Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Top 5 Best Power Ballads from the 80s

There are a few requests for the best monster/power ballads from the 80s.  Here's my list (let hate comments begin):

5: Wait (White Lion, 1987) - Love unrequited.  It's a common theme for love songs, and maybe some have done it better, but the chorus of this song is hauntingly good.  Remember White Lion?  Didn't think so--but this song was makes its point well.  (Their follow-up, When the Children Cry, was not bad, but I'm pretty sure that's the extent of their popularity.)

4: Patience (Guns n' Roses, 1989) - With a little patience, love can overcome.  The soft guitar and mellow harmonies are really sweet, and the crescendo at the end is perfect.

3: Every Rose Has Its Thorn (Poison, 1988) - Lovers can grow apart but their love is forever.  Bret Michaels sings this song perfectly--soft, slightly twangy, and just really nice.  This barely beats out Something to Believe In by the same band, primarily because Something to Believe In is about a bigger message than amorous love, so it doesn't entirely fit into the category (imho).

2: When I See You Smile (Bad English, 1989) - Ever meet someone whose smile could light up a room?  This song is about her.  This is the Lady in Red of power ballads.  It doesn't come close to getting the play it should, and there will be a lot of disagreement with me choosing it as number 2, but it deserves it.

1: I Remember You (Skid Row, 1989) - Love lost forever.  Read the lyrics to this song--they're poetry.  Sebastian Bach is brilliant, infusing the song with such raw emotion, that you feel it when he sings it.  There's some great guitar in there too.  It's the perfect power ballad.

This was a fun exercise for me--I forgot how much I like some of these songs.  Hope you enjoyed it too.  Please share your comments below, and "like" this or give it a +1 if you enjoyed the post.


  1. Great call with "I Remember You"

  2. No Bon Jovi???? Either Never Say Goodbye or Wanted Dead or Alive should have made the cut. Love that you included Poison.

  3. No arguments at all with #1 or #2... would strongly consider Heaven (Warrant), More Than Words Can Say (Alias) as well.  Jamie has a good point about Bon Jovi as well... although I know I really trend late-80s.