Top Power Ballads of All Time
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.