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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
607 272
Helloween is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Helloween Progressive metal, Melodic music, Power metal

3
472 220
Sabaton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Sabaton Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

4
246 104
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daniel-kottra added Gamma Ray

5
409 239
Rhapsody of Fire is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Rhapsody of Fire Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

6
413 244
HammerFall is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
HammerFall Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

7
430 257
Stratovarius is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Stratovarius Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

8
316 182
Iced Earth is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Iced Earth Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

9
211 112
Running Wild is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Running Wild Power metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal

10
297 186
Avantasia is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Avantasia Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

11
321 205
Manowar is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Manowar Power metal, Heavy metal, True metal

12
265 172
Kamelot is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Kamelot Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

13
373 261
Nightwish is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Nightwish Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

14
385 272
DragonForce is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
DragonForce Black metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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342 241
Sonata Arctica is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Sonata Arctica Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

16
245 168
Powerwolf is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Powerwolf Black metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

17
202 137
Angra is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Angra Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

18
187 125
Savatage is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Savatage Melodic Rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

19
263 187
Symphony X is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Symphony X Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

20
232 163
Edguy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Edguy Power metal, Heavy metal, Soft rock

21
191 130
Grave Digger is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Grave Digger Thrash metal, Groove metal, Power metal

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233 165
Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Rainbow Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

23
186 128
Accept is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Accept Glam metal, Thrash metal, Power metal

24
151 100
Primal Fear is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Primal Fear Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

25
106 63
Rage is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Rage Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

26
107 64
Metal Church is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Metal Church Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

27
108 66
Orden Ogan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Orden Ogan Progressive metal, Power metal, Folk metal

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115 72
Iron Savior is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Iron Savior Power metal, Heavy metal

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181 128
Queensrÿche is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Queensrÿche Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

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127 85
Jag Panzer is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Jag Panzer Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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72 39
Brainstorm is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Brainstorm Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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75 42
Demons and Wizards is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Demons and Wizards Power metal, Heavy metal

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92 58
Sanctuary is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Sanctuary Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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100 66
Crimson Glory is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Crimson Glory Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

35
85 55
Fates Warning is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Fates Warning Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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76 47
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RobinGallego added Heavens Gate Power metal, Heavy metal

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112 80
Axel Rudi Pell is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Axel Rudi Pell Instrumental rock, Power metal, Heavy metal

38
69 44
Rebellion is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Rebellion Power metal, Heavy metal

39
71 48
Pretty Maids is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Pretty Maids Glam metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

40
88 64
Masterplan is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Masterplan Folk rock, Power metal, Heavy metal

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74 51
Virgin Steele is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Virgin Steele Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

42
75 52
Anvil is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Anvil Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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56 35
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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58 38
Warlord is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Warlord Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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60 40
Vicious Rumors is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Vicious Rumors Power metal, Heavy metal

46
114 93
Alestorm is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Alestorm Power metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal

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96 76
Firewind is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Firewind Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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57 39
Heavy Load is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Heavy Load Viking metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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90 72
Falconer is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Falconer Power metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal

50
53 37
Omen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
RobinGallego added Omen