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Top Ten Underrated Iron Maiden Songs

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1. "Charlotte the Harlot" From Iron Maiden's 1980 debut. Sure, Bruce Dickinson wasn't the singer back in those days, but Paul Di'Anno did just fine on this sweet little number concerning the oldest profession.

2. "No More Lies" From 2003's Dance of Death. Dickinson returned on the previous album, but made his presence known on songs like this one. Extra points for the soft/hard/ soft dynamics that give "Lies" its evil ambiance.

3. "Childhood's End" Although 1992's Fear of the Dark wasn't one of Maiden's best efforts, the song is a heady rumination on poverty. Iron Maiden has always been three steps ahead of most metal bands when it comes to lyrics. Here's proof.

4. "Déjà Vu" Uh-oh, the band decided it was time to use synthesizers, but it doesn't detract from most of the album. Although lyrically clichéd (a rarity for Iron Maiden), "Déjà Vu" has a super cool vibe.

5. "Out of the Silent Planet" From 2000's Brave New World. This album featured the return of Dickinson, but just as important was the unveiling of the three-guitar attack. And on this particular song, Dickinson sounded like his head was going to explode.

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