Top Five Power Ballads of the 80s and 90s Part One

Melodic songs remain etched in hearts forever. This post brings back memories of the best power ballads from the 80s and 90s.

Melodic songs remain etched in hearts forever. This post brings back memories of the best power ballads from the 80s and 90s.


Beautiful acoustic melodies exude nostalgic warmth that’s hard to describe. Memories come alive every time you listen to a ballad. Emotion and feelings that linger within take center stage when you listen to songs from the past. The eighties and nineties brought into prominence music video airplay. Several bands gained recognition with the videos released on music channels.

Power ballads gained immense popularity in the era dominated by music videos.


1. Whitesnake- Is this Love

This song is from Whitesnake’s self titled debut. Released in 1987, this melodic power ballad garnered attention with its melancholic lyrics and ethereal soundscape. Guitarist John Sykes and vocalist David Coverdale came up with the lyrics of this song that became a rage with teen romantics the world over.


2. Skid Row-I Remember You

Sebastian Bach’s shrill high pitched voice was worshipped in the 80s and 90s. “I Remember You” is a song from Skid Row’s self titled debut. This song became a prom favorite in 1990. Dave ‘The Snake’ Sabo and Rachel Bolan have written the lyrics of this fiery ballad.


3. Warrant- Heaven


This song is from Warrant’s highly successful debut album’ Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich’. Jani Lane’s trademark vocals give this song the desired punch. Vocal harmonies on this unforgettable melodic hard rock ballad are mesmerizing.


4. MSG (McAuley Schenker Group) - Anytime


The raspy vocals by Robin McAuley and the explosive guitar solo by Michael Schenker form a signature blend on this song. This piercing rock ballad is from the album ‘Save Yourself’. This song became an anthem among glam metal fans and is considered MSG’s finest power ballad.


5. Poison- Every Rose Has its Thorn


This song got an overwhelming response from hair metal fans all over the world. The hard edged power ballad is from Poison’s 1988 album ‘Open Up and Say…Ahh! Every Rose has its Thorn received a tremendous response because of video airplay and is the band’s only song that made it to the number one spot in the U.S.
 


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