Top 10 Power Metal Bands


There are many bands of power metal some of them are pure power metal but who will be the greatest? Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

Blind Guardian
I think, it's the best power metal band! They have many great epic songs! The best album for me was a "Nightfall in the Middle-Earth", so the Blind Guardian ROCKS! Keep going!
They have music for every mood! The faster songs from their older work, slower songs and the epic sound they portray in everything they write!
Hansi's amazing voice carrys me away, every time I'm listening to their songs. Best live performances in their genre!
[Newest]Simply the best, amazing instrumentals, incredible vocals, magical lyrics
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Helloween - it is the best power metal band ever!
Iron maiden - Heavy metal! They are not power!
Helloween is mach more power than Dragonforce!
They are kings of power, speed metal!
What? They are the creators of power metal... They are Legends! Up Helloween! Maiden are not power metal...
Is justification really necessary for putting Helloween at the top of this list? Well if it is, here's what I have to say: They are probably the most consistent power metal band around. Most power metal bands with careers as long as Helloween have several albums that leave you scratching your head, but Helloween has far fewer than most. Also, they are willing to explore different territory on different albums. I don't think I really need to say more.


[Newest]I think they should be number 1 in my opinion. Also, I like Hammerfall.
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Fantastic power metal from Sweden. Unlike the fantasy-inspired lyrics found in much power metal, Sabaton prefer to write about war, and their lyrics usually convey this very well: "Through the gates of Hell/As we make our way to Heaven/Through the Nazi lines/Primo Victoria/On the 6th of June/On the shores of western Europe/1944/D-Day upon us". The only problem I have ever had with this band is that the guitarists never seem to get their chance to truly shine.


It is a young band...
But one day we will say that it is the best of all times...
I didn't know that Iron Maiden where power metal...
Maybe the only band that reach them...
Probably the best power metal band in Europe. Would be insanely popular if they toured in USA


[Newest]Very gifted and shows and sounds, great incorporation of a baroque influence in early songs and a really musically pleasing sound overall.

These guys are not fake, they work as hard as all other power metal bands and it shows in all of their epic albums
People say dragonforce is a bad example of power metal music. I really don't care what those people think because dragonforce is an amazing band and is simply the best power metal band!
This is real music. Listen them and you will understand
[Newest]They're epic at the studio. But I think they need more on the live.
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5Sonata Arctica
Quality, quality power metal. Their new stuff is less fast paced, but they're still up there as one of the best power metal band.
Great early days... They kinda sold out. I especially love the albums Winterheart's Guild and Reckoning Night. I can't say I was a huge days of Grays fan.
Every single song these guys have made is great! The very best band in the world. Tony is my favorite singer in the whole wide world.
[Newest]Most unique power metal vocalist I've ever heard.

1- Hammerfall
2- Avantasia
3- Nightwish
4- Manowar
5- Helloween
That's my top 5, with Stratovarius and Edguy right on the edge. I respect Blind Guardian as a #1 choice, but most of their songs just don't do it for me.
I've no idea why people put Iron Maiden in Top Ten power metal band list. I agree that Maiden is one of the greatest NWOBHM band so far, but obviously it's not a speed/power metal band. Any mean necessary, one of the best songs of Hammerfall, is my very first song of listening to power metal and it made me to become a huge fan of power metal. I also like all the bands on this top 10 list but Hammerfall is my most favorite power metal band. I think they should be at the top 3 place of the list because of their epic songs like Glory to brave, Hammerfall, Hearts on Fire, Any Mean Necessary and... Well, almost all of their songs are epic. Let the hammer fall on the haters!
Hammerfall I thought was very low on the list. The quality of the band and the last albums I think it should be better qualified.
[Newest]There is no song that I do not like coming from this band. Sure I have some better like than others but can listen everything from Hammerfall. That I can not say on any other band.

7Gamma Ray
I can't believe Gamma ray has so little votes! Just listen to Land of the free, Somewhere out of space, Powerplant... Kai is a genius - one of the best songwriters on the metal scene, he and Weikath INVENTED the whole power metal genre for God sake! And he is an exeptional guitar player and a very positive and funny guy. Not to say I just LOVE his voice - it is so unique and diversive, always keeps me interested.
Gamma Ray should be in top 3 along with Helloween and Blind Guardian. This band has no weak album, Kai's voice seems to get better and better with every record, and the guys are just awesome live and always so nice with the fans. Great band!
they are like the second helloween those solos of the great kai


[Newest]This guys do the best Power Metal! They are very very consistent and every album of their catalog is great. They deserve to be on top of the list along with Helloween, Edguy/Avantasia and Primal Fear.

8Rhapsody of Fire
Some guy put Iron Maiden in this list, that's good because Iron Maiden is actually power metal; but if Iron Maiden is here, Judas Priest also should be here in second...
Rhapsody of Fire is a really great symphonic power metal band, I started to listening them about one year ago, and now they are one my favorite power metal bands with their awesome sound. My favorite thing from them are their solos, made LUCA TURILLI! If you haven't heard any song from them, you should start with "Emerald Sword" and "awn of Victory"


Rhapsody is the most representative band of Power Metal and they are Masters o Music, I love power metal, but Iron Maiden, being a superband and with a great trajectory, are not evolved more than Rhapsody. Long Live to Power Metal.
Rhapsody is by far the most epic band ever great music great lyrics everything about this band is amazing the members are exceptionally talented the fantasy theme they put on their work is incomparable to the other bands even though they're all awesome and excellent but Rhapsody takes the crown of power metal
[Newest]Such an epic feel to their music.

9Iced Earth
John Schaffer is the best rhythm guitarist the world has to offer, his music is my food, the band is my life.. Their songs are epic and composed with passion, The band's nonesuch altering rhythms and metronomes within it's songs, and their superb and mobilizing galloping techniques are nowhere to be seen. My favourites are Dante's Inferno, The path I Choose, Travel in Stygian, Pure Evil, Stormrider, I Died For You, My own Savior, Question Of Heaven, Dracula, The Hunter, Desert Rain, The Coming Curse, Ten Thousand Strong, Birth of the Wicked, Angels Holocaust, Melancholy, Reckoning Don't Thread on Me, Dystopia, Burning Times, Brainwashed, Dark Saga, Iced Earth, The Last Laugh, Prophecy,1776, Stand Alone, Vengeance is Mine, When The Night Falls and many others and if the motto of power metal is "power" then you may count Iced Earth in power metal bands as you may easily draw that power from Iced Earth, one more thing, In my point of view the pure power metal song of iced earth is Attila..
Iced Earth is the absolute best power metal band from the US. They have also had some of the greatest vocalists to grace this godly subgenre: Matt Barlow, Tim "Ripper" Owens and Stu Block. They are also masters of composition and Jon Schaffer has written numerous incredible riffs. They deserve to stand eternally among the likes of Helloween and Blind Guardian.


Iced earth is the best power metal band I have ever listened to... Songs like dracula, dantes inferno, I walk alone, come what may, melancholy, I died for you, ten thousand strong, disciples of lie are at their best... I just love them 2 much
[Newest]This band should be #1.

Stratovarius is absolutely my favorite Power Metal band. Hands down. They make music about life. Their melodies are rich like a fountain of chocolate wine, and their harmonies fierce as a forest fire. I hope that puts it into perspective for y'all.
I will not deny the talent of Stratovarius and keyboard player Jens Johansson, but the vocals are a bit whiny at times. Besides that they have some really great songs.


Stratovarius is perfect. Emotional, uplifting, meaningful, powerful, epic, all that you need from a power metal band. They aren't painful to listen to like Helloween for example, which has a really bad singer.
[Newest]I do not know how these guys aren't top 3 at LEAST

The Contenders

One of the best metal bands to ever emerge from Finland for sure. Until they lost their minds and decided to "replace" Tarja Turunen ("replace" being in quotations since this task is utterly impossible), they were fantastic. Songs like The Kinslayer, The Phantom of the Opera and so many others are just essential symphonic power metal. Everything about this band (in its TRUE form) is amazing - the guitar, the bass, the keyboards, the drums and the vocals of both Tarja Turunen and Marco Hietala. Nightwish may only be number 4 for power metal, but they are number one for symphonic power metal.


I'm not to fond of metal bands with chicks in them, now don't get me wrong, I'm not sexist. I have tried time after time listening to metal bands with chick singers in them, but unfortunately most of them fail to deliver that aggression that I like in my metal. But out of the so few metal bands with chick singers this actually one of them. This band is aggressive, heavy and overall appealing to the ears as far as power metal goes. So if you are not as much a fan of chick leading metal band as I am. Give these guys a try, you won't be disappointed.
I don't understand what you people are talking about. Nightwish became real power metal only with their album Imaginaerum. With Tarja it was mostly sad and depressive gothic style emotional songs, Dark Passion Play was written mostly by Marco and Nightwish (without Anette) and when Anette got to write an album it became all about fairytales just as it should be in power metal. So Nightwish with Tarja was a great band worth listen to but for me as a true and clean power metal lover they became great only with last album. With Floor Jansen now replacing Anette and knowing Floor's work I doubt that Nightwish will ever become true power metal band ever again because it seems that those guys are not into fantasy.

Roy Khan is one of the few vocalists capable of making me like melodic power metal. Also, the darkness conveyed in many lyrics appeals to me: "I am the thorn in your side/That seeks accomplishment/(REMINDING THE MORTAL OF DEATH! )/I am the spore of your pride/An angel heaven-sent/The master of all/I am the urge of the flesh". To me, this bands crowning accomplishment is The Black Halo, which features Shagrath (Dimmu Borgir) in the role of Mephisto. These guys are truly incredible at creating a melody.


Kamelot is very unique to me, they don't have that generic power metal voice; however, they make up much more from Khan's voice. They have a huge variety of songs in a single album. I won't criticize other bands, I'll just praise Kamelot. If it comes to a list, I want diversity in it, not just being subtle aspects that judge superiority.
Kamelot is one of the absolute best bands in the existence of time itself! They aren't classic but they're extremely awesome, they have it all. They should be number 1, 2nd for blind guardian, but don't get me wrong, they're both awesome and I love them both, but Roy Khan's voice is just so darn amazing, very underrated if you ask me.
[Newest]Best band ever! I love Roy Khan!

HOW THE HELL IS THIS BAND OF BANDS NOT NUMBER ONE? Seriously guys this band slays the hell out of most other power metal bands they make werewolves cool again!
I am sad that this band is not higher. I feel it is likely because of the youth of this band. I feel in later years they will become greater powers then even the likes of Dragon Force and Helloween.
The creepy keys and dark scenery this band brings to Power Metal is a breath of fresh air! These Germans know how to do it good
[Newest]Powerwolf is so underrated. Top 10, maybe even top 5, no question

Either you'll absolutely hate ManOwaR, or you will dedicate yourself fully to their music and follow them to hell and back. I'm the second one. ManOwaR are truely the true metal kings. Once you get how cheesey a bit of the stuff is, you'll instantly be a Manowar fan for life. I'm going to get the Sign of the Hammer tattooed on my arm.
Manowar is the kings of metal, they are true. Once you listen to them, you feel a power. They are louder than hell. Not as all little poser who mix the true and the false. Manowar you said, They are the best metal band in the world wide. RAISE MANOWAR! =T=Hail and kill=T=
[Newest]The loudest band in the world

Avantasia is my almost most loved band from Germany
Listen to : Dying for an Angel, Lost in Space and The Toy Master
Avantasia is one of the most creative, heartfelt, and talented bands out there, which is why I'm surprised to see it ranked as no. 19 of the top power metal bands. I would personally rank them as no. 1, but a top ten spot would also work.
Best Band Ever
The Toy master
Lost in space
The scarecrow
The sign of the cross
[Newest]The seven angels, the lyric were so creative

Amazing band! I agree with some of these bands being on this list, but I feel like Firewind should definitely be in the top five with songs like Mercenary Man. I could never get enough with listening to these guys. They're quite unique.
So underrated! Amazing band to listen to, recommend this band to all metal fans, should be top 5 at least! I mean come on, I am the anger is awesome!
Its not that I'm greek. its just the kind of power metal I do prefer the most... First albums have the guitar riffs that every metal head needs to listen
[Newest]Holy crap! Surprised to see this band in here.

What?! How could be Angra in 17? Deserve at least reach the top 10
Angra is a Brazilian band that incorporate various emotions and styles in their musics, it's amazing how could ones be smothers and others be heavy and fasted riffed. Amazing...
Angra should be in 1º
Your musics are the essence of power metal
And Kiko loureiro solos is the best * thing I have heard
Try out Escaping, Dilemma, Pau de Arara and Heroes of Sand
Angra has the best riff's and solos
Performed by kiko loureiro try hear out escaping, dilemma, desperado, enfermo, pau-de-arara and others.
He mixes a lot of sounds with speed and grace
Brazilian metal owns you. You
[Newest]This one should be in the first place of this ranking.

Simply the best band ever! The epicness of their songs is just indescribable
No other band that I have ever listened to has had as many amazing songs as Edguy have. They seem to put the same amount of effort into every song. If you like Edguy you must listen to Avantasia. Best Band Ever
Edguy is having the songs that are just mind-blowing it is incredible tobias sammet is greatest of all musicians EDGUY IS ETERNAL!
[Newest]Edguy is the follow-up to what Helloween started.

They have power in their melody and so what? Give respect to them..
Awesome but will we see another album?
The dark memories best song

20Symphony X
How can I resist this. Symphony X should really be number 1, it has the most powerful Neoclassical sound in the world within one of the best Guitar Players and Singers, I should really say it is the most stupid List in the world within all the other ones..


Progressive Metal, Neoclassical, Power metal. Al of these three styles defines them quite well. Among one of my favorites bands of all time. I've listened to all of the top 10 bands, and I really think Symphony is the number 1!
Though more progressive, Still a great band and really deserve the support. I listen to them every day and their power and beauty are downright EPIC!
[Newest]The most powerful power metal band in this list.

21Primal Fear
these guys are the most diverse, amazing, fast, crazy band in the world. they shouldn't even be considered power metal, theyre like a new kind of metal... the best...
I really don't understand how this band isn't higher on this list. Songs like "King For a Day" and "Blaze of Glory" are epic, expressive and extremely entertaining. Please give this band a listen.
Primal fear should be higher on this list. Simply amazing vocals and very intense guitar work. Very comparable to Judas Priest but heavier.
[Newest]Amazing band! Great music and exquisite vocals. Not sure if they are Power Metal though... they definitely sound different. Should be way on top of the list along with Gamma Ray, Helloween, Edguy.

22Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden is by far the most creative band on this list, even though I have never considered them power metal their are still the best on the list. They may not be the heaviest or the fastest or even the loudest, but no other band can maintain the same sound though 3 decades yet feel fresh to this day.
Jeez. Iron Maiden is by far the greatest influence on power metal around. I'd gladly put them on a list like this myself. In top three. And no, Judas Priest shouldn't be here just because Maiden is. Just listen to the Powerslave album. Listen to Back in the Village. Does Priest have dueling solos like that? Also, Dragonforce above Iron Maiden, HammerFall, Manowar AND Stratovarius? They're playing a cheesy power metal stereotype (their solos are like 7 minutes long for no damn reason) which could be streamed at McDonalds for little money. Also, their lyrics are ripping off McDonalds' cheeseburgers. Cheesiness is alright sometimes, 'cause, you know, it's power metal, but DragonForce in top three is a shame when the contenders are Helloween, Blind Guardian, Iron Maiden, Manowar, HammerFall, you name it.
Iron Maiden is my favorite band of all time! Plus there are so many bands that they had an influence on! Up The Irons!
[Newest]Iron Maiden is my favorite band ever but it's not power metal

23Dark Moor
I only started listening to Dark Moor in the last year, but it has already secured a big place in my music library. While their first album is a bit raw, they really hit their peak throughout the rest of their discography; incredibly complex melodies with some of the best shredding solos I have ever seen in power metal. If you haven't listened to them, I suggest looking them up, maybe start with their self-titled album or Tarot.
Love these guys, Dark moor is a really under-rated power metal band. Their newer stuff is really good, and their older stuff was the holy grail of power metal
If you have not voted for this band you obviously don't know its discography

I don't care about this top 10 list.. How can we don't have Dio in the top 3. Without Dio, the power metal genre is itself incomplete. Dio is the legend who has stories to say about slaying dragons and battles in hell. He is metal in all sense
What. The. Freak. Dio at #26? Ronnie James Dio is the godfather of Power Metal. Dio should at least be in the top ten, if not first. Who can forget Holy Diver, The Last in Line, All the Fools Sailed Away, Evil Eyes, Rock 'n' Roll Children, Rainbow in the Dark, Killing the Dragon, and Egypt?
Who sings of devils and wizards more often than Dio? Right, no one. And this is the main point of power metal. No love at all. Dio should be in the top 10.
[Newest]Dio and Rainbow not in the top 10 - that's embarrassing.

25Running Wild
Running Wild's golden era (Black Hand Inn, Blazon Stone, Death or Glory, Pile of Skulls) is just awesome power metal song after power metal song. Practically every song stands out as catchy, powerful. Very good stuff!
Dude songs about pirates, adventures, demons, the Anunaki and fighting against opression be it from the government or religion. In their prime they had fantastic lyrics and some badass riffs courtesy of RocknRolf. Running Wild defines the term epic with songs such as The battle of Waterloo, Under Jolly Roger, Riding the Storm. Be you a pirate or just an all around power metal fan you owe it yourself to listen to Death or glory and Black hand Inn/Port Royal arguably a few of the finest power metal albums ever made.
I love Running Wild, but I don't think they are Power Metal at all. They are more like traditional, galloping heavy metal, but speedier. Yeah, epic songs!

26Freedom Call
All the songs of freedom call has something special, the best of power metal of ever! Freedom call calls it Happy Metal Party. Fantastic!
You guys underestimate this band they should
At least be 12-13
Freedom Call, the cry of barren souls
The surveillance of mankind will fall.

27Dream Evil
"Immortal" is probably one of the best sounding power metal songs ever composed. Dream Evil should be a contestant for first place here.
The final solo in Chasing the dragon really demonstrates just how awesome this band is.
This must be the number 1.. just listen to their music and you'll know why

This Band isn't the best power metal band but better than most of them
How can somebody listen to songs like Royal Galley, Lord of the Blacksmiths, and Field of Sorrow and NOT like these guys
Actually the best PM I've heared. Sadly there seems to be a few bands that aren't PM, but is still on the list.

Very unknown band, but none the less amazing. I don't expect them to be in the top but they definitely deserve a listen, even if they don't have a Wikipedia page.
Popularity means nothing these guys are the modern kings of power metal
I like this band, they are awesome, and the vocals are amazing, love this guys
[Newest]The true masters of power metal!

30Angel Dust
Why this group is not a household name is beyond me. Publicity, problems? They add something different - power, melody and some thrash to some special ballads. Musically VERY accomplished. What the hell happened..?
Complex, deep and downright fascinating. A very underestimated band.

A great reborn, thanks to the band.
Accept should be at at least top 10

Versailles and Sonata Arctica are my favorites, love them. Seen both live and they were great.
Versailles is a great band. They play a very different power metal.
Hizaki and Teru are god guitar players, and Yuki is an awesome drummer. I don't like Kamijo's voice too much, but it's ok.
Extremely underrated Japanese power metal, thy are outstanding

33Grave Digger
Grave digger are, for me, in the history top 5 of power metal! I think that if you listen to their album "tunes of war", you will say:"oh my god! That's amazing!
For me, a pure essence of that what I call POWER metal music.
I'm not a musician critical but these guys are one of the best power metal I've listened in my life, and they came from the power metal country, germany. If someone is taking a look at these list I suggest to take a look on these band songs, I stronggly recommend Morgane le fay.
Sorry about the english I'm brazilian (and I don't like Angra : P )

Awesome kick-ass band, new but still awesome, tower of Babylon is their best track till now, it truly brings you to life!

I expect a lot from these guys in the next few years!



Hands down the best Christian power metal band... Which makes them arguably the best! Up there with other favorites like Helloween, Blind Guardian, and Kamelot (agreed that Maiden and Priest don't count).
I know that people shun them due to them being a Christian band, but their music surpasses all petty hate. Give them a try!
This band RULES! Lyrics are just perfect, about the things that really matter!
[Newest]A lot better than you think!

Iron maiden is one of the greatest bands if not the best but this band has been the most influential for power metal since it is more power and this one came before iron maiden
The inventors of power metal. Awesome songs, top notch musicianship. They deserve a decent spot on this list. They are always so underrated. When Dio and Rainbow are not in the top 10 - that's really embarrassing.
Gates Of Babylon - a genre defining song.


They were pioneers of the power metal atmosphere

37Imperial Circus Dead Decadence
A conglomerate of symphonic, black, death, and power in Japanese and the fictional ("Taihaisekai") language!  What's not to headbang to?
One of the best Japanese bands in the underground black metal scene!

38Demons and Wizards
Great power rock opera band! Great mix of heavy metal and symphonic-like vocals!
This band is awesome!
This is the band of Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian) and Jon Schaffer (Iced Earth) formed as a side-project, and offers the best of Blind Guardian and Iced Earth combined. Excellent power metal with no weak spots - a must listen.
Songs: Tear Down The Wall, Crimson King, Heaven Denies, Path Of Glory, Blood on my hands, My Last Sunrise, Fiddler On The Green.


Amazing band from the 80's/90's! It revealled Andre Matos as one the best vocalist! He was second place on the worldwide contest to replace Iron maiden's Bruce Dickinson! Viper's "Theater of fate" is a wonderful album!

40Luca Turilli's Rhapsody
I have to vote for it.
Should be on the top 10.
A lot better than sabaton, nightwish, kamelot and dragonforce.
Its like rhapsody (maybe better)
It has amazing songs like black dragon, kings of the nordic twilight, legend of steel, etc.
Its great, I can't belive how low it is.
It is already in the top 10, I don't know why people like to put the same artist on twice.
It can't be here. simply should be at 5-10 place
Should definitely be on the top 10

First time I heard these I was drunk and dancing around the house. Fantastic band. Check them out.
Personally, I think Dreamtale are THE greatest power metal band. Their album Beyond Reality is just a fantastic soundtrack to headbang and sing along to.
These guys are the best in what they do.

This band are responsible for a song I have treasured for a long time, "The Divided Heart". This track has brilliant vocals, backing vocals, heavy instruments and creative lyrics. The band also has a surprisingly great cover of Belinda Carlisle's "Heaven is a Place on Earth" under its name.
Come on! They deserve to be ranked much better than this!
Cool italian folk power metal band

Amaranthe Is one of the best power band ever I have listen...
Brilliant, best buy ever. Nice mix of vocals

Not a typical power metal voice, but the rhythm is fast and vocals are amazing. they have a lot of beautiful songs like :Judas Immortal, cursed, sanity soiled, passion pain, masquerade, when eden burns,...

It depends on your definition of power, death, black, metal, speed metal, progressive, etc... Great Band...

This band has carried an epic tale reminiscent of many high fantasy films and books and expressed it in a way in which you would never had imagined throughout a trilogy of epic symphonic-power-metal albums which only seem to get better and better. Aside from this, their 2006 title "Astronomy" is by far one of the most thrilling and unique albums I have ever heard. Give them a listen!
In all honesty, Dragonland has several good albums. But in light of the subject they will not likely make it beyond these. People just don't listen to them.
Dragonland should be at the top. They just sound so unique and are definitely the best synphonic power metal band at least. The songs are just so epic- Just listen to 'Supernova'and prepare to be amazed. The album 'astronomy' is one of the best metal albums ever regardless of metal genre.

Pirates and power metal. Can't get much better than that!
One of the best bands I have ever heard. Such good.
How is this so low... This band is one of the best
[Newest]Pirate metal for life

48Lost Horizon
Lost Horizon... Where do I begin. Lyrics straight from the heart, uplifting music, harsh guitars, prominent bass, quick blasting drums and mellow synths, and those vocals... Would that I had a voice like that.
Only Two Cd's but at it's Best! It's a shame we couldn't hear more from this guys
The BEST! Every single one of their songs rock!
[Newest]Too bad they are gone

49Power Quest
This band was so under-rated it's not even funny...
Too bad they are gone

These guys are true power metal straight out of Brazil. Listen to tiger punch or steel lord on wheels. It'll blow your mind how great these guys are.
Most severely underrated PowerMetal band out there! These guys should do the music for the next F-Zero game


Tommy Reinxeed is definitely underrated. His vocals have come a long way and his guitarwork is at the top. Best album is "Higher" with "The Light" right behind it.
Uknowen band so sad. They kick as

53Nocturnal Rites
How could this band not be in the damn list? They have awesome riffs and melodies
They have an amazing first album, even though it kinda sucks

They are amazing! The best!

55Virgin Steele

While Shaman is a great band, I wouldn't call pre-Korpiklanni (or Korpiklanni, itself), power metal. Shaman is folk metal, through and through.

57Iron Savior
You can definitely tell these guys were influenced by Judas Priest but with more of a speed/power metal vine to it. From the heavy catchy guitar hookes of of Judas Priest, to the fast pasted riffs of iced earth of old.
True Heroic Power Metal!

58Mystic Prophecy

59Iron Fire
WHY IS THIS SO FAR DOWN?! What IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?!?!? (but seriously they are really good if your looking for some good ol' power metal with a modern twist)

Wow just wow. Why are this band so low on the list. An absolute gem of a band. Perfect if you love saxon and viking lore. Which I do. I am a self oobsessed pagan follower of Odin and bands like Manowar Hammerfall and Ensiferum are absolutely brilliant.
My list would have been
1. Hammerfall
2. Ensiferum
3. Keldian
5. Falconer
6. Glory Hammer
7. Helloween
8. Dragonforce
9. Rhapsody
10. Dragonland
My all time favorite band but this is folk metal. Not power metal. Maybe some earlier stuff has power metal style but ensiferum is folk metal.

Greatest power metal band of all time period.

These guys are amazing. I have yet to find a bad song. Check out In the name of metal. Epic band and I will choose them over Edguy, Hammerfall and blind Guardian anyday!
In the name of metal!

I don't know why this band isn't famous. Their music is just epic. Listen to one of their songs and you will understand.
I like their first album a lot I could listen to it all day. They should a least made like 8 or 5 but they only 3 well great symphonic power metal band I love them a loT!

WHAT? Masterplan is definitely on the top 5 Power Metal bands of all time.
Masterplan, with the songs Blue Europa, Black in the burn and Heroes, should definitely be among top 10, AT LEAST.
Masterplan is one of the best power metal bands. get it into the top 20

65Magic Kingdom

Not quite power metal - but in my opinion, the best progressive metal band that there ever was. Listen to their stuff and I am sure that you will fall in love - especially if you like ballads.
Hall of the mountain king is great track (my opinion)
Most of their songs are prog power metal so they qualify. And most importantly - they are awesome.


67Funeral Anthem

68Crimson Glory
Crimson Glory is a progressive metal band in the veins of Queensryce & early Fates Warning, but their second album Trancendence is the work of legends. That album combined power metal & Queensryche before Stratovarius & Blind Guardian hit the scene. Midnight (R.I. P) had the voice as well as the attitude. Where Dragon's Rule is a perfect indicator of that. As I said their a progressive metal act in the veins of Queensryche, the Trancendence easily trumps over half the catalogs of most of these power metal bands.

69Wuthering Heights
There is not a single band like Wuthering Heights. Their songs are an amazing combination of progressive, folk and power metal. Their song "The Mad Sailor" is what got me into metal. Listen to it, you'll know what I mean. Just do it. NOW!


71Visions of Atlantis
I'm really glad to see Visions of Atlantis on the top 100 list, they're great
Lost, and The Secret are two of my favorite songs

72White Skull

if you haven't here them you are a FOOL


Probably the most underrated band ever. Great sound, songs and musicians. Better the rhapsody, by far...


75I Am I
The former singer of Dragonforce comes back with a new band, epic music, and the awesome new album Event Horizon. Search up their song "Silent Genocide" and you will be blown away.
I wonder why this band isn't popular. ZP Theart is in this band, and his voice is just awesome.

A combination of folk and metal. Very unique.

One of the best power metal bands in my opinion. Great rhythm, amazing vocals and rememberable lyrics. They are very underrated!

Unisonic has Michael Kiske and Kai hansen. If I wanted to see any songs of The keeper part 1 and 2 performed I will see unisonic live. Those two were meant to stay together!
Light of dawn is a great Album
Your time has come!

79Mutiny Within


81Metal Church
What are these guys doing at the bottom, while aren't quite power metal like Helloween these raw thrash/power metallers deserve to be up further up than these more modern bands. Listen to 'Blessing In Disguise' if you haven't yet.

82Jag Panzer
Unacceptable. This Colorado-based power metal bands shreds hard and deserves way higher than 81.
80th place? Are you kidding me? One of the first power metal bands and one of the best...

83Holy Knights
Their latest album Between daylight and pain is just EPIC.. And best power metal album of 2012


85Machinae Supremacy
While Machinae Supremacy has been my all time favorite band since 2009, they've pretty much created their own genre: SID metal. While they do have a lot of power metal influences, they are something completely different, they don't really belong on this list. They are in a class of their own.
A pretty unknown but epic Metal Band. Actually it's called "SID Metal" because they use C64 Sounds to improve their music but I think it counts as power metal as well. ;) Really epic sounds. They definitely deserve to be up there in the top 30.
This band is just epic!

86Highland Glory
One of the best power metal for me is highland glory melodic as well speed metal




90Concerto Moon
This band isnot ratedup only because they spaek japanise


92Amberian Dawn
Amazing band, the rhythms of the songs are awesome.

93Time Requiem

94Vicious Rumors


96The Storyteller

97Waves of Anger
Waves of anger is the best power metal band ever from india than the others that I've heard it.


99Deathlike Silence
Power metal with good vocals and amazing instrument.check out their top songs like six feet under the ground, dagon, moonlight shadow, trapped in the night

Check out their songs n you vil know, for me forever yours is my best song from this band

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