200 Greatest Sentimental Rock Songs: Rock Ballads And Power Ballads Of The 60s 70s 80s And 90s

Top 200 Rock Ballads And Power Ballads: The Best Of Sentimental Rock

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Ballads speak a colloquial language of the heart. The passion and sentiments expressed in rock ballads and power ballads is like no other. Here’s showcasing the best sentimental rock songs of the 60s 70s 80s and 90s.

Ballads are lyrical tales of sentiments associated with love and relationships. Through ballads a range of emotions are conveyed. Listeners connect with rock ballads because they are able to relate with lyrics. Often lyrics in sentimental songs convey a reflective meaning that pertains to incidents that take place in our lives. The story told in love ballads are musical narratives that melt hearts and soothe minds. Rock ballads are known for their high octane energy.

In the same vein power ballads are known for their emotive chorus and verse set to the backdrop of electric guitars, drums, bass and acoustic instruments.

Typically rock ballads, acoustic rock ballads and power ballads are also known as ‘sentimental rock’ or ‘sentimental ballads’ in mainstream. Sentimental songs are associated with an emotional music style leaning towards intimate relationships and romance. However, ballads about loneliness, guilt, breakup, death, politics, religion and drug abuse are also popular themes associated with rock ballads. Sentimental rock songs are characteristically known for their slow-tempos and melodic harmonies. While rock ballads evolved from blues ballads and jazz ballads in the 40s and 50s, the birth of the distinctive rock ballad sound came about in the 60s.

Lush musical arrangement is often complemented with vocal harmony in sentimental ballads. Sentimental rock songs are known for their dynamic build up from verse-to-chorus giving the song an aesthetic emotive feel. Rock ballads and power ballads in the 80s gave new meaning to rock songs in the 80s. A number of compilations of slow rock, soft rock, acoustic rock ballads, rock ballads, power ballads and sentimental rock ballads were released by record labels in the 80s and early 90s. Also, ‘Greatest hits’ compilations of AOR bands and hair bands consisting of the bands ballads became immensely popular in the 80s.

The space below showcases the best rock ballads and power ballads of the 60s 70s 80s and 90s

200 Greatest Sentimental Rock Songs

  1. Love Hurts- Nazareth
  2. More Than Words- Extreme
  3. Is This Love- Whitesnake
  4. Wind of Change- Scorpions
  5. Lady- Styx
  6. Beth- Kiss
  7. Love Song- Tesla
  8. Sister Christian- Night Ranger
  9. The Flame- Cheap Trick
  10. Amanda- Boston
  11. I Remember You- Skid Row
  12. Can’t Fight This Feeling- REO Speedwagon
  13. Second Chance- 38 Special
  14. Love Is On The Way- Saigon Kick
  15. Melissa- Allman Brothers Band
  16. I Want To know What Love Is- Foreigner
  17. (Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection- Nelson
  18. Come Sail Away- Styx
  19. High Enough- Damn Yankees
  20. Need Your Love So Bad- Fleetwood Mac
  21. Free Bird- Lynyrd Skynyrd
  22. Baby I Love Your Way- Peter Frampton
  23. Drive- The Cars
  24. I’m Not In Love- 10cc
  25. Black Velvet- Alannah Myles
  26. I Don’t Love You Anymore- The Quireboys
  27. Dust In The Wind- Kansas
  28. In A Big Country- Big Country
  29. Every Rose Has It’s Thorn- Poison
  30. Don’t Close Your Eyes- Kix
  31. All By Myself- Eric Carmen
  32. To Be With You- Mr. Big
  33. I Won’t Hold You Back- Toto
  34. Keep On Loving You- REO Speedwagon
  35. Faithfully- Journey
  36. Love Of My Life- Queen
  37. Another Day- Dream Theater
  38. When The Children Cry- White Lion
  39. One Step Away- Ratt
  40. I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)- Meat Loaf
  41. Alone- Heart
  42. The Smile Has Left Your Eyes- Asia
  43. Don’t You (Forget About Me)- Simple Minds
  44. Carrie- Europe
  45. Now and Forever- Richard Marx
  46. When It’s Love- Van Halen
  47. Heaven- Warrant
  48. Broken Wings- Mr. Mister
  49. Eternal Flame- The Bangles
  50. I’ll Be There For You- Bon Jovi
  51. Open Arms- Journey
  52. Hard To Say I’m Sorry- Chicago
  53. Total Eclipse of the Heart- Bonnie Tyler
  54. Alone Again- Dokken
  55. Still Loving You- Scorpions
  56. I’ll See You In My Dreams- Giant
  57. Midnight Blue- Lou Gramm
  58. Patience- Guns N’ Roses
  59. When I See You Smile- Bad English
  60. Tears In Heaven- Eric Clapton
  61. Right Here Waiting- Richard Marx
  62. All Out of Love- Air Supply
  63. Missing You- John Waite
  64. With Or Without You- U2
  65. 18 and Life- Skid Row
  66. When A Blind Man Cries- Deep Purple
  67. Harden My Heart- Quarterflesh
  68. More Than Words Can Say- Alias
  69. Ready For Love- Bad Company
  70. Stay With Me- Faces
  71. How Much I Feel- Ambrosia
  72. Everything I Do (I Do It For You)- Bryan Adams
  73. Miles Away- Winger
  74. Goodbye To Romance- Ozzy Osbourne
  75. Africa- Toto
  76. When I’m With You- Sheriff
  77. Superstitious- Europe
  78. Never Tear Us Apart- INXS
  79. Soldier of Fortune- Deep Purple
  80. Heaven- Bryan Adams
  81. Love Walked In- Thunder
  82. Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad- Meat Loaf
  83. Where You Going Now- Damn Yankees
  84. Angie- Rolling Stones
  85. Big Log- Robert Plant
  86. Iris- Goo Goo Dolls
  87. I Live My Life For You- Firehouse
  88. November Rain- Guns N’ Roses
  89. Still Got The Blues- Gary Moore
  90. Almost Paradise- Mike Reno and Ann Wilson
  91. You and Me- Alice Cooper
  92. Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough- Don Henley and Patty Smyth
  93. Sara- Starship
  94. Please Forgive Me- Bryan Adams
  95. Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)- Glass Tiger
  96. Mama, I’m Coming Home- Ozzy Osbourne
  97. I’ll Stand By You- The Pretenders
  98. What Love Can Be- Kingdom Come
  99. She’s Gone- Steelheart
  100. 25 Days From Home- Loudness
  101. Home Sweet Home- Motley Crue
  102. I Can Dream About You- Dan Hartman
  103. Oh Sherrie- Steve Perry
  104. The Day That I Met You- Lillian Axe
  105. Don’t Cry- Guns N’ Roses
  106. Heaven In Your Eyes- Loverboy
  107. Rosanna- Toto
  108. Wish You Were Here- Pink Floyd
  109. Silent Lucidity- Queensryche
  110. Love of a Lifetime- Firehouse
  111. Love Bites- Def Leppard
  112. Fly To The Angels- Slaughter
  113. The Search Is Over- Survivor
  114. Lonesome Loser- Little River Band
  115. Bed of Roses- Bon Jovi
  116. In A Darkened Room- Skid Row
  117. Little Lies- Fleetwood Mac
  118. Don’t Know What you Got (Til It’s Gone)- Cinderella
  119. Forever- Kiss
  120. We Built This City- Starship
  121. I Don’t Want To Miss a Thing- Aerosmith
  122. Save Your Love- Great White
  123. Nothings Gonna Stop us Now- Starship
  124. Only Women Bleed- Alice Cooper
  125. Standing Alone- Tyketto
  126. Two Steps Behind- Def Leppard
  127. All The Young Dudes- Mott The Hoople
  128. Close My Eyes Forever- Lita Ford and Ozzy Osbourne
  129. Every Day Hurts- Sad Café
  130. Angel- Aerosmith
  131. Do You Feel Like We Do- Peter Frampton
  132. Giving Yourself Away- Ratt
  133. How Long- Ace
  134. Anytime- MSG (McAuley Schenker Group)
  135. Sentimental Street- Night Ranger
  136. Take Away My Pain- Dream Theater
  137. If You Needed Somebody- Bad Company
  138. Never Say Goodbye- Bon Jovi
  139. When Love and Hate Collide- Def Leppard
  140. In The Army Now- Status Quo
  141. Chance- Big Country
  142. What Does It Take- Honeymoon Suite
  143. Headed For A Heartbreak- Winger
  144. Don’t Stop Believing- Journey
  145. Always- Bon Jovi
  146. Don’t Walk Away- Danger Danger
  147. Just Between You and Me- April Wine
  148. Tears of a Dragon- Bruce Dickenson
  149. All Right Now- Free
  150. When I Look Into Your Eyes- Firehouse
  151. Reason To Live- Kiss
  152. Changes- Black Sabbath
  153. Everyday- Slade
  154. You’re All I Need- Motley Crue
  155. More Than A Feeling- Boston
  156. Let’s Make a Night To Remember- Bryan Adams
  157. Waiting For A Girl Like You- Foreigner
  158. Because The Night- Patti Smith Group
  159. Since You Been Gone- Rainbow
  160. Dream On- Nazareth
  161. Surrender- Trixter
  162. Nights In White Satin- The Moody Blues
  163. Babe- Styx
  164. You Belong To The City- Glen Frey
  165. Straight From The Heart- Bryan Adams
  166. Isn’t it Time- The Babys
  167. I’ll Never Let You Go (Angel Eyes)- Steelheart
  168. Goodbye- Air Supply
  169. The Ballad of Jayne- L.A. Guns
  170. The Angel Song- Great White
  171. Lavender- Marilllion
  172. Only Time Will Tell- Nelson
  173. The Weaver’s Answer- Family
  174. Vixen- Love Is a Killer
  175. Never Ending Nightmare- MSG (McAuley Schenker Group)
  176. Hold Your Head Up- Argent
  177. Poison- Alice Cooper
  178. Tears Of Fire- Keel
  179. Shape of My Heart- Sting
  180. Heat of The Moment- Asia
  181. Just Take My Heart- Mr. Big
  182. We’re Ready- Boston
  183. Only One Woman- The Marbles
  184. Fly High Michelle- Ennuf Z’ Nuff
  185. The Letter- The Box Tops
  186. It’s A Heartache- Bonnie Tyler
  187. Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad- Def Leppard
  188. Hold The Line- Toto
  189. House of Pain- Faster Pussycat
  190. It’s a Long Way There- Little River Band
  191. Too Much Too Young- Little Angels
  192. Love Kills- Vinnie Vincent Invasion
  193. Dream On- Aersomith
  194. What Keeps Me Loving You- XYZ
  195. Stay With Me Till Dawn- Judie Tzuke
  196. I Don’t Want To Live Without You- Sleez Beez
  197. Screaming In The Night- Krokus
  198. Remember My Name- House of Lords
  199. Days Gone By- Slaughter
  200. Sarah- Thin Lizzy

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