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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698 299
Helloween is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Melodic music, Power metal

2
662 286
Blind Guardian is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

3
551 261
Sabaton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

4
302 128
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5
470 263
Rhapsody of Fire is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

6
484 275
Stratovarius is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

7
471 268
HammerFall is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

8
355 210
Iced Earth is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

9
338 206
Avantasia is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

10
370 232
Manowar is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal, True metal

11
432 283
Nightwish is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

12
306 190
Kamelot is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

13
234 143
Running Wild is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal

14
299 193
Powerwolf is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Black metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

15
438 302
DragonForce is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Black metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

16
385 264
Sonata Arctica is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

17
244 156
Angra is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

18
218 137
Savatage is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Melodic Rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

19
266 177
Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

20
208 136
Queensrÿche is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

21
286 202
Symphony X is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

22
176 113
Primal Fear is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

23
257 180
Edguy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal, Soft rock

24
208 142
Accept is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Power metal

25
86 46
Brainstorm is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

26
204 149
Grave Digger is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Power metal

27
120 80
Orden Ogan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Folk metal

28
118 79
Metal Church is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

29
127 88
Iron Savior is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal

30
140 100
Jag Panzer is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

31
99 64
Fates Warning is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

32
89 55
Demons and Wizards is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal

33
112 77
Rage is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

34
97 70
Sanctuary is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

35
103 76
Masterplan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Folk rock, Power metal, Heavy metal

36
120 93
Axel Rudi Pell is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Instrumental rock, Power metal, Heavy metal

37
82 57
Pretty Maids is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Glam metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

38
60 36
Gloryhammer is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Jennifer Hildebrandt added Power metal, Symphonic metal

39
130 110
Alestorm is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal

40
102 82
Crimson Glory is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

41
81 61
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RobinGallego added Power metal, Heavy metal

42
80 64
Virgin Steele is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

43
147 134
Epica is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

44
61 45
Lizzy Borden is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Glam metal, Rock music, Shock rock

45
105 91
Firewind is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

46
101 88
Falconer is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal

47
72 58
Rebellion is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal

48
65 51
Warlord is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

49
80 67
Anvil is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

50
105 96
Freedom Call is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal, Symphonic metal