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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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Blind Guardian is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Blind Guardian Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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492 212
Helloween is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Helloween Progressive metal, Melodic music, Power metal

3
376 158
Sabaton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Sabaton Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

4
192 74
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daniel-kottra added Gamma Ray

5
264 123
Iced Earth is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Iced Earth Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

6
268 137
Manowar is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Manowar Power metal, Heavy metal, True metal

7
169 81
Running Wild is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Running Wild Power metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal

8
158 84
Grave Digger is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Grave Digger Thrash metal, Groove metal, Power metal

9
354 222
Stratovarius is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Stratovarius Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

10
341 213
HammerFall is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
HammerFall Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

11
111 55
Jag Panzer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Jag Panzer Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

12
155 89
Savatage is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Savatage Melodic Rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

13
219 145
Kamelot is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Kamelot Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

14
153 98
Accept is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Accept Glam metal, Thrash metal, Power metal

15
299 213
Sonata Arctica is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Sonata Arctica Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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228 158
Avantasia is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Avantasia Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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79 41
Rage is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Rage Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

18
224 157
Symphony X is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Symphony X Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

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95 55
Iron Savior is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Iron Savior Power metal, Heavy metal

20
292 212
Rhapsody of Fire is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Rhapsody of Fire Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

21
155 103
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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201 140
Edguy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Edguy Power metal, Heavy metal, Soft rock

23
198 138
Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Rainbow Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

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169 116
Angra is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Angra Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

25
122 79
Primal Fear is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Primal Fear Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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90 54
Crimson Glory is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Crimson Glory Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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85 50
Orden Ogan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Orden Ogan Progressive metal, Power metal, Folk metal

28
310 234
Nightwish is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Nightwish Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

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61 31
Rebellion is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Rebellion Power metal, Heavy metal

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78 45
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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85 51
Metal Church is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Metal Church Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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302 230
DragonForce is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
DragonForce Black metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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63 34
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RobinGallego added Heavens Gate Power metal, Heavy metal

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64 35
Pretty Maids is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Pretty Maids Glam metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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65 36
Anvil is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Anvil Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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60 32
Demons and Wizards is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Demons and Wizards Power metal, Heavy metal

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70 41
Fates Warning is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Fates Warning Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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64 36
Virgin Steele is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Virgin Steele Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

39
50 25
Omen is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
RobinGallego added Omen

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51 26
Heavy Load is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Heavy Load Viking metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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50 26
Warlord is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Warlord Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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98 69
Axel Rudi Pell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Axel Rudi Pell Instrumental rock, Power metal, Heavy metal

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54 31
Brainstorm is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Brainstorm Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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52 30
Vicious Rumors is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Vicious Rumors Power metal, Heavy metal

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182 148
Powerwolf is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Powerwolf Black metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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33 15
Stormwitch is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
RobinGallego added Stormwitch Power metal, Heavy metal

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45 26
Agent Steel is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Agent Steel Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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47 28
Angel Dust is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Angel Dust Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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37 19
Scanner is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
RobinGallego added Scanner

50
40 22
Paragon is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Paragon Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal