|First posted 6/3/2020.|
Top 100 Songs
Classic rock came about in the 1970s, built on the backs of staples from the ‘60s like Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and the Who. Newer acts like Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Rush, and Boston were added to the fold to create a radio format which still maintains presences in major U.S. markets.
As rock became more commercialized, some acts like Foreigner, Journey, REO Speedwagon, and Styx were mocked as “corporate rock” for their more pop-friendly songs. One of the trends was for such bands was to produce “power ballads,” which were slower-tempo songs which fit well into adult contemporary radio and attracted female fans in addition to the more male-oriented fans which dominated classic rock. As the ‘80s wore on, the trend extended to more glammed-up “hair bands” (Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Poison, Mötley Crüe) also crooning about love and finding huge success.
This list of the top power ballads of all time was created by aggregating more than 25 best-of lists. Click here to see other genre and category specific song lists.
1. Poison “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” (1989)
11. Def Leppard “Love Bites” (1987)
21. Tesla “Love Song” (1989)
31. U2 “With Or Without You” (1987)
41. Bon Jovi “Never Say Goodbye” (1986)
51. Eric Carmen “All by Myself” (1975)
61. T’Pau “China in Your Hand” (1987)
71. Mr. Big “To Be with You” (1991)
81. Red Hot Chili Peppers “Under the Bridge” (1991)
91. Damn Yankees “High Enough” (1990)