Favorite Iron Maiden ‘The Number of the Beast’ Song – Readers Poll
It was 1982 when things began to change for heavy metal vets Iron Maiden. The group was in the transition phase, bidding adieu to longtime frontman Paul Di’Anno and welcoming a booming young voice known as Bruce Dickinson from Samson to sing on their new album. Who knew at the time that their first disc with Dickinson, ‘The Number of the Beast,’ would turn into one of the premiere metal albums of all-time? The record dropped in stores in March of 1982 and this Readers Poll asks you which song from the disc was your favorite track.
The album began with ‘Invaders,’ kicking off with a drum flurry from Clive Burr on what would be his final Maiden disc, and some swinging guitar work from Dave Murray and Adrian Smith. ‘Children of the Damned,’ based upon the horror flick of the same name and borrowing influence from Black Sabbath’s ‘Children of the Sea,’ began with some haunting guitar work and showed off Dickinson’s powerful pipes. Once again finding inspiration from entertainment, ‘The Prisoner’ found its muse in the British TV show of the same name. The band even convinced series star Patrick McGoohan to okay the usage of dialogue from the series for their song. That was followed by the epic, ’22 Acacia Avenue,’ a track penned by Adrian Smith that showcased some of his attention-grabbing guitar work.
The second half of the record began with the classic title cut and the album’s second major single. Bassist Steve Harris said the song was inspired by watching the film ‘Damien: Omen II’ and also borrowed from the poem ‘Tam O’ Shanter.’ Given the satanic nature of the track, it became one of the band’s most controversial songs. The biggest hit off the album, ‘Run to the Hills,’ followed. The song, inspired by the conflict between European settlers and Native Americans tribes, has become one of rock’s major anthems over the years. The album concluded with ‘Gangland,’ a foot-tapping rocker led by Burr’s drumming, and the incredibly infectious fist-pumping finale ‘Hallowed Be Thy Name.’
That’s eight very solid tracks from Iron Maiden’s ‘The Number of the Beast,’ a record that has stood the test of time to be considered one of metal’s best albums. Let us know which song from ‘The Number of the Beast’ is your favorite in our Readers Poll below: