The Essential Iron Maiden

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The Essential Iron Maiden
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Compilation album by
Released5 July 2005
GenreHeavy metal
ProducerMartin Birch
Nigel Green
Steve Harris
Will Malone
Kevin Shirley
Iron Maiden compilations chronology
Edward the Great
The Essential Iron Maiden
Somewhere Back in Time
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media7.5/10.0[2]

The Essential Iron Maiden is the fourth greatest hits compilation by the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden, released on 5 July 2005. Released exclusively in North America, it is part of Sony Music Entertainment's The Essential series. Contrary to other releases from this series, the track listing is presented in reverse-chronological order (i.e., the latest studio-recorded songs appear first).

Due to the sale of Sanctuary Records to Universal Music Group, this compilation is now out of print. It is the first album by the band that does not feature Eddie on its cover.

Track listing[edit]

Disc One
No.TitleWriter(s)Original albumLength
1."Paschendale"Steve Harris, Adrian Smith2003 ~ Dance of Death8:26
2."Rainmaker"Bruce Dickinson, Harris, Dave Murray2003 ~ Dance of Death3:48
3."The Wicker Man"Dickinson, Harris, Smith2000 ~ Brave New World4:35
4."Brave New World"Dickinson, Harris, Murray2000 ~ Brave New World6:18
5."Futureal"Blaze Bayley, Harris1998 ~ Virtual XI2:56
6."The Clansman"Harris1998 ~ Virtual XI8:59
7."Sign of the Cross"Harris1995 ~ The X Factor11:16
8."Man on the Edge"Bayley, Janick Gers1995 ~ The X Factor4:11
9."Be Quick or Be Dead"Dickinson, Gers1992 ~ Fear of the Dark3:23
10."Fear of the Dark" (Live in 2001)Harris2002 ~ Rock in Rio7:52
11."Holy Smoke"Dickinson, Harris1990 ~ No Prayer for the Dying3:47
12."Bring Your Daughter... to the Slaughter"Dickinson1990 ~ No Prayer for the Dying4:43
13."The Clairvoyant"Harris1988 ~ Seventh Son of a Seventh Son4:26
Disc Two
No.TitleWriter(s)Original albumLength
1."The Evil That Men Do"Dickinson, Harris, Smith1988 ~ Seventh Son of a Seventh Son4:34
2."Wasted Years"Smith1986 ~ Somewhere in Time5:06
3."Heaven Can Wait"Harris1986 ~ Somewhere in Time7:20
4."2 Minutes to Midnight"Dickinson, Smith1984 ~ Powerslave6:00
5."Aces High"Harris1984 ~ Powerslave4:29
6."Flight of Icarus"Dickinson, Smith1983 ~ Piece of Mind3:51
7."The Trooper"Harris1983 ~ Piece of Mind4:12
8."The Number of the Beast"Harris1982 ~ The Number of the Beast4:52
9."Run to the Hills"Harris1982 ~ The Number of the Beast3:54
10."Wrathchild"Harris1981 ~ Killers2:55
11."Killers"Di'Anno, Harris1981 ~ Killers5:01
12."Phantom of the Opera"Harris1980 ~ Iron Maiden7:06
13."Running Free" (Live in 1985)Di'Anno, Harris1985 ~ Live After Death8:44
14."Iron Maiden" (Live in 2003)Harris2005 ~ Death on the Road4:54




  1. ^ Monger, James Christopher. Iron Maiden – The Essential Iron Maiden at AllMusic. Retrieved 25 March 2013.
  2. ^ Byrom, Cory D. (25 August 2005). "Iron Maiden: The Essential". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 26 June 2011.