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All Iron Maiden Albums, Ranked Best to Worst

Updated June 14, 2019 23.4k votes 3.7k voters 30.2k views

List RulesOnly Iron Maiden studio albums. No side projects, solo albums, EPs, or live albums.

Iron Maiden is considered one of the most important bands in the history of heavy metal music. The British rockers unleashed a brand of music that set them apart from their contemporaries. The band has released 37 albums, with 15 studio albums, 11 live albums, four EPs and seven compilations.

Formed in 1975, Iron Maiden shot to fame to in the early '80s after the release of 1982's The Number of the Beast, 1983's Piece of Mind, 1984's Powerslave, 1985's live release Live After Death, 1986's Somewhere in Time and 1988's Seventh Son of a Seventh Son. What makes Iron Maiden albums different from any other band is that their music has received little-to-any support from mainstream rock radio. Yet the albums have continued to sell well over the years, with many achieving platinum and multi-platinum status worldwide.

Since the return of lead vocalist Bruce Dickinson and guitarist Adrian Smith in 1999, the band have undergone a resurgence in popularity, reaffirming their standing as one of rock music's biggest bands. Already known as one of the best live bands ever, Iron Maiden still attracts tens of thousands of fans to their concerts. Their staying power and rabid fans helped them score their first number one album with The Final Frontier in 2010.

With a discography as lengthy as Iron Maiden's, it is up to you to vote on the albums in the Iron Maiden catalog can truly be considered the best. It is not an easy decision with so many legendary albums to choose from, but ultimately ranking Iron Maiden albums falls into the hands of you, the fans. So make sure this Ultimate List reflects your view by voting for all of the Iron Maiden albums.

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  • 1
    1,371
    494

    "2 Minutes to Midnight"

    "Aces High"

    "The Duellists"

  • 2
    1,331
    479

    "Flight of Icarus"

    "The Trooper"

    "Still Life"

  • 3
    1,290
    466

    "Wasted Years"

    "Stranger in a Strange Land"

    "Sea of Madness"

    More Somewhere in Time 

    #1417 of 3,110 The Greatest Albums of All-Time#31 of 605 The Top Metal Albums of All Time

  • 4

    "Run to the Hills"

    "The Number of the Beast"

    "Hallowed Be Thy Name"

  • 5

    "Can I Play with Madness"

    "The Evil That Men Do"

    "Infinite Dreams"

  • 6
    1,048
    470

    "Wrathchild"

    "Purgatory"

    "Innocent Exile"

  • 7
    1,026
    454

    "Running Free"

    "Prowler"

    "Strange World"

  • 8
    944
    429

    "The Wicker Man"

    "Out of the Silent Planet"

    "Blood Brothers"

  • 9
    482
    197

    Live After Death

    1985
  • 10

    "Be Quick or Be Dead"

    "From Here to Eternity"

    "Wasting Love"

  • 11
    740
    409

    The Book of Souls

    2015

    "Speed of Light"

    "Empire of the Clouds"

    "The Great Unknown"

  • 12

    "The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg"

    "Different World"

    "The Pilgrim"

  • 13
    572
    625

    "Wildest Dreams"

    "Rainmaker"

    "No More Lies"

  • 14

    "Holy Smoke"

    "Bring Your Daughter... to the Slaughter"

    "Fates Warning"

  • 15

    "El Dorado"

    "Satellite 15... The Final Frontier"

    "Coming Home"

  • 16
    544
    626

    The X Factor

    1995

    "Man on the Edge"

    "Lord of the Flies"

    "Fortunes of War"

  • 17
    331
    756

    Virtual XI

    1998

    "The Angel and the Gambler"

    "Futureal"

    "The Educated Fool"