Best Power Ballads: The 30 Greatest: Ranked!

Power ballads are the most vital ballads of all, so we’ve created the world’s best playlist, so you can wave the lighters in the air as you don’t care.

So what’s a power ballad? Are most of these purest?? Hypersensitive? Emotional? Briefly, yes! They are emotional rock album songs, generally focused on love, delivered with powerful vocals. This is why we chose KISS’ massive Reason to live above the smaller-than-massive Beth. You thought it was easy to compile a list of all the Top 40 power ballads. Oh, just Hell no! These songs tear you out before their end. Fortunately, we had poodles all from the classic playlist.

So, let’s round up to this list of Top 40 Power Ballads of all Time!

10. Bon Jovi- Never Say Goodbye (1986) 

Oh, memories! Grown men with rattling hair and spandex, crowning with lost love and busting hearts. It might sound nimble now, but when Bon Jovi gave out Slippery, they could not make any mistakes when Wet did in 1986. B.J. gets surprisingly intense in the intermediate section – Jon’s vocal teeter prevents it from becoming too slushy by guitarist Richie Sambora’s ringing guitar. But The victorious refrain on his Never says goodbye. So, we ranked this on number ten on our list of best Power Ballads.

Songwriter(s):Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora
Producer(s):Bruce Fairbairn
Recorded Year:1986
Key Lyric:Holdin’ on – we got to try/ Holdin’ on to never say goodbye’

9. Def Leppard- Love Bites (1987) 

Initially, the song came in the same year as Whitesnake Is This love on Def Leppard’s All-Conquering Hysteria album. Both English songs were adapted for the American market, with the greatest resonance from power ballads. The game went off: Love Bites reached the top spot in the USA as a single one in the summer of 1988. Producer Robert John’ Mutt’ Lange coaxes Joe Elliott’s Love Bites with a remarkably fine vocal performance. The chorus of calling and answering is timid. This song is so overwhelming that we ranked it at number nine on our list of Best Power Ballads.

Songwriter(s):Robert John
Producer(s):Robert John “Mutt” Lange
Recorded Year:July 1988
Key Lyric:I don’t want to touch you too much baby/ ‘Cause making love to you might drive me crazy

8. Reo Speedwagon- Can’t Fight This Feeling (1984)

Can’t Fight This Feeling is the American rock band REO Speedwagon’s power ballad. The first song on Wheels Are Turnin’ was published in 1984. On the Billboard 100 chart, the single came first and held first place for three consecutive weeks between March 9 and March 23, 1985. It was the second hit of the group in the United States charts (the first one being in 1981, “Maintaining Loving You,” also written by Kevin Cronin) and was number seventeen in the United Kingdom. “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” as well as many great REO Speedwagon hits albums, has appeared on dozens of ‘different artist’ compilations. We could have included one of several REO Speedwagon Ballads. They are just as sweet and sticky, which are appreciated by the listeners. 

Songwriter(s):Kevin Cronin
Producer(s):Kevin Cronin, Gary Richrath, Alan Gratzer
Recorded Year:December 31, 1984
Key Lyric:My life has been such a whirlwind since I saw you/I’ve been running round in circles in my mind

7. Open Arms- Journey (1987)

Journey ballad is one of the most beloved songs of the US rock band, Open Arms. It was released as one of their 1981 albums, Escape, from the Heavy Metal soundtrack. This song is written jointly with the members of Band Steve Perry and Jonathan Cain. It’s one of the band’s most recognizable hits for radio, and its largest U.S. Hot 100 Billboard hit. Slowly and pulsating, this Whitesnake album release and the vibrato by David Coverdale is strangely compulsive. “Open Arms” Journey recording was described as one of the biggest ever-written love songs; VH1 called it the biggest power ballad ever. Mike DeGagne of All Music describes it as “one of the best rock ballads that Steve Perry could gleam with honesty and feeling.”

Songwriter(s):David Coverdale, John Sykes
Producer(s):Mike Stone (for Mike Stone Enterprises)Keith Olsen
Recorded Year:October 1987
Key Lyric:I need you by my side/To tell me it’s alright/Cos I don’t think I can take any more’

6. Heart- Alone (1987) 

This song was written by Tom Kelly and Billy Steinberg, who wrote the balladic blockbuster of Eternal Flame, The Bangles. The songwriting duo made a significant lyrical difference to Heart from the original version of Alone. The chorus “I have always done well on my own” changed the line to “I have always done it myself,” which is much more emotional. The song giant reached No.1 and No.3 in the United States. Ann Wilson’s voice is stratospheric, telling the story of a confirmed individual who finds true love. However, there is a twist: ‘The secret remains mine.’ (Is anyone he-is not aware of her affections, in other words), give the title a double sense.

Songwriter(s):Billy Steinberg, Tom Kelly
Producer(s):Keith Olsen, Steve Lukather
Recorded Year:June 1983
Key Lyric:I never really cared until I met you/ And now it chills me to the bone

5. Meat Loaf- Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad (1978) 

Most of Meat Loaf Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad is too dramatic for consideration here. Misty-eye restraint is just as important in this genre as brazen emotional outflows. But on Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad, the Loaf rises. His tremendous voice sounds 100% genuine, and he delivers flamboyant lyrics from Jim Steinman like somebody with a weapon in his head. Again, though, there’s a nice game: Meat’s saying he’ll never love her despite all his whimperings about wanting and needing her. That’s the title of the song. It reached No11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was finally certified by the RIAA for a million Gold singles sold. It continues to be its second-highest chart hit in the USA and still enjoys a regular flight.

Songwriter(s):Jim Steinman
Producer(s):Todd Rundgren
Recorded Year:February 1978
Key Lyric:You’ve been cold to me for so long/I’m crying’ icicles instead of tears

4. Guns N’ Roses- November Rain (1991) 

In November Rain, Guns has achieved a delicate balance: beautiful without sappy feeling, tormented without slashing your wrist. Axl Rose was not able to urge his enemies to enter a fucking ring. AXL songs ebbs and flows, bobs and weaves, ducks and dives, together with the rest of GNR in sync with his view and with one of the Slash guitar solos. It’s just as sad and fragmented as holding in your hand a dead bird. The November Rain was the longest song to be entered into the top ten at number 3 on the U.S. Billboard 100 chart. It is also the third-longest song in the definitive list of The Hot 100 chart (second-longest at the time of its release).

Songwriter(s):Axl Rose
Producer(s):Mike Clink, Guns N’ Roses
Recorded Year:February 18, 1992
Key Lyric:It’s hard to hold a candle/In the cold November rain

3. Journey- Open Arms (1982)

Journey (1982) is a heart-touching ballad from Open Arms. It was released as one of their 1981 music albums, Escape, from the Heavy Metal soundtrack. This song is a power ballad written jointly with Band 80’s music artists Steve Perry and Jonathan Cain. It is one of the band’s best-known radio hits and its most famous American Billboard hit. It reached number two in February 1982 and has held this position for six weeks. In the United States, Journey was the undisputed surge-than song. This song reached No.2 over there. But we found it difficult to embrace the typical British Reserve, a group of fans who advocated plenty of love ‘n’ squeezing. So we ranked it on number three on our list of best Power Ballads of all time.

Songwriter(s):Steve Perry, Jonathan Cain
Producer(s):Kevin Elson, Mike “Clay” Stone
Recorded Year:January 1982
Key Lyric:We sailed on together/We drifted apart/And here you are by my side

2. Poison – Every Rose Has Its Thorn (1989) 

The poison had shown little evidence of a soft center, so it shocked the hell out of people when they set free the fragile Every Rose Has Its Thorn. This is Bret Michaels’ finest hour, a properly barbed composition. His semi-tear-show (and particularly his ‘cowboy’ pronunciation) transforms this sad, unhappy song into the most fluffy power-ballad-dom echelons. Every Rose Has Its Thorn of Poison hit number one in the United States, reached the top spot on December 24, 1988, and was placed three weeks in the chart (carrying over in 1989). In the U.K., it was the 13th hit. “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” was noted 34 in “100 Greatest 80’s Songs” by VH1. It was named 100 for their “100 Greatest Love Songs” and was named number 7 on MTV.

Songwriter(s):Bret Michaels, C.C. DeVille, Bobby Dall, Rikki Rockett
Producer(s):Tom Werman
Recorded Year:October 12, 1988
Key Lyric:Instead of making love… we both made our separate ways

1. Aerosmith- I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing (1998) 

The Aerosmith played the power ballad formula with the floating Dream On as early as 1973 in I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing. Twenty-five years later, “I don’t want to miss a thing” hit No1 in the U.S. and No.4 in the U.K., with the aid of Diane Warren and exposure to the movie Armageddon. He takes an essentially wimpy song and transforms it into one of its soul-seeking grandeur through certain feral vocal pyrotechnics. This interpretation of her song must have impressed us more with Celine Dion and Whitney Houston. The boys from Boston turned a chaste Rome into a literary one and came out with such a sensational ballad. That’s why Aerosmith – I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing, is leading this list of Best Power Ballads of all Time.

Songwriter(s):Diane Warren
Producer(s):Matt Serletic
Recorded Year:August 18, 1998
Key Lyric:Cos even when I dream of you/ The sweetest dream will never do

So, these are all about 10 The Best Power Ballads! If you want to take a glimpse of all the further 20 Best Power Ballads with their respective details, then have a look below:

RankArtistSong NameSongwriterReleased Date
11.Ozzy OsbourneGoodbye To RomanceOzzy Osbourne, Bob Daisley, Randy RhoadsSeptember 20, 1980
12.Night RangerSister ChristianKelly KeagyMarch 10, 1984
13.ScorpionsWind Of ChangeKlaus MeineJanuary 20, 1991
14.Velvet RevolverFall To PiecesVelvet RevolverSeptember 13, 2004
15.NickelbackHow You Remind MeChad Kroeger, Mike Kroeger, Ryan Peake, Ryan VikedalJuly 17, 2001
16.ForeignerI Want To Know What Love IsMick JonesNovember 13, 1984
17.Mötley CrüeHome Sweet HomeNikki Sixx, Tommy LeeSeptember 30, 1985
18.Mr. MisterBroken WingsRichard Page, Steve George, John LangJune 1985
19.Bad EnglishWhen I See You SmileDiane WarrenSeptember 16, 1989
20.Peter CeteraGlory Of LovePeter Cetera, David Foster, and Diane NiniJune 4, 1986
21.Skid RowI Remember YouRachel Bolan, Dave SaboNovember 1989
22.KissReason To LivePaul Stanley, Desmond ChildNovember 12, 1987
23.CherI Found SomeoneMichael Bolton, Mark MangoldFebruary 7, 1986
24.Cheap TrickThe FlameBob Mitchell, Nick GrahamApril 5, 1988
25.SlaughterFly To The AngelsJanuary 23, 1990
26.StyxLadyDennis DeYoung1973
27.TotoI Won’t Hold You BackSteve LukatherMarch 12, 1983
28.EuropeCarrieMic Michaeli, Joey Tempest1987
29.ThunderLove Walked InLuke Morley1991
30.WarrantHeavenJani LaneJuly 22, 1989


So, it’s all about the 40 Top Power Ballads of all Time. Let us know what you think about our choice. Please tell us if you count on us making any flagrant omissions. Meanwhile, take this lighter and proudly hold it high. Stick with your handkerchief and listen to your favorite one. 

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