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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. (261 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

2
585 267
Helloween is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Helloween Progressive metal, Melodic music, Power metal

3
448 209
Sabaton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Sabaton Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

4
233 96
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daniel-kottra added Gamma Ray

5
206 101
Running Wild is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Running Wild Power metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal

6
307 172
Iced Earth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Iced Earth Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

7
395 231
Rhapsody of Fire is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Rhapsody of Fire Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

8
418 250
Stratovarius is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Stratovarius Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

9
399 238
HammerFall is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
HammerFall Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

10
311 194
Manowar is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Manowar Power metal, Heavy metal, True metal

11
283 181
Avantasia is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Avantasia Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

12
254 168
Kamelot is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Kamelot Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

13
370 261
DragonForce is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
DragonForce Black metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

14
359 254
Nightwish is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Nightwish Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

The Best Metal Songs About Cheating

15
333 234
Sonata Arctica is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Sonata Arctica Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

16
180 118
Savatage is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Savatage Melodic Rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

17
256 180
Symphony X is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Symphony X Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

18
187 125
Grave Digger is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Grave Digger Thrash metal, Groove metal, Power metal

19
195 132
Angra is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Angra Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

20
229 161
Powerwolf is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Powerwolf Black metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

21
228 161
Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Rainbow Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

The Greatest American Rock Bands

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223 159
Edguy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Edguy Power metal, Heavy metal, Soft rock

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178 122
Queensrÿche is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Queensrÿche Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

24
179 123
Accept is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Accept Glam metal, Thrash metal, Power metal

25
102 60
Rage is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Rage Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

26
146 97
Primal Fear is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Primal Fear Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

27
126 81
Jag Panzer is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Jag Panzer Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

28
101 61
Orden Ogan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Orden Ogan Progressive metal, Power metal, Folk metal

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101 62
Metal Church is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Metal Church Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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110 70
Iron Savior is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Iron Savior Power metal, Heavy metal

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89 55
Sanctuary is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Sanctuary Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

32
98 63
Crimson Glory is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Crimson Glory Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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83 50
Fates Warning is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Fates Warning Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

34
71 40
Demons and Wizards is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Demons and Wizards Power metal, Heavy metal

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

The Worst Albums by Great Bands

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72 44
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RobinGallego added Heavens Gate Power metal, Heavy metal

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67 40
Rebellion is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Rebellion Power metal, Heavy metal

38
107 76
Axel Rudi Pell is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Axel Rudi Pell Instrumental rock, Power metal, Heavy metal

39
70 43
Pretty Maids is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Pretty Maids Glam metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

40
73 47
Virgin Steele is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Virgin Steele Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

41
74 48
Anvil is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Anvil Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

42
57 34
Warlord is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Warlord Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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85 61
Masterplan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Masterplan Folk rock, Power metal, Heavy metal

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59 38
Vicious Rumors is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Vicious Rumors Power metal, Heavy metal

45
56 36
Heavy Load is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Heavy Load Viking metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

46
52 33
Lizzy Borden is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Lizzy Borden Glam metal, Rock music, Shock rock

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53 34
Omen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
RobinGallego added Omen

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110 89
Alestorm is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Alestorm Power metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal

49
88 70
Falconer is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Falconer Power metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal

50
90 74
Firewind is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Firewind Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal