metal 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. (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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+ - 411 177
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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+ - 340 149
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) 5 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Iced Earth Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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+ - 252 124
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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+ - 146 65
Running Wild is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Running Wild Power metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal

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+ - 341 196
Stratovarius is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Stratovarius Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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+ - 325 199
HammerFall is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
HammerFall Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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+ - 147 77
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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+ - 138 72
Grave Digger is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Grave Digger Thrash metal, Groove metal, Power metal

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+ - 91 42
Jag Panzer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Jag Panzer Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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+ - 73 31
Rage is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Rage Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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+ - 90 44
Iron Savior is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Iron Savior Power metal, Heavy metal

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+ - 147 87
Accept is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Accept Glam metal, Thrash metal, Power metal

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Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Rainbow Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

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+ - 150 92
Queensrÿche is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Queensrÿche Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

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+ - 120 70
Primal Fear is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Primal Fear Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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Heavens Gate Power metal, Heavy metal

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+ - 81 41
Orden Ogan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Orden Ogan Progressive metal, Power metal, Folk metal

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+ - 83 43
Metal Church is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Metal Church Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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+ - 59 25
Anvil is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Anvil Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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+ - 283 197
Sonata Arctica is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Sonata Arctica Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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+ - 198 133
Edguy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Edguy Power metal, Heavy metal, Soft rock

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+ - 76 39
Sanctuary is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Sanctuary Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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+ - 63 29
Pretty Maids is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Pretty Maids Glam metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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+ - 217 148
Symphony X is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Symphony X Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

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+ - 276 194
Rhapsody of Fire is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Rhapsody of Fire Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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+ - 64 30
Virgin Steele is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Virgin Steele Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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+ - 69 34
Fates Warning is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Fates Warning Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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+ - 87 48
Crimson Glory is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Crimson Glory Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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+ - 219 151
Avantasia is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Avantasia Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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+ - 205 141
Kamelot is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Kamelot Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

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+ - 51 21
Heavy Load is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Heavy Load Viking metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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+ - 289 209
DragonForce is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
DragonForce Black metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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+ - 163 110
Angra is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Angra Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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+ - 50 21
Omen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands

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+ - 299 218
Nightwish is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Nightwish Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

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+ - 49 21
Warlord is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Warlord Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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+ - 54 27
Demons and Wizards is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Demons and Wizards Power metal, Heavy metal

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+ - 50 25
Vicious Rumors is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Vicious Rumors Power metal, Heavy metal

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+ - 47 23
Angel Dust is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Angel Dust Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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+ - 42 19
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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+ - 45 22
Agent Steel is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Agent Steel Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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+ - 94 64
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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+ - 173 131
Powerwolf is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Powerwolf Black metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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+ - 47 25
Rebellion is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Rebellion Power metal, Heavy metal

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+ - 48 26
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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+ - 29 10
Stormwitch is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Stormwitch Power metal, Heavy metal

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+ - 46 25
Manilla Road is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Manilla Road Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal