The 50 best Iron Maiden songs of all time

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Four-plus decades - and 16 studio albums - since Iron Maiden first emerged from East London, the band has come to epitomize the New Wave of British Heavy Metal sound and its expansive possibilities. At this point the British crew has written so many iconic songs it’s hard to keep track. In the Eighties alone, they unleashed seven genre-defining records, from 1980’s Killers to 1988’s Seventh Son of a Seventh Son.

Central to their success is the inimitable classic guitar duo of Dave Murray and Adrian Smith, whose soaring tandem leads and galloping riffs are seared into the very fabric of heavy-metal history. Generations of guitarists worldwide have studied their approaches (as well as the work of songwriter and bass maniac Steve Harris) and genres of heavy music have been born out of their melodic, aggressive, adventurous playing.

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Brad Angle

Brad is a Brooklyn-based writer, editor and video producer. He is the former content director of Revolver magazine and executive editor of Guitar World. His work has appeared in Vice, Guitar Aficionado, Inked and more. He’s also a die-hard Les Paul player who wishes he never sold his 1987 Marshall Silver Jubilee half stack.