The Number Of The Beast (studio album) by Iron Maiden

The Number Of The Beast by Iron Maiden
Year: 1982
Overall rank: 266th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 981 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 5 albums of 1982 (3rd)
Award Top 50 albums of the 1980s (35th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (266th)
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Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 981 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 80.6/100, a mean average of 78.8/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 80.7/100. The standard deviation for this album is 18.2.

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40/100
From 4 days ago
Typically not a fan of this genre of metal, but there are some good moments. The title track and the instrumental ending to 22 Acacia Avenue are good.
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75/100
From 05/03/2023 12:24
I don't understand why this is so low rated. Three great tracks and arguably the best metal song of all time in Hallowed be Thy Name.
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20/100
From 04/21/2023 20:46
I don't know, maybe this is a "had to be there" type album, but I'm really not getting much out of it. The lyrics are almost childish, the artwork is eye-roll-worthy, and the music just sounds formulaic and poppy. Of course, there is probably something to be said for Iron Maiden creating that formula in the first place, but divorced from context this is just a pretty uninteresting listen for me. The only thing breathing life into these songs is the flashy in-your-face guitar solos.
TLDR: at best, this hasn't aged well.
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90/100
From 02/19/2023 15:41
This is a huge album in the genre and it is easy to see why when you listen to it as there is so much to love on here. This is probably the groups most consistent work with every song having some quality on it. The peak of the album is the sensational title track and also the closer Hallowed Be Thy Name which finishes the record in style. The album just feels so cohesive with most songs going into the same sort of themes and all matching in style but being very different in terms of composition which eliminates the repetitive feel you can get on similar releases in this genre. The performances are outstanding with the drums and guitar being some of the best I have heard from the group. Even the weakest song on the album, which is Gangland, has great moments and a brilliant guitar section on there. Overall, this is a must listen album in the genre and is Iron Maiden's strongest musical display.
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90/100
From 10/30/2022 14:03
Metal and heavy rock isn't where I normally go but I have started to listen to some of those more iconic albums identified on this site and I am starting to find a bit of a love for this area that has really surprised me. So I'm only listening to this album in Oct 2022 - Run to the Hills and Children of the Damned along with the title track I realised I had heard before, But this album rocks.
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95/100
From 10/03/2022 17:40
This is definitely in top 5 heavy metal records of all time. It contains two metal masterpieces - 22 Acacia Avenue and Hallowed Be Thy Name - these songs are literally perfect, but the rest holds up really well including excellent Number Of The Beast and catchy Run To The Hills. The only weak points for me are chorus of The Prisoner which has not aged very well and Gangland - it is not bad, but in my opinion pointless. Overall, this is peak of NWOBHM and crowning achievement of that era.
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75/100
From 09/07/2022 01:15
Alright record
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90/100
From 05/02/2022 06:01
Album of the year. 1982
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70/100
From 04/10/2022 10:22
Easily one of the most over-rated album in metal history. The instrumentation is the weakest from all the classic Maiden record in the 80s, and the sound is lame; tough Maiden never really understood the importance of having a grand sound in metal, but they usually replaced this issue with great melodies, except here. Only Halloweed by thy Name and Children of the Damned stand to me as worthy of being included in a best Maiden list. Im not even that sold on Dickinsons vocals; he often tries to sound fast and sound aggresive, except he really is not good at sounding aggresive, like at all. Overall, A Piece of Mind is a clear improvement and Powerslave is their true masterpiece.
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85/100
From 01/25/2022 12:01
NWOBHM classic, fast and fun.
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1. Thriller by Michael Jackson
2. The Dreaming by Kate Bush
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