See also:
* [[Awesome/IronMaiden Crowning Moment Of Awesome]]
* [[Funny/IronMaiden Crowning Moment Of Funny]]
* [[AwesomeMusic/IronMaiden Crowning Music Of Awesome]]
* [[YMMV/TheNumberOfTheBeast The Number Of The Beast (YMMV)]]
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* 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".
* BrokenBase: "The Red and The Black" seems to be the most divisive song on ''The Book of Souls''. Either it's a Harris-penned masterpiece with a nostalgic vibe thanks to some "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" and "Alexander the Great" nods, or it's yet another Harris song that goes on for way too long, relies too much on traditional melodies, and suffers from an instrumental section that seems to exist to pad the song's length out to 13 minutes. The fact that said instrumental section is a whopping ''[[EndingFatigue 6 minutes long]]'' doesn't help matters either. Both sides can agree, though, that it'll make a killer live song.
* 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:
** Outside of Australia, few people know that "Women in Uniform" is a cover of a hit song by Skyhooks.
** 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.
* CrazyAwesome: Nicko [=McBrain=], in equal parts.
* CryForTheDevil: "Lord of Light," literally. [[TearJerker and you]] ''[[TearJerker will]]'' [[TearJerker cry]].
* 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!
** REEF IN A SAAAAAIILLL AT THE END OF THE WORLD, IF ETEEERRNITY SHOULD FAAAAAAAAAIL
** SHADOWS IN THE STAAAAAAAAAAARS!!!!! WE SHALL NOT RETUUUUUURN!!!! HUMANITY WON'T SAVE US AT THE SPEED OF LIGHT!!!!!!!!!!
** NEVER ENDING THE DESIRES OF MEEEENN!!!
** WHOOOOOAAAA, WHOOOAAAA, I NEED SOMEBODY TO SAAAAAAAAAAAVE MEEEEEE!!!
** When the river runs deep and the land breaks and the blood it flows FREE from our LIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIVVVEEEESSSS
** THE SEARCH FOR THE TRUUUUUUTH, THE BOOK OF SOOOOOOOOULS!!!
** DEATH OR GLORY, OOOOOOOONE WAAAAAY TRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAINNNNN
*** CLIIIIIIIIIIIIIMB LIKE A MOOOOOOOOONKEEEEEEYYYY!!!
** ASK THEM THE QUESTIONS, TELL THEM THE LIIIIIIIIIIIIES!!!! I CRY FOR FREEDOM, PRAYING THAT THEY NEVER DIIIIE!!!
** WONDER WHY HE'S FEELING DOOOOWWN, TEEEARS OF A CLOOOOOWWWNN
** AS WE LOOK TO SEE THE MAN OF SOOORRROOWWWSS
** To ride the storm, to an empire of the clouds...
** TWO! MINUTES! TO MIIIIIIIDNIGHT!
* EndingFatigue:
** "The Angel and the Gambler", a 9 minute song which ends with 7 straight repetitions of its chorus (the single shortens it to just 2).[[note]]According to Steve, this is for the blackjack cards, still isn't an excuse[[/note]]
*** And now, a fan with too much time on his hands has made a [[https://www.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=809036662536174&id=326775110762334&refid=52&ref=m_notif&notif_t=feed_comment&__tn__=C 24 minute version]].
** Also "Brighter Than A Thousand Suns" has many false endings.
** "The Red and the Black" has an instrumental section that goes on for ''6 minutes''.
* 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 '90s... [[DramaticallyMissingThePoint 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.
* HarsherInHindsight: The song "Tears of a Clown" from ''The Book Of Souls'' was devoted to Creator/RobinWilliams, and contained the line "there's something that inside has died". A couple of months after the track's release, [[http://www.torontosun.com/2015/11/03/robin-williams-had-just-three-years-to-live-widow it transpired that Robin Williams had been given only three years to live]] after being diagnosed with dementia.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** "The Ides of March" being a reinterpretation of Samson's "Thunderburst" becomes this with Bruce Dickinson's (who sung in Samson before joining Iron Maiden) arrival a year later.
** Adrian asking Janick Gers (then in White Spirit) permission to use the riff of "Midnight Chaser" for "2 Minutes to Midnight" becomes this with Janick replacing Adrian in 1990 and Adrian's return in 1999 with the condition of Janick staying in the band.
** In ''The Early Days, Part 2'', Bruce is talking with a fan in a concert of the World Slavery Tour, the marathonic presentation tour in support of ''Powerslave''. The fan said that he would like to play Heavy Metal with synthesizers, to which Bruce replied that "Heavy Metal cannot be played with synthesizers". The two following albums, ''Somewhere In Time'' and ''Seventh Son of a Seventh Son'' make heavy use of synthesizers.
** 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''.
* 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.)
** They don't have a song called "Take Me Home" either. That song is by Iron ''Savior''. [[RefrainFromAssuming And that's not even what the song is called either]], it's called "Deadly Sleep".
*** And then there's the whole 2015 fiasco surrounding an Attick Demons song called "City of Golden Gates", which was misattributed to Maiden. Maiden fans somehow managed to turn this into a RickRoll.
* 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 Iron Maiden songs live. Although he says he's not bitter in interviews, he clearly is.
* ParanoiaFuel: "Fear of the Dark". *Shiver*
* ReplacementScrappy:
** Averted with Bruce Dickinson: he's almost universally regarded as even better than his predecessor Paul Di'Anno.
** Blaze Bayley 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.
** Many fans still consider Nicko [=McBrain=] to be this to Clive Burr. Burr was a more technically gifted drummer than [=McBrain=], and was also by all accounts a NiceGuy. There's also a theory that Nicko played backstage politics to get Clive Burr kicked out of the band so he could take his place. And of course there's the NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead reason.
* SequelDisplacement: ''Iron Maiden'' and ''Killers'' were great albums, but both are overshadowed by ''Music/TheNumberOfTheBeast''.
* 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" are commonly brought up, though "Hallowed Be Thy Name", "The Trooper", and "2 Minutes to Midnight" are considered strong contenders. There's also "Wrathchild" and the self-titled song for Di'Anno's run (which is the most-played song in all their concert tours). Outside the '80s material is "Fear of the Dark" for the '90s and "The Wicker Man" for the '00s.
* {{Squick}}: "To kill the unborn in the woooo-ooomb!" from the chorus of "2 Minutes to Midnight".
* 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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