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The 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. (256 items)


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

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

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    Infinite, Visions, Twilight Time

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    Masterpieces, Crimson Thunder, Glory to the Brave

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    The Art of War, Primo Victoria, Attero Dominatus

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

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    Hall of Flames, Vain Glory Opera, Mandrake

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

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

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    Songs of Silence: Live in Tokyo, Orientation, Takatalvi

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    Once, Century Child, Oceanborn

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    Inhuman Rampage, Twilight Dementia, Ultra Beatdown

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    Lupus Dei, Return in Bloodred, Bible of the Beast

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    The Black Halo, Epica, Karma

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    The Metal Opera, The Scarecrow, The Metal Opera

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

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    Balls to the Wall, Restless and Wild, Metal Heart

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    The Divine Wings of Tragedy, Paradise Lost, The Odyssey

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    Temple of Shadows, Aqua, Holy Land

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

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    Jaws of Death, New Religion, Devil's Ground

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    The Number of the Beast, Iron Maiden, Powerslave

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    Operation: Mindcrime, Empire, Promised Land

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    Death or Glory, Port Royal, The Brotherhood

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    Northwind, Falconer, Chapters From a Vale Forlorn

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    Heavy Metal Breakdown, The Grave Digger, The Reaper

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    A Flame to the Ground Beneath, Awakening the World

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

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    Aeronautics, Masterplan, MK II

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    Eternity, Land of the Crimson Dawn, Stairway to Fairyland

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    Between Heaven and Hell, Allegiance, Days of Defiance

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    Design Your Universe, The Phantom Agony, Consign to Oblivion

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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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    Astronomy, Starfall, The Battle of the Ivory Plains

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    Megatropolis, Battering Ram, Unification

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    Live for Rebirth, The Flag of Punishment, Shining Moments

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

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    The Silent Force, Enter, The Heart of Everything

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

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    Astronomica, Transcendence, Crimson Glory

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    Touched by the Crimson King, Demons and Wizards

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    Vale, To the End, Winds of Vale

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    Dragonchaser, The Evil in You, Only Human

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    Recreation Day, Monday Morning Apocalypse, In Search of Truth

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

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

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    Neverworld, Wings of Forever, Master of Illusion

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