The Best Power Ballads

MusicYeah, I listened to hair bands in the 80s. I admit it. I liked Motley Crue, Poison, Skid Row, Cinderella and, the best of the bunch, Guns N' Roses.

Hair bands all followed the same strategy. Hard rocker singles were followed by a power ballad. Def Leppard would release "Pour Some Sugar On Me" and follow that up with "Love Bites". Power Ballads are like guilty pleasures... tasty cheese that isn't good for you, but thoroughly enjoyable.

With apologies to Mr. Big, here are my ten favourite power ballads. Rock on!

"Every Rose Has its Thorn" by Poison

"Patience" by Guns N' Roses

"I Remember You" by Skid Row

"Home Sweet Home" by Motley Crue

"I Want to Know What Love Is" by Foreigner

"More Than Words" by Extreme

"Heaven" by Warrant

"When the Children Cry" by White Lion

"Sister Christian" by Night Ranger

"Is This Love" by Whitesnake

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Classics all! I still love them to this day.

December 27, 2008 @ 3:59 PM

Jason |

Nice new header for your blog. Not sure which I prefer.

These are all classic songs, none are really my regular cup of tea. I'd throw any into the mix once in a blue moon, but wouldn't want to hear these all the time.

Lemmekno whatcha think of my Top 25 Albums of 2008 list.

Peace out.

December 27, 2008 @ 4:50 PM


Good list, but I've got one thing to say..."What It Takes" by Aerosmith...enough said...

December 27, 2008 @ 6:13 PM


Nice list. I like.

Two nominations:

Bed of Roses - Bon Jovi
Love Bits - Def Leppard

December 27, 2008 @ 6:36 PM

Buffalo Boy Mike

Never a fan of cheese metal...but I suppose they would all take the cheese metal title for cheesiest of the cheese.

December 27, 2008 @ 11:17 PM

james edgar

Cheese metal is right. Sorry Mike you fail on these songs they are all garbage.

December 27, 2008 @ 11:59 PM

Toronto Mike

These songs are supposed to fail!

December 28, 2008 @ 10:14 AM


Before your time Toronto Mike give Nazareth's, Love Hurts a listen.

December 28, 2008 @ 10:20 AM

Toronto Mike

Hell, I know Love Hurts.... I forgot about that one. Maybe this should have been a top ten to make room for Love Hurts, Love Bites, a little Bon Jovi and some Aerosmith.

But no Mr. Big, that's where I draw the line.

December 28, 2008 @ 10:44 AM

Jason |

Serenity now!

Hey Mike, I like the new tag line thing.

Do we win a prize if we know what it's from?

December 28, 2008 @ 11:27 AM

Toronto Mike

You win the prize of pride.

December 28, 2008 @ 11:30 AM

Buffalo Boy Mike

Scorpions: Winds of Change, Still loving You and Send Me an Angel
They were masters at the Power Ballad.
Boston's Amanda
Cheap Trick's The Flame
There has to be something from Journey too right?

December 28, 2008 @ 11:31 AM

Too Tall

Great list!! Here are a few more I stumbled across:

Firehouse - When I Look In Your Eyes

Faster Pussycats - House Of Pain

Lita Ford - I Close My Eyes

Rock On !!! Cheesie (Cheesey, Cheesy???) or not.

January 31, 2009 @ 10:46 AM

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