The Top 25 Power Ballads
Heavy Metal musicians love power ballads, mostly because they made a lot of money with them and they're afraid if they speak ill of them someone's going to repossess their cars. Fact: these songs paid for hairspray, makeup, platform boots, dry ice and, eventually, rehab. That kids are rediscovering the "magic" of the era isn't surprising when you consider how many kids in the 1980s were rediscovering the Grateful Dead.
At this point, I'm hoarding my Pearl Jam memories just so I will able to eBay my mind and retire in a few years. Can you stand it? I remember a world without the Stone Temple Pilots! It really existed. Just as there was once a world without Bon Jovi.
This list runs the gamut. From terrible to tolerable!
25) "Love Hurts" -- Nazareth: I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, "But, Rob, this isn't from the 1980s. This version of the Boudleaux Bryant ballad, once recorded by the Everly Brothers, was recorded by the Scottish rock band Nazareth in 1975 and became a huge hit in early 1976! How is this a power ballad?" To which I reply, "Astutely observed, young master, but this song is the perfect antecedent to the entire genre and we all know how much we must love our antecedents here at List of the Day! Wait until you see #1!"
24) "Headed For A Heartbreak" -- Winger: Boy, does this bring back memories! This was when they made music that you could listen to with the sound off and still have a great time! This video sounds particularly good while blasting Husker Du, who never had the money to hire women so professionally good-looking to be in their videos.
23) "Alone Again" -- Dokken: Not to be confused with Arthur Lee's fine track "Alone Again Or" or Gilbert O'Sullivan's "Alone Again (Naturally)," "Alone Again" is the kind of ballad that spurs YouTube commentators to say things like "I own the High n Dry album, and The Blizzard of Ozz" and "I know that I'm a good man, a good man knows his musics, 80s is all good." I cannot compete against such insights!
22) "High Enough" -- Damn Yankees: Again, a YouTube-er nails it: "I was 7 years old and my mom used to play this in her Camaro on the way home from school just for me." WIthout a Camaro, this song really makes less sense. It is best noted for being Ted Nugent's first top 10 hit.