There is nothing quite like the fabulous rock ballads of the heydeys of the 1980s and 1990s. Back then, they sure did a bang-up job writing and singing these power ballads and love songs. Thanks to the oomph and sizzle of rock ballads, the music scene of this era will live on.
What are Rock Ballads?
Rock ballads are a cousin genre of slow rock, the purest of them all. Bespoke musicians came up with rock ballads so melodic, heart-rending, and lyrical that you can’t help but hum along.
Without further dilly-dallying, indulge in the top 10 rock ballads of all-time.
#1. Heavens by Bryan Adams (1985)
It’s no big secret Bryan Adams was one of the best rock artists. Heaven rose rapidly to fame across the world, with side B dedicated to Princess Diana. This rough-edged yet timeless classic brings Adams’ vocal performance like the never before.
#2. I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing by Aerosmith (1998)
A gem at the end of rock ballads era, this song brought lots nostalgia of the 1980s. Well, it also charted well both in the US and the UK.
#3. Reason to Live by KISS (1987)
With Reason to Live, KISS set the bar high for rock ballads in the 80s. Unfortunately, the KISS couldn’t magic up other songs better than the Reason to live. Heart-rending and melodic, this song charted better in the UK than in the US.
#4. Glory of Love by Peter Cetera (1986)
No rock ballads playlist would be complete without the Glory of Love. Cetera, a world-renowned bassist/ vocalist, took his game to the next level with the Glory of Love.
#5. When I See You Smile by Bad English (1989)
Back in the day, the all-boys band banged out this delirious anthem.
#6. Home Sweet Home by Mötley Crüe (1985)
“Just take this song, and you’ll never feel left alone.” What an amazing, rock jam by Crue.
#7. I Want to Know What Is Love by Foreigner (1984)
This song is one of the few rock ballads that still rent the radio airwaves to this date.
#8. Love Bites by Def Leppard (1987)
Released in the summer of 1988 and appeared in Leppard’s all-time best album Hysteria, Love Bites rose to become the biggest US hit.
#9. Every Rose Has Its Thorn by Poison (1989)
This blue-ish song surprised many rock ballads fan but eventually caught on.
#10. Amanda by Boston (1986)
Although it didn’t chart in the UK, Amanda gained popularity across the pond to become No.1 single in the US. Majestic, sweet, and impulsive, this guitar-laden single was the “it” thing back then.