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Old 04-17-07, 01:37 PM
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Power Ballads...

I need some help brainstorming on some rock ballads. Here is a list of what I've got so far to better give an idea what I'm looking for...


At This Moment - Billy Vera & The Beaters
We've Got Tonight - Bob Seger
You're The Inspiration - Chicago
Glory Of Love - Peter Cetera
Up Where We Belong - Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes
When The Night Comes - Joe Cocker
Against All Odds - Phil Collins
I Wish It Would Rain Down
All I Want Is You - U2
What It Takes - Aerosmith
Always - Bon Jovi
I'll Be There For You
Bed Of Roses
Patience - Guns & Roses
November Rain
Home Sweet Home - Motley Crue
Without You
Mama I'm Coming Home - Ozzy
If I Close My Eyes Forever - Lita Ford/Ozzy
Every Rose Has IT's Thorn - Poison
Something To Believe In
Silent Lucidity - Queensryche
Nothing Else Matters - Metallica
Heaven - Warrant
Sometimes She Cries
Is This Love - Whitesnake
Say Hello 2 Heaven - Temple Of The Dog
18 And Life - Skid Row
I Remember You
She Talks To Angels - Black Crowes

Any other ideas of songs not on that list with the same vibe to them?

Thanks in advance.
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Collated from a 2003 mostly male/female power ballad thread:
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Ozzy "Mama, I'm coming home"
Whitney Houstin "I will always love you"

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Skid Row's "I Remember You"
Belinda Carlisle's "Heaven Is a Place on Earth"

inVectiVe (again)
"Eternal Flame" by the Bangles
"Weak" also by Belinda (That was the title, right?)
"I Saw Red" by Warrant
"Sweet Child O Mine" by Guns N Roses

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1. Air Supply - "Making Love Out Of Nothing At All" or Asia's "The Smile Has Left Your Eyes"
2. Whitney Houston - One Moment in Time

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Theme From an Imaginary Western - Mountain

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"High Enough" - Damn Yankees
"Love of a Lifetime" - Firehouse

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"Nobody's Fool" - Cinderella
"Close My Eyes Forever" - Lita Ford & Ozzy
"Alone Again" - Dokken
And a thread started a year later: What are your favorite Rock Power Ballets [aka "BALLADS"]
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Collated from a 2003 mostly male/female power ballad thread:And a thread started a year later: What are your favorite Rock Power Ballets [aka "BALLADS"]

Too funny. I named the top 3 I posted and forgot all of the rest.
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Skid Row - "Wasted Time" - That song puts the power into power ballad.
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"Night Moves" - Bob Seger
"I Want to Know What Love Is" - Foreigner
"Separate Ways" - Journey
"Two out of Three Ain't Bad" - Meatloaf
"Love Hurts" - Nazareth
"Come Sail Away" - Styx
"Rough Boy" - ZZ Top

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Originally Posted by yojimbo44
"Separate Ways" - Journey
That's not a ballad. Not even close.
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Thanks so far. A few I had forgotten about, a few I already had and some I still need to get.

One thing though... Seperate Ways is definitely NOT a ballad. But I did go and immediately DL Come Sail Away. That's one that always slips through my proverbial cracks and I love that song.
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Cheap Trick - The Flame
Damn Yankees - High Enough

and I will second these three songs, listed in the archived thread, but not mentioned here:

Slaughter - Fly To The Angels
Scorpions - Wind Of Change
Nelson - Only Time Will Tell
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got my Journey mixed up - i was thinking of "Open Arms" and ""Separate Ways" came out instead
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A truly great one: UFO- "Try Me" also "Some Other Time" by Alan Parsons Project
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got my Journey mixed up - i was thinking of "Open Arms" and ""Separate Ways" came out instead
"Faithfully" also works
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Originally Posted by yojimbo44
got my Journey mixed up - i was thinking of "Open Arms" and ""Separate Ways" came out instead
shit! that reminds me, I think I missed HDNet Movie airing of 'Heavy Metal' - damn!
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I feel obliged to note that "joke" entries could easily derail/divert the thread and may be seen by some as trolling.

I am sure that there will be exceptions to test the rule - although even Overkill's "Years of Decay", Metal Church's "Method to Your Madness" and Testament's "The Ballad" pick up speed part way through - but I tend to think of ballads as generally being slower songs (regardless of any "power" element) and I'm not sure that a standard thrash metal song is likely to meet that criterion.

Although I appreciate that Metallica's "Fade to Black" again tests one's preconceptions by looking at suicide, thematically, ballads have usually been centred on more pleasant topics than, say, a nazi butcher.
From wikipedia
"Power ballad is the name given to a genre of songs that were frequently included on arena rock, hard rock and heavy metal albums in the 1970s and 1980s, though the style has evolved into more modern forms since. These songs often explored sentimental themes such as yearning and need, love and loss. Their usually confessional nature differed from metal's more lyrical themes of hedonism, violence, or the occult. The term is partly a misnomer, as they are not so much ballads as love songs. In the years when record companies first considered the marketability of power ballads, they perhaps calculated that power ballad was more accessible and appealing than metal love song."
A (maybe lesser-known) tune I've seen cited as being at the top of the pile:

Metal Church - "Watch the Children Pray"

And a few from my own memory that may fit the bill of "Power Ballads" are:

"Love Hurts" - Nazareth (already mentioned by yojimbo44) first link goes to official page including authorised live mp3
"Feel Like Making Love" - Bad Company (link goes to a power ballads compilation on Amazon)
"Heaven & Earth" - Stuart Smith (link goes to official page including authorised mp3)

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Here's a 2 cd mix of power ballads/ slow songs i made for my girlfriend 5 years ago (now my wife) Some may have already been listed. I called it my cheesy Pleasure to burn mix Hope the list will help you or anyone else for that matter.

CD 1

Take It To The Limit - The Eagles
The Rose - Bette Midler
In My Dreams - Reo Speedwagon
Total Eclipse Of The Heart - Bonnie Tyler
Hard Habit To Break - Chicago
Amanda - Boston
Drive - The Cars
Just Call Me Angel - Juice Newton
Against All Odds - Phil Collins
(Everything I Do) I Do It For You - Bryan Adams
Rough Boy - ZZ Top
Stuck On You - Lionel Richie
Faithfully - Journey
Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad - Meat Loaf
Slip Slidin' Away - Paul Simon
The Captain - Kasey Chambers
We Belong - Pat Benatar
Layla - Derek And The Dominos

CD 2

Crimson And Clover - Tommy James & The Shondells
Say You Say Me - Lionel Richie
Annie's Song - John Denver
You're The Inspiration - Chicago
Can't Fight This Feeling - Reo Speedwagaon
Time After Time - Cyndi Lauper
I Want To Know What Love Is - Foreigner
La Carretera - Julio Iglesias
Magnet & Steel - Walter Egan
Heaven - Bryan Adams
Sweet Jane - Cowboy Junkies
Leather And Lace - Stevie Nicks
Tiny Tears - Tindersticks
Fooled Around And Fell In Love - Elvin Bishop
Lady In Red - Chris Deburgh
Save Me - Aimee Mann
For Crying Out Loud - Meat Loaf
Nothing Is Good Enough - Aimee Mann
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