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14.  Iron Maiden

Heavy Metal is one of those genres that will generate more passion from its listeners than most. Recent inductee, Metallica suffered a minor backlash for cutting their hair and softening their sound in the 90’s to become more commercially viable.  Yet as successful as Metallica was, they may not be the Heavy Metal band with the most die hard fans. Iron Maiden might just have that honorary title.

Iron Maiden exploded onto the Metal scene in 1980 and have been considered giants of the genre ever since. Iron Maiden has been shockingly consistent producing pure Heavy Metal albums that always stayed true to the style. Their live shows are always outstanding and their technical skills can not be questioned.  When their fans say that Iron Maiden has no peers, it is tough to argue. Despite our high ranking, they are likely a long shot as the fact that they never had that crossover hit (“Run to the Hills” was as close as they came) that put them in the mainstream.  Yet for a band out of the mainstream, they sold millions of albums were sold out countless arenas. They may not get the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s vote, but they do have Eddie’s!

Iron Maiden

Should Iron Maiden be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 95.9%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 2%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0.4%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 1.6%

The Bullet Points

  • Previous Rank: 2010: #24
    2012: #23
    2013: #23
    2014: #21
    2015: #19
    2016: #20
  • Eligible Since: Thursday, 01 January 2004
  • Country of Origin: United Kingdom (London, England)
  • Why they will get in: They have huge respect within the Metal community.
  • Why they won't get in: There are only two Metal bands in the Hall, and should they induct a third they will likely pick a band considered more “accessible”.
  • Essential Albums: The Number of the Beast (1982)
    Piece of Mind (1983)
    Powerslave (1984)
    Seventh Son of a Seventh Son (1988)
  • Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: Purgatory (From Killers, 1981)
    Run to the Hills (From Number of the Beast, 1982)
    Hallowed Be Thy Name (From Number of the Beast, 1982)
    Aces High (From Powerslave, 1984)
    Powerslave (From Powerslave, 1984)

Should Iron Maiden be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 95.9%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 2%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0.4%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 1.6%


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Iron Maiden
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Iron Maiden
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Iron Maiden
Last modified on Monday, 05 March 2018 02:41


+6 #10 Michael Tabor 2015-12-24 09:02
Now that Deep Purple is in it Opens the Door. Judas Priest then Maiden should get in shortly after
+5 #9 Uffe carlsson 2015-10-17 07:59
+14 #8 Brendan 2015-04-14 07:57
Iron Maiden deserve to be in. They have not sold out. Their last four albums, and probably their new one this year was as good as their famous 1980s albums. They have sold millions of albums and just as many t shirts. They are huge and probably too huge for the rock and roll hall of fame.
+9 #7 Mickey 2014-10-14 02:53
People can say what they want, but Maiden are one of the biggest bands in the world. The reason they keep been so big, is that their new material is damn good! Unlike other bands, Iron Maiden can still pull it off live, and they are touring the world massively.
Maiden´s new material is fresh, but with their significant style and sound. If you don´t believe me, listen to songs from their new album -songs like "The Talisman", "The Alchemist", "When The Wild Wind Blows" and "Coming Home" are just amazing!

Face it! Maiden are great, and at this point, they are actually selling better than Metallica -without going commercial!

But hey, they are too true to their style, and to their fans, which means that they will probably never be inducted -They are too good for that ;)
+22 #6 justin 2013-06-06 00:00
Maiden definitely should be in by now. Deep Purple, Priest, Motörhead and Maiden should all get in together next year hands down. People need to rally and petition like fans of Rush and Genesis did. They wouldn't even be in if it wasn't for that. If Deep Purple and Motörhead arnt at least put in first next year it's a sham.
+29 #5 Ben Hobson 2013-05-21 09:41
So, what Mark, do you believe that speed is everything? A faster song doesn't make it a better one. Metallica would never have existed without Iron Maiden and if anyone questions their songwriting abilities just listen to When The Wild Wind Blows. Released 35 years after their creation, it just goes to show there has never been a band as consistently brilliant as Iron Maiden. Don't get me wrong, I love Metallica as well, but they went more commercial and got famous. Iron Maiden never did, they stayed true and became almost equally as famous. I'd go as far to say that they are the best metal band of all time. Up. The. IRONS!
+29 #4 Kohl Methven 2012-11-11 08:34
The fact of the matter is that they have put out amazing music for 30 + years straight and have a massive following. They are named countless times on others lists of influential artists. It blows my mind that they aren't in yet
-54 #3 Mark Nieuweboer 2012-09-10 16:12
Iron Maiden did nothing Deep Purple and Judas Priest didn't do before or Metallica afterwards. Their songs aren't even as fast as Highway Star, Exciter and The Four Horsemen.
The most superfluous metal band ever.
-11 #2 Sean -0001-11-30 00:00
I agree with that statement 100% (they really annoy me but their influence on metal was massive). Deep Purple first though.
+14 #1 jimmy26 -0001-11-30 00:00
i never liked iron maiden but i will argue until i am blue in the face that they should be in.

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