Top 10 Power Ballads of the 80’s



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There was a big boom in Heavy Metal in the 80’s, and a lot of that success was due to power ballads. Over night, heavy metal turned from loud and fast to mellow, acoustic sing-along songs about love and heartbreak. But, let’s be honest, it’s really hard NOT to sing along to the 3.5 minute pop ditties this era of metal produced. So, basically just because I felt like it, here’s a list of the top 10 power ballads of the 1980’s.

1. Motley Crue – Home Sweet Home

The first official power ballad, Motley Crue topped the charts with this in 1985 and launched the entire phase over night. Suddenly, EVERY band had their own version of “Home Sweet Home”. The piano part was written and played by drummer Tommy Lee.

2. Guns N’ Roses – Patience

Though they deny this is a power ballad, just listen to it. It’s a power ballad. Too bad Axl has his head too far up his own ass to recognize the awesomeness and worth of this particular group of musicians.

3. Poison – Every Rose

The anthem for suburban kids everywhere.

4. Scorpions – Wind of Change

This power ballad was so powerful, it literally brought down the Berlin wall. Scorpions rule.

5. Twisted Sister – The Price

Another band who denies ever having a power ballad, but I believe this may be their one.

6. KISS- Forever

The took off the makeup and added acoustic guitars. People thought they were nuts at first, but after this tune topped the charts they probably knew better.

7. Skid Row – I Remember You

Sebastian Bach rules.

8. Cinderella – Don’t Know What You Got Till It’s Gone

These guys get lumped in hard with the “B-list” of 80’s metal, though they had some cool tunes. This was not one of them, but it did sell huge.

9. Warrant – Heaven

The “Cherry Pie” guys had a massive hit with this one. Heaven really is so far away.

10. LA Guns – The Ballad of Jayne

Basically the only hit for this band, though a memorable one.

So that’s that – the greatest power ballads of the 80’s. Come to think of it, maybe we should say WORST, not GREATEST. Some of them are classics, but most are just plain shitty. If the song itself didn’t piss you off, I’m sure the cheesy videos did.  Did I miss any?  Leave them in the comments.