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Best Power Metal Bands

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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. (255 items)

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    Keeper of the Seven Keys, Pt. 2, Walls of Jericho

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    Masterpieces, Crimson Thunder, Glory to the Brave

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  3. 3
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    Imaginations From the Other Side, Nightfall in Middle-Earth, A Twist in ...

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  4. 4
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    Infinite, Visions, Twilight Time

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  5. 5
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    The Art of War, Primo Victoria, Attero Dominatus

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    Something Wicked This Way Comes, Night of the Stormrider, The Glorious ...

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  7. 7
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    Dawn of Victory, Symphony of Enchanted Lands, The Frozen Tears of Angels ...

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  8. 8
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    Once, Century Child, Oceanborn

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    Songs of Silence: Live in Tokyo, Orientation, Takatalvi

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  10. 10
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    Hall of Flames, Vain Glory Opera, Mandrake

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  11. 11
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    The Black Halo, Epica, Karma

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  12. 12
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    Lupus Dei, Return in Bloodred, Bible of the Beast

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  13. 13
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    The Metal Opera, The Scarecrow, The Metal Opera

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  14. 14
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    The Absolute Power, Louder Than Hell, Sign of the Hammer

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  15. 15
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    Inhuman Rampage, Twilight Dementia, Ultra Beatdown

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    Rising, Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, Long Live Rock ’n’ Roll

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    The Divine Wings of Tragedy, Paradise Lost, The Odyssey

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    Balls to the Wall, Restless and Wild, Metal Heart

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  20. 20
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    Streets: A Rock Opera, The Wake of Magellan, Edge of Thorns

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    Temple of Shadows, Aqua, Holy Land

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    Jaws of Death, New Religion, Devil's Ground

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  23. 23
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    The Number of the Beast, Iron Maiden, Powerslave

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  24. 24
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    Death or Glory, Port Royal, The Brotherhood

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  25. 25
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    Northwind, Falconer, Chapters From a Vale Forlorn

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  26. 26
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    Operation: Mindcrime, Empire, Promised Land

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  27. 27
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    A Flame to the Ground Beneath, Awakening the World

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  28. 28
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    Aeronautics, Masterplan, MK II

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  29. 29
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    Black Sails at Midnight, Captain Morgan's Revenge, Back Through Time

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    Eternity, Land of the Crimson Dawn, Stairway to Fairyland

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  31. 31
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    Heavy Metal Breakdown, The Grave Digger, The Reaper

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  32. 32
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    Between Heaven and Hell, Allegiance, Days of Defiance

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    The Best of Axel Rudi Pell: Anniversary Edition, Oceans of Time, Wild ...

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    The Gates of Oblivion, Dark Moor, Tarot

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    Design Your Universe, The Phantom Agony, Consign to Oblivion

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    Megatropolis, Battering Ram, Unification

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    Astronomy, Starfall, The Battle of the Ivory Plains

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    Dragonchaser, The Evil in You, Only Human

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    Awaken the Guardian, A Pleasant Shade of Gray, The Spectre Within

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    Astronomica, Transcendence, Crimson Glory

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    Dust to Dust, Sign of the Winner, Coming From the Sky

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    Recreation Day, Monday Morning Apocalypse, In Search of Truth

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    The Silent Force, Enter, The Heart of Everything

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    Live for Rebirth, The Flag of Punishment, Shining Moments

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    Vale, To the End, Winds of Vale

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    Heathenreel, Wyrd, Two Tragedy Poets ...and a Caravan of Weird Figures

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    Into the Mirror Black, Refuge Denied, Into the Mirror Live

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    Return to Heaven Denied, Return to Heaven Denied Pt. II: "A Midnight ...

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    Touched by the Crimson King, Demons and Wizards

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    The Nexus, Burn With Me, Rain

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