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  1. jason stone at |

    i thought for sure that if there was a Guns N Roses song in the list it would have been November Rain…i considered that a power ballad and perhaps their 2nd most popular song behind Sweet Child Of Mine…maybe it just got played out so much that people are tired of hearing it but i still thought it had to be on the list…half of these I’d never heard of…which isn’t a negative comment because it’s an informative list…I’m sure there will be plenty of other suggestions but i liked the list and the writing that supported it.

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    1. Tony at |

      Agree with the November Rain. Their best ballad and still listen to it. Also might add Heaven by Warrant but don’t know who you would remove. Good list.

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  2. Michael at |

    Great list.
    Like mentioned above I’m also missing November Rain.

    If there was room for a #11 and #12 spot I’d vote for Magnum – Start Talkiing Love and Scorpions – Still Loving You.

    …perhaps they will be considered if there will be future a follow-up to this article ?

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  3. 5minutes at |

    Not sure I’d even put Steelheart on the list.

    Stryper’s Honestly, however… Motley Crue’s Home Sweet Home, Metallica’s Nothing Else Matters…

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    1. Joe at |

      I never heard of Steelheart. So I looked up the song on youtube, still can’t recall ever hearing it. So I agree with you, why’s it even on the list, much less #1?

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      1. 5minutes at |

        Steelheart’s one hit was pretty impressive, but they were very much a one-hit wonder formed from the ashes of a somewhat superior Christian metal band called “Rage of Angels”. The sad thing is that “She’s Gone” wasn’t even their big hit…. it was “I’ll Never Let You Go” (look it up @ Youtube). So yeah… no…. yeah… no…. (applies Carmex to lips).

        Honorable Mentions: “To Be With You” by Mr. Big, “Fly to the Angels” by Slaughter, “Is This Love” by Whitesnake, “Winds of Change” by Scorpions, “I Remember You” by Skid Row, “Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith, and “I’ll Be There For You” by Bon Jovi.

        10. “Beth” by KISS. I’d give this a toss-up with “Forever” by the same band, but I’ll go with Beth.

        9. “Heaven” by Warrant. These guys get spit on a lot, but Heaven’s actually a pretty good tune, and while it’s not a power ballad, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” is one of the best pop metal songs ever, ever.

        8. “Nothing Else Matters” by Metallica. I’d rank this higher, but let’s be honest: Metallica is at their best when people’s ears are bleeding. Still, this one’s a solid tune.

        7. “More Than Words” by Extreme. It’s a shame that an extremely talented funk-metal outfit like Extreme got defined by this well-crafted, simplistic, toned down song. People who defined them as such missed some really great hard rock.

        6. “Honestly” by Stryper. The Yellow and Black Attack take a Christian theme (Christ’s dedication to us) and turn it into a power ballad that sounded like a friendship/relationship thing that teenagers could rock out to.

        5. “High Enough” by Damn Yankees. Ted Nugent puts down his guns and picks up his guitar and rocks us out with an awesome little tune.

        4. “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” by Poison. As much as it pains me (I really hated Poison), this is a solid tune that has had tons of fans for 2 1/2 decades now. It’s going to stick around.

        3. “Don’t Know What You’ve Got Til It’s Gone” by Cinderella. Another band defined by a single song that had a much bigger, better collection. Still, the staying power of this tune puts it at #3.

        2. “November Rain” by Guns n Roses. Epic, creative, and one of the best songs they ever put out.

        1. “Home Sweet Home” by Motley Crue. Theater of Pain sucked butt, but this song defined the pop metal ballad for the 80’s.

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  4. Brother John at |

    I’d say ditch the Def Leppard and include Just Between You and Me by April Wine. Not well remembered but still a great track.

    Yeah — include November Rain, even if only on general principle. But rewrite one of those endless guitar solos. Something different needed to happen midway through that track.

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  5. schuyler at |

    “Let’s hear is for Whitesnake!”
    “Dude, we’re not Whitesnake man, we’re Poison.”
    “Poison? I thought we we’re Quiot Riot?”
    (Drummer looks at the front of his kit)
    “It says here we’re Ratt…”

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    1. TopTenz Master at |

      Very nice. I agree that most of these big hair bands could have easily played band member roulette without missing a beat.

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  6. Name Required at |

    If you going to pick a Skid Row power ballad it has to be 18 and Life.

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  7. kevin at |

    dont close your eyes by kix is a pretty good one.

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    1. kevin at |

      save all your love by great white just came to me as well.

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    2. 5minutes at |

      I considered adding that to my list (see a few posts above), but didn’t know if it got the wide play that the others got. I know it was popular for a few weeks there in the late 80’s.

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  8. Jaygee at |

    Yikes! So many really, really bad songs.

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  9. Raven at |

    I dunno if Here I Go Again by Whitesnake even counts, but I’d have put it here.

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  10. Paul at |

    Silent Lucidity by Queensryche is an awesome power ballad

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    1. schuyler at |

      you speak the truth

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  11. thermal at |

    ‘Alone’ by Heart deserves to be on this list.

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    1. ParusMajor at |

      Sorry, but I hate that song. :)

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  12. Clive888 at |

    This list is terrible. Where is Stairway to Heaven and Free Bird. I can’t believe how crappy your taste in music is to define these songs as power ballads.

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    1. Brother John at |

      No, Clive888, you’ve got it all wrong! A “power-ballad” is a specific thing: a 4 minute track, give or take, written and played by a band with very big, very ridiculous hair, which is loaded with sappy lyrics, saccharine chord changes, hugely distorted guitars, and usually inappropriate guitar solos. Those tracks are something different entirely. Think rubbish songs you dance to at your prom.

      For most – not all – of these bands, the power ballad is the height of their career, usually the best and most commercially successful thing they release.

      Firehouse – “Love of a Lifetime”
      Roxette – “Spending my Time” or “Listen to your Heart”
      April Wine – “Just Between You and Me”
      Dana Carvey – “Choppin’ Broccoli”

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      1. brian at |

        Choppin’ broccolay

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      2. Clive888 at |

        I’m sorry for the misunderstanding. Though on the wikipedia page for Ballad under the subsection Power Ballad I found this:
        According to Charles Aaron, power ballads came into existence in the early 1970s, when rock stars attempted to convey profound messages to audiences. He argues that the power ballad broke into the mainstream of American consciousness in 1976 as FM radio gave a new lease of life to earlier songs like Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” (1971), Aerosmith’s “Dream On” (1973), and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Free Bird” (1974). The Carpenters’ “Goodbye to Love”, (1972), has been identified as a prototype of the power ballad.
        Here’s a link in case you want to be sure.
        en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballad#Power_ballads

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  13. Billdog at |

    I would have added Aerosmith’s What it Takes, Scorpions’ Winds of Change, Bon Jovi’s I’ll Be There For You and maybe Phil Collins’ In the Air Tonight just for the cool drum part.

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  14. Ronnie at |

    Bon Jovi? Please!!!

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  15. chiney at |

    nothing else maters should be included,and also fade to black

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  16. Ban Mido at |

    Hi guys, I just wanted to know why has Iron Maiden’s Wasting Love not been in included in this list…It is one of the best songs ever…

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  17. ParusMajor at |

    What about this one, Maria McKee “Show Me Heaven”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eo_s0iEA41o

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  18. eson berto at |

    “i want to know what love is” by foreigner

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