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200 Greatest Hard Rock Ballads and Slow Rock Love Songs of the 80s and 90s

Updated on August 26, 2017

Hard rock came into it’s own in the glitzy 80s. The aesthetic strains of power ballads gave unique identity to hard rock bands. This article showcases a comprehensive list of the best hard rock ballads and slow rock love songs of the 80s and 90s.

The hard rock movement took shape in the late 60s as bands from various rock genres started experimenting with sound. By the mid 70s hard rock started being associated with popular music and since has evolved a great deal. The 80s took the hard rock scene to new heights. Although few bands drifted from their roots and adopted a pop rock sound, a large number of bands inspired by blues rock of the 60s emerged with an ‘epic’ hard rock sound. Hard rock spread its reach globally in the 80s.


Hard Rock Ballads and the AOR Scene in the 80s

Many bands in the glam metal scene started being associated with Hard rock and few among the many achieved tremendous commercial success with their music. The slow rock love songs trend peaked in the 80s as the AOR scene grew rapidly and became an entity of its own. Many hard rock bands started including ballads in their songs. The emotive power ballads and hard rock ballads of the 80s and 90s define the era of hard rock love songs. Hard rock bands became the staple of heavy metal enthusiasts in the 80s and 90s. A number of hard rock bands toured Japan which had a humongous fan base.


Slow Rock Compilations and Hits

Bands from US and Europe dominated the hard rock scene in the 80s and early 90s. In the mid 80s few major AOR bands shifted focus on a softer sound in the realms of hard rock thereby reaching a wider audience globally. Slow rock love songs and soft rock songs started being identified with the AOR bands, arena rock bands and hair metal bands of the 80s. Record companies were quick to cash in by releasing ‘slow rock collections’ greatest hits collections’ power ballads collections’ best of collections’ ‘acoustic rock ballads collections’ and ‘hair ballads collections’ of rock bands in the Hard rock genre.


Rock Love Songs in the 80s and 90s

Hard rock ballads, power ballads and slow rock songs become excessively popular at concerts in the 80s and 90s. At live shows hard rock bands performed their ballads and rock love songs to crowds holding up lit lighters, a symbolic gesture used for emotive songs. While the hair metal scene died out to a whiplash of grunge and alternative in the 90s, the momentous music continues to stir hearts. Every time we talk about hard rock love songs, hard rock ballads, acoustic rock ballads, hair ballads, and power ballads, it’s the epic 80s and 90s that come to mind… and I bet it’s going to stay that way.

If you are a fan of rock ballads of the 80s and 90s you will have a say…Feel free to express yourself in the comments section.

200 Greatest Hard Rock Ballads and Slow Rock Love Songs of the 80s and 90s

  1. I Remember You- Skid Row
  2. Is This Love- Whitesnake
  3. Silent Lucidity- Queensryche
  4. Every Rose has It’s Thorn- Poison
  5. Heaven- Bryan Adams
  6. Open Arms- Journey
  7. I Want To Know What Love Is- Foreigner
  8. November Rain- Guns N’ Roses
  9. The Unforgiven- Metallica
  10. Miles Away- Winger
  11. Amanda- Boston
  12. I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing- Aerosmith
  13. Heaven- Warrant
  14. I’ll Never Let You Go (Angel Eyes)- Steelheart
  15. Headed For a Heartbreak- Winger
  16. Still Loving You- Scorpions
  17. Don’t Close Your Eyes- Kix
  18. Nothing Else Matters- Metallica
  19. Wind of Change- Scorpions
  20. (Everything I Do) I Do It for You- Bryan Adams
  21. Waiting for a Girl Like You- Foreigner
  22. Don’t Know What You Got (Til It’s Gone)- Cinderella
  23. More Than Words- Extreme
  24. I Live My Life For You- Firehouse
  25. Carrie- Europe
  26. Forever- Kiss
  27. Can’t Fight This Feeling- REO Speedwagon
  28. The Flame- Cheap Trick
  29. Don’t Cry- Guns N’ Roses
  30. Faithfully- Journey
  31. Africa- Toto
  32. More Than Words Can Say- Alias
  33. Send Me an Angel- Scorpions
  34. Fly To the Angels- Slaughter
  35. When I See You Smile- Bad English
  36. Love of a Lifetime- Firehouse
  37. Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?- Bryan Adams
  38. Rosanna- Toto
  39. I’ll Be There For You- Bon Jovi
  40. Harden My Heart- Quarterflash
  41. Dreamer- Europe
  42. Broken Wings- Mr. Mister
  43. Love Song- Tesla
  44. Always- Bon Jovi
  45. Ballad of Jayne- L.A. Guns
  46. I Still Love You- Kiss
  47. Love Walked In- Thunder
  48. Love Bites- Def Leppard
  49. I Won’t Hold You Back- Toto
  50. Love Is On the Way- Saigon Kick
  51. When the Children Cry- White Lion
  52. Keep On Loving You- REO Speedwagon
  53. Please Forgive Me- Bryan Adams
  54. Goodbye to Romance- Ozzy Osbourne
  55. When It’s Love- Van Halen
  56. Shine- Collective Soul
  57. Love Song- Tesla
  58. Alone Again- Dokken
  59. Home Sweet Home- Motley Crue
  60. Never Say Goodbye- Bon Jovi
  61. Right Here Waiting- Richard Marx
  62. Almost Paradise- Mike Reno and Ann Wilson
  63. Mama, I’m Coming Home- Ozzy Osbourne
  64. High Enough- Damn Yankees
  65. Iris- Goo Goo Dolls
  66. Angel- Aerosmith
  67. The Deeper the Love- Whitesnake
  68. These Dreams- Heart
  69. Can’t Stop Loving You- Van Halen
  70. Every Time I Look At You- Kiss
  71. Take Me for a Little While- Coverdale/Page
  72. When I Look Into Your Eyes- Firehouse
  73. Hurt- Nine Inch Nails
  74. Fly High Michelle- Enuff Z’nuff
  75. Sometimes She Cries- Warrant
  76. In a Darkened Room- Skid Row
  77. Heaven In Your Eyes- Loverboy
  78. With Or Without You- U2
  79. Patience- Guns N’ Roses
  80. Close My Eyes Forever- Ozzy Osbourne and Lita Ford
  81. The Smile Has Left Your Eyes- Asia
  82. I Love You- Saigon Kick
  83. Now and Forever- Richard Marx
  84. Two Steps Behind- Def Leppard
  85. Bed of Roses- Bon Jovi
  86. Crazy- Aersomith
  87. Alone- Heart
  88. Hysteria- Def Leppard
  89. Never Tear Us Apart- Inxs
  90. You’re In Love- Ratt
  91. Don’t Cry- Guns N’ Roses
  92. Looking for Love- Whitesnake
  93. You and I- Scorpions
  94. Another Day- Dream Theater
  95. Honestly- Stryper
  96. Givin’ Yourself Away- Ratt
  97. She’s Gone- Steelheart
  98. You’re All I need- White Lion
  99. When I’m With You- Sheriff
  100. Save Your Love- Great White
  101. Black Velvet- Alannah Myles
  102. Without You- Motley Crue
  103. Price of Love- Bad English
  104. Still Got the Blues- Gary Moore
  105. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For- U2
  106. Hard to Say I’m Sorry- Chicago
  107. Everybody Hurts- R.E.M.
  108. Disarm- Smashing Pumpkins
  109. Big Log- Robert Plant
  110. To Be With You- Mr. Big
  111. Anytime- MSG
  112. Love Kills- Vinnie Vincent Invasion
  113. I Still Think About You- Danger Danger
  114. Take My Breath Away- Berlin
  115. You’re The Inspiration- Chicago
  116. I See You in My Dreams- Giant
  117. Big Love- Fleetwood Mac
  118. Father of Mine- Everclear
  119. When Love and Hate Collide- Def Leppard
  120. Forever Free- W.A.S.P.
  121. What Love Can Be- Kingdom Come
  122. Hallelujah- Jeff Buckley
  123. Take Away My Pain- Dream Theater
  124. Eyes Without A Face- Billy Idol
  125. I Hate Kissing You Goodbye- Tuff
  126. Anybody Listening- Queensryche
  127. Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)- Glass Tiger
  128. House of Pain- Faster Pussycat
  129. Welcome To Paradise- John Waite
  130. Amazing- Aerosmith
  131. Here I Go Again- Whitesnake
  132. Never Said It Was Gonna Be Easy- Valentine
  133. Where You Goin’ Now- Damn Yankees
  134. Burning Heart- Survivor
  135. Just Take My Heart- Mr. Big
  136. I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)- Meat Loaf
  137. When You Love A Woman- Journey
  138. I’ll Cry For You- Europe
  139. Goodbye- Night Ranger
  140. Will You Still love Me?- Chicago
  141. Bird of Paradise- Snowy White
  142. Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad- Def Leppard
  143. Reason To Live- Kiss
  144. Too Young To Fall In Love- Motley Crue
  145. Wait- White Lion
  146. Don’t Turn Around- Eyes
  147. Runaway Train- Soul Asylum
  148. I’’ Stand By You- Pretenders
  149. 25 Days From Home- Loudness
  150. Tears Cried in the Rain- From The Fire
  151. Dust in the Wind- Kansas
  152. Little Lies- Fleetwood Mac
  153. Someone Like You- Bang Tango
  154. End of the Summer Days- Tyketto
  155. Chanel- Saigon Kick
  156. In It For Love- Richie Sambora
  157. Love Walks In- Van Halen
  158. (Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection- Nelson
  159. I Don’t Want To Live Without You- Sleez Beez
  160. Sentimental Street- Night Ranger
  161. Tears of a Dragon- Bruce Dickenson
  162. Love Will Keep Us Alive- Eagles
  163. One In A Million- Trixter
  164. I Won’t Forget You- Poison
  165. How Much Love- Vixen
  166. (I Just) Died In Your Arms- Cutting Crew
  167. Days Gone By- Slaughter
  168. Heat of The Moment- Asia
  169. The Angel Song- Great White
  170. Only in Dreams- Weezer
  171. Every time I Think of You- FM
  172. In Your Arms- Little Caesar
  173. Standing Alone- Tyketto
  174. Don’t Walk Away- Danger Danger
  175. Oh Sherrie- Steve Perry
  176. What Keeps Me Loving You- XYZ
  177. Never Ending Nightmare- MSG
  178. Don’t Stop Believin’- Journey
  179. Save the Weak- Britny Fox
  180. In My Dreams- Dokken
  181. Goodnight L.A- Strangeways
  182. The Day That I Met You- Lillian Axe
  183. Captured By The Moment- Steve Perry
  184. Seventeen- Winger
  185. House of Pain- Faster Pussycat
  186. Only Time Will Tell- Nelson
  187. Too Much Too Young- Little Angels
  188. Just Between You and Me- April Wine
  189. Another 45 Miles- Golden Earring
  190. Remember My Name- House of Lords
  191. New Moon- Diving For Pearls
  192. Womankind- Little Angels
  193. Screaming in the Night- Krokus
  194. Love Is a Killer- Vixen
  195. Long Way To Love- Britny Fox
  196. Tears Of Fire- Keel
  197. When I Find Love- XYZ
  198. What Does It Take- Honeymoon Suite
  199. Younger Days- Spys
  200. On The Line- Tangier

© 2017 Ansel Pereira


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