YMMV / The Number of the Beast

The Robert A. Heinlein novel

The Iron Maiden album

  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Many of the songs from that page came from this album. That should say enough.
    • It bears emphasising that "Hallowed Be Thy Name" is regularly voted as having the greatest guitar solo of all time.
  • Ear Worm: Plenty of the band's biggest and best.
  • Epic Riff: Many, including "Hallowed Be Thy Name", "The Number of the Beast", "Run to the Hills", "The Prisoner" and "Children of the Damned". It's to be expected from a Maiden album.
  • Even Better Sequel/Sequel Displacement: The band recorded their first two albums with Paul Di'Anno, which are regarded as classics, with the Self-Titled Album having the self-titled song that closes all concerts. Then he was replaced by the charismatic Bruce Dickinson, and they recorded The Number of the Beast. That's all.
  • Growing the Beard: At the start of their recording career, the band released two albums with Paul Di'Anno on vocals. While the opinion of these varies wildly among fans, it was the release of The Number of the Beast, combined with the introduction of Bruce Dickinson to form their most well-known lineup, that really propelled them into notoriety.
  • Never Live It Down: Back in 1982, Maiden put out a little song called "The Number of the Beast". To this day, many people still think they're evil Satanists.
  • Poor Man's Substitute: The band apparently wanted Vincent Price to record the haunting spoken word intro to the title track, but later refused when he asked for a fee of £25,000, turning to the much less expensive Barry Clayton instead (they even asked him to perform in a Price impression). This isn't such a bad thing, since fans always lose their minds when the intro plays in concert.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Averted with Dickinson: he's almost universally regarded as even better than his predecessor Paul Di'Anno.
  • Signature Song: "Run to the Hills" or "The Number of the Beast" are both considered big contenders.
  • The Woobie: You can't help but feel awful for the poor narrator of "Hallowed Be Thy Name".