Tournament of Maiden Solos: the Top 10 video!

Which guitar solo is your favourite?


  • Total voters
    32
  • Poll closed .

Srogyy

Ancient Mariner
Not easy... I thought I'll go with WL since it's less formulaic, but the Rainmaker's downpour (no pun intended) of notes is just so tasty... It gets my vote.
 

Collin

Chasing Ponce De Leon's Phantoms
I was strongly considering voting for Wasting Love during my first listen, but then Rainmaker came on....

I voted Rainmaker.
 

Black Bart

Ancient Mariner
Obviously "Wasting Love", one of the best "singable" solos. Apart from the very last bar, the solo in "Rainmaker" really sounds like Dave said to himself: "Ok, got to go, no more than three takes" - and Dave is my favorite guitar player of the three.
 

Dr. Eddies Wingman

Brighter than thousand_suns
Obviously "Wasting Love", one of the best "singable" solos. Apart from the very last bar, the solo in "Rainmaker" really sounds like Dave said to himself: "Ok, got to go, no more than three takes" - and Dave is my favorite guitar player of the three.
If he could do that in three takes, all the more respect to him.
 

Forostar

Ancient Mariner
May I welcome you to the next phase in the game. Before I urge you to check the first quarter final (and the nice vid Night Prowler provided!), you might like to pay some tribute to the latest "warriors", who fought many rounds and finally laid their notes to rest.

I added 9-16 to the list. Some of these have a special "status" of which I made a note.
Below the eliminated solos (9-16 eliminated in round 4; 17-32 eliminated in round 3; 33-64 eliminated in round 2; 65-96 eliminated in round 1B; 97-128 eliminated in round 1A):

rank number / solo number / solo info / solo votes in proportion to group votes / votes in group / votes in tiebreak*

009 / 084 / Blood Brothers Janick Gers
Best Janick Gers solo
Best post-Fear of the Dark-solo of all (from The X-Factor to The Final Frontier)

010 / 093 / Rainmaker Dave Murray
Best post-Fear of the Dark-Dave Murray solo (from The X-Factor to The Final Frontier)

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011 / 059 / Wasting Love Janick Gers
Best Janick Gers solo from the nineties

012 / 004 / Strange World Dennis Stratton
Best Dennis Stratton solo
Best solo of all, from first 4 albums (from Iron Maiden to Piece of Mind)

012 / 062 / Judas Be My Guide 2nd solo Dave Murray
012 / 076 / The Clansman Janick Gers

012 / 100 / Paschendale Adrian Smith
Best post-Somewhere in Time-Adrian Smith solo (from Seventh Son of a Seventh Son to The Final Frontier)

016 / 088 / The Thin Line Between Love and Hate Dave Murray 4:50 - 5:20
017-032 / Killers Dave Murray
017-032 / Prodigal Son Adrian Smith
017-032 / The Prisoner Adrian Smith
017-032 / 22 Acacia Avenue Dave Murray
017-032 / The Trooper Adrian Smith
017-032 / The Duellists Adrian Smith
017-032 / Rime of the Ancient Mariner Adrian Smith
017-032 / Rime of the Ancient Mariner Dave Murray
017-032 / Judas Be My Guide 1st solo Dave Murray
017-032 / The Wicker Man Adrian Smith
017-032 / Ghost of the Navigator Janick Gers
017-032 / Different World Adrian Smith
017-032 / These Colours Don't Run Adrian Smith
017-032 / The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg Dave Murray
017-032 / The Legacy Janick Gers
017-032 / When the Wild Wind Blows Adrian Smith
033-064 / Phantom of the Opera 1st solo Dave Murray
033-064 / Hallowed Be Thy Name Dave Murray
033-064 / Die With Your Boots On Adrian Smith
033-064 / Still Life Adrian Smith
033-064 / Aces High Adrian Smith
033-064 / 2 Minutes to Midnight Dave Murray
033-064 / 2 Minutes to Midnight Adrian Smith
033-064 / Powerslave 2nd solo Dave Murray
033-064 / Caught Somewhere in Time Dave Murray
033-064 / Heaven Can Wait Dave Murray
033-064 / The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner Adrian Smith
033-064 / The Evil That Men Do Adrian Smith
033-064 / Seventh Son of a Seventh Son Adrian Smith
033-064 / Only the Good Die Young Adrian Smith
033-064 / Public Enema Number One Dave Murray
033-064 / Weekend Warrior Dave Murray
033-064 / The Unbeliever Dave Murray
033-064 / Brave New World Janick Gers
033-064 / Brave New World Dave Murray
033-064 / The Mercenary Adrian Smith
033-064 / Out of the Silent Planet Janick Gers
033-064 / Dance of Death Adrian Smith
033-064 / Dance of Death Janick Gers
033-064 / Paschendale Dave Murray
033-064 / The Pilgrim Janick Gers
033-064 / Lord of Light Adrian Smith
033-064 / Lord of Light Dave Murray
033-064 / Rime of the Ancient Mariner (Flight 666) Adrian Smith
033-064 / The Final Frontier Dave Murray
033-064 / Coming Home Adrian Smith
033-064 / Isle of Avalon Dave Murray
033-064 / Isle of Avalon Adrian Smith
065 / 118 / The Alchemist Janick Gers 3:05 - 3:35 / 0.23404255319 / 11 / 12* / 6*
066 / 058 / Afraid to Shoot Strangers Janick Gers 4:01 - 4:18 / 0.21739130434 / 10 / 12* / 4*
067 / 128 / 2 Minutes to Midnight (En Vivo) Adrian Smith 2:58 - 3:20 / 0.23913043478 / 11 / 11*
068 / 078 / Como Estais Amigos Janick Gers 3:14 - 3:38 / 0.25 / 8 / 9*
069 / 089 / The Thin Line Between Love and Hate Dave Murray 6:54 - 7:06 / 0.25 / 8 / 7*
070 / 027 / To Tame a Land Adrian Smith 5:21 - 5:41 / 0.21739130434 / 10 / 7*
071 / 008 / The Ides of March Adrian Smith 0:40 - 1:00 / 0.23529411764 / 8
072 / 127 / When the Wild Wind Blows Janick Gers 8:39 - 9:04 / 0.23076923076 / 6
073 / 064 / Weekend Warrior Janick Gers 3:54 - 4:34 / 0.22222222222 / 8
074 / 031 / The Duellists Dave Murray 2:50 - 3:14 / 0.21951219512 / 9
075 / 086 / Dream of Mirrors Janick Gers 7:25 - 7:48 / 0.20588235294 / 7
076 / 016 / Where Eagles Dare Dave Murray 2:16 - 2:54 / 0.20512820512 / 8
077 / 094 / No More Lies Janick Gers 5:29 - 5:49 / 0.20454545454 / 9
078 / 065 / Fear of the Dark Janick Gers 4:09 - 4:26 / 0.2 / 8
078 / 083 / Blood Brothers Dave Murray 3:10 - 3:25 / 0.2 / 6
080 / 022 / Still Life Dave Murray 0:12 - 1:00 / 0.18181818181 / 8
081 / 096 / Dance of Death Dave Murray 5:01 - 5:15 / 0.17647058823 / 6
082 / 018 / Revelations Adrian Smith 4:46 - 5:06 / 0.16666666666 / 5
083 / 075 / Futureal Dave Murray 1:30 - 2:00 / 0.15625 / 5
084 / 010 / Children of the Damned Adrian Smith 3:21 - 3:41 / 0.15384615384 / 6
085 / 073 / The Unbeliever Janick Gers 4:10 - 4:38 / 0.15384615384 / 4
086 / 013 / The Number of the Beast Dave Murray 2:46 - 3:06 / 0.14705882352 / 5
086 / 017 / Revelations Dave Murray 4:23 - 4:46 / 0.14705882352 / 5
088 / 110 / For the Greater Good of God Adrian Smith 6:16 - 6:30 / 0.14285714285 / 5
089 / 049 / The Clairvoyant Dave Murray 2:31 - 3:00 / 0.13888888888 / 5
090 / 025 / Quest for Fire Adrian Smith 2:23 - 2:39 / 0.13636363636 / 6
091 / 101 / Paschendale Janick Gers 5:55 - 6:15 / 0.13333333333 / 4
092 / 090 / Sign of the Cross (Rock in Rio) Dave Murray 7:51 - 8:11 / 0.12765957446 / 6
093 / 047 / Seventh Son of a Seventh Son Dave Murray 7:05 - 7:26 / 0.125 / 5
094 / 060 / The Fugitive Janick Gers 2:46 - 3:08 / 0.09375 / 3
095 / 124 / The Talisman Janick Gers 5:56 - 6:45 / 0.05714285714 / 2
096 / 107 / The Longest Day Dave Murray 6:21 - 6:39 / 0.04761904761 / 2
097 / 072 / 2 A.M. Janick Gers 3:25 - 3:49 / 0.14545454545 / 8 / 8*
098 / 121 / Starblind Adrian Smith 2:34 - 2:53 0.1 / 8 / 4*
099 / 056 / Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter Janick Gers 2:19 - 3:00 / 0.17073170731 / 7 / 3*
100 / 055 / The Assassin Janick Gers 2:24 - 3:04 / 0.14634146341 / 6
101 / 002 / Phantom of the Opera Dave Murray 5:10 - 5:30 / 0.14583333333 / 7
102 / 105 / Brighter Than a Thousand Suns Janick Gers 5:25 - 5:53 / 0.13953488372 / 6
103 / 125 / The Man Who Would Be King Dave Murray 4:01 - 4:55 / 0.13725490196 / 7
104 / 071 / Blood on the World's Hands Janick Gers 3:32 - 3:48 / 0.125 / 5
105 / 057 / From Here to Eternity Janick Gers 2:28 - 2:41 / 0.12244897959 / 6
106 / 070 / Fortunes of War Janick Gers 5:02 - 5:27 / 0.11764705882 / 6
107 / 024 / Still Life Dave Murray 3:45 - 4:11 / 0.11111111111 / 6
108 / 051 / Still Life (LIVE: Maiden England) Dave Murray 3:26 - 3:49 / 0.10869565217 / 5
109 / 069 / Lord of the Flies Janick Gers 3:19 - 3:42 / 0.09803921568 / 5
110 / 052 / Holy Smoke Janick Gers 2:08 - 2:31 / 0.09615384615 / 5
111 / 092 / Hallowed Be Thy Name (LIVE: Rock in Rio) Janick Gers / 4:50 - 5:11 0.09433962264 / 5
112 / 003 / Transylvania Dennis Stratton 1:54 - 2:22 / 0.0862068965517241 / 5
113 / 026 / Quest for Fire Dave Murray 2:39 - 2:54 / 0.08163265306 / 4
114 / 019 / Die With Your Boots On Dave Murray 3:00 - 3:23 / 0.07692307692 / 4
115 / 068 / Sign of the Cross Janick Gers 8:35 - 8:54 / 0.07142857142 / 4
116 / 067 / Prowler (LIVE: A Real Dead One '93) Dave Murray 2:10 - 2:33 / 0.06818181818 / 3
117 / 122 / Starblind Adrian Smith 4:15 - 4:44 / 0.0625 / 3
118 / 098 / Gates of Tomorrow Janick Gers 3:14 - 3:35 / 0.06 / 3
118 / 109 / For the Greater Good of God Janick Gers 5:49 - 6:03 / 0.06 / 3
120 / 102 / Where Eagles Dare (LIVE: Ullevi) Dave Murray 2:15 - 2:39 / 0.05555555555 / 3
121 / 008 / Drifter Adrian Smith 3:04 - 3:42 / 0.05263157894 / 4
122 / 091 / Hallowed Be Thy Name (LIVE: Rock in Rio) Dave Murray / 4:31 - 4:51 0.0487804878 / 2
123/ 014 / The Number of the Beast Adrian Smith 3:14 - 3:34 / 0.04081632653 / 2
124 / 115 / Heaven Can Wait (LIVE: Flight 666) Janick Gers 4:30 - 5:07 / 0.03846153846 / 2
125 / 123 / Starblind Dave Murray 4:43 - 4:53 / 0.025 / 1
126/ 077 / Don't Look to the Eyes of a Stranger Janick Gers 5:56 - 6:10 / 0,000000000000 / 0
126 / 009 / Invaders Adrian Smith 2:09 - 2:28 / 0,000000000000 / 0
126 / 053 / No Prayer for the Dying Dave Murray 3:10 - 3:29 / 0,000000000000 / 0

The game continues with the quarter finals. The last 8!

(NOTE: If this game is new for you, and if you would like to participate, please check the opening post of this thread, before you vote)

Quarter Final: 1:

 

Saapanael

Ancient Mariner
This is probably the matchup of the game for me. Both of them are ridiculously good and I'll have to take the time, reevaluate.
 
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