The Essential Iron Maiden

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The Essential Iron Maiden
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Greatest hits album by Iron Maiden
Released 5 July 2005
Recorded 1980–2003
Genre Heavy metal
Length 2:27:21
Label Sanctuary/Columbia
Producer Martin 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
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media 7.5/10.0[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.

Track listing[edit]

Disc One
No. Title Writer(s) Original album Length
1. "Paschendale" Steve Harris, Adrian Smith Dance of Death (2003) 8:26
2. "Rainmaker" Bruce Dickinson, Harris, Dave Murray Dance of Death 3:48
3. "The Wicker Man" Dickinson, Harris, Smith Brave New World (2000) 4:35
4. "Brave New World" Dickinson, Harris, Murray Brave New World 6:18
5. "Futureal" Blaze Bayley, Harris Virtual XI (1998) 2:56
6. "The Clansman" Harris Virtual XI 8:59
7. "Sign of the Cross" Harris The X Factor (1995) 11:16
8. "Man on the Edge" Bayley, Janick Gers The X Factor 4:11
9. "Be Quick or Be Dead" Dickinson, Gers Fear of the Dark (1992) 3:23
10. "Fear of the Dark" (Live) Harris Rock in Rio (2002); originally from Fear of the Dark 7:52
11. "Holy Smoke" Dickinson, Harris No Prayer for the Dying (1990) 3:47
12. "Bring Your Daughter... to the Slaughter" Dickinson No Prayer for the Dying 4:43
13. "The Clairvoyant" Harris Seventh Son of a Seventh Son (1988) 4:26
Disc Two
No. Title Writer(s) Original album Length
1. "The Evil That Men Do" Dickinson, Harris, Smith Seventh Son of a Seventh Son 4:34
2. "Wasted Years" Smith Somewhere in Time (1986) 5:06
3. "Heaven Can Wait" Harris Somewhere in Time 7:20
4. "2 Minutes to Midnight" Dickinson, Smith Powerslave (1984) 6:00
5. "Aces High" Harris Powerslave 4:29
6. "Flight of Icarus" Dickinson, Smith Piece of Mind (1983) 3:51
7. "The Trooper" Harris Piece of Mind 4:12
8. "The Number of the Beast" Harris The Number of the Beast (1982) 4:52
9. "Run to the Hills" Harris The Number of the Beast 3:54
10. "Wrathchild" Harris Killers (1981) 2:55
11. "Killers" Di'Anno, Harris Killers 5:01
12. "Phantom of the Opera" Harris Iron Maiden (1980) 7:06
13. "Running Free" (Live) Di'Anno, Harris Live After Death (1985); originally from Iron Maiden 8:44
14. "Iron Maiden" (Live) Harris Death on the Road (2005); originally from Iron Maiden 4:54




  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.