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Here's Ranker's list of the best symphonic metal bands of all time. Symphonic metal may seem like a paradoxical name, but it is in fact one of the most exciting genres of heavy metal. Blending traditional metal with elements of classical music, most notably symphonic instruments and the use of choirs. That said, what are the top symphonic metal bands? Any symphonic metal bands list has to include the likes of Nightwatch, Epica, Kamelot and Rhapsody of Fire. These names are easily some of the greatest symphonic metal bands, and their legacies remain strong.

Symphonic metal bands are influenced by gothic metal, power metal, and not too surprisingly, classical metal. Some of the best symphonic metal bands are some of the most influential metal bands in the world.

It's up to you, metal fan, to determine who deserves to be at the top of this symphonic metal bands list. With all of the symphonic metal out there, there may be a band missing from this list that should be on here. Feel free to add them if that's the case.

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Nightwish is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Nightwish Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

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2
499 149
Epica is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Epica Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

3
455 168
Within Temptation is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Within Temptation Doom metal, Gothic rock, Rock music

4
205 94
Therion is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Therion Gothic metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

5
259 132
Kamelot is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Kamelot Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

6
190 91
Rhapsody of Fire is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Rhapsody of Fire Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

7
176 86
After Forever is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
After Forever Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

8
232 124
Xandria is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Xandria Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Alternative rock

9
183 96
Sonata Arctica is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Sonata Arctica Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

10
227 134
Delain is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Delain Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

11
126 69
Trans-Siberian Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Trans-Siberian Orchestra Progressive metal, Rock music, Classical music

12
161 98
Blind Guardian is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Blind Guardian Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

13
156 96
Apocalyptica is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Apocalyptica Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Cello rock

14
136 81
Avantasia is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Avantasia Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

15
166 117
Floor Jansen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Floor Jansen Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

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148 102
Leaves' Eyes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Leaves' Eyes Viking metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

17
154 108
Sirenia is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Sirenia Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Black metal

18
152 109
Stratovarius is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Stratovarius Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

19
99 67
Haggard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Haggard Doom metal, Medieval metal, Melodic death metal

20
90 66
Symphony X is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Symphony X Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

21
91 67
Edenbridge is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Edenbridge Progressive metal, Gothic rock, Gothic metal

22
62 42
Savatage is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Savatage Melodic Rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

23
76 63
Ayreon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Ayreon Progressive metal, Rock opera, Space rock

24
122 112
Lacuna Coil is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Lacuna Coil Progressive metal, Gothic rock, Symphonic black metal

25
44 31
Wintersun is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
sirius2112 added Wintersun Progressive metal, Melodic death metal, Viking metal

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62 51
Dark Moor is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Dark Moor Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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31 22
Mayan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Mayan Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Symphonic metal

28
31 23
Galneryus is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Galneryus Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

29
50 50
Fleshgod Apocalypse is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Fleshgod Apocalypse Melodic death metal, Technical death metal, Symphonic metal

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49 50
Septicflesh is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Septicflesh Post-metal, Death-doom, Symphonic black metal

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10 3
Cradle of Filth is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added Cradle of Filth Gothic metal, Heavy metal, Extreme metal

32
8 1
Diabulus in Musica is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added Diabulus in Musica

33
8 1
Ancient Bards is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added Ancient Bards Power metal, Symphonic metal

34
46 48
Stream of Passion is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Stream of Passion Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Heavy metal

35
43 46
Visions of Atlantis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Visions of Atlantis Power metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

36
46 51
Dragonland is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Dragonland Power metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

37
7 2
Carach Angren is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added Carach Angren Symphonic black metal

38
49 55
Turisas is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Turisas Viking metal, Black metal, Power metal

39
6 1
Legenda Aurea is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added Legenda Aurea

40
6 1
Scarleth is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added Scarleth

41
6 1
Wildpath is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added Wildpath

42
6 1
Ex Libris is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added Ex Libris

43
14 12
Pathfinder is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands

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30 33
Fairyland is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Fairyland Power metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

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5 1
Blackthorn is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added Blackthorn

46
5 1
Whyzdom is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added Whyzdom

47
5 1
Revamp is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added Revamp

48
5 1
Damnation Angels is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
oddthing added Damnation Angels

49
27 30
Shadow Gallery is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Shadow Gallery Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal

50
49 59
Diablo Swing Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Symphonic Metal Bands
Diablo Swing Orchestra Progressive metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal