200 Greatest Hard Rock Love Songs and Rock Ballads

Top 200 Hard Rock Love Songs and Rock Ballads

Hard rock became excessively popular in the 80s and 90s. Let’s go back in time and dwell in an epic list of the best hard rock love songs and rock ballads.

While hard rock emerged in the late 60s and developed in the 70s, it was the glam 80s that showcased the genre in new light. Typically the hard rock sound is characterized by aggressive vocal tones with distorted guitar parts, bass, drums and keyboards. While hard rock was not considered a part of mainstream in the 60s and 70s, it was the magical 80s that propelled the genre to unprecedented heights. Hard rock garnered significant attention in the 80s making it commercially popular globally.

While the hard rock sound in the 70s was heavy, it was bands in the 80s amalgamated the aggressive sound with melodic structures. The hair metal scene in the 80s became exceedingly popular with music aficionados. No rock music fan could miss songs by hair metal bands.

The brand of hard rock ballads and power ballads that emerged in the 80s and early 90s are considered epic by music critics globally. Thanks to music television channel MTV, a number of bands with the hard rock sound received significant airplay. Hard rock love songs became a trend in the 80s. Many hair bands achieved considerable chart success with their brand of rock ballads.

Record companies in the 80s cashed in on the ballad trend. Many hair metal bands who were previously unsigned, found recording contracts with major record labels. Record companies were quick to realize the potential of hard rock ballads. Many record labels released a series of ‘Greatest Hits’ and ‘Best of’ compilations featuring rock ballads. The AOR scene of the 80s defined ‘epic’ in every capable proportion. Stadium rock also popularly known as ‘arena rock’ reached its height of popularity in the 80s. Glam metal bands and hair metal bands performed at sell-out venues globally. Aside from US and Europe, hard rock ballads became hugely popular in Asia, Japan in particular.

Japan has been a popular destination for hard rock bands of the 80s and 90s. Power ballads and hard rock ballads are excessively popular with music fans in Japan. Since the 70s a number of bands have been touring Japan and performing at sellout venues. Many hard rock bands and glam metal bands from US and Europe have been touring consistently in Japan since the 80s. The popularity of hard rock may have diminished in different parts of the world, however, in Japan; the genre is amongst the most popular genres. Hard rock ballads, power ballads, acoustic rock ballads, slow rock, and melodic rock are very popular in Japan. Needless to say Japan is a popular music market for heavy metal music.

Hard rock succumbed to the alternative/grunge revolution in the 90s. However, since the year 2000, hard rock is on a revival. Many new bands have emerged and are bringing back memories of ballads of a bygone era.

The space below showcases a list of the best Rock Love Songs and Rock Ballads

200 Greatest Hard Rock Love Songs and Rock Ballads

  1. Is This Love- Whitesnake
  2. Alone- Heart
  3. I Want To Know What Love is- Foreigner
  4. I’ll Be There For You- Bon Jovi
  5. When The Children Cry- White Lion
  6. Free Bird- Lynyrd Skynyrd
  7. Still Loving You- Scorpions
  8. November Rain- Guns N’ Roses
  9. Love Bites- Def Leppard
  10. Can’t Stop Loving You- Van Halen
  11. Alone Again- Dokken
  12. I Remember You- Skid Row
  13. More Than Words- Extreme
  14. Patience- Guns N’ Roses
  15. The Deeper The Love- Whitesnake
  16. Waiting For A Girl Like You- Foreigner
  17. Don’t Cry- Guns N’ Roses
  18. Every Rose Has It’s Thorn- Poison
  19. Tuesday’s Gone- Lynyrd Skynyrd
  20. Love Hurts- Nazareth
  21. Headed for a Heartbreak- Winger
  22. Carrie- Europe
  23. Behind Blue Eyes- The Who
  24. November Rain- Guns N’ Roses
  25. Heaven- Warrant
  26. Amazing- Aerosmith
  27. Love of A Lifetime- Firehouse
  28. Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad- Def Leppard
  29. I Live My Life For You- Firehouse
  30. Keep on Loving You- REO Speedwagon
  31. Wind Of Change- Scorpions
  32. Come Sail Away- Styx
  33. When I Look Into Your Eyes- Firehouse
  34. When I See You Smile- Bad English
  35. High Enough- Damn Yankees
  36. Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone)- Cinderella
  37. Angel- Aerosmith
  38. Oh Sherry- Steve Perry
  39. God Only Knows- The Beach Boys
  40. Dust In The Wind- Kansas
  41. Open Arms- Journey
  42. Somebody To Love- Queen
  43. Iris- Goo Goo Dolls
  44. Angie- Rolling Stones
  45. Love Is On The Way- Saigon Kick
  46. Where You Going Now- Damn Yankees
  47. I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing- Aerosmith
  48. (Everything I Do) I Do It For You- Bryan Adams
  49. This Ain’t A Love Song- Bon Jovi
  50. Close Your Eyes Forever- Lita Ford and Ozzy Osbourne
  51. Miles Away- Winger
  52. You Make Loving Fun- Fleetwood Mac
  53. Wild Horses- The Rolling Stones
  54. Beth- Kiss
  55. Never Say Goodbye- Bon Jovi
  56. Love Song- Tesla
  57. Faithfully- Journey
  58. The Flame- Cheap Trick
  59. Nights In White Satin- The Moody Blues
  60. Sister Christian- Night Ranger
  61. Another Day- Dream Theater
  62. I Don’t Want To Live Without You- Foreigner
  63. I’ll See You In My Dreams- Giant
  64. When It’s Love- Van Halen
  65. To Be with You- Mr. Big
  66. Changes- Black Sabbath
  67. Babe- Styx
  68. Little Lies- Fleetwood Mac
  69. Please Forgive Me- Bryan Adams
  70. Cryin’- Aerosmith
  71. Anytime- MSG (McAuley Schenker Group)
  72. Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman- Bryan Adams
  73. What Love Can Be- Kingdom Come
  74. Baby, I Love Your Way- Peter Frampton
  75. Goodbye- Night Ranger
  76. Silent Lucidity- Queensryche
  77. Can’t Fight This Feeling- REO Speedwagon
  78. Always Somewhere- Scorpions
  79. Don’t Stop Believin’- Journey
  80. The Smile Has Left Your Eyes- Asia
  81. Don’t Close Your Eyes- Kix
  82. Two Steps Behind- Def Leppard
  83. In My Dreams- REO Speedwagon
  84. Rosanna- Toto
  85. Goodbye To Romance- Ozzy Osbourne
  86. Honestly- Stryper
  87. She’s Gone- Steelheart
  88. Dreamer- Europe
  89. Right Here Waiting- Richard Marx
  90. High On You- Survivor
  91. More Than Words Can Say- Alias
  92. Bed of Roses- Bon Jovi
  93. Right By Your Side- Enuff Z’ Nuff
  94. When You Love A Woman- Journey
  95. Reason To Live- Kiss
  96. Never Ending Nightmare- MSG (McAuley Schenker Group)
  97. Sara- Fleetwood Mac
  98. When I’m With You- Sheriff
  99. Take Away My Pain- Dream Theater
  100. (Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection- Nelson
  101. More Than A Feeling- Boston
  102. Heaven- Bryan Adams
  103. All By Myself- Eric Carmen
  104. Love of My Life- Queen
  105. Angelia- Richard Marx
  106. If You Needed Me- Bad Company
  107. Just Take My Heart- Mr. Big
  108. Hollow Years- Dream Theater
  109. Kyrie- Mr.Mister
  110. Heaven in Your Eyes- Loverboy
  111. Something To Believe In- Poison
  112. We’ve Got Tonight- Bob Seger
  113. Nobody Knows- Lillian Axe
  114. Dream On- Aerosmith
  115. So Far Away- Dire Straits
  116. Brown Eyed Girl- Van Morrison
  117. Remember My Name- House of Lords
  118. Time For Me To Fly- REO Speedwagon
  119. Only Women Bleed- Alice Cooper
  120. Everytime I Look At You- Kiss
  121. Love Kills- Vinnie Vincent Invasion
  122. Kayleigh- Marillion
  123. Only Time Will Tell- Nelson
  124. Sentimental Street- Night Ranger
  125. To Be Alive- Def Leppard
  126. Mama, I’m Coming Home- Ozzy Osbourne
  127. With Or Without You- U2
  128. 25 Days from Home- Loudness
  129. Save The Weak- Britny Fox
  130. It’s a Heartache- Bonnie Taylor
  131. Lady- Styx
  132. Crazy Without You- Sheriff
  133. Price of Love- Bad English
  134. Dreamer- Ozzy Osbourne
  135. Here With Me- REO Speedwagon
  136. The Search Is Over- Survivor
  137. I Won’t Forget You- Poison
  138. Always- Bon Jovi
  139. Best I Ever Had (Grey Sky Morning)- Vertical Horizon
  140. I Won’t Hold You Back- Toto
  141. Farewell To You- White Lion
  142. Lady ’95- Styx
  143. Hazard- Richard Marx
  144. Sailing Ships- Whitesnake
  145. You Give Me All I Need- Scorpions
  146. Wasting Love- Iron Maiden
  147. I Can’t Hold Back- Survivor
  148. Let Me Take You Home Tonight- Boston
  149. Hey You- Pink Floyd
  150. In a Darkened Room- Skid Row
  151. Take It On The Run- REO Speedwagon
  152. All I Want To Do Is make Love To You- Heart
  153. Sometimes She Cries- Warrant
  154. Everything Changes- Matthew Sweet
  155. I Still Think About You- Danger Danger
  156. Love Walked In- Thunder
  157. Elisa- Sheriff
  158. The Day That I Met You- Lillian Axe
  159. Save Your Love- Great White
  160. Amanda- Boston
  161. Believe In Love- Scorpions
  162. When Love and Hate Collide- Def Leppard
  163. Stay With Me- Faces
  164. The Ballad of Jayne- L.A. Guns
  165. Standing Alone- Tyketto
  166. Will You Still Love Me- Chicago
  167. Dream On- Nazareth
  168. The Reason- Hoobastank
  169. Show Me The Way- Styx
  170. High Hopes- Pink Floyd
  171. Baby You’re The Greatest- Enuff Z’ Nuff
  172. Tears of A Dragon- Bruce Dickenson
  173. Heartbreak Station- Cinderella
  174. Never Tear Us Apart- Inxs
  175. Not When I Needed It- Mathew Sweet
  176. I Need Your Love- Boston
  177. I’ll Be Alright Without You- Journey
  178. Africa- Toto
  179. You’re All I Need- Motley Crue
  180. The Best of Times- Styx
  181. One- U2
  182. Forever- Kiss
  183. Straight From The Heart- Bryan Adams
  184. When I Find Love- XYZ
  185. Still Got The Blues- Gary Moore
  186. Can’t Stop Falling In Love- Cheap Trick
  187. Tears Of Fire- Keel
  188. Feels Like The First Time- Foreigner
  189. Lavender- Marillion
  190. Suite Madam Blue- Styx
  191. These Dreams- Heart
  192. Send Her My Love- Journey
  193. Fly To The Angels- Slaughter
  194. Burning Heart- Survivor
  195. Ready for Love- Bad Company
  196. Don’t Walk Away- Danger Danger
  197. In Your Arms- Little Caesar
  198. Broken Wings- Mr. Mister
  199. Never Tear Us Apart- Inxs
  200. Slippin Away- Dokken

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