Black Sabbath or Metallica might say otherwise, but it’s hard to envisage a band more synonymous with the heavy metal genre than Iron Maiden. Survivors to the core, the group first cut their teeth on London’s small-venue circuit during the late 70s before gaining a national foothold as one of the leading lights of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. Establishing themselves on the global stage with 1982’s phenomenal The Number Of The Beast album, they’ve gone on to sell over 200 million records and collated an awesome catalogue full of epic moments – which means there’s a wealth of metal magic to consider as we choose the 20 best Iron Maiden songs of all time.
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20: The Book Of Souls (from ‘The Book Of Souls’, 2015)
Long-term Iron Maiden fans worried about their heroes’ future during the early 2010s, as the band laboured over the follow-up to The Final Frontier and then held their breath as Bruce Dickinson overcame a cancer scare. However, the group turned adversity to triumph in no uncertain terms with 2015’s The Book Of Souls: an impressive, UK chart-topping double-album which ran to 90 minutes and proved Maiden had lost none of their ambition or drive. Other epic tracks, such as Empire Of The Clouds and The Red And The Black, could also have been contenders among the best Iron Maiden songs but, ultimately, the album’s title track – a poignant, ten-minute power play inspired by the Mayans – truly sealed the deal.