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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. (259 items)

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Helloween is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Helloween Progressive metal, Melodic music, Power metal

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Blind Guardian is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Blind Guardian Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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Sabaton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Sabaton Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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Iced Earth is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Iced Earth Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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Stratovarius is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Stratovarius Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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Manowar is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Manowar Power metal, Heavy metal, True metal

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HammerFall is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
HammerFall Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Rainbow Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

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Savatage is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Savatage Melodic Rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

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Running Wild is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Running Wild Power metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal

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DragonForce is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
DragonForce Black metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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Rhapsody of Fire is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Rhapsody of Fire Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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Symphony X is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Symphony X Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

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Avantasia is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Avantasia Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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Sonata Arctica is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Sonata Arctica Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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Angra is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Angra Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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Kamelot is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Kamelot Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

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Accept is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Accept Glam metal, Thrash metal, Power metal

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Nightwish is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Nightwish Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

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Queensrÿche is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Queensrÿche Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

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Edguy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Edguy Power metal, Heavy metal, Soft rock

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Primal Fear is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Primal Fear Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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Grave Digger is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Grave Digger Thrash metal, Groove metal, Power metal

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Metal Church is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Metal Church Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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Fates Warning is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Fates Warning Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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Crimson Glory is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Crimson Glory Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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Pretty Maids is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Pretty Maids Glam metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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Jag Panzer is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Jag Panzer Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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Sanctuary is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Sanctuary Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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Powerwolf is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Powerwolf Black metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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Virgin Steele is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Virgin Steele Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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Rage is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Rage Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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Iron Savior is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Iron Savior Power metal, Heavy metal

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Warlord is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Warlord Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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Omen is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands

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Heavy Load is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Heavy Load Viking metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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Vicious Rumors is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Vicious Rumors Power metal, Heavy metal

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Angel Dust is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Angel Dust Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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Orden Ogan is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Orden Ogan Progressive metal, Power metal, Folk metal

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Agent Steel is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Agent Steel Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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Demons and Wizards is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Demons and Wizards Power metal, Heavy metal

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Leatherwolf is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Leatherwolf Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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Manilla Road is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Manilla Road Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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Axel Rudi Pell is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Axel Rudi Pell Instrumental rock, Power metal, Heavy metal

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Heavens Gate Power metal, Heavy metal

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Helstar is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Helstar Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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Brainstorm is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Brainstorm Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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Lizzy Borden is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Lizzy Borden Glam metal, Rock music, Shock rock

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Ostrogoth is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands