Iron Maiden About

The standout band of the ‘New Wave of British Heavy Metal’ (NWOBHM) Iron Maiden is the brainchild of bassist-songwriter Steve Harris – the only member present in all records along with guitarist Dave Murray. They are well known for music revolving around twin-lead harmony guitars (inspired by Judas Priest), galloping bass, and operatic vocals, along with lyrics dealing with themes that are either spooky, historical or literaturemovie-based. Their most famous songs are either fast-paced rockers that usually open albums and become singles (“Aces High”, “The Wicker Man”) or long-winding epics that tend to close their records (“Hallowed Be Thy Name”, “Fear of the Dark”). Also noteworthy is mascot ‘Eddie the Head,’ an albino zombie that adorns their artwork created by Derek Riggs, long-time Maiden artist and album cover designer. Eddie appears on stage as both set decoration and a man dressed in a large costume.

Founded in London in 1975, the band struggled in the club scene with a revolving door of musicians until their 1979 demo, The Soundhouse Tapes arranged them a record deal with EMI. Their first two albums had some success, and once singer Bruce Dickinson joined for the third, The Number of the Beast (1982), Iron Maiden became one of the biggest bands in the metal scene. The band has sold over 85 million records worldwide (in a discography that includes 16 studio albums, 7 compilations, and many live albums and videos), and visited 59 countries while performing over 5000 concerts.

Members

Current

Steve Harris – bass, keyboards, backing vocals
Bruce Dickinson – vocals (plus occasional guitar and keyboards)
Dave Murray – guitar
Adrian Smith – guitar, backing vocals
Janick Gers – guitar
Nicko McBrain – drums
Michael Kenney (touring member)- live keyboards

Past

Paul Di'Anno – vocals (Iron Maiden, Killers)
Blaze Bayley – vocals (The X Factor, Virtual XI)
Dennis Stratton – guitar (Iron Maiden)
Clive Burr – drums (Iron Maiden, Killers, The Number of the Beast)

Iron Maiden Albums

The Book of Souls The Book of Souls Iron Maiden Released September 4, 2015 9 49
The Final Frontier The Final Frontier Iron Maiden Released August 13, 2010 10 43
A Matter of Life and Death A Matter of Life and Death Iron Maiden Released August 25, 2006 10 35
Rainmaker - Single Rainmaker - Single Iron Maiden Released November 24, 2003 5 49
Wildest Dreams [Single] Wildest Dreams [Single] Iron Maiden Released September 1, 2003 4 61
Edward the Great Edward the Great Iron Maiden Released November 4, 2002 17 36
Rock in Rio Rock in Rio Iron Maiden Released 2001 16 59
Brave New World Brave New World Iron Maiden Released May 29, 2000 10 64
Ed Hunter Ed Hunter Iron Maiden Released July 25, 1999 15 55
The X Factor The X Factor Iron Maiden Released October 2, 1995 11 48
Fear of the Dark Fear of the Dark Iron Maiden Released May 11, 1992 16 49

Iron Maiden Lyricsby Popularity

1 The Number of the Beast Iron Maiden 291 2 Tears of a Clown Iron Maiden 143 3 Hallowed Be Thy Name Iron Maiden 105 4 Phantom of the Opera Iron Maiden 99 5 Wasted Years Iron Maiden 98 6 Aces High Iron Maiden 97 7 These Colours Don't Run Iron Maiden 94 8 Hallowed Be Thy Name Iron Maiden 91 9 Hooks in You Iron Maiden 89 10 The Number of the Beast Iron Maiden 87 11 Rainmaker Iron Maiden 84 12 Remember Tomorrow Iron Maiden 83 13 Fear of the Dark Iron Maiden 82 14 Aces High Iron Maiden 81 15 Wasting Love Iron Maiden 80 16 The Clairvoyant Iron Maiden 79 17 If Eternity Should Fail Iron Maiden 79 18 The Trooper Iron Maiden 76 19 From Here to Eternity Iron Maiden 76 20 Shadows of the Valley Iron Maiden 76 21 Wasted Years Iron Maiden 75 22 The Angel and the Gambler Iron Maiden 73 23 Wasted Years Iron Maiden 73 24 Prowler '88 Iron Maiden 72 25 Tailgunner Iron Maiden 72 26 The Red and the Black Iron Maiden 70 27 Paschendale Iron Maiden 69 28 Heaven Can Wait Iron Maiden 69 29 Brave New World Iron Maiden 68 30 Run to the Hills Iron Maiden 68 31 Running Free Iron Maiden 68 32 Bring Your Daughter... to the Slaughter Iron Maiden 68 33 Burning Ambition Iron Maiden 67 34 Dream of Mirrors Iron Maiden 67 35 Wrathchild Iron Maiden 67 36 Fear Is the Key Iron Maiden 67 37 Powerslave Iron Maiden 66 38 The Evil That Men Do Iron Maiden 65 39 Virus Iron Maiden 65 40 Coming Home Iron Maiden 65 41 2 Minutes to Midnight Iron Maiden 64 42 Be Quick or Be Dead Iron Maiden 64 43 Childhood's End Iron Maiden 64 44 Fear of the Dark Iron Maiden 64 45 Hallowed Be Thy Name Iron Maiden 63 46 Out of the Silent Planet Iron Maiden 62 47 Tailgunner Iron Maiden 62 48 For the Greater Good of God Iron Maiden 62 49 Can I Play with Madness? Iron Maiden 62 50 Blood Brothers Iron Maiden 61 51 The Thin Line Between Love and Hate Iron Maiden 61 52 Afraid to Shoot Strangers Iron Maiden 61 53 El Dorado Iron Maiden 61 54 Man on the Edge Iron Maiden 61 55 Sanctuary Iron Maiden 60 56 Don't Look to the Eyes of a Stranger Iron Maiden 60 57 The Great Unknown Iron Maiden 60 58 Rainmaker Iron Maiden 60 59 Lord of Light Iron Maiden 59 60 The Evil That Men Do Iron Maiden 58 61 The Angel and the Gambler Iron Maiden 58 62 Dance of Death Iron Maiden 58 63 Sign of the Cross Iron Maiden 57 64 2 Minutes to Midnight Iron Maiden 57 65 Chains of Misery Iron Maiden 57 66 Churchill's Speech Iron Maiden 57 67 Lightning Strikes Twice Iron Maiden 56 68 2 Minutes to Midnight Iron Maiden 55 69 Como Estais Amigos Iron Maiden 55 70 Afraid to Shoot Strangers Iron Maiden 55 71 Wasting Love Iron Maiden 55 72 Mother of Mercy Iron Maiden 55 73 Bring Your Daughter... to the Slaughter Iron Maiden 55 74 Ghost of the Navigator Iron Maiden 54 75 The Clansman Iron Maiden 54 76 Run to the Hills Iron Maiden 54 77 Death or Glory Iron Maiden 54 78 Weekend Warrior Iron Maiden 54 79 Run to the Hills Iron Maiden 54 80 Out of the Silent Planet Iron Maiden 53 81 The Fugitive Iron Maiden 53 82 The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg Iron Maiden 53 83 The Talisman Iron Maiden 53 84 Aces High Iron Maiden 53 85 Cross-Eyed Mary Iron Maiden 52 86 Communication Breakdown Iron Maiden 52 87 Doctor, Doctor Iron Maiden 52 88 The Trooper Iron Maiden 52 89 Look for the Truth Iron Maiden 52 90 Judgement of Heaven Iron Maiden 52 91 When the River Runs Deep Iron Maiden 52 92 Brighter Than a Thousand Suns Iron Maiden 52 93 The Longest Day Iron Maiden 52 94 The Number of the Beast Iron Maiden 52 95 The Clairvoyant Iron Maiden 52 96 The Nomad Iron Maiden 51 97 Fear of the Dark Iron Maiden 51 98 Tailgunner Iron Maiden 51 99 Holy Smoke Iron Maiden 51 100 Rainbow's Gold Iron Maiden 50 101 The Number of the Beast Iron Maiden 50 102 The Clansman Iron Maiden 50 103 Tailgunner Iron Maiden 50 104 Isle of Avalon Iron Maiden 50 105 Wrathchild Iron Maiden 50 106 Different World Iron Maiden 50 107 I'm a Mover Iron Maiden 49 108 Nodding Donkey Blues Iron Maiden 49 109 Justice of the Peace Iron Maiden 49 110 Children of the Damned Iron Maiden 49 111 Speed of Light Iron Maiden 49 112 Be Quick or Be Dead Iron Maiden 49 113 Phantom of the Opera Iron Maiden 49 114 Starblind Iron Maiden 48 115 King of Twilight Iron Maiden 47 116 Blood on the World's Hands Iron Maiden 47 117 Judgement Day Iron Maiden 47 118 The Man of Sorrows Iron Maiden 47 119 These Colours Don't Run Iron Maiden 47 120 Coming Home Iron Maiden 47