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Top 100 Acoustic Rock Ballads and Power Ballads

Updated on September 13, 2016
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The sheer passion and romanticism a ballad brings forth is unique in every sense. The varied sentiments expressed in rock ballads connect with the heart. The lyrical content in a ballad is often encompassed around acoustic instruments. The mellow sounds of an acoustic guitar and piano form an integral part of intros in acoustic rock ballads and power ballads. The gradual buildup from the verse all the way to the chorus in ballads is sheer bliss. While every decade has had its share of ballads in mainstream music genres, it’s the 80s and 90s that showcased ballads in a new avatar. From soft acoustic ballads to high octane power ballads… the 80s and 90s paved the way for a new brand of ballads.

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The Power Ballad Years

The 80s opened new doors for ballad rock. Many rock bands released albums that contained acoustic rock ballads and power ballads. Balladry in the 80s was at another level. A number of bands in the hair metal genre released albums that made power ballads generic to the genre. High-pitched voices in power ballads became hugely popular in the 80s and early 90s. A significant number of vocalists in the hair metal genre are high register vocalists. The dynamic vocal range of crooners on acoustic rock ballads and power ballads has been praised by critics globally. Composition and musical structure in ballads changed a great deal in the 80s and 90s. Harmony singing in rock ballads reached a new level. High register harmonies became the signature sound of power ballads in the 80s and 90s.

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AOR Rock and Ballads

Ballads can be written in different ways to express innermost sentiments. The lyrical stories that are told through ballads often connect with experiences in past life. Few songwriters are blessed with creative instinct to infuse lyrical poetry in the realms of ballads. The AOR scene became magnanimous in the 80s. Many AOR rock bands performed to packed audiences at concerts. Record companies cashed on the ballad craze by releasing compilation albums of power ballads. Several hair ballads were featured on rock compilations issued in the 80s and 90s. Furthermore, record companies also started releasing greatest hits collections that featured ballads of bands from their respective discography.

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Few bands dishing out their brand of soft rock ballads became hugely popular garnering a strong following of female audiences globally. While acoustic rock ballads have a softer textural feel through the verse and chorus of a song, power ballads are known for their slick sound that gets heavier during the chorus.

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The buildup of slow tempo songs reaching a high-octane emotive chorus is a characteristic trait of power ballads. Acoustic guitar solos and melodic electric guitar solos in the backdrop of drums, bass, and keyboards form the core sound of acoustic rock ballads and power ballads. When bands play ballads from their albums at concerts, audiences hold up their lighters producing a flame to signify varied reflective emotions that bring tears of happiness and sadness. The power ballad days will never end… keep the flame burning!

The list below showcases an epic list of the best acoustic rock ballads and power ballads from various decades.

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Top 100 Acoustic Rock Ballads and Power Ballads

  1. Faithfully- Journey
  2. Is This Love- Whitesnake
  3. Love Is on The Way- Saigon Kick
  4. The Flame- Cheap Trick
  5. Love Hurts- Nazareth
  6. Love Of A Lifetime- Firehouse
  7. More Than Words- Extreme
  8. Save Your Love- Great White
  9. Every Rose Has Its Thorn- Poison
  10. I Remember You- Skid Row
  11. Still Loving You- Scorpions
  12. Love Song- Tesla
  13. When I See You Smile- Bad English
  14. I’ll Be There for You- Bon Jovi
  15. Silent Lucidity- Queensryche
  16. Tears In Heaven- Eric Clapton
  17. High Enough- Damn Yankees
  18. November Rain- Guns N’ Roses
  19. The Angel Song- Great White
  20. I Live My Life For You- Firehouse
  21. Miles Away- Winger
  22. Keep On Loving You- REO Speedwagon
  23. I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing- Aerosmith
  24. What Keeps Me Loving You- XYZ
  25. I’ll See You in My Dreams- Giant
  26. More Than Words Can Say (I Need You Now) - Alias
  27. To Be With You- Mr.Big
  28. She’s Gone- Steelheart
  29. Remember My Name- House of Lords
  30. Patience- Guns N’ Roses
  31. Don’t Walk Away- Danger Danger
  32. When I’m With You- Sheriff
  33. Love Bites- Def Leppard
  34. Still Got The Blues- Gary Moore
  35. Babe- Styx
  36. Open Arms- Journey
  37. With Or Without You- U2
  38. Can’t Fight This Feeling- REO Speedwagon
  39. Heaven- Warrant
  40. Burning Heart- Vandenberg
  41. Amanda- Boston
  42. I Want To Know What Love Is- Foreigner
  43. Winds of Change- Scorpions
  44. Without You- Motley Crue
  45. Honestly- Stryper
  46. Anytime- MSG (McAuley Schenker Group)
  47. When It’s Love- Van Halen
  48. Little Lies- Fleetwood Mac
  49. Carrie- Europe
  50. Goodbye- Night Ranger
  51. Fly High Michelle- Ennuf Z’ Nuff
  52. I’ll Never Let You Go (Angel Eyes)- Steelheart
  53. Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone) – Cinderella
  54. Tears of Fire- Keel
  55. Love Kills- Vinnie Vincent Invasion
  56. Standing Alone- Tyketto
  57. Tears Of a Dragon- Bruce Dickenson
  58. I Don’t Want To Live Without You- Sleez Beez
  59. Sometimes She Cries- Warrant
  60. Your Turn- Helloween
  61. Ready for Love- Bad Company
  62. Forever Free- W.A.S.P.
  63. When I Look Into Your Eyes- Firehouse
  64. Don’t Close Your Eyes- Kix
  65. What Love Can Be- Kingdome Come
  66. Changes- Black Sabbath
  67. Home Sweet Home- Motley Crue
  68. Angie- Rolling Stones
  69. Bed of Roses- Bon Jovi
  70. Sister Christian- Night Ranger
  71. Angel- Aerosmith
  72. Show Me The Way- Styx
  73. Iris- Goo Goo Dolls
  74. Just Take My Heart- Mr. Big
  75. The Smile Has Left Your Eyes- Asia
  76. Heaven in Your Eyes- Loverboy
  77. Nobody Knows- Lilian Axe
  78. (Can’t Live Without Your) Love And Affection- Nelson
  79. House of Pain- Faster Pussycat
  80. Alone Again- Dokken
  81. Forever- Kiss
  82. Heartbreak Station- Cinderella
  83. Dream On- Nazareth
  84. Only Women Bleed- Alice Cooper
  85. Fly To The Angels- Slaughter
  86. Only Time Will Tell- Nelson
  87. Headed For a Heartbreak- Winger
  88. I Won’t Hold You Back- Toto
  89. The Ballad Of Jayne- L.A. Guns
  90. Where You Goin’ Now- Damn Yankees
  91. Always- Bon Jovi
  92. Days Gone By- Slaughter
  93. Take Away My Pain- Dream Theater
  94. Surrender-Trixter
  95. Broken Wings- Mr. Mister
  96. In Your Arms- Little Ceasar
  97. Never Say Goodbye- Bon Jovi
  98. Save The Weak- Britny Fox
  99. When I Find Love- XYZ
  100. If You Needed Somebody- Bad Company

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