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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683 294
Blind Guardian is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

2
718 312
Helloween is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Melodic music, Power metal

3
573 268
Sabaton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

4
308 134
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481 265
Rhapsody of Fire is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

6
495 279
Stratovarius is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

7
481 274
HammerFall is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

8
364 218
Iced Earth is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

9
348 211
Avantasia is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

10
448 287
Nightwish is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

11
317 194
Kamelot is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

12
378 240
Manowar is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal, True metal

13
314 199
Powerwolf is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Black metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

14
451 306
DragonForce is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Black metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

15
227 138
Savatage is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Melodic Rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

16
252 158
Angra is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

17
236 146
Running Wild is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal

18
275 178
Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

19
389 267
Sonata Arctica is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

20
213 137
Queensrÿche is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

21
263 181
Edguy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal, Soft rock

22
290 203
Symphony X is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

23
179 115
Primal Fear is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

24
212 144
Accept is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Power metal

25
207 154
Grave Digger is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Groove metal, Power metal