respect as he had some mighty BIG shoes to fill in the wake of the Bruce Dinkinson era. I feel he did do a good job and this album is not a total failure. I felt that this album was a building block for Iron Maiden as they prepared to move into a new direction as you can hear some experimentation. Several good songs are on this album and they include “Sign of the Cross”, “Lord of the Flies”, “Judgement of Heaven”, “Blood on the World’s Hands”, and “The Edge of Darkness”.