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200 Greatest Power Ballads and Rock Love Songs of the 60s, 70s, and 80s

Updated on June 7, 2018

When you get immersed in the hypnotic depth of a ballad you cannot but help succumb to the warmth and nostalgia. Memories come alive the moment lyrics take you on a musical escapade in the past. When you listen to rock love songs, it’s that flashback moment you associate with that stirs a range of emotions within. You get overwhelmed when the lyrics in a ballad relate to your life. The 60s paved the way for rock ballads of the future. The folk and blues scene helped power ballads emerge in new light. High octane balladry reached a new level with soul music in the 60s. Many rock artists experimented with diverse genres bringing a unique identity to rock love songs.


The blues-rock sound that gained prominence in the late 60s propelled a new wave of ballads in the realms of rock. Acoustic rock ballads started becoming hugely popular in the 70s. Acoustic guitar intros and electro-acoustic pieces of instrumentation form an integral part of the signature rock ballad sound. Through the 70s the melodic approach in rock love songs evolved rhythmically. A melodic hard-rock sound started emerging in rock love songs towards the late 70s. Metal bands gave new identity to ballads in the 80s. The hair metal scene gained prominence in the 80s bringing to life a new sound in the form of power ballads. The hard edged melodic sound encompassed with high-pitched vocals gave power ballads in the 80s unique identity.


The AOR scene in the 80s gave new meaning to rock love songs. The popularity of power ballads in the 80s witnessed a significant rise in compilation albums. Record companies cashed on the glam metal trend by releasing power ballad collections and rock ballad collections. A number of rock bands played sellout venues in the 80s. At concerts many bands performed ballads from their albums in front of large crowds lighting up night skies with lighters. While rock love songs have evolved a great deal in this present age, the 60s, 70s and 80s remain the true decades of ballads.

The lines below showcase a diverse list of power ballads and rock love songs of the 60s, 70s and 80s.

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200 Greatest Power Ballads and Rock Love Songs of the 60s, 70s, and 80s

  1. I Want To Know What Love Is- Foreigner
  2. Love Hurts- Nazareth
  3. Wish You Were Here- Pink Floyd
  4. Feel Like Makin’ Love- Bad Company
  5. Dust in the Wind- Kansas
  6. All My Love- Led Zeppelin
  7. (I Just) Died in Your Arms Tonight- Cutting Crew
  8. Heaven- Bryan Adams
  9. Beth- Kiss
  10. Missing You- John Waite
  11. Soldier of Fortune- Deep Purple
  12. Desperado- Eagles
  13. Changes- Black Sabbath
  14. Right Here Waiting- Richard Marx
  15. Open Arms- Journey
  16. Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now- Starship
  17. Albatross- Fleetwood Mac
  18. Africa- Toto
  19. I Remember You- Skid Row
  20. Have You Ever Seen The Rain- Creedence Clearwater Revival
  21. The Search Is Over- Survivor
  22. Carrie- Europe
  23. Alone- Heart
  24. Take it To the Limit- The Eagles
  25. With Or Without You- U2
  26. Holiday- Scorpions
  27. Wonderful Tonight- Eric Clapton
  28. Is This Love- Whitesnake
  29. You’re The Inspiration- Chicago
  30. Angel- Aerosmith
  31. Don’t Let Me Down- The Beatles
  32. Hold On To The Nights- Richard Marx
  33. More Than A Feeling- Boston
  34. In My Dreams- REO Speedwagon
  35. Still Loving You- Scorpions
  36. If You Leave Me Now- Chicago
  37. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For- U2
  38. When The Smoke is Going Down- Scorpions
  39. Nights in White Satin- The Moody Blues
  40. With A little Help From My Friends- Joe Cocker
  41. Angie- Rolling Stones
  42. When I See You Smile- Bad English
  43. I’ll Be There For You- Bon Jovi
  44. Freebird- Lynyrd Skynyrd
  45. Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone)- Cinderella
  46. Golden Brown- The Stranglers
  47. Lyin’ Eyes- The Eagles
  48. House of the Rising Sun- The Animals
  49. Tequila Sunrise- Eagles
  50. A Whiter Shade of Pale- Procol Harum
  51. Total Eclipse of the Heart- Bonnie Tyler
  52. Angelia- Richard Marx
  53. Midnight Blue- Lou Gramm
  54. The First Time- Robin Beck
  55. Faithfully- Journey
  56. Always Somewhere- Scorpions
  57. Heaven- Warrant
  58. When I’m With You- Sherriff
  59. Sweet Child O’ Mine- Guns N’ Roses
  60. When The Children Cry- White Lion
  61. All or Nothing- Small Faces
  62. Love Bites- Def Leppard
  63. Never Tear Us Apart- INXS
  64. Hard To Say I’m Sorry- Chicago
  65. Lost In Love- Air Supply
  66. Don’t Stop Me Now- Queen
  67. Patience- Guns N’ Roses
  68. Best of My Love- Eagles
  69. Up Where We Belong- Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes
  70. Save Your Love- Great White
  71. Baby I Love Your Way- Peter Frampton
  72. Heaven In Your Eyes- Loverboy
  73. Can’t Fight This Feeling- REO Speedwagon
  74. As Tears Go By- Rolling Stones
  75. Waiting For A Girl Like You- Foreigner
  76. Is There Anybody There? - Scorpions
  77. The Flame- Cheap Trick
  78. Come Sail Away- Styx
  79. Rosanna- Toto
  80. Love Song- Tesla
  81. Close My Eyes Forever- Lita Ford and Ozzy Osbourne
  82. Midnight Blue- ELO
  83. Honestly- Stryper
  84. Have I Told You Lately- Van Morrison
  85. Babe- Styx
  86. Only Women Bleed- Alice Cooper
  87. Parisienne Walkways- Garry Moore
  88. Black Velvet- Alannah Myles
  89. Sunshine- Nazareth
  90. You Make Loving Fun- Fleetwood Mac
  91. New Kid In Town- Eagles
  92. Every Rose Has Its Thorn- Poison
  93. The Deeper the Love- Whitesnake
  94. Drive- The Cars
  95. Almost Paradise- Mike Reno and Ann Wilson
  96. Don’t Dream It’s Over- Crowded House
  97. Valarie- Steve Winwood
  98. How Much I Feel- Ambrosia
  99. The Smile Has Left Your Eyes- Asia
  100. Even The Nights Are Better- Air Supply
  101. Broken Wings- Mr. Mister
  102. Love Walks In- Van Halen
  103. On and On- Stephen Bishop
  104. Ready For Love- Bad Company
  105. Wild Horses- The Rolling Stones
  106. Dream On- Nazareth
  107. All By Myself- Eric Carmen
  108. Straight From The Heart- Bryan Adams
  109. The Best of Times- Styx
  110. Biggest Part of Me- Ambrosia
  111. You are So Beautiful- Joe Cocker
  112. Dreams- Fleetwood Mac
  113. Couldn’t Get It Right- Climax Blues Band
  114. Snowy White- Bird of Paradise
  115. The Ballad Of Jayne- L.A. Guns
  116. What Love Can Be- Kingdom Come
  117. Home Sweet Home- Motley Crue
  118. Amanda- Boston
  119. Don’t Walk Away- Danger Danger
  120. Lay Back In the Arms of Someone- Smokie
  121. I Believe In You- Y&T
  122. Make Me Lose Control- Eric Carmen
  123. Tender Is the Night- Jackson Browne
  124. Sister Christian- Night Ranger
  125. Auberge- Chris Rea
  126. Never Say Goodbye- Bon Jovi
  127. Hard Habit to Break- Chicago
  128. Everytime You Go Away- Paul Young
  129. Rikki Don’t Lose That Number- Steely Dan
  130. I Won’t Hold You Back- Toto
  131. Before The Dawn- Judas Priest
  132. Dolphin’s Lullaby- Firefall
  133. Baby Come Back- Player
  134. God Only Knows- The Beach Boys
  135. I’m In You- Peter Frampton
  136. When It’s Love- Van Halen
  137. Eternal Flame- The Bangles
  138. Peaceful Easy Feeling- Eagles
  139. Kiss You All Over- Exile
  140. You Can Do Magic- America
  141. Little Lies- Fleetwood Mac
  142. Reminiscing- Little River Band
  143. Angel Eyes- Jeff Healy
  144. Love of My Life- Queen
  145. Baby I’m-a Want You- Bread
  146. Say You Love Me- Fleetwood Mac
  147. Melissa- Allman Brothers Band
  148. You Took My Breath Away- Traveling Wilburys
  149. Big Log- Robert Plant
  150. Sometimes When We Touch- Dan Hill
  151. Lost Without Your Love- Bread
  152. Steal Away- Robbie Dupree
  153. Don’t Let It End- Styx
  154. Sailing- Christopher Cross
  155. Quarterflash- Harden My Heart
  156. Precious and Few- Climax
  157. Take It Easy On Me- Little River Band
  158. Make It with You- Bread
  159. Why Not Me- Fred Knoblock
  160. Fields of Gold- Sting
  161. Dream Weaver- Garry Wright
  162. Nice To Be With You- Gallery
  163. I’d Love You to Want Me- Lobo
  164. Just Remember I Love You- Firefall
  165. Sara- Starship
  166. You’re The Only Woman (You and I)- Ambrosia
  167. Forever- Kiss
  168. Love Takes Time- Orleans
  169. It’s A Heartache- Bonnie Tyler
  170. I Don’t Want To Live Without You- Foreigner
  171. You Are the Woman- Firefall
  172. Rock Me on The Water- Jackson Browne
  173. Time- The Alan Parsons Project
  174. It’s Sad to Belong- England Dan & John Ford Coley
  175. Weather with You- Crowded House
  176. Headed For A Heartbreak- Winger
  177. Don’t You (Forget About Me)- Simple Minds
  178. Don’t Close Your Eyes- Kix
  179. Can We Still Be Friends- Todd Rundgren
  180. Hurts To Be In Love- Gino Vannelli
  181. A Little Bit More- Dr Hook & The Medicine Show
  182. Goodbye To Romance- Ozzy Osbourne
  183. All I see Is Your Face- Dan Hill
  184. Sharing the Night Together- Dr Hook & The Medicine Show
  185. I Believe In You- Stryper
  186. Hungry Eyes- Eric Carmen
  187. Magnet and Steel- Walter Egan
  188. Fallin’ In Love- Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds
  189. If You Think You Know How To Love Me- Smokie
  190. Second Chance- 38 Special
  191. I Love You- Climax Blues Band
  192. Fool If You Think It’s Over- Chris Rea
  193. I’m Not In Love- 10cc
  194. Ride like The Wind- Christopher Cross
  195. Foolish Heart- Steve Perry
  196. Kayleigh- Marillion
  197. It’s All Up to You- Jim Capaldi
  198. Lady- Styx
  199. Always Gonna Love You- Gary Moore
  200. These Dreams- Heart

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