Are power chords just for heavy rock and metal songs?

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No. Although mainly associated with heavy rock, power chords are used in many other genres too and can also be a good introduction to playing full barre chords.

Listen to old Beatles songs like Helter Skelter and Hey Bulldog for good examples of pop songs that can use power chords.

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