Best Power Metal Guitarists

The Top Ten

1 Kai Hansen Kai Hansen Kai Michael Hansen is a heavy metal guitarist and vocalist. Hansen is the founder, lead guitarist, and vocalist of power metal band Gamma Ray. He is also the co-founder and former member of German metal band Helloween.

Deserve to be the best power metal guitarists, HAIL THE GODFATHER OF POWER METAL! - Alcort

The music he composed in Helloween and Gamma Ray defined the sound of early power metal and he is an underrated lead player

He is so good so talented

I truly believe he should be at #1, or top 3 at least. - Metal_Treasure

2 Yngwie Malmsteen Yngwie Malmsteen Yngwie Johan Malmsteen is a Swedish guitarist, songwriter and bandleader who was born on June 30th, 1963, in Stockholm, Sweden. He was known for his neoclassical metal playing style back in the 1980s.
3 Herman Li Herman Li Herman Li is a Hong Kong-born, British Chinese musician, record producer, and lead guitarist for the British Power-Metal band Dragonforce.

Herman Li is the greatest power metal guitarist of all time! Not only does he play fast, he NEVER misses a note.

4 Magnus Karlsson Magnus Karlsson Magnus Karlsson is a Swedish heavy metal songwriter, guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and producer, best known as the lead guitarist for the German metal band Primal Fear.

He is incredible - listen to his work for Primal Fear (twin guitar shared with Alex Beyrodt but Magnus is a bit better than Alex). I like his solos to Strike, Riding the Eagle, Diabolus. - Metal_Treasure

5 Gus G Gus G Konstantinos Karamitroudis also known as Gus G, born September 12, 1980 in Greece is a heavy metal guitarist. He currently plays with his band Firewind and Ozzy Osbourne
6 Timo Tolkki Timo Tolkki Timo Tapio Tolkki is a Finnish musician best known as the former guitarist, songwriter and producer of the power metal band Stratovarius.

I think Mr. Tolkki need to be at least top 3 because he was one of the most important power metal guitarist with Mr. Hansen and Mr. Weikath. Also, his techniques are better than other power metal guitarists. - Alcort

7 André Olbrich André Olbrich André Olbrich is a German guitarist, composer and backing vocalist, most known as the co-founder and lead guitarist of power metal band Blind Guardian, in which he serves as one of the main composers with other co-founder Hansi Kürsch.
8 Olaf Lenk Olaf Lenk

A very technical player for less known band (At Vance). I would highly recommend to give a listen to his instrumentals (At Vance - Vivaldi Summer, Beethoven's 5th). - Metal_Treasure

9 Michael Kiske Michael Kiske Michael Kiske is a singer best known as the former lead vocalist for the German power metal band Helloween.

That's funny. Did somebody confuse him with Kai Hansen? - Metal_Treasure

10 Matias Kupiainen Matias Kupiainen

The Contenders

11 Luca Turilli

None other than the best. I have spent 4 years at music school studying guitar and music theory, and I feel that nothing can compare to Luca's neoclassical style. He doesn't try to showboat or impress, rather, he lets his licks and solos tell a story, give an emotion, make you feel! He deserves to be at least top ten, and will always be my number 1! Viva Rhapsody!

His work is absolutely amazing, his mastery over neoclassical style is astonishing, his guitar work can make me cry tear so joy and gives me the chills more than any other musician. The best!

12 Jens Ludwig Jens Ludwig
13 Rikard Sundén Rikard Sundén
14 Marcus Siepen Marcus Siepen Marcus Siepen is a German guitarist and backing vocalist, most known for being the rhythm guitarist of power metal band Blind Guardian.
15 Alex Beyrodt Alex Beyrodt Alexander "Alex" Beyrodt, born 1964, is a German guitarist who has worked for several German metal and rock bands (Primal Fear, Sinner, Silent Force, Voodoo Circle).
16 Criss Oliva Criss Oliva Christopher "Criss" Michael Oliva was an American musician who was the lead guitarist and co-founder of the band Savatage.

This guy's life was cut short before he could show the world his amazing talents. Gotta listen to believe... Savatage.

17 Emppu Vuorinen Emppu Vuorinen Erno Matti Juhani "Emppu" Vuorinen is a Finnish guitarist, most famous for being a founding member and occasional songwriter of the symphonic metal band Nightwish.
18 Jani Liimatainen
19 Vivian Campbell Vivian Campbell Vivian Patrick Campbell is a Northern Irish rock guitarist. He came to prominence in the early 1980s as a member of Dio, and has been a member of Def Leppard since 1992.
20 Craig Goldy Craig Goldy
21 Chuck Schuldiner Chuck Schuldiner Charles Michael "Chuck" Schuldiner (1967-2001) was an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist, best known as the founder and vocalist, guitarist and bassist of the American heavy metal band Death. He is considered the most influential figure in Death Metal, with some publications referring to Chuck more.

He counts because he formed his own power metal band Control Denied.

22 Victor Smolski

A true guitar virtuoso and brilliant composer.

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24 Michael Weikath Michael Weikath Michael Ingo Joachim "Weiki" Weikath is a German musician and songwriter, best known as a founding member and one of the guitarists and backing vocalists of pioneering power metal band Helloween.

Mr. Weikath should add from this list... - Alcort

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