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The Best Power Metal Bands

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List Criteria: Upvote your favorite power metal bands

Known as a wildly popular subgenre of heavy metal, power metal mixes elements of traditional metal with speed metal and even elements of symphonic metal. Other metal subgenres may focus on doom and gloom, but power metal bands write relatively catchy, anthemic songs where the lyrical content focuses on the theatrical, and even fantasy-based. But above all, power metal bands are very melodic and some of the most memorable bands in metal.

So, what are the best power metal bands? You'd be foolish to leave the likes of Rainbow, Symphony X, Helloween, Queensrÿche and Rhapsody of Fire off this list. Power metal bands have followings across the globe, which has led to different types of power metal in the U.S. and Europe. But no matter how you cut it, power metal bands, at least the best power metal bands, have the ability to unite the different fans who will sing along to their catchy songs and headbang to their crunchy solos.

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best power metal bands. If you notice that a power metal band isn't on this poll and should be, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best power metal bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest power metal musician ever?" If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular power metal bands that you might've heard of. (257 items)
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    Progressive metal, Melodic music, Power metal

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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    added by daniel-kottra

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    Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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    Power metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal

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    Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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    Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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    Thrash metal, Groove metal, Power metal

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    Power metal, Heavy metal, True metal

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    Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

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    Power metal, Heavy metal, Soft rock

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    Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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    Glam metal, Thrash metal, Power metal

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    Melodic Rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

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    Power metal, Heavy metal

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    Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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    Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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    Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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    Black metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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    Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

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    Instrumental rock, Power metal, Heavy metal

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    Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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    Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

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    Progressive metal, Power metal, Folk metal

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    Black metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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    added by Milo
    New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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    Power metal, Heavy metal

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

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    Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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    Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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    Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

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    added by RobinGallego
    Power metal, Heavy metal

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    Power metal, Heavy metal

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    Thrash metal, Viking metal, Power metal

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    Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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    Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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    Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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    Viper is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands

    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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    added by RobinGallego

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    Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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    Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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    Power metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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    Power metal, Heavy metal

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    Power metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal

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    Power metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal

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    Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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    Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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    Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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    Power metal, Heavy metal, Neo-classical metal

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