Best Melodic Power Metal Songs

These songs have melodic qualities and emotions ranging from sadness to anger.

The Top Ten

1 The Bard's Song (In the Forest) - Blind Guardian

No doubt, Blind Guardian stuff is the closest to the initial idea of power metal as created by Blackmore and Dio in the mid 70s.

'The Bard's Song', as well as 'Nightfall', 'Otherland' and 'Skalds and Shadows' are the best examples of melodic power metal today. These Guardian songs have so much in common with 'Gates of Babylon' by Rainbow.

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2 Gates of Babylon - Rainbow

The excellent melodic qualities of Blackmore's pieces come from the Bach scales/sequences he usually uses.
In "Gates of Babylon" and "Stargazer" he created that magical oriental feel by using the so called 'double harmonic scale' (featuring radial symmetry).

Let's face it and be proud - Ritchie Blackmore is the best songwriter in metal and one of the best in music history. His songs are so perfectly written that should be compiled in a ‘Songwriting Handbook’ and studied carefully. Everything is flawless: there's nothing to add, nothing to remove. His melodies always ‘know where to go’ for a maximum effect. Pay attention to how Ritchie starts the songs (his riffs grab you), how he leads you to a marvelous culmination, and above all how he finishes the songs (brilliant finish every time - something that many songwriters neglect).

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4 Father Time - Stratovarius

I don't think this song has more melodic qualities than a typical power metal song in order to be in the top 10, let alone #3.

I'm not saying it's a bad song - just nothing special in terms of melodic qualities.

I think we should put outstanding and unique melodies on this list.

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5 Rainbow Eyes - Rainbow

This melody is so beautiful and unique that is almost transcendental. It's like a music message from the center of the Universe. And Dio earned the nickname Mr. Golden Voice for a reason. - Metal_Treasure

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6 Diabolus - Primal Fear

One of the best metal songs written after 2000 - epic and melodic, yet heavy and intense. Everything's perfect - riff, vocals, solo. - Metal_Treasure

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7 Melancholy - Iced Earth UListen to Sample
8 Full Moon - Sonata Arctica UListen to Sample
9 When a Hero Cries - Edguy UListen to Sample
10 Fortuneteller - Deep Purple

There's nothing more exciting than exploring Deep Purple's deep tracks - like this one. Most people know only Smoke On The Water but Deep Purple have tons of more elegant and sophisticated songs - lots of them are (melodic) power metal.

‘Fortuneteller’ is a real treat - exquisite melodic riff, awesome melody, and of course - great vocals (Joe Lynn Turner). Ritchie Blackmore knows how to write melodic metal stuff - classy melodic and not cheesy melodic (unlike many power metal bands).

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The Contenders

11 Center of the Universe - Kamelot

This song is epic! awesome keyboard riff in the intro, catchy chorus and beautiful piano outro - petrucci75hammet

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12 The Love from a Dead Orchestra - Versailles
13 My Last Sunrise - Demons and Wizards

Melodic and angry at the same time; all emotions in one song - from melancholy and sadness to anger and rage. The song is outstanding as well as the vocal performance (Hansi Kürsch). In fact, this is one of the best metal vocal performances of all time. - Metal_Treasure

14 Tallulah - Sonata Arctica
15 The Time of the Oath - Helloween UListen to Sample
16 I Am - Theocracy UListen to Sample
17 Galaxies Unknown - Power Quest UListen to Sample
18 Wolf and Raven - Sonata Arctica
19 Unchain the Rain - Altaria

This is the best song I've ever heard! This band should be more popular!

20 Dracula - Iced Earth
21 Nightfall - Blind Guardian
22 I Want Out - Helloween

No word can say

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23 Forever - Kamelot

Based on the Solveig's Song from Peer Gynt, the melody is a blast. it s one of the songs that made me get font of melodic power.

I fought it would be hard to chose but then I saw "Forever".

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24 Rebirth - Angra

Inspiration. This music give a travel in my deepest thoughts.

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25 Carry On - Angra UListen to Sample
26 From the Ashes - Gamma Ray UListen to Sample
27 We Are One - Dreamtale UListen to Sample
28 Empty Room - Celesty UListen to Sample
29 An End So Cold - Dark Moor
30 Dreams Never Die - Dignity UListen to Sample
31 Fiddler on the Green - Demons and Wizards
32 Love's Tragedy - Demons and Wizards
33 Otherland - Blind Guardian UListen to Sample
34 Only Human - At Vance UListen to Sample
35 Halloween - Helloween
36 Despertar Los Recuerdos - Luthier
37 Destiny - Galneryus UListen to Sample
38 Kizuna - Galneryus
39 Masquerade - Versailles UListen to Sample
40 Wings of Tomorrow - Stratovarious UListen to Sample
41 Tower of Babylon - Dragonrider UListen to Sample
42 Damien - Iced Earth UListen to Sample
43 Majesty - Blind Guardian

This is an excellent example of very melodic but also heavy stuff - very angry and very fast. And all these aspects work perfectly together. - Metal_Treasure

44 Skalds and Shadows - Blind Guardian UListen to Sample
45 Sacrifice - Edguy UListen to Sample
46 Crimson King - Demons & Wizards
47 A Greater Darkness - Moonspell UListen to Sample
48 Land of the Free - Gamma Ray UListen to Sample
49 Missä Miehet Ratsastaa - Teräsbetoni
50 Teräksen Taakka - Teräsbetoni
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Top Remixes

1. Gates of Babylon - Rainbow
2. The Bard's Song (In the Forest) - Blind Guardian
3. Sinner - Theocracy


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