Here are Iron Maiden's album-closing songs ranked from worst to best.

We should all be so lucky to utter famous last words; as mere mortal humans, we have but one chance to make them worthy of remembrance. But when applied to the album format, a famous last song can be enjoyed forever, while an infamously crappy one can conversely damn a band for all eternity. Now, back in the vinyl era (the original vinyl era), two sides and a 40-minute run-time encouraged most bands to leave some of their best tracks for last; while the ultimately short-lived compact disc era, with its hour-plus programs, way-too-many songs, and single-side sequencing, saw many artists saving their very worst for last.

All this to say that you never know what you’re gonna get from an album closer, and that leads to some surprising results when considering a four decade career like Iron Maiden’s. But here we are, with seventeen candidates from seventeen albums to consider, so our mission to identify Maiden’s best and worst “last words” begins now...

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