Iron Maiden is excluded because I've never heard it as are the live ones
13. The X Factor
Actually at the time I got this I quite liked it but over the years its started to sound cheesy and as such I only have Blood on the World's Hands, Lord of the Flies and Sign of the Cross on my i-Tunes and haven't listened to the album in its entirity for a long time.
12. No Prayer for the Dying
This was the second Iron Maiden album I got, it was on vinyl and cost $3.99 NZ (which is about $2.50 American or 2 euros) and I only liked a couple of songs from the start (Run Silent, Run Deep and Mother Russia). Apart from Iron Maiden, this is the only other studio Maiden album I don't have on CD
11. Somewhere in Time
There's a big gap between this and the previous two, I still like this one, especially Wasted Years and Alexander the Great but some of the others drag a bit for me.
10. Virtual XI
OK others hated it but I don't mind Futureal, Angel and the Gambler and the Clansman. There are a few skippable tracks but otherwise passable in my opinion.
9. A Matter of Life and Death
Time might change my opinion of this one. But at the moment it doesn't have as many songs that jump out and grab me as the albums above. Brighter than a Thousand Suns is emerging as my favourite.
8. Piece of Mind
Bogged down by a couple of weaker tracks (IMO Revelations, Quest for Fire and Sun and Steel) but I still give this one regular listens. Flight of Icarus and Where Eagles Dare are my favourites.
In my opinion the best non-Bruce album (at least that I've heard). Sometimes I feel in the mood for a bit of rough or raw music, this does the trick. Murders in the Rue Morgue and Genghis Khan are the standouts IMO.
6. Number of the Beast
Don't find myself listening to this as much as I used to but still enjoy Hallowed be thy Name and Invaders.
Probably I would have rated this below Number of the Beast had it not been for Rime of the Ancient Mariner which I consider to be the best song Maiden have ever done. Outside of 'Rime' my favourite tracks are Aces High and the title track.
4. Dance of Death
After a few issues with the "copy protection" on this disc which I had to get around by downloading the album and burning it onto CD (You have to ask the RIAA and other similar bodies why we should pay money for CDs which don't work the way we want when we can get ones that do for free) this has become one of my favourite albums. Montsegur, Dance of Death and Paschendale get regular plays.
3. Fear of the Dark
The first Maiden album I ever got. Probably only owes its place because it was the album that got me into the band and therefore brings me back to when I was an annoying spotty teenager. The run from 'Afraid to Shoot Strangers' through to 'Wasting Love' is my favourite part.
2. Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
I only recently got the CD of this (though I've had the vinyl version for some time) and have just remembered what an awesome album this is. I think the synths credit the Maiden sound and IMO it was a worng move to try and go back to a 'raw' sound as they did on No Prayer. Best tracks - Moonchild, the title track and the Clairvoyant.
1. Brave New World
Why is this my favourite album?, well even on my most restless, impatient days I don't skip tracks on this one and it gets heavy rotation in my car as well. I think I like the epic quality of some of the tracks which is married to some great hooks. Picking out my favourites is hard but I'd go with Wicker Man, Ghost of the Navigator, Blood Brothers and The Thin Line between Love and Hate.
Well that wasn't a bad way to spend Friday afternoon. Maybe I should do this more often!.