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I don't think I've ever posted a complete album ranking before. Going by a song-by-song average, this is what I came up with:

  1. Powerslave (9.125/10)
  2. Seventh Son of a Seventh Son (9.125/10)
  3. A Matter of Life and Death (8.5/10)
  4. Piece of Mind (8.44/10)
  5. Senjutsu (8.1/10)
  6. The X Factor (8/10)
  7. The Book of Souls (8/10)
  8. Brave New World (7.9/10)
  9. The Final Frontier (7.8/10)
  10. Number of the Beast (7.77/10)
  11. Somewhere in Time (7.75/10)
  12. Dance of Death (7.72/10)
  13. Killers (7.63/10)
  14. No Prayer for the Dying (7.4/10)
  15. Fear of the Dark (7.3/10)
  16. Iron Maiden (7.22/10)
  17. Virtual XI (7.12/10)

Not entirely wrong, but not entirely accurate either. Albums like the debut, Killers and Fear of the Dark suffers a bit here from having my three least favourite Maiden-songs on them ("Remember Tomorrow", "Drifter" and "Chains of Misery), while other factors like overall flow, nostalgia and production doesn't weigh in at all. If I take these and more into consideration, I think a better ranking would be something like this:

  1. Powerslave
  2. Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
  3. A Matter of Life and Death
  4. The X Factor
  5. The Book of Souls
  6. Piece of Mind
  7. Senjutsu
  8. Brave New World
  9. Number of the Beast
  10. Dance of Death
  11. Killers
  12. Somewhere in Time
  13. Fear of the Dark
  14. The Final Frontier
  15. Iron Maiden
  16. Virtual XI
  17. No Prayer for the Dying

Subject to change, obviously, especially since Senjutsu is still so fresh that it's difficult to place - right now, I might rank it everywhere from 4th to 7th.
 

7thRunner

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I've relistened to all the albums since the release of Senjutsu, trying to find out how I rank them based on scores for all the individual songs.
These are the results based on average song scores (out of 10):

1. Somewhere In Time: 9.75

2. Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son: 9.25
3. The Number Of The Beast: 8.75
4. The Book Of Souls: 8.64
5. The Final Frontier: 8.6

6. A Matter Of Life And Death: 8.3
7. Piece Of Mind: 8.2
8. Powerslave: 8.125
9. Senjutsu: 8.1
10. Dance Of Death: 7.91
11. Iron Maiden: 7.75
12. Brave New World: 7.6

13. The X Factor: 6.82

14. No Prayer For The Dying: 6.3
15. Killers: 6.2
16. Fear Of The Dark: 6
17. Virtual XI: 5.625

Even though I ranked it four places lower than The Number Of The Beast, I like to give Piece Of Mind a spin way more often, because the highs are higher there (and I just skip the lower lows). So to take that into account, I also ordered the albums based on most highest-rated songs, which led to different results:

1. Somewhere In Time: seven 10s

2. Piece Of Mind: six 10s

3. The Final Frontier: five 10s, one 9
4. The Number Of The Beast: five 10s, no 9

5. Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son: four 10s

6. A Matter Of Life And Death: three 10s

7. Senjutsu: two 10s, four 9s
8. Dance Of Death: two 10s, three 9s, three 8s
9. Brave New World: two 10s, three 9s, one 8
10. Powerslave: two 10s, two 9s, two 8s
11. Iron Maiden: two 10s, two 9s, no 8

12. The Book Of Souls: one 10

13. No Prayer For The Dying: no 10, four 9s

14. Fear Of The Dark: no 10, two 9s, two 8s
15. The X Factor: no 10, two 9s, one 8

16. Virtual XI: no 10, one 9

17. Killers: no 10, no 9, three 8s

Apart from Somewhere In Time still being at the top spot and the positions of A Matter Of Life And Death and the debut album, all other albums have switched places.

Finally, I wanted to know how the albums fared when ranked according to least lowest-rated songs. If there is a tie, the album with the least number of the next highest score will be ranked higher.

1. Somewhere In Time: one 8

2. Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son: two 8s

3. The Book Of Souls: five 8s

4. The Number Of The Beast: one 5
5. Powerslave: one 5, one 6
6. Iron Maiden: one 5, two 6s

7. The Final Frontier: one 4
8. Senjutsu: one 4, one 6

9. Brave New World: two 4s, one 6
10. Killers: two 4s, one 5, three 6s

11. A Matter Of Life And Death: one 3

12. Dance Of Death: one 2, one 6
13. The X Factor: one 2, two 6s
14. Piece Of Mind: one 2, one 4
15. Virtual XI: one 2, one 4, one 5

16. No Prayer For The Dying: one 1, one 2, one 4
17. Fear Of The Dark: one 1, one 2, one 4, two 5s

Again, this leads to many albums switching places compared to one of the previous ranking methods. However, my favourite album remains Somewhere In Time in all three rankings.
 
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