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"Aces High"

Aces High (single)

Single by Iron Maiden
from the album Powerslave
B-side "King of Twilight" (Nektar cover)
"The Number of the Beast" (live)
Released October 22, 1984
Format 7" and 12" vinyl
Recorded 1984
Genre Heavy metal, speed metal
Length 4:31
Label EMI
Writer(s) Steve Harris
Producer Martin Birch
Iron Maiden singles chronology
"2 Minutes to Midnight"
"Aces High"
"Running Free (live)"

Aces High is a song by Iron Maiden, written by bassist Steve Harris. It is Iron Maiden's eleventh single and the second from the 1984 studio album Powerslave. The song tells the story of a British RAF pilot fighting against the German Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain (1940), the first battle to be completely fought by aircraft. The song topped at number 20 on the UK Singles Chart. Aces High is one of Iron Maiden's most popular songs, and has been covered numerous times, by bands including Arch Enemy and Children of Bodom. It was released as a single over a month after Powerslave came out. It was featured on the video game Madden NFL 10 as part of the game's soundtrack and on the MTV show Nitro Circus, it also features in Steve Peat's segment on the mountain bike film on New World Disorder III.

The first B-side is a cover of Nektar's "King of Twilight", from their 1972 album A Tab in the Ocean.

Track listing[]

  1. "Aces High" (Steve Harris) - 4:31
  2. "King of Twilight" (Nektar cover) - 4:54
  3. "The Number of the Beast (Live at Hammersmith Odeon - March 20th 1982)" (Harris) - 5:07



  1. 92 Squadron - Geoffrey Wellum, RAF website
  2. Aces High (Official Video) - YouTube