The Number of the Beast

Release date
8 Aug 2013
Running length
9 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Invaders 3:24 194,907
2 Children of the Damned 4:36 248,954
3 The Prisoner 6:04 192,111
4 22 Acacia Avenue 6:36 187,303
5 The Number of the Beast 4:52 598,337
6 Run to the Hills 3:54 674,317
7 Gangland 3:49 170,515
8 Total Eclipse 4:26 101,460
9 Hallowed Be Thy Name 7:13 409,389

About this album

The Number of the Beast is the third studio album by British heavy metal band Iron Maiden. The album was released on March 29, 1982 through EMI. This was the debut of vocalist Bruce Dickinson in Iron Maiden. Number of the Beast has been cited as one of the most influential heavy metal albums of all-time, and is widely acknowledged as one of the best and most iconic albums of the genre.

The Number of the Beast also cemented Iron Maiden as one of “the biggest metal bands on the planet”.

Of all the songs in the album, “The Number of the Beast”, “Run to the Hills” and “Hallowed Be Thy Name” remain on the set lists of nearly all of the band’s concert tours, with the latter two often used to close a show. All three songs have been released as singles in various forms.

The Beast on the Road was the tour supporting the album.

The Number of the Beast marked Bruce Dickinson’s debut with the band. Though the recording process was successful, it was plagued with bizarre events - during the making of the album, record producer Martin Birch had been in an accident and crashed his car into one driven by a “religious nutter” on a rainy Sunday evening. When he got his car back from the mechanic the bill came back in the exact amount of £666.66. Birch, “terrified”, demanded the bill be rounded up to £667. Also, the title track reached number 18 in the UK charts - the sum of three sixes. Other stories about various strange occurrences at the recording studio have circulated, such as equipment randomly breaking down and lights turning off and on by themselves.

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  • samiskywalker

    Piece of gold, pure gold. Masterpiece! [4]

    2 Mar 6:39am Reply
  • DreamyGirl-

    Piece of gold, pure gold. Masterpiece! [3]

    30 Jan 1:10am Reply
  • rOnieAirhead

    The middle part is genuinely average, Run to the Hills has a cool intro with great riffs then it become boring as hell, overall it's probably the most average 80's maiden album,however Hallowed Be Thy Name still remains as their greatest song ever , along with the Phantom of the Opera.

    28 Dec 2014 Reply
  • ImpotentGod

    How can you not like Children of the Damned? [3]

    12 Dec 2014 Reply
  • n3ro321

    Correct me if I'm wrong but The Prisoner is so underrated. It's a freakin killer song.

    20 Nov 2014 Reply
  • MyWhey0810

    Invaders, Gangland, Total Eclipse are all killer songs, I do not understand the lack of appreciation for them

    16 Oct 2014 Reply
  • MetalRock1989

    Piece of gold, pure gold. Masterpiece! [2]

    14 Aug 2014 Reply
  • LawLieTicp

    @JohnTitor98 even for Maiden's standards this is overrated

    11 Aug 2014 Reply
  • LawLieTicp

    I even thought this was overrated when I was a fanboy

    11 Aug 2014 Reply
  • vonNachtmahr

    I really like this album. The Number of the Beast was the first Maiden song I ever heard. The video on MTV was awesome. :-) But from all Maiden Albums I like 7th Son and Piece of mind a little bit more than TNOTB.

    2 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Elowson

    Probably my least favorite with Bruce during the 80s, Invaders, Gangland and Run to the hills are pretty mediocre, The Prisoner and 22 Acacia Avenue are good but nothing special. Although Children of the Damned and Hallowed be thy Name are fantastic!

    15 Jul 2014 Reply
  • tntmk

    Piece of gold, pure gold. Masterpiece!

    18 Apr 2014 Reply
  • JohnTitor98


    6 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Romulus666

    The first metal album I ever bought

    31 Mar 2014 Reply
  • i_woke_up_dead

    <3 Hallowed Be Thy Name

    28 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Timekeeperrr

    How can you not like Children of the Damned? [2]

    18 Mar 2014 Reply
  • SirIntegrall

    Still think it's their best album and one of best in heavy metal music history.

    3 Mar 2014 Reply
  • dAziks

    How can you not like Children of the Damned?

    22 Feb 2014 Reply

    Only The Prisoner, Title Track and Hallowed are worth remembering. The rest of the album is a big let down after the departure of Di'anno.

    13 Feb 2014 Reply
  • yerbyderby

    One of the best Heavy Metal record of all times. Woe´ to you, oh earth and see, because........

    10 Feb 2014 Reply
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