Iron Maiden’s 20 best songs, from wicked to freakin’ awesome

By Steve Newton

The choice of #1 was a no-brainer for me, but the other 19 picks were trickier. Up the Irons!

20. “Running Free” (Iron Maiden, 1980)

19. “Purgatory” (Killers, 1981)

18. “Speed of Light” (The Book of Souls, 2015)

17. “Wrathchild” (Killers, 1981)

16. “The Wicker Man” (Brave New World, 2000)

15. “Flight of Icarus” (Piece of Mind, 1983)

14. “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” (Powerslave, 1984)

13. “El Dorado” (The Final Frontier, 2010)

12. “Sea of Madness” (Somewhere in Time, 1986)

11. “Holy Smoke” (No Prayer for the Dying, 1990)

10. “Fear of the Dark” (Fear of the Dark, 1992)

9. “Run to the Hills” (The Number of the Beast, 1982)

8. “Can I Play with Madness” (Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, 1988)

7. “The Number of the Beast” (The Number of the Beast, 1982)

6. “The Evil That Men Do” (Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, 1988)

5. “Aces High” (Powerslave, 1984)

4. “Hallowed Be Thy Name” (The Number of the Beast, 1982)

3. “2 Minutes to Midnight” (Powerslave, 1984)

2. “Wasted Years” (Somewhere in Time, 1986)

1. “The Trooper” (Piece of Mind, 1983)

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