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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. {#nodes}
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Helloween is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Helloween Progressive metal, Melodic music, Power metal

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2
476 209
Blind Guardian is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Blind Guardian Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

3
403 177
Sabaton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Sabaton Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

4
208 81
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daniel-kottra added Gamma Ray

5
287 131
Iced Earth is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Iced Earth Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

6
285 154
Manowar is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Manowar Power metal, Heavy metal, True metal

7
180 90
Running Wild is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Running Wild Power metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal

8
172 91
Grave Digger is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Grave Digger Thrash metal, Groove metal, Power metal

9
376 234
Stratovarius is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Stratovarius Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

10
359 224
HammerFall is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
HammerFall Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

11
166 94
Savatage is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Savatage Melodic Rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

12
118 61
Jag Panzer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Jag Panzer Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

13
231 154
Kamelot is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Kamelot Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

14
214 142
Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Rainbow Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

15
164 104
Accept is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Accept Glam metal, Thrash metal, Power metal

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243 167
Avantasia is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Avantasia Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

17
165 108
Queensrÿche is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Queensrÿche Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

18
134 84
Primal Fear is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Primal Fear Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

19
96 54
Metal Church is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Metal Church Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

20
307 222
Sonata Arctica is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Sonata Arctica Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

21
305 221
Rhapsody of Fire is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Rhapsody of Fire Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

22
80 42
Fates Warning is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Fates Warning Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

23
234 167
Symphony X is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Symphony X Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

24
323 240
Nightwish is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Nightwish Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

25
178 123
Angra is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Angra Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

26
322 243
DragonForce is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
DragonForce Black metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

27
208 150
Edguy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Edguy Power metal, Heavy metal, Soft rock

28
66 34
Rebellion is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Rebellion Power metal, Heavy metal

29
101 63
Iron Savior is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Iron Savior Power metal, Heavy metal

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84 49
Rage is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Rage Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

31
82 48
Sanctuary is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Sanctuary Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

32
89 54
Orden Ogan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Orden Ogan Progressive metal, Power metal, Folk metal

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67 36
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92 57
Crimson Glory is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Crimson Glory Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

35
67 37
Pretty Maids is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Pretty Maids Glam metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

36
71 41
Anvil is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Anvil Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

37
61 33
Brainstorm is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Brainstorm Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

38
201 153
Powerwolf is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Powerwolf Black metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

39
58 31
Vicious Rumors is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Vicious Rumors Power metal, Heavy metal

40
63 36
Demons and Wizards is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Demons and Wizards Power metal, Heavy metal

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54 29
Heavy Load is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Heavy Load Viking metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

42
101 70
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

43
51 27
Lizzy Borden is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Lizzy Borden Glam metal, Rock music, Shock rock

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51 27
Omen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
RobinGallego added Omen

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67 41
Virgin Steele is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Virgin Steele Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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50 29
Warlord is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Warlord Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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

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49 30
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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46 28
Stormwarrior is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Stormwarrior Thrash metal, Viking metal, Power metal

50
35 19
Stormwitch is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
RobinGallego added Stormwitch Power metal, Heavy metal