It is very early days but The Book Of Souls and Empire Of The Clouds will probably nudge some old-time favourites out. Perhaps Shadow Of The Valley too. And The Red And The Black and Speed Of Light. This is a very high quality album.
I was never able to make a top 10 Maiden songs... because they have so many perfect songs, it will take me ages to decide what songs must be in the top 10 list, but I'll try to do one some day. And Empire of The Clouds, The Book of Souls and If Eternity Should Fail are strong candidates.
It's hard to have a top ten of Maiden as they have so many great songs.
It's also hard to compare the very new with the old.
However, I am absolutely loving The Red and the Black, I have it perhaps surpassing Starblind and Lord of Light from the past two albums. All these three beat everything from Dance of death, Brave new world, Fear of the dark, No prayer for the Dying, X factor and Virtual XI and even Killers.
Not sure if they beat:
Phantom of the Opera
Unfortunately not. The best track on the album for me is the TBOS, but doesn't come close to top 10. The band need to work harder next time, composing, quality controling, recording, the whole deal! The album is half-baked.
My top 10 now would be
#1: Wasted Years
#2: Empire of the Clouds
#3: Hallowed Be Thy Name
#4: Rime of the Ancient Mariner
#5: The Book of Souls
#7: Ghost of the Navigator
#8: Where Eagles Dare
#9: 22 Acacia Avenue
#10: Dance of Death