ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Best 80's Power Ballads

Updated on June 5, 2017
CJWood71 profile image

As a fan of music, Chris has developed a passionate interest in rock, country and metal genres of music.

Source

We All Loved Those 80's Power Ballads!

If you were a teenager in the 80's, as I was, you no doubt have fond memories of all the great rock and metal music that was often blaring from the stereo speakers. Perhaps, most loved of all were those power ballads. There was something about the slow, powerful music and the emotionally charged lyrics. Whenever they came on the radio, it was impossible to refrain from singing along.

What follows is my list of personal favorites, the power ballads that always had me turning up the volume and singing along. This list is by no means complete, there are so many songs that were worthy of inclusion here, but these are the best of the best, in my opinion. I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it.

10. No One Like You - Scorpions

A classic power ballad from the Scorpion's 1982 album Blackout, "No One Like You" has stood the test of time. Although the studio version stands quite well on its own, it was the live version released as a single from 1985's World Wide Live album that best captures the energy and emotion of this great song.

9. Faithfully - Journey

Every rock band was trying to cash in on the popularity of ballads, but few pulled it off as well as Journey. "Faithfully", from the 1983 album Frontiers, was a masterful piece of work. The song brought to the forefront the struggles of touring and maintaining a strong relationship.

8. The Price - Twisted Sister

In my opinion, this was perhaps the best song by Twisted Sister. From their 1984 release Stay Hungry, "The Price" was a great song that made you want to stand up and sing along. It was pretty good for getting in a little air guitar as well.

7. Save Your Love - Great White

"Save Your Love", from the album Once Bitten, captured the feel and emotions of being in love. Released in 1987, this song is simple and yet somehow deep at the same time. We can all relate to these lyrics from somewhere in our past.

6. When The Children Cry - White Lion

Although White Lion had only limited success in the eighties, their 1987 album Pride did give us this memorable song. "When the Children Cry" had a sweet melody and the lyrics offer something to reflect upon.

5. Wanted Dead or Alive - Bon Jovi

I debated leaving this song off the list, but what list of 80's rock music would be complete without at least on entry from Bon Jovi? "Wanted Dead or Alive" was a bare bones song about the trials of touring in a rock band. The Western "feel" to the song add to its raw power. The song is found on the 1986 release Slippery When Wet.

4. I Remember You - Skid Row

This song barely made it onto the 80's list, being released as a single in late 1989, yet it is very deserving of its place. "I Remember You" was the final single from Skid Row's 1989 debut album Skid Row. Sebastian Bach's powerful vocals, combined with well written lyrics made this song an overnight sensation.

3. Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns-N-Roses

Who can forget this awesome song from 80's bad boys Guns-N-Roses? Found on their 1987 debut Appetite for Destruction, "Sweet Child O' Mine" had everything a power ballad should have. The opening guitar hook literally reels you in and the hint of innocence in the lyrics holds you for the duration.

2. Home Sweet Home - Motley Crue

In 1985 Motley Crue released their monumental power ballad as a single. From the album Theatre of Pain, "Home Sweet Home" took Motley Crue into the mainstream. With the video also enjoying heavy airplay on Mtv, "Home Sweet Home" was one of the biggest hits of 1985.

1. Still Loving You - The Scorpions

No list of best power ballads would be complete without including the Scorpions song "Still Loving You". Released in 1984, on the album Love at First Sting, "Still Loving You" quickly made its mark on the music world. The strong guitar playing, combined with the powerful lyrics of Klaus Meine make this song a must listen selection.

In Conclusion

After spending all this time working on this list, what I learned was just how many great ballads there were in the 1980s. It was difficult for me to decide what to leave out, or how long I should make the list. Perhaps it will take more than one hub to include all the songs that I feel are worthy of mention. Only time will tell. I hope you enjoyed.

© 2013 Christopher J Wood

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • MichaelWSparks profile image

      Michael William Sparks 

      3 years ago from Somewhere, New York

      Nice article, CJWood. That's funny you mention that song, Ransen, I included it on my power ballad list article.

    • profile image

      Ransen 

      4 years ago

      I'm sorry, but what happened to Every Rose Has it's Thorn?

    • CJWood71 profile imageAUTHOR

      Christopher J Wood 

      5 years ago from Florida, USA

      Thanks for the comments. I agree that it can be difficult to write a great power ballad, the best ones are the ones that show sincerity and real emotion. It's a tough balance to maintain.

    • Shinkicker profile image

      Shinkicker 

      5 years ago from Scotland

      Nice list of great songs. It's difficult to write a good power ballad I would think. Too easy to go over the top as many have done.

      My favourite is 'Faithfully', it strikes the right balance

      Cheers CJ

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)