See also:
* [[Awesome/IronMaiden Crowning Moment Of Awesome]]
* [[Funny/IronMaiden Crowning Moment Of Funny]]
* [[AwesomeMusic/IronMaiden Crowning Music Of Awesome]]

* AwardSnub: They have yet to be inducted at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But at least the 2009 Brit Award for [[http://www.brits.co.uk/news/iron-maiden-are-the-2009-brit/ Best Live Performance]] was won ([[http://www.musicradar.com/news/guitars/10-reasons-why-iron-maiden-deserved-their-brit-award-197372 deservedly]]), and in 2011 they got their long overdue Grammy (Best Metal Performance of 2010, "El Dorado").
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The upbeat and happy istrumental section in the otherwise dark and depressing "The Man Who Would Be King".
* ComeForTheXStayForTheY: As a VH1 list said: "Even classical music would sell more if their albums had zombies in the cover!" In short, come for [[{{Mascot}} Eddie]], stay for the EpicRocking, Dickinson's LargeHam, the {{Filk Song}}s, [[Awesome/IronMaiden the awesome]] [[GreatBallsOfFire shows]] and of course, [[CrowningMusic/IronMaiden the awesome music]].
* CoveredUp: Janick Gers wrote the riff that opens "2 Minutes to Midnight" for a song by his previous band White Spirit, called "Midnight Chaser". Adrian Smith, a friend of Gers, borrowed the riff with Gers' permission.
** In fact, that riff's structure is astonishingly common in metal, present in other songs like Music/{{Accept}}'s "Flash Rockin' Man" and Riot's "Swords and Tequila".
* CrazyAwesome: Nicko [=McBrain=], in equal parts.
* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming: Bruce Dickinson dedicated the performance of "Blood Brothers" to the late RonnieJamesDio during the Final Frontier North America tour.
--> ''"You '''are''' the fucking Music/{{Rainbow}} In The Darkness!"''
** And in the Australian wing it was dedicated to the victims of the Christchurch earthquake in New Zealand.
* EarWorm: Some songs are sticky, particularly the choruses. "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwT9G6t-SKI I ONLY DREAM IN BLACK AND WHITE...]]"
** RUUUUUUNNNNNN TOOOOOOO THEEEEEEEE HIIIIIIIIIIIIILLS!!!
*** RUUUUUUNNNNNN FOOOOOOOR YOOOOOOOOUR LIIIIIIIIIIIIIVES!!!
** SIX! SIX SIX! THEEEE NUUUUUMBER OOOOOF THEEEEE BEEEEASSSTTT!!!
** YOUR TIME WILL COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOME!
** YOU TELL ME WEEE CAN START THE RAIN
** EL DORADO COME AND PLAY! EL DORADO STEP THIS WAY! TAKE A TICKET FOR THE RIIIIIDE!
** CAN I PLAY WITH MADNEEEEEEEEESSSS!!!
** SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO UNDERSTAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAND!!!
** DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON'T WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANT TO BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE HEEEEEEEEEEEEERE!!!!
** RUUUN! LIIIVE TO FLYYYY! FLYYY TO LIIIVE! AAAACES HI-IIIIIGH!
** THE FINAL FROOONTIIIEEEER! THE FINAL FROOONTIIIIEEEER!
* EndingFatigue: "The Angel and the Gambler", a 10 minute song which ends with 10 straight repetitions of its chorus (the single shortens it to just 2).
** Also "Brighter Than A Thousand Suns" has many false endings.
* EpicRiff: Many, such as "Aces High", from ''Powerslave''; "Wasted Years", from ''Somewhere In Time''; "Iron Maiden", from ''Iron Maiden''; and "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7av6mgdeCkY-SKI Paschendale]]", from ''Dance of Death'' from 3:19 to 4:30.
* EvenBetterSequel: Paul Di'Anno left. Then, Bruce Dickinson came. The rest is history.
** The song "22 Acacia Avenue", which is sub-titled (in the original liner notes only) as "The Continuing Saga of ''Charlotte the Harlot''" which was the name of a song on their debut album.
* DorkAge[=/=]FanonDisContinuity: The only albums which don't fall in this are the ones going from ''The Number of the Beast'' to ''Seventh Son of a Seventh Son''. Otherwise:
** No Maiden existed before Bruce Dickinson arrived. (Denial of the Di'Anno era)
** No Maiden existed without Adrian Smith and Bruce Dickinson (Denial of the Blaze Bayley era[[note]]note the "and"; that means ''No Prayer for the Dying'' and ''Fear of the Dark'', which had Dickinson but not Smith, are not included in this definition[[/note]])
** No Maiden existed after Adrian Smith left (Denial of everything post-''Seventh Son of a Seventh Son''... sometimes including the four albums in the TurnOfTheMillennium)
* FaceOfTheBand: Either [[{{Mascot}} Eddie]], Music/BruceDickinson or [[LeadBassist Steve Harris]].
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Or better said, Chileans ADORE Iron Maiden. This may or may not come from how [[BannedInChina they were banned]] from performing in Chile in the early nineties... [[CompletelyMissingThePoint for supposedly being "satanic"]].
* GrowingTheBeard: While ''Iron Maiden'' and ''Killers'' are generally well-liked among Maiden fans, many believe that the band didn't really get great until Bruce Dickinson took over as lead vocalist.
* HilariousInHindsight: Once, Adrian said that he expected Iron Maiden to do 15 albums before quitting. The title of Maiden's 15th album is ''The Final Frontier''.
* MagnumOpus: ''The Number Of The Beast''.
** MagnumOpusDissonance: Steve and Bruce prefer the sucessor, ''Piece of Mind''.
** There's also a large number of fans who consider ''Powerslave'' to be Maiden's best album.
** Somewhere In Time, Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, Brave New World, and A Matter of Life and Death are also strong contenders.
** As acknowledged by Steve Harris in The Early Days, many consider the band's first self-titled album to be their best. Harris has expressed his dislike of the production and has always viewed the album as a disappointment.
* MisattributedSong: No, they didn't do covers of "[[Music/JudasPriest The Ripper]]", "[[Music/{{Scorpions}} The Zoo]]" nor they have a song called "Silver Wings"! And "[[Music/BlackSabbath Sabbath Bloody Sabbath]]" is sung by Bruce Dickinson but it's NOT a song of the band. Neither are every song which Bruce did outside of Maiden. (Read: His solo career.)
* MisBlamed: Blaze Bayley.
* NeverLiveItDown:
** Back in 1982, Maiden put out a little song called "The Number of the Beast". Based on either a Nathaniel Hathorne story or a nightmare Harris had. To this day, many people still think they're evil Satanists.
** Another victim of this is Blaze Bayley, who, despite his excellent solo career, will always be remembered as the Maiden singer who tried to replace Bruce Dickinson and failed.
** Paul Di'Anno spent a few years trying to carve a solo career for himself and eventually just gave up and focused on playing IronMaiden songs live. Although he says he's not bitter in interviews, he clearly is.
* NostalgiaFilter: Appliable to their fandom. Despite all (or at least, most) of the newer material being as awesome as in their "golden years", and despite having the same ol' lineup (along with Janick Gers) of that time, most fans will always prefer TheEighties' material over their new work. Sometimes without having heard the newer material, or hearing it while thinking in the Good Ol' Times. A pretty big part of the issue is that the band underwent somewhat of a GenreShift after Blaze Bayley left and Dickinson came back, and went in a more ProgressiveMetal direction, which is really ironic, since "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" still remains as the longest song in the history of Iron Maiden, (The longest song of ''The Final Frontier'', according to reports, is 11 minutes long) and Maiden always had a prog-metal feeling even in it's heyday. (''Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son'', anyone?)
** The reason is that every song on their last two albums is over 5 minutes long, in some cases reaching 10. Most of their early albums had one or two long songs and the rest would be average length. The recent albums can be exhausting to listen to not least because of the loud production. Harris says that he doesn't pay attention to the lengths of songs.
* ParanoiaFuel: "Fear of the Dark". * Shiver*
* ReplacementScrappy:
** Averted with Bruce Dickinson: he's almost universally regarded as even better than his predeccesor Paul Di'Anno.
** BlazeBayley replaced Bruce Dickinson in the mid-nineties. A part of the fandom still bashes him despite the fact that the band chose him.
** Early on, Janick Gers replaced Adrian Smith during TheNineties and felt into this, though less so now that Adrian returned to the band.
* SequelDisplacement: ''Iron Maiden'' and ''Killers'' were great albums, but both are overshadowed by ''The Number Of The Beast''.
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: They have so many knockoffs and have been copied so many times that it can be hard for younger, newer listeners to get what is so special about them.
* SignatureSong: "Run To The Hills" or "The Number of the Beast".
* {{Squick}}: "To kill the unborn in the woooo-ooomb!" from the chorus of "2 Minutes To Midnight." Depending on how you look at the other lines of the chorus, it could potentially double as BreadEggsMilkSquick.
** For that matter, a number of the song's other lyrics could qualify as well, depending on how literally you want to interpret them
* SurprisinglyImprovedSequel: Sacking Di'Anno and putting Dickinson as the singer really worked out, it seems.
** Even Di'Anno considers Bruce a better singer than him, especially as the material the band was writing at that point was more suited to someone with Bruce's range.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: A recent tour focused on the 2000's material. Parts of the BrokenBase and many reviewers criticized because staples such as "The Trooper" had to leave the setlist.
* VindicatedByHistory:
** Although every fan and critic in 1992 thought ''Fear of The Dark'' was a [[SurprisinglyImprovedSequel million times better]] than ''No Prayer For The Dying'' in both production and song writing, many fans still thought it was a pretty mediocre Maiden album with too much [[AlbumFiller filler]] and Bruce Dickinson still singing like he is auditioning for a thrash metal band. However, it is not uncommon for fans today to think of the album as a good album in its own right, mainly due to the album containing many fan favourites, such as "Afraid To Shoot Strangers" and of course, the title track.
** Bruce himself as lead singer, believe it or not. While nowadays it's more or less universally agreed that he's the best singer in the band, there was initially a small, but vocal, backlash against him being in the band, since Di'Anno was then viewed as one of the aspects that shaped the feel of the first two albums. The fact that Bruce had only been in a few obscure bands didn't help, and neither did the fact that in initial tours he was singing Di'Anno, although he eventually won a good chunk of fans round with new material, and the rest is history.
* TheWoobie: ''Many'' of the POV characters in their songs, if they aren't evil.
* XMeetsY: 70's ProgressiveRock meets Music/JudasPriest.
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