Top Power Ballads of All Time
Recently our friends over at AOL Radio made their picks for the 10 best power ballads of all time. We’re opinionated little pills here at Noisecreep, so we decided to make our own list, thank-you-very-much. You’ll noticed we didn’t totally disagree with our radio friends (and their listeners) – yes, some picks made both lists! – but still, our choices are way better.
Kix – ‘Don’t Close Your Eyes‘ (1988)
From the album ‘Blow My Fuse.’ Almost wasn’t a single until some radio folk convinced Kix the song does, in fact, rock.
Motley Crue – ‘Home Sweet Home‘ (1985)
Some have called “Home Sweet Home” the saving grace of ‘Theatre of Pain.’ Others have called the tune the first official power ballad. It’s been covered a lot and for good reason: it rules.
Danger Danger – ‘Don’t Walk Away‘ (1989)
From the band’s self-titled debut. You know, the record that features the tune “Naughty Naughty?” Perhaps the best power ballad ever written – too bad you probably haven’t heard it.
Steelheart – ‘I’ll Never Let You Go‘ (1990)
The biggest song from the Steelheart’s self titled debut, “I’ll Never Let You Go” shows off Miljenko Matijevic’s amazing range.
Poison – ‘Every Rose Has Its Thorn‘ (1988)
Bret Michaels poured his heart out over his cheating stripper girlfriend and made a ton of cash in the process.
Skid Row – ‘I Remember You‘ (1989)
Probably the biggest metal song of 1989 from Skid Row’s self-titled debut. The song was on MTV so often, Sebastian Bach has admitted he was sick of seeing himself.
Guns n’ Roses – ‘Patience‘ (1988)
An acoustic track from ‘GnR Lies’ that tells the haunting tale of being in love – while on the road. Perhaps one of the Gunners finest moments.
Bon Jovi – ‘Always‘ (1994)
Released at the height of grunge, “Always” was a massive hit for New Jersey rockers Bon Jovi, proving the band’s immense popularity and constant ability to weather changes in the music industry.
Def Leppard – ‘Miss You In A Heartbeat’ (1993)
From the rarities collection ‘Retro Active,’ the video for “Miss You In a Heartbeat” takes place in the homes of the men that comprise Def Leppard. Considering the homes are pretty darn nice, it’s easy to see that a career of power ballads = major bank.
Velvet Revolver – ‘Fall to Pieces‘ (2004)
Scott Weiland might not be with Velvet Revolver these days, but he did leave the band – and fans – with a haunting song about drug abuse and love.
Obscure, much? Yeah, we like the Glam bands here at Noisecreep, so just deal. After all, the power ballad was a product of the big hair 80s – so let’s embrace it and hug it out. Put on some Steelheart while you’re at it.