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My 15 favorite Heavy Metal and Hard Rock Power Ballads of the 80's with Videos.

Updated on June 25, 2011

I think the heavy metal fans remember most of these from the 80's. These are the songs that were symbolic of lighters going in the air at rock concerts in arenas.

From Kiss to Kix to Bon Jovi, I remember these were the songs that broken down that energy at heavy metal concerts.

Enjoy these videos without having to search for them on You Tube.

Some notes:

When Paul Stanley sang Forever, I believe that was a Desmond Child composition as Kiss was working with Desmond Child on some of there later non-makeup kits. (Desmond Child also worked with Aerosmith and other groups.)

A great collection of MP3 Downloads of Power Ballads from the 80's Hard Rock Bands

Monster Metal Hits & Power Ballads '80s
Monster Metal Hits & Power Ballads '80s

I have this group of MP3s and it includes some great songs that bring back memories.


Poison - Every Rose Has Its Thorn

About Poison

I was not much of a Poison fan and never intended to see them in concert, but it turned out that as they were always the headliners, I was interested in the other opening bands. The end result was that I became a Poison fan anyway and saw them three times in New York and Las Vegas.

I met CC Deville (guitarist) and Bobby Dall (Poison bassist) at Luxor in las Vegas in 2002 at the craps table and ended up winning them some money. That was exciting.

I could have also added Something To Believe In a power ballad here as well.

Kiss - Forever

My Kiss concerts

I saw Kiss in concert 5 times which is not much compared to other Kiss fans, but because of the makeup, but because they know how to put on a show. I did see them 3 times with the makeup and twice without. Paul Stanley has an excellent voice and is a good songwriter!

Cinderella - Don't know what you got till its gone

Warrant - Heaven

Motley Crue - Home Sweet Home

Whitesnake - Is It Love?

Europe - Carrie

Firehouse - love of a lifetime

Kix - Don't Close Your Eyes

Winger - Miles Away

Slaughter - Fly To The Angels

Queensryche - Silent Lucidity

Stryper - Honestly

White Lion - When The Children Cry

Bon Jovi - I'll Be There For You

Cinderella puts on great shows as well

I saw Cinderella once in New York on Long Island as the headliners and once when they opened for Poison in Las Vegas. On Long Island, at Nassau Coliseum, during Don't Know What You Got Till Its Gone, a white grand piano was lowered from the top of the stage to the floor with Tom Keifer playing it. Great display!


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    • hotwebideas profile imageAUTHOR

      Bruce Chamoff 

      6 years ago from New York

      Hey Steve, thanks. Yes, Fade To Black is a great power ballad, but most of the bands I list in this hub are glam bands and Metalica was definitely not glam. LOL.

      Thanks for the follow and fan mail!

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      Steve Orion 

      6 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      Haha! Well, it is more on the hard rock side. I knew from the start that Poison would probably have this song featured! And, while i'm not sure that it's a "power ballad" I would probably place Metallica's "Fade to Black" at the #1 spot. An interesting list and a few songs I need to check out. Thanks!

    • Shinkicker profile image


      7 years ago from Scotland

      Great collection of Hair Metal there. I think my favourite is Silent Lucidity. Reminds me of Comfortably Numb a little but brilliant song.

      Thanks for posting this Hub "My 15 favorite Heavy Metal and Hard Rock Power Ballads of the 80's"


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