Different World (song)

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"Different World"
Single by Iron Maiden
from the album A Matter of Life and Death
B-side US CD single
"Hallowed Be Thy Name (Radio 1 Legends Session)", "The Trooper (Radio 1 Legends Session)"
European CD single
"Iron Maiden (live)"
European DVD single
"The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg (live)", "Hocus Pocus (Focus cover)"
European 7" picture disc
"Fear of the Dark (live)"
Released 14 November 2006 (United States)
26 December 2006 (UK)
Format CD, DVD, 7" picture disc
Recorded Sarm West Studios, London in 2006
Genre Heavy metal
Length 4:15[1]
Label EMI / Sanctuary Records
Writer(s) Adrian Smith, Steve Harris
Producer(s) Kevin Shirley
Iron Maiden singles chronology
"The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg"
"Different World"
"El Dorado"
Alternative cover
DVD single cover
Alternative cover
7" single

"Different World" is the first track from English heavy metal band Iron Maiden's 2006 album A Matter of Life and Death. The song is the band's thirty-fifth single, and is also the second single from the album, released on 14 November 2006 in the United States, and 26 December 2006 in Europe. The song has been stated by the band to be a tribute to Thin Lizzy due to the low sounding melodies sung by Bruce Dickinson that are reminiscent of those Phil Lynott would sing. It was played first every night on the band's A Matter of Life and Death Tour.

The guitar solo in "Different World" is played by Adrian Smith.

The song is featured in the skateboarding video game Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam.

The all-female tribute band, The Iron Maidens, recorded an acoustic cover of the song on their 2008 EP The Root of All Evil.

Music video[edit]

Two music videos of "Different World" were released. In the first, a computer animated version of Dickinson is watching a factory of drones reorganizing test tubes. When one appears with a purple liquid in it, he takes the tube and runs. He is chased by more drones across an extremely high-up walkway, before leaping off the platform, and later through a garbage disposal chute. He exits the chute at high speed, and tries to grab hold of it but eventually falls. He lands on a zeppelin, and is grabbed by a drone. The drone carries him through the air before crashing into the ground, after which Bruce runs through the city to a woman who shows him a different world. In this vision, a young version of Bruce (who looks more like him than the older one) takes the test tube and throws it at the screen. The vision explodes and a giant Eddie stands up and begins to destroy the city. The camera zooms out, and a larger Eddie is revealed to be holding the planet, and throws it at the screen, ending the video.[2]

The second version features the band recording the song in studio 1 of Sarm Studios, West London, UK. Portions of this video appear on the first version.[3]

Track listings[edit]

US CD single
  1. "Different World" (Adrian Smith, Steve Harris) – 4:15
  2. "Hallowed Be Thy Name (Radio 1 'Legends' Session)" (Harris) – 7:13
  3. "The Trooper (Radio 1 'Legends' Session)" (Harris) – 3:56
Digital single

The interview with Steve Harris was only available if pre-ordered before 26 December 2006 through the Iron Maiden website.

  1. "Different World" (Recorded live in Aalborg on the A Matter of Life and Death tour, 9 November 2006) (Smith, Harris) – 4:15
  2. Interview with Steve Harris on A Matter of Life and Death – 10:38
European CD single
  1. "Different World" (Smith, Harris) – 4:15
  2. "Iron Maiden" (Recorded live in Copenhagen on the A Matter of Life and Death tour, 10 November 2006) (Harris) – 5:40
European DVD single
  1. "Different World" (Smith, Harris) – 4:17
  2. "The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg" (Recorded live in Copenhagen on the A Matter of Life and Death tour, 10 November 2006) (Dave Murray, Harris) – 7:47
  3. "Hocus Pocus" (Thijs van Leer, Jan Akkerman; Focus cover) – 5:31
European 7" picture disc
  1. "Different World" (Smith, Harris) – 4:15
  2. "Fear of the Dark" (Recorded live in Copenhagen on the A Matter of Life and Death tour, 10 November 2006) (Harris) – 7:47


Production credits are adapted from the European CD,[1] DVD,[4] and picture disc covers.[5]

Iron Maiden
  • Kevin Shirley – producer, mixing
  • Tony Newton – recording, mixing (live songs)
  • Howard Greenhalgh – director ("Different World" video)

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
Irish Singles Chart 39[6]
German Singles Chart 40[7]
Chart (2007) Peak
Finnish Singles Chart 1[8]
French Singles Chart 99[9]
Italian Singles Chart 3[10]
Swedish Singles Chart 52[11]
UK Singles Chart 3[12]


  1. ^ a b "Wildest Dreams" CD Single (Media notes). Iron Maiden. EMI. 26 December 2003. 
  2. ^ YouTube - Iron Maiden - Different World (Animated Version)
  3. ^ YouTube - Iron Maiden - Different World
  4. ^ "Wildest Dreams" DVD Single (Media notes). Iron Maiden. EMI. 26 December 2003. 
  5. ^ "Wildest Dreams" Picture Disc Single (Media notes). Iron Maiden. EMI. 26 December 2003. 
  6. ^ "Discography Iron Maiden". IRMA. Irish-charts.com. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "Iron Maiden Single-Chartverfolgung". Media Control Charts. Musicline.de. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  8. ^ "Discography Iron Maiden". The Official Finnish Charts. Finnishcharts.com. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  9. ^ "Discographie Iron Maiden". SNEP (in French). Lescharts.com. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  10. ^ "Iron Maiden songs". FIMI. Italiancharts.com. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  11. ^ "Iron Maiden - 'Different World'". Sverigetopplistan. Swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "Top 40 Official Singles Chart UK Archive 6 January 2007". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 18 March 2011. 

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