The 10 best power ballads of the '80s appealed not only only to the male fans of hard rock, but also showed a sensitive side which appealed to the female fans. Eighties power ballads combined kick-ass guitar riffs and drums with often sensitive lyrics which helped them reach a larger audience. Often, the chorus would have a soaring line that begged to be sung along to, making the best power ballads of the 80s perfect for the large arena shows. While considered to be the domain of hair bands, even earlier arena rock acts like Led Zeppelin had their own version of the power ballad. But it was in the late 80s that the genre came into its own, and when some of the best know power ballads came to be.
- "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" by Poison – This power ballad about a relationship in danger was the group's one and only #1 single in the US and is credited with causing the break up of the band.
- "Heaven" by Warrant – One of two power ballads on the band's debut album, "Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich," this song made it to #2 on the 1989 US Billboard charts.
- "I Remember You" by Skid Row – According to singer Sebastian Bach, this power ballad of the 80s (released in 1989), was the #1 prom song of the year 1990 – how many of you danced to it?
- "Home Sweet Home" by Mötley Crüe – Released in 1985, this song is one of the first real power ballads of the 80s. Because of the popularity of the song and its video, it became near mandatory for glam bands to have at least one power ballad on their albums.
- "Here I Go Again" by Whitesnake – A great blend of keyboard synthesizer and power guitar, this song features David Coverdale on lead vocals while the video features his girlfriend Tawny Kitaen on the hood of a car.
- "Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone) by Cinderella – This power ballad from Cinderella's sophomore album "Long Cold Winter" was a favorite of their live show, as singer Tom Kiefer played the intro on a white grand piano while being lowered from the stadium ceiling.
- "I'll Be There for You" by Bon Jovi – The quintessential power ballad, this song was Bon Jovi's fourth number one single.
- "When the Children Cry" by White Lion – This anti-war power ballad made it all the way up to the number three spot on the Billboard Top 100.
- "Sweet Child o' Mine" by Guns 'n Roses – The group's only #1 single and a definitive power ballad of the 80s, the song has since been covered by Sheryl Crow for the movie "Big Daddy."
- "Sister Christian" by Night Ranger – Not only was this power ballad the group's biggest song, it also made it onto VH1's Greatest Songs of the 80s. It's lyrics refer to a girl who's growing up too fast.
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