Interesting facts about Iron Maiden’s 16 albums

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Whether this blog will serve as a stroll down memory lane or the discovery of albums you didn’t know exist before reading this, one thing’s for sure. By the time you’re done reading, you’ll be as close to an Iron Maiden fanatic as possible!

Here’s a rundown of all the albums the English band has ever made:

Iron Maiden (1980)

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 Their self-titled album was mostly written by Steve Harris and debuted at number four on the UK Albums chart.

 Killers (1981)

 Accompanied by a World Tour, this album marked the first time they played in the US: at The Aladdin in Vegas, baby!

 The Number of the Beast (1982)

 The third album was bittersweet for the band: it was the first time they featured Bruce Dickinson and the last with Clive Burr.

 Piece of Mind (1983)

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 Peaking at number three on the UK charts, the album’s track, “Still Life” had a secret message to critics who thought the band was satanic… only if it was played backwards.

 Powerslave (1984)

 The cover to the album also had hidden messages in the Egyptian hieroglyphics including “Wot, no Guinness?” “Bollocks” and “Indian Jones was here”.

 Somewhere in Time (1986)

 This was another album with loads of hidden messages on the cover. Countless references were made to previous songs released by the band in the wraparound cover.

 Seventh Son of a Seventh Son (1988)

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 Another success for the band, the album debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart, also making it the first time the band featured keyboards in their tracks.

 No Prayer for the Dying (1990)

Despite mixed reviews, the album landed the number two spot on the UK Albums Chart and the band’s only number one track on the UK Singles Chart (Bring Your Daughter… to the Slaughter).

Fear of the Dark (1992)

 This album achieved a lot for the band. It ranked number 8 on Guitar World’s top ten list of guitar albums of 1992, their third number one album on the UK Albums Chart plus their most successful record in North America.

The X Factor (1995)

The album title was temporary until the very last minute when they decided it was fitting and was essential to the work behind the album. It was also the first album with Blaze Bayley on the mic after Bruce Dickinson left.

Virtual XI (1998)

 

This was the second and last album with Blaze Bayley as their vocalist because he was asked to quit. Bruce Dickinson and Adrian Smith who left years earlier were returning to the band.

Brave New World (2000)

 As a newly formed six-piece, the album generated quite positive reviews and even peaked number one on the charts in Sweden.

Dance of Death (2003)

 Finland, Italy and Sweden ranked this album number one on their charts and one critic described them called the album a “triumphant return”.

A Matter of Life and Death (2006)

 Grabbing the number one spots in almost five countries’ charts, the band was said to have outdone themselves. It was also the first time any of their albums entered the US charts, securing a spot on the top 10.

The Final Frontier (2010)

 Going to number one in 28 countries upon release, this album is the most successful to date. Steve Harris had once said he thought they’d only release 15albums (this album being the last), but we all know that isn’t true.

The Book of Souls (2015)

They took five years to release the album (the longest in their career) but it paid off. It went to number one in 24 countries, making it their second best album ever.

There it is – the scoop on all of Iron Maiden’s albums. Any surprises? Did you learn anything new?

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