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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628 265
Blind Guardian is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

2
652 287
Helloween is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Melodic music, Power metal

3
519 236
Sabaton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

4
274 114
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5
443 250
Rhapsody of Fire is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

6
461 262
Stratovarius is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

7
446 253
HammerFall is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

8
335 197
Iced Earth is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

9
321 193
Avantasia is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

10
342 217
Manowar is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal, True metal

11
221 130
Running Wild is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal

12
287 179
Kamelot is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

13
407 268
Nightwish is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

14
368 251
Sonata Arctica is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

15
414 287
DragonForce is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Black metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

16
273 179
Powerwolf is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Black metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

17
223 147
Angra is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

18
275 192
Symphony X is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

19
165 104
Primal Fear is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

20
247 170
Edguy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal, Soft rock

21
246 171
Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

22
197 132
Savatage is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Melodic Rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

23
117 71
Orden Ogan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Folk metal

24
192 136
Accept is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Power metal

25
189 134
Queensrÿche is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

26
196 141
Grave Digger is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Power metal

27
79 42
Brainstorm is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

28
122 79
Iron Savior is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal

29
136 92
Jag Panzer is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

30
81 47
Demons and Wizards is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal

31
108 71
Rage is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

32
108 73
Metal Church is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

33
99 68
Masterplan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Folk rock, Power metal, Heavy metal

34
90 60
Fates Warning is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

35
94 64
Sanctuary is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

36
102 73
Crimson Glory is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

37
116 86
Axel Rudi Pell is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Instrumental rock, Power metal, Heavy metal

38
78 54
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RobinGallego added Power metal, Heavy metal

39
50 28
Gloryhammer is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Jennifer Hildebrandt added Power metal, Symphonic metal

40
103 80
Firewind is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

41
64 43
Warlord is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

42
121 101
Alestorm is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal

43
71 52
Rebellion is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal

44
74 55
Pretty Maids is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Glam metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

45
77 58
Virgin Steele is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

46
78 61
Anvil is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

47
96 79
Falconer is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal

48
60 45
Heavy Load is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Viking metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

49
66 52
Evergrey is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

50
61 47
Vicious Rumors is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal