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All Iron Maiden Albums, Ranked Best to Worst

Updated June 14, 2019 23.4k votes 3.7k voters 30.5k 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.

  • 1

    ArtistIron Maiden

    TracksThe Number of the Beast, Run to the Hills, Gangland

    Genres (Music)Heavy metal, Nu metal, Thrash metal

    "Run to the Hills"

    "The Number of the Beast"

    "Hallowed Be Thy Name"

  • 2

    ArtistIron Maiden

    TracksStill Life, Where Eagles Dare, To Tame a Land

    LabelCapitol Records

    Genres (Music)Heavy metal

    "Flight of Icarus"

    "The Trooper"

    "Still Life"

  • 3

    ArtistIron Maiden

    TracksBack in the Village, The Duellists, Flash of the Blade

    LabelCapitol Records

    Genres (Music)Heavy metal

    "2 Minutes to Midnight"

    "Aces High"

    "The Duellists"

  • 4

    ArtistIron Maiden

    ProducerMartin Birch

    TracksThe Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, Wasted Years, Alexander the Great

    Length (mins)00:51:26


    Genres (Music)Heavy metal, Synth metal

    "Wasted Years"

    "Stranger in a Strange Land"

    "Sea of Madness"

    More Somewhere in Time 

    #1354 of 2,810 The Greatest Albums of All-Time#30 of 582 The Top Metal Albums of All Time

  • 5

    ArtistIron Maiden

    ProducerMartin Birch

    TracksThe Evil That Men Do, Can I Play With Madness, The Prophecy

    Length (mins)00:44:22


    Genres (Music)Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Concept album

    "Can I Play with Madness"

    "The Evil That Men Do"

    "Infinite Dreams"

  • 6

    ArtistIron Maiden

    ProducerMartin Birch

    TracksInnocent Exile, Killers, Another Life

    Length (mins)00:41:22

    Genres (Music)Heavy metal, New Wave of British Heavy Metal



    "Innocent Exile"

  • 7

    ArtistIron Maiden

    ProducerWil Malone

    TracksProwler, Remember Tomorrow, Strange World

    Length (mins)00:40:49

    Genres (Music)Heavy metal

    "Running Free"


    "Strange World"

  • 8

    ArtistIron Maiden

    TracksBrave New World, Ghost of the Navigator, The Wicker Man


    Genres (Music)Heavy metal

    "The Wicker Man"

    "Out of the Silent Planet"

    "Blood Brothers"

  • 9

    Live After Death


    ArtistIron Maiden

    ProducerMartin Birch

    Length (mins)98:09


    Genres (Music)Heavy Metal

  • 10

    ArtistIron Maiden

    ProducerMartin Birch

    TracksThe Apparition, Wasting Love, Weekend Warrior

    Length (mins)00:58:41

    Genres (Music)Heavy metal

    "Be Quick or Be Dead"

    "From Here to Eternity"

    "Wasting Love"

  • 11

    The Book of Souls


    ArtistIron Maiden


    Length (mins)92

    Genres (Music)Metal

    "Speed of Light"

    "Empire of the Clouds"

    "The Great Unknown"

  • 12

    ArtistIron Maiden

    ProducerKevin Shirley, Steve Harris

    TracksThe Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg (video), The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg, The Legacy

    Length (mins)01:12:06


    Genres (Music)Progressive metal, Heavy metal

    "The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg"

    "Different World"

    "The Pilgrim"

  • 13

    ArtistIron Maiden

    TracksGates of Tomorrow, Age of Innocence, Wildest Dreams


    Genres (Music)Heavy metal

    "Wildest Dreams"


    "No More Lies"

  • 14

    ArtistIron Maiden

    ProducerMartin Birch

    TracksThe Assassin, No Prayer for the Dying, Public Enema Number One

    Length (mins)00:44:09


    Genres (Music)Heavy metal, Hard rock

    "Holy Smoke"

    "Bring Your Daughter... to the Slaughter"

    "Fates Warning"

  • 15

    The X Factor


    ArtistIron Maiden

    ProducerSteve Harris

    TracksJudgement of Heaven, Lord of the Flies, The Edge of Darkness

    Genres (Music)Heavy metal

    "Man on the Edge"

    "Lord of the Flies"

    "Fortunes of War"

  • 16

    ArtistIron Maiden

    TracksMother of Mercy, Isle of Avalon, The Alchemist


    Genres (Music)Heavy metal

    "El Dorado"

    "Satellite 15... The Final Frontier"

    "Coming Home"

  • 17

    Virtual XI


    ArtistIron Maiden

    TracksComo estais amigos, The Clansman, Blood on the Word's Hands

    Genres (Music)Heavy metal

    "The Angel and the Gambler"


    "The Educated Fool"