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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, Queensr├┐che 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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Helloween is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Melodic music, Power metal
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Blind Guardian is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal
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Sabaton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal
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Stratovarius is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal
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Rhapsody of Fire is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal
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HammerFall is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal
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Iced Earth is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Power metal
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Manowar is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal, True metal
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Powerwolf is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Black metal, Power metal, Heavy metal
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Savatage is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Melodic Rock, Progressive metal, Power metal
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Running Wild is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal, Folk metal
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Angra is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal
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Avantasia is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal
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DragonForce is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Black metal, Power metal, Heavy metal
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Nightwish is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Symphonic black metal, Gothic metal, Power metal
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Kamelot is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Rock music, Power metal
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Demons and Wizards is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal
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Primal Fear is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Power metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal
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Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Blues-rock, Progressive metal, Power metal
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Sonata Arctica is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal
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Gloryhammer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Jennifer Hildebrandt added Power metal, Symphonic metal
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Orden Ogan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Progressive metal, Power metal, Folk metal
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Brainstorm is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Power metal, Heavy metal
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Symphony X is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Power Metal Bands
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Groove metal