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The 50 greatest Iron Maiden songs of all time

Because we like to torture ourselves here at Hammer, we decided to do something special to commemorate Maiden’s return to the UK. So: the 50 greatest ever Maiden tracks - by fans, for fans...

Picked by a panel of bands, readers, Hammer staff and Steve Harris himself, we are officially counting down the 50 greatest Iron Maiden songs of all time. No era was off-limits. No song was ineligible. By Maiden fans. For Maiden fans. Let’s get to it…


50) EMPIRE OF THE CLOUDS (THE BOOK OF SOULS, 2015)

As if writing a concept track about the doomed R101 airship wasn’t grand enough, Bruce Dickinson also opted to make this epic closer from 2015’s double-album Maiden’s longest song ever. Clocking in at 18 minutes, it’s a triumphant, progressive masterpiece.

49) BE QUICK OR BE DEAD (FEAR OF THE DARK, 1992)

The opening track to Maiden’s most underrated album is an absolute ripper, coming screaming out of the gates with a snapping riff straddled by Bruce wailing away like a banshee with her tits caught in a car door.


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