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

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502 217
Helloween is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Helloween Progressive metal, Melodic music, Power metal

3
384 161
Sabaton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Sabaton Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

4
196 75
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daniel-kottra added Gamma Ray

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269 125
Iced Earth is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Iced Earth Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

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271 140
Manowar is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Manowar Power metal, Heavy metal, True metal

7
170 82
Running Wild is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Running Wild Power metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal

8
361 223
Stratovarius is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Stratovarius Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

9
160 86
Grave Digger is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Grave Digger Thrash metal, Groove metal, Power metal

10
345 216
HammerFall is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
HammerFall Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

11
113 56
Jag Panzer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Jag Panzer Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

12
156 89
Savatage is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Savatage Melodic Rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

13
225 145
Kamelot is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Kamelot Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

14
232 158
Avantasia is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Avantasia Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

15
302 214
Sonata Arctica is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Sonata Arctica Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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205 140
Edguy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Edguy Power metal, Heavy metal, Soft rock

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227 158
Symphony X is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Symphony X Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal

18
96 55
Iron Savior is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Iron Savior Power metal, Heavy metal

19
153 100
Accept is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Accept Glam metal, Thrash metal, Power metal

20
295 213
Rhapsody of Fire is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Rhapsody of Fire Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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79 42
Rage is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Rage Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

22
125 79
Primal Fear is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Primal Fear Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal

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199 139
Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Rainbow Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal

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170 116
Angra is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Angra Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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155 105
Queensrÿche is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Queensrÿche Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal

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86 50
Orden Ogan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Orden Ogan Progressive metal, Power metal, Folk metal

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307 230
DragonForce is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
DragonForce Black metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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79 45
Sanctuary is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Sanctuary Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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90 54
Crimson Glory is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Crimson Glory Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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312 235
Nightwish is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Nightwish Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Power metal

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61 31
Rebellion is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Rebellion Power metal, Heavy metal

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85 51
Metal Church is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Metal Church Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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61 32
Demons and Wizards is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Demons and Wizards Power metal, Heavy metal

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63 34
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RobinGallego added Heavens Gate Power metal, Heavy metal

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64 35
Pretty Maids is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Pretty Maids Glam metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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

37
65 36
Anvil is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Anvil Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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65 36
Virgin Steele is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Virgin Steele Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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52 26
Heavy Load is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Heavy Load Viking metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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50 25
Omen is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
RobinGallego added Omen

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50 26
Warlord is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Warlord Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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98 69
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

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54 31
Brainstorm is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Brainstorm Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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52 30
Vicious Rumors is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Vicious Rumors Power metal, Heavy metal

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186 148
Powerwolf is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Powerwolf Black metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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33 15
Stormwitch is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
RobinGallego added Stormwitch Power metal, Heavy metal

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44 25
Stormwarrior is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Stormwarrior Thrash metal, Viking metal, Power metal

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45 26
Agent Steel is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Agent Steel Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal

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47 28
Angel Dust is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Angel Dust Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal

50
37 19
Scanner is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
RobinGallego added Scanner