Power 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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639 270
Blind Guardian is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

2
667 292
Helloween is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Melodic music, Power metal

3
526 243
Sabaton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

4
280 119
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5
469 262
Stratovarius is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

6
450 254
Rhapsody of Fire is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

7
451 257
HammerFall is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

8
340 201
Iced Earth is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

9
325 197
Avantasia is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

10
294 181
Kamelot is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

11
413 271
Nightwish is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

12
349 224
Manowar is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal, True metal

13
226 135
Running Wild is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal

14
377 251
Sonata Arctica is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

15
425 289
DragonForce is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Black metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

16
277 184
Powerwolf is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Black metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

17
229 150
Angra is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

18
253 171
Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

19
205 134
Savatage is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Melodic Rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

20
169 108
Primal Fear is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

21
250 174
Edguy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal, Soft rock

22
276 197
Symphony X is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

23
198 138
Accept is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Power metal

24
194 135
Queensrÿche is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

25
83 43
Brainstorm is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

26
198 145
Grave Digger is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Power metal

27
117 76
Orden Ogan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Folk metal

28
123 83
Iron Savior is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal

29
137 96
Jag Panzer is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

30
83 51
Demons and Wizards is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal

31
94 61
Fates Warning is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

32
109 75
Rage is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

33
109 77
Metal Church is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

34
118 88
Axel Rudi Pell is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Instrumental rock, Power metal, Heavy metal

35
95 67
Sanctuary is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

36
100 72
Masterplan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Folk rock, Power metal, Heavy metal

37
102 77
Crimson Glory is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

38
77 57
Pretty Maids is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Glam metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

39
78 58
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RobinGallego added Power metal, Heavy metal

40
105 85
Firewind is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

41
51 32
Gloryhammer is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Jennifer Hildebrandt added Power metal, Symphonic metal

42
64 47
Warlord is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

43
121 105
Alestorm is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal

44
77 61
Virgin Steele is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

45
71 55
Rebellion is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal

46
98 83
Falconer is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal

47
59 43
Lizzy Borden is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Glam metal, Rock music, Shock rock

48
78 64
Anvil is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

49
142 131
Epica is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

50
102 92
Freedom Call is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal