20 Greatest Power Ballads of All Time

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I enjoyed doing the 10 Greatest Hair Metal Song list so much that I doubled this one to include 20 songs. Yea! I know you aren't as excited about that as I am, but you really should be. Not so many ground rules here. These are tear jerking somewhat sappy songs done by predominantly hard rock bands. Clear enough? Cool, then grab your hankie and throw your arm around your favorite guy or girl ‘cause here we go:

20. "Beth" by Kiss: You're probably expecting this list to be comprised almost entirely of bands from the 80s, and for the most part you're correct, but I couldn't in good conscience leave this one off the list. While I personally think "Hard Luck Woman" is a much better slow song by Kiss, this is potentially the forerunner of all power ballads to come. If kabuki wearing demons and spacemen could show their soft side, what's to stop men who look like transvestites?

19. "Fly to the Angels" by Slaughter: Speaking of transvestites, when the Vinnie Vincent Invasion broke up, fragments of the band became Slaughter. While it's debatable which band was actually better, there's no debating that Slaughter actually made this list. Does that really mean anything? I don't know.

18. "High Enough" by Damn Yankees: Are super-groups ever a good idea? Probably not, but when in doubt Ted Nugent and company made us whip out our lighters for this little love ditty.

17. "To Be With You" by Mr. Big: Are super-groups ever a good... Whoa, wait. Maybe they are. Super-groups did manage to score back to back songs on this list.

16. "Don't Close Your Eyes" by Kix: I couldn't include "Cold Blood" on my previous list, but I managed to get Kix on this list. While some people might be put off by Steve Whiteman's nasally vocals, this song has a certain "making out in your Trans-Am" appeal to it. It could also work for Camaros.

15. "Two Steps Behind" by Def Leppard: I'm a hockey fan, and I really wanted to leave this song off the list because of Joe Elliot's faux pas with the Stanley Cup, but I convinced myself that he was really drunk and didn't know what he was doing. You can't penalize a rock star for drunken idiocy. You also can't penalize them for making a darn good ballad.

14. "Carrie" by Europe: Here again is that band that everyone but me hates. Can you hear the "Final Countdown" keyboard intro? Let that get stuck in your head. Sure "Carrie" is a really sappy song, but isn't that the point? And do I have to mention Joey Tempest's pout again?

13. "Alone Again" by Dokken: Between Don Dokken's voice and George Lynch's guitar playing, Dokken should have been a more successful band than they were. Oh well. At least this love lost lament should stir some pity in even the most jaded of listeners.

12. "House of Pain" by Faster Pussycat: I love Faster Pussycat. As a matter of fact, this is probably one of my least favorite songs by them, but I couldn't go putting "Bathroom Wall" on the list. This song also wins points because of its serious subject matter and autobiographical nature.

11. "Wait" by White Lion: I almost didn't include this song because I'm still not positive it's a true ballad because of the way it alternates between slow parts and heavy parts, but I just love this song way too much to ignore it. My admiration is mostly due to Vito Bratta's wonderful guitar work. Props also have to be paid to Mike Tramp's flowing mane, though.

10. "Every Rose Has It's Thorn" by Poison: I personally like "I Won't Forget You" more, but I think I'm in the minority there, so the list contains this Brett Michaels' overly emotional ode to lost love.

9. "More Than Words" by Extreme: Most people do or do not remember Gary Cherone as the lead singer on the only Van Halen album none of us ever bought or heard. Seriously, can you name a single song Gary Cherone sang for Van Halen? I can't. Before we refused to forgive Eddie Van Halen for firing his second frontman Sammy Hagar, Gary Cherone was singing for the just as unforgivable and equally forgettable band Extreme. At least Gary did do this one okay song.

8. "Is This Love" by Whitesnake: This is such a sweet little song, even if David Coverdale is singing it to Tawny Kitaen. Yuk. Let's try to forget that part and focus on John Sykes guitar playing even though Adrian Vandenberg appears in the video playing air guitar because David Coverdale fired everyone during the recording of the album... On second thought let's just appreciate the love Mr. Coverdale and his ex-wife Tawny had for each other. Swallowing the vomit.

7. "Don't Know What You Got ‘til It's Gone" by Cinderella: You wouldn't think Tom Keifer's screeching style of vocals would work well for a love song, but you would be wrong. I believe it's actually Tom's vocals that turn what might have been just a run of the mill power ballad into one of the best power ballads of all time. Too bad that same style of singing has not been very kind to Mr. Keifer's vocal chords over the years.

6. "Love is on the Way" by Saigon Kick: I really like this song, but please don't make me watch the video ever again. What the heck is lead singer Matt Kramer doing with his hands? Is he a genie? Is he blind? I'm confused.

5. "Love of a Lifetime" by Firehouse: Nothing like showing up on the scene just as your genre of music is dying a painful death, but Firehouse did manage to sneak in this head swaying ballad just in time. It's always been one of my favorites.

4. "Heaven" by Warrant: Sure, "Cherry Pie" may have been responsible for bringing down the entire hair metal genre, but at least Warrant made one really good song. No? Oh well, I truly believe "Heaven" is one of the greatest power ballads of all time. Let the debate begin.

3. "Home Sweet Home" by Motley Crue: Ah yes, the much maligned "Theater of Pain" album. No matter what your opinion is of the bad boys of "Shout at the Devil" trading in their leather for lace, you can't deny that this song is one of the greatest ballads of all time. Sure it was kind of simple, but I think it was that simplicity that made it sound more real than the scores of other ballads that tried a little too hard to stir our emotions.

2. "Sweet Child o' Mine" by Guns -n- Roses: While Axl Rose has proven to potentially be the biggest douchebag in the history of rock and roll by taking potentially the greatest band of the last twenty years and completely flushing it down the toilet, there is no denying how great the album Appetite For Destruction was. It's one of the few albums without a bad song on it, and, more impressively, it contains the second greatest power ballad of all time. Do you think they feel honored?

And now it's time to wipe your eyes and blow your nose for...

1. "I Remember You" by Skid Row: Reality television has made Sebastian Bach look less than flattering, but in my mind he still has one of the most powerful voices in the history of rock. While many a metal singer has had to rely on screeching falsetto to reach certain heights, Mr. Bach's vocal range is pure and strong. And no song exemplifies that vocal range quite as well as the greatest power ballad of all time. What makes this one stand out above the crowd is that it doesn't come across as a gimmick or an attempt to cash in on the "let's crack the top ten with a ballad" trend of the 80s. It actually feels real. For that, "I Remember You" will always be a wedding couple's first dance for those of us from the 80s who can still find someone to marry them... and can still dance without the aid of a walker.

Well there you have it. And you can't say I didn't include Warrant this time.

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Comments 123 comments

Adam B 7 years ago

Nice list, I may have bumped one of them for Steelheart - Never let You Go (Angel Eyes)


Whitey 7 years ago

That one is a great song. Might have actually been an oversight on my part.


Andrew Hawkley 7 years ago

I think Sweet Child O' Mine is too fast to be a power ballad. I'd go for Iron Maiden's Children of the Damned as best power ballad ever.


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Whitey 7 years ago from Oswego, IL Author

While I see your point and do somewhat agree about Sweet Child O' Mine, there is no way I could put Iron Maiden, who I am a huge fan of (The Trooper poster is on the wall behind me as I type) on a power ballad list. Somebody would end up punching me right in the face.


Andrew Hawkley 7 years ago

A power ballad doesn't have to be a love song by a poodle metal band. I'd define it as a slow song dominated by the vocals where the choruses are significantly louder than the verses. Might I recommend "Heart of Steel" by Manowar, the Kings of Metal themselves?

 http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=sLCTq1QdFq8


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midnightbliss 7 years ago from Hermosa Beach

you have here a nice list of songs.


rian 7 years ago

i think patience or november rain is much better than sweet child o mine, but good list anyway :D


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Whitey 7 years ago from Oswego, IL Author

Patience and November Rain are both good songs. I do give more credit to the songs from Appetite for Destruction because it's where it all started. Whether that's right or wrong will always be open to debate.


Dave 7 years ago

No Bon Jovi??? You can take our pick with them, Always, Never Say Good Bye, I'll Be There For You, Bed of Roses.

Here's my list

20. To Be With You

19. Alone

18. If I Close My Eyes Forever

17. More Than Words

16. When the Children Cry

15. Don't Cry

14. Angel

13. Fly to the Angels

12. High Enough

11. Don't Know What You Got

10. Is This Love

9. I Want to Know What Love Is

8. Love of a Lifetime

7. Faithfully

6. Home Sweet Home

5. Love Bites

4. I Will Remember You

3. Heaven

2. Every Rose Has Its Thorn

1. Always


eaasi3574 7 years ago

Great post.


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kea 7 years ago

So many great ballads to chose from, but I agree with your number 1. I still get chills when I hear that song. Sebastion Bach's voice is awesome in the song. I saw Skid Row open up for G-n-R a long time ago and they totally blew G-n-R off the stage. G-n-R was lame compared to Skid Row!


Spencer 7 years ago

Are you guys kidding When the Children Cry by White Lion is the best and most moving power ballad of all time. Sweat child of mine is to fast ti be one. But i do like Skid Row at number 1 (except for white lion.)


Vic Berdin 7 years ago

Im wondering how come I don't see a Steel Heart on this list. We're talking about Power Ballads here right? "Angela" and/or "She's Gone" should fix this list. And bump off "Sweet Child 'O mine" and/or "Two Steps Behind" out the list for obvious reasons.


akafall 7 years ago

Good List. Some of these I had actually forgotten (sigh) Thanks for the walk down memory lane and the tears on my iPod.


Bojana  6 years ago

I'm huge Skid Row fan... and while reading this list I didn't even think that you could have song by them at no1. I like your list. Not just because of I remember you, but every other song is good. :)

* oh and btw I wasn't even born in the 80s. but I love those hair metal bands. I'm almost 16 years old.. but yeah, glam metal forever!


Gaurav  6 years ago

Where are Journey's song, The band that's called the inventor of power ballads.. Open Arms, Faithfully??


stormin 6 years ago

you want power ballads do you.....

In no particular order here are my 10 fav's

Changes Black Sabbath

Love ain't no stranger Whitesnake

Rainbow eyes rainbow

Judas Priest Diamonds and Rust live Japan

Scorpions Here in my heart

Scorpions Still loving you

Coverdale page Take a look at yourself

The Last days of May Blue Oyster Cult

Patience GNR

Nazareth Star How's that..............


Bill 6 years ago

Where the hell is Silent Lucidity??


Come on 6 years ago

No Angel by Aerosmith?

Greatest power ballad ever


Brandon 6 years ago

Don't Cry by Guns N' Roses is the greatest power ballad of all time IMO.


Victor 6 years ago

You seem to be missing "Phoenix Rising" by Annihilator,

An outstanding power ballad that is gonna be at our wedding...even if its a little late fo the 80s!!


Alex 6 years ago

Wow, your list is a tragedy...You need to put at least one song from Steelheart and your list should include; I still think about you from Danger Danger, there's no other power ballad that matches this song. Probably you never heard of them before since they came in late in the glam metal scene but this song is without a doubt the best power ballad ever.


etroche 6 years ago

Yes, the list is not good at all. I have more than a 100 on my personal collection from Aerosmith to Whitesnake. I will a the list when I have time. Best. ET


Julian 6 years ago

You should try X JAPAN. Say Anything, Tears, Crucify My Love, Endless Rain etc. X JAPAN's ballads are the greatest of all time. Even if you don't understand the language. :-)


Eric 6 years ago

Nice list! I love that Saigon Kick song too. Glad to see it so high on the list. Although I do have to agree that Angel Eyes should be here somewhere.


Inspector Winship 6 years ago

To leave off Scorpions "Still Loving You" is just irresponsible. And while Appitite for Destruction is a superior album, "November Rain" is a far surperior power ballad. On my personal list (somewhere) is Orion's "Dark and Stormy Night," but that's a personal preference.


Thomas  6 years ago

Yeah, like the list, but in my opinion it is incomplete (subjective as hell of course). I really think Always (Bon Jovi), Dream on (aerosmith) and Don't Cry (Guns n Roses) should join the list. And Inspector Winship is totally right about the Scorpions, although I prever the song You and I above Still loving you.


eldelpuerto 6 years ago

here's my top 20

20. just take my heart - Mr.Big

19. dont close your eyes - kix

18. forever- kiss

17. because the love - keel

16. sister christian - night ranger

15. only time will tell - nelson

14. miles away - winger

13. angel - aerosmith

12. i still thik about you - danger danger

11. love songs - tesla

10. love bites - def leppard

09. when i see you smile - bad english

08. i'll see you in my dreams - giant

07. the flame - cheap trick

06. high enough - damn yankees

05. the time alone with you - bad english

04. heaven - warrant

03. more than words can say - alias

02. if you needed somebody - bad company

01. she's gone - steelheart


Brittany 6 years ago

Yeah...

I can't believe Bon Jove didn't make your list. There's something off with that.

Most of your list, I agree with...but I'm with Dave.

Bon Jovi has SO many power ballads perfect for this list. At least one of them should have made it onto your's.


Ricardo 6 years ago

What about "A tale that wasn't right" of Helloween.. thats a very good Power Ballad!!


Rob 6 years ago

Ever hear of "Wanted Dead or Alive"? That might friend is #1. Thanks for the list. Waxin nostalgic as I type....... in Silent Lucidity....


Christian 6 years ago

Silent Lucidity should be on this list in my opinion, but otherwise this is a fantastic top 20.


Jun23 6 years ago

Hey guys, no love for The Price by Twisted Sister and Tears of Fire by Keel?


Jen 6 years ago

I'm with Christian. You can't have a top 20 power ballads list without Silent Lucidity


Yomper 5 years ago

Come on people be nice before you slag of a bloody good list all add your own lists so we can compare!! most of you have added great songs but everyones taste is different.

Skid row was great song but i agree I Remember you is a little to fast to be a power love ballad :)


Gene 5 years ago

Come on, how does "Love Bites" by Def Leppard not make this list???


Blake 5 years ago

for Andrew Hawkley:

1.

a. A narrative poem, often of folk origin and intended to be sung, consisting of simple stanzas and usually having a refrain.

b. The music for such a poem.

2. A popular song especially of a romantic or sentimental nature.


Joey 5 years ago

Faithfully by journey


Cody Hucko 5 years ago

wowww wth gus lol wheres the great white- house of broken love?? skid row- little wing??and perhaps one of the greatest of all....Wildside-just another night...come on guyss my list goes on and on and im only 16 lmao


bob 5 years ago

wheres the rain song by led zeppelin??


megadeathbylove 5 years ago

Loudness-So Lonely

black sabbath-children of the sea

steelheart - she's gone

lunatica-farewell my love

budgie-turn to stone

MSG-when i'm gone

UFO-Profession OF the violence

Robin Zander-Surrender to me

MSG-Niightmare

Rainbow-Can't let you go

Gary Moore-Empty rooms

Yngwie malmsteen-save our love

highlord-Moonlight romance

Y&T- This Time

Whitesnake-Now you're gone

WhiteLion-Never let you go


leo 5 years ago

sweet child o' mine is not a power ballad, idiot!!! you should be study a little more or listen what really is a power ballad motherfucker of the year!! jaja. guns n' roses forever


Nicholas 5 years ago

It hasn't earned a place on this list, however how many were surprised when the heard Snuff by slipknot??!?!


Miguel 5 years ago

Home Sweet Home will always be the greatest in my opinion... Something about gets me


valerie 5 years ago

Silent Lucidity lit my path to the power ballad.

What about Metallica's 'Unforgiven" and Scorpion "Send Me An Angel"


oxycera 5 years ago

House of Lords - Love don't lie

Spellbound - Shot of Love

Baby Tuckoo - Maybe

nobody heard these gems?


TheNotoriousBIGLives 5 years ago

guys, u're missing I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing by Aerosmith and Still Loving You by Scorpions!


FrenchConnection 5 years ago

Good list. I think of Power Ballads as being slower songs about girls by bands that usually play faster and sing about different things. So Journey or REO don't work because most of their best songs are slower songs about girls. My only complaint would be the choice of Def Leppard song; I think that Bringing on the Heartache would be a better pick.


Joe the Cab 5 years ago

Blinding list. 38 and from London UK, so not up to speed like those who were a little older than me and State side. Lots of tracks I don't know, and I've just been through them on youTube and loved the list. Will get em and make a playlist.

If I could go back in time, it would be then.


Joe the Cab 5 years ago

Can you knock up another list?

'Another 20 Greatest Power Ballads of All Time'

The hub title don't matter, just great stuff.


Jordan 5 years ago

A lot of you are being rather child-ish saying that his list is bad because he didn't put some of "your" favorite songs, instead he put songs that "he" thinks are the best 20 power ballads. So let's just calm down people, it's still an awesome! list


shit 5 years ago

skid row rules


Nightfall 5 years ago

A list without Def Leppard's Love Bites is not a list!


Habs 5 years ago

Hi - Possession by Bad English should be here somewhere.


Loudness 5 years ago

David Coverdale & Jimmy Page---Take Me For A Little While


Austin 5 years ago

What is up with this list what about some of the great songs you missed you said sweet child ol mine instead of November rain and you completely missed I'll be there f


Austin  5 years ago

You completely forgot I'll be there for you Bon jovi and my favorite dream on aerosmith dream ons top 3 if not the best ever


bill 5 years ago

this one goes back a ways but how about Just Between You and Me by April Wine?


hayden 5 years ago

im sorry but where is meat loaf ????????


Supernaut 5 years ago

Kick Axe: Dreaming About You


lo 5 years ago

Beth top 5 at least. one of the first if not the first pb. Black Sabbath "Changes'' and UFO "LOVE TO LOVE" honorable mentions


arjun 4 years ago

no faithfully, open arms, i don't want to miss a thing


jcw14 4 years ago

all i can say is where is queensryche's silent lucidity, in either the main list or any commented lists, to leave this song out is sacrilegious to the "power ballad" lists


casstheking 4 years ago

Not one Scorpions power ballad? Ahahaha fool. We'll burn the sky. No One Like You. Wind of Change. Send Me an Angel. STILL LOVING YOU. Always SOmewhere. Holiday. In Your Park. Just pick one


adolfo 4 years ago

muy buena la lista, pero sweet child o' mine no es power ballad, y beth de kiss en ¿numero 20?, te falto i'll be ther for you de Bon Jovi, y Love Song De Teslal, No One Like You de Scorpions,y algo de Danger Danger, y I Can't Stop Loving you de Van Halen, aqui esta mi top 20:

20. -I Still Think About You (Danger Danger)

19. -Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad? (Def Leppard)

18. -I live my life for you (Firehouse)

17. -I Can't Stop Loving You(Van Halen)

16. -Two Steps Behind (Def Leppard)

15. -I Remember You (Skid Row)

14. -No One Like You (Scorpions)

15. -Hysteria (Def Leppard)

14. -When Love And Hate Collide (Def Leppard)

13. -Reason To Live (KISS)

12. -Love Song (Tesla)

11. -Crazy (Aerosmith)

10. -Angel (Aerosmith)

9. -Always (Bon Jovi)

8. -Every Rose Has It's Thorn (Poison)

7. -Hard Luck Woman (KISS)

6. -Through The Rain (Cinderella)

5. -Don't Cry (Gun's 'n' Roses)

4. -I'll Be There For You (Bon Jovi)

3. -Faithfully (Journey)

2. -Angie (Rolling Stones)

1. -Beth (KISS)


Cobi2 4 years ago

Awesome list, even after three years lol. As a veteran of the 80's, I wouldn't classify GnR as a Hair Metal band really...to me, their sound was more like what would eventually warp into that weird 90's rock. For example, compare a GnR song with Autograph's Turn Up The Radio..a song which embodied the coming sound of the Hair Metal era.

I also agree that Beth doesn't belong on that list. Kiss was not really a Hair Metal band either. They were more of a leftover from the theatrical 70s arena rock era.


Cobi2 4 years ago

"Not one Scorpions power ballad?"

The thing is, the author, in the beginning, made reference to Hair Metal bands. The Scorpions, while certainly masters of the art of rock (There's No One Like You, Big City Nights, etc.) they weren't really an 80's Hair band per se.

Their rock was more hard driving and was not conventional by the standards of Hair Metal. The Scorps used the open E chord for sure, but they didn't live solely by it.


leoattuch 4 years ago

Here's my top 20

20- forever free- W.A.S.P.

19- wind of change- scorpions

18- fly to the angels- slaughter

17- alone again- dokken

16- carrie- europe

15- amanda- boston

14- high enough- damn yankees

13- wanted dead or alive- bon jovi

12- i will see you in my dreams- giant

11- beth- kiss

10- angel- aerosmith

9- i still think about you- danger danger

8- don't cry- guns n roses

7- is this love- whitesnake

6- heaven- warrant

5- love bites- def leppard

4- home sweet home- motley crue

3- she's gone- steelheart

2- every rose has its thorn- poison

1- i remember you- skid row


eddy 4 years ago

tha ballad of jayne by LA GUNS its not there ?


Doesn't Matter 4 years ago

I've seen some good selections however I'm curious about the fact that there are bands mentioned that are hair metal not power metal. I hear Power Metal, I expect to see bands like Manowar, Blind Guardian, Iced Earth, Rhapsody, Kamelot, Hammerfall, etc. I could mention some obvious others but they've already been mentioned. I was going to put up a top ten, but really only two songs came to mind so here they are;

Before the Dawn - Judas Priest

Blood Brothers - Manowar


Adam A. 4 years ago

well i wasnt even alive in the 80's and you guys missed "Your Love" by the outfield.

pretty much a fail, maybe your memory IS getting bad :P


Stephanie 4 years ago

Few changes, Def Leppard needs to be moved way up and switched to "Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad", GnR should be "Don't Cry" and "Beth" should be taken off and replaced by Tesla "Love Song". Other than that, love it! So glad to see Cinderella on there and Skid Row as #1 just made my day!


hammerjacks-baltimore 4 years ago

what about always somewhere by the scorps?


hammerjacks-baltimore 4 years ago

anyone remember tryumph?


hammerjacks-baltimore 4 years ago

or tesla?


Cobi2 4 years ago

@Adam A.

Your Love by the outfield is not a ballad...


JAY 4 years ago

ALWAYS BON JOVI


yeah 4 years ago

cool yeah


JV32 4 years ago

I got a few -

Love Hurts - Nazareth

Holiday - Scorpions

Lady Starlight - Scorpions

Kaliegh - Marillion


pbuchsbaum 4 years ago

Great list. I also love "Kingdom Dome - What Love Can be" from 1988. In 00's Fuel have great power ballads.

Check Falls on Me(2003), Hemorrhage (2000),

Innocent (2000), Milion Miles (2003), Sunburn (1998)


pbuchsbaum 4 years ago

Sorry, my mistake. The right name is "Kingdom Come" and the song is "What Love Can Be"


Paddvart 4 years ago

Aerosmith - I don't want to miss a thing.


Kimmie G 4 years ago

MANY great tunes listed by several people. Rock On!


Gill 4 years ago

What no Bon Jovi? What's goin on there?


manu 4 years ago

allen lande - reach a little longer

angra - bleeding heart

blind guardian - the bard's song

firehouse - no one at all

hammerfall - the fallen one

helloween - i don't wanna cry no more

iced earth - i died for you

loudness - lost without your love

loverboy - this could be the night

Lynyrd Skynyrd - I Never Dreamed

opeth - to bid you farewell

quiet riot - dont wanna be your fool

savatage - if i go away

sonata arctica - last drop falls

Reo Speedwagon - In your letter

thin lizzy - the sun goes down

thunder - a lover, not a friend

Warrant - Bed Of Roses

Winger - Miles Away

X Japan - Endless Rain

zakk - cry me a river


8eight80 4 years ago

talking about power ballads nothing beats bonnie tyler's "Making love out of nothing at all" and "Total eclipse of the heart"


Some One 4 years ago

WHY NO SCORPIONS OR BON JOVI HUH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lol, you could've atleast put airsupply


aidsasis 4 years ago

why hasn't anyone mentioned poison's "something to believe in"?


VLADI 4 years ago

1)rainbow- temple of the king

2)Rainbow - Rainbow Eyes

3)rainbow- catch the rainbow

4)Ten - After The Love Has Gone

5)Sturm und Drang - Indian

6)blind guardian bard's song

7)Salamandra- Homage to the Great

8)Bonfire - You Make Me Feel

9)U.F.O. - BeLLaDoNNa

10)Sonata arctica- shy

11)sonata_arctica- mary lou

12)Royal hunt- Age Gone Wild

13)Royal hunt- Stranded

14)axel rudi pell - the clown is dead

15)axel rudi pell- the eyes of the lost

16)Stratovarius -The Land Of Ice And Snow

17)Excalion - Heart & Home

18)gorky park - two candles

19)Lynyrd Skynyrd - Simple Man

20)OUTLOUD - Waiting For Your Love


80s Rule 4 years ago

Alice Cooper's Might as well be on Mars...just slow & fast enough.


Josh 4 years ago

Silent Lucidity?


TROLOL 4 years ago

WTF WINDS OF CHANGE-SCORPIONS IS NOT IN THE LIST OMFG!!


mychoice 4 years ago

Is not Easy to choose the best 20 ballads of ever. I will try to make a list of some of my favorite ballads but im sure that i will not include some good songs that other people, for exemple would choose:

1- Simple Plan - Untitled

2- 3 Doors Down - Here Without you

3- evanescence - my immortal

4- within temptation - memories

5- hoobastank - the reason

6- Scorpions - Wind of change

7- Bon Jovi - Always

8- Aerosmith - Fly Away From Here

9- Guns n Roses - November Rain

10- Bryan Adams - (Everything I Do) I Do It For You

11- Saints And Sinners -Takin`my chances

12- Sarah Brightman & Manowar Where Eagles Fly

13- Firehouse - When I Look In to your Eyes

14- Arcaide - Cry no more

15- Danger Danger - I still Think About You

16- Mr Big - To Be With You

17- Annihilator phoenix rising

18- White Lion - When The Children Cry

19- Ozzy Osbourne - Mama, I'm Coming Home

20- Stratovarious - Forever


enjoythemusic 4 years ago

all the ballads are good but i would like to include other fantastic ballads:

1- Charles & Eddie - Would I Lie To You

2- double - captain of her heart

3- Metallica - The unforgiven ll

4- aerosmith- dream on

5- scorpions- still loving you

6- Anne Murray - You needed me

7- Bruce Dickinson - Tears Of the Dragon

8- brian mcfadden - real to me

9- rollins stones - tears go by

10- manowar- courage

11-zz top- rough boy

12- Wet Wet Wet- Love Is All Around

13- Body Count - The Winner Loses

14- Bush - Letting The Cables Sleep

15- Dream Theater - The Spirit Carries On

16- Therion-seawinds

17-Megadeth - A Tout Le Monde

18- Direct - Don't kill me tonight

19- Oratory- Story of all Times

20- Xutos e Pontapés - Para Sempre


DC Dave 4 years ago

Love that you included Skid Row and Kix, really like your list - bravo to them all!


.38 specialman 4 years ago

Miles away by winger is a classic too. Deserves an honorable mention


showtime 4 years ago

love bites by def lappard isn't on the list??? I've never seen a list like this without that song being in at least the top 4, and rightfully so... I bring it up because it's my personal favorite.


John Doe 4 years ago

I looked up power ballad in the dictionary and saw Scorpions - Still Loving You. Seriously, it's on the Wikipedia pad for power ballads and not in your list. You should be ashamed


Mayis 4 years ago

where is stairway to heaven(Led Zeppelin) or wish you were here (Pink Floyd) when the smoke is going down (Scorpions) Cryin (Aerosmith)..............................


Cobi2 4 years ago

Is Stairway to Heaven a power ballad? Hmm..that's an interesting question that could go either way. The author of this seems to intend "power ballad" as it normally describes the slow, power chorded love songs cranked out by the 80's hair metal bands. In this sense, I don't think that "power ballad" applies to Zeppelin. It could be thought of as a sort of forerunner to the power ballad. Though I'm not sure it's a love song...most of the power ballads were.

In another sense though, from a purely structural point of view, Stairway has the elements of a power ballad: Slow opening, gradually building tempo, big solo and finish. From an era perspective, I would say no...it can't be a power ballad..from a structural perspective, I would say that it definitely could be. It is surely one of the greatest songs of all time.

As for Pink Floyd, I think they have many songs that qualify structurally as power ballads, but not content-wise. They also weren't a hair band, as the author of this article refers to.


John 4 years ago

yes, nice list, but can't be that nice without Bon Jovi. At least, couple of their songs need to be here (Always, This ain't love song, Dry County, She don't know me, Bed of Roses...). Beth from KISS? They got many ballads which are better than Beth.


JAY 4 years ago

POWER ROCK BALLADS? CHECK MY LIST ON YOUTUBE BY 76CANCER TOP 30 GREATEST POWER ROCK BALLAD OF ALL TIME. YOU'LL NEVER REGRET IT.


Steve 4 years ago

Not a very good list. It's full of more obscure crap instead of the more popular (mainstream) ballads which actually have a place in the music history of that decade. Hipster list.


Alexander the Great 4 years ago

I think there must be a misunderstanding here. We are talking about "POWER BALLADS"... Remember those HAIR METAL BANDS from the 80's and early 90's???? Please don't make me sick!!! Some of your lovely 'ballads' SHOULD NOT be listed here!


Steve 4 years ago

I am outraged that Leona Lewis is not on your list. Bleeding Love is the greatest power ballad of all time. Your list offends my eyes and the songs offend my ears.


eddypartington 4 years ago

glad to see dokken in there, but my favourite is dream warriors in fact a nightmare on elm street 3 was the first time i heard them.


diablo 4 years ago

Here's my list:

20/ Bon Jovi - Wanted dead or alive

19/ U2- With or without you

18/ The Verve - Sonnet

17/ Scorpions - Wind of change

16/ Linkin Park - Somewhere I belong

15/ Scorpions - Still loving you

14/ Rolling Stones - Angie

13/ Metallica - Nothing Else Matters

12/ Led Zeppelin - Rain song

11/ U2 - Bloody Sunday

10/ Skid Row - I remember you

9/ System Of A Down - Lonely day

8/ Guns N'Roses - Patience

7/ Guns N'Roses - Sweet child O'mine

6/ Eminem & Dido - Stan

5/ 3 Doors Down - Here without you

4/ Guns N'Roses - November rain

3/ Bon Jovi - Bed of roses

2/ Led Zeppelin - Stairway to heaven

1/ Guns N'Roses - Don't cry


Alexander the Great 4 years ago

Whatttttttt???? Eminem???? Linkin Park???? Why didn't you include Lady Gaga and Rihanna. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT POWER BALLADS, we a not kidding here.


Juan 4 years ago

Wind of Change

Pensando En Ti(spanish song)

but good


Koorosh 4 years ago

Keep holding you by w.a.s.p. :XXXXXXXXXXX


juliee 4 years ago

"I Won't Forget You" is waaay better than Every Rose Has Its Thorn - hands down.


Brandon 4 years ago

Always With Me Always With You by: Joe Satriani


Ramuna 3 years ago

I guess everyone has their own 20 greatest power ballads. So just go on with it. Agreed with most in the list by the author except.


Wendy 3 years ago

Alice Cooper-Only Women Bleed and It's Me.


thanos 3 years ago

u2 - the ground beneath her feet


Sam 3 years ago

Here's my list:

1.) Don't Cry- Guns N' Roses

End of story.


Arand 3 years ago

Satisfaction Guaranteed - The Firm (Jimmy Page/Paul Rodgers group)

Also help me with a great power ballad, name of the band or singer is Jafreea (sp?), the chorus of the song is Hold to your Heart (??)


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Cari Jean 3 years ago from Bismarck, ND

No Tesla ?? - they were a great band, great music - they were totally underrated and not played enough on the radio.


Jade 3 years ago

No complaints about the rest. But that number 1 ballad..... Just cause "I Remember You" is more doesn't make it the best.. If it was from skid row, it has to be one of the two songs from Slave to the Grind, namely "Quicksand Jesus" and "Wasted Time" . I'd go for Quicksand, as i've never heard Sebastian give a better performance than on that song. :)


Baker 3 years ago

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eddie 2 years ago

heaven ,warrant , desperate babylon a,d .i sew red warrant dont know what you got Cinderella . wasp heaven hung in black .mam I'm coming home ozzy alone again dokken poison miles away,great white rock me and house of broken love la guns ballad of jane faster pussycat house of pain just about any bon jovi song van halen why cant this be love tesla love song .angel aerosmith .still loving you scorpions motley cru without you ltta ford poison


Me 2 years ago

Hello???......Scorpions???????

They can easily fill half of this list


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Greasy Penguin 20 months ago from England

This list is super informed. Mr. Big, "To Be With You". Superb.

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