Back in the 80s and 90s, power ballads were all the rage and you couldn’t listen to the radio without hearing them. Actually, it was already big during the 70s, but I wasn’t listening to music then due to a slight case of not being born yet. Anyway, Bon Jovi pretty much made a career doing it, and soon you had people holding up lighters at every other concert out there.
So what happened to them? I mean, you don’t get stuff like that on the radio anymore. It’s all pop, punk, and hip hop. Admittedly, a lot of power ballads were very tacky and probably led to the genre’s downfall, but still it sure beats all the Justin Bieber and Kesha stuff that’s flooding the radio now.
Just to do my part to try to bring these power ballads back, I went onto the Bob forums to see which power ballads those guys liked, and made a playlist for you guys.
- Skid Row – I remember you
- Motley Crue – Home Sweet Home
- Def Leppard – Two Steps Behind
- Scorpions – Still Loving You
- Whitesnake – Here I Go Again
- Styx – Show Me The Way
- Aerosmith – Dream On
- Aerosmith – I don’t want to miss a thing
- Guns and Roses – November Rain
- Heart – Alone
- REO Speedwagon – Can’t Fight This Feeling
- Bad English – When I See You Smile
- Roxette – Listen to your Heart
- Roxette – Fading Like a Flower
- Roxette – It must have been love
- Poison – Every Rose has its Thorn
- Journey – Faithfully
- Eric Carmen – Make me lose Control
Okay, there are definitely a lot more greats out there, so if we’re missing something, drop a comment and tell us your favorite power ballads!