Ballads of the '80s

Ballads of the '80s

The 1980s was a time when a rock album without a power ballad seemed incomplete. This Buzzle article enlists some of the most famous ballads of the '80s. Take a look!
When you think of the ballads of the '80s, the first thing that comes to your mind is "power ballads" that became famous in this era. These ballads found an equal audience in both sexes, with the girls especially loving them so that they could watch and hear their favorite rock star. These ballads were soft and emotional and usually based on love and life. They captivated audiences of all ages and immortalized the music of this era in their minds forever.

Here is a list of the most famous ballads which, till date, are unmatchable in the kind of depth their lyrics had as well as the emotions they aroused in people.

Power Ballads of the 80s
  • Wanted Dead or Alive ― Bon Jovi
  • Something To Believe In ― Poison
  • House Of Pain ― Faster Pussycat
  • Don't Close Your Eyes ― Kix
  • Here I Go Again ― Whitesnake
  • Missing You ― John Waite
  • I Want To Know What Love Is ― Foreigner
  • Shot In The Dark ― Ozzy Osbourne
  • Headed for a Heartbreak ― Winger
  • Fly To The Angels ― Slaughter
  • Alone Again ― Dokken
  • Miles Away ― Winger
  • Goodbye ― Night Ranger
  • Hysteria ― Def Leppard
  • Wind of Change ― Scorpions
  • Open Arms ― Journey
  • Amanda ― Boston
  • The Flame ― Cheap Trick
  • The Search Is Over ― Survivor
  • Africa ― Toto
  • Keep On Loving You ― REO Speedwagon
  • Eternal Flame ― The Bangles
  • Burning Heart ― Survivor
  • Who Wants to Live Forever ― Queen
  • Forever ― KISS
  • Still Got The Blues (For You) ― Gary Moore
  • Broken Wings ― Mr. Mister
  • I'll Never Let You Go ― Steelheart
  • To Be With You ― Mr. Big
  • Patience ― Guns 'n' Roses
  • Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now ― Starship
  • Ballad of Jayne ― L.A. Guns
  • Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone) ― Cinderella
  • Separate Ways ― Journey
  • 18 and Life ― Skid Row
  • Sister Christian ― Night Ranger
  • Reason To Live ― KISS
  • Without You ― Motley Crue
  • When I Look Into Your Eyes ― Firehouse
  • Love Song ― Tesla
  • Rough Boy ― ZZ Top
  • Why Can't This Be Love? ― Van Halen
Greatest Rock Ballads
  • Every Rose Has Its Thorn ― Poison
  • Heaven ― Warrant
  • Nobody's Fool ― Cinderella
  • Love Bites ― Def Leppard
  • Home Sweet Home ― Motley Crue
  • I Remember You ― Skid Row
  • When The Children Cry ― White Lion
  • Here I Go Again ― Whitesnake
  • Carrie ― Europe
  • The Price ― Twisted Sister
Love Ballads
  • Lionel Richie ― Hello
  • LL Cool J ― I Need Love
  • Champaign ― How 'Bout Us
  • Alexander O'Neal ― If You Were Here Tonight
  • Foreigner ― Waiting for a Girl Like You
  • Style Council ― You're the Best Thing
  • Chaka Khan & Rufus ― Ain't Nobody
  • Anita Baker ― Sweet Love
  • Joyce Sims ― Come Into My Life
  • Style Council ― You're the Best Thing
  • Mary Jane Girls ― All Night Long
  • Fat Larry's Band ― Zoom
  • Womack & Womack ― Teardrops
  • Sade ― Your Love is King
  • Cameo ― Candy
  • New Order ― Bizarre Love Triangle
  • George Michael ― Careless Whisper
  • Gregory Isaacs ― Night Nurse
  • Diana Ross & Lionel Richie ― Endless Love
  • Whitesnake ― Is This Love?
  • Soft Cell ― Say Hello, Wave Goodbye
  • Sister Sledge ― Thinking Of You
  • Peabo Bryson & Roberta Flack ― Tonight I Celebrate My Love
  • Atlantic Starr ― Secret Lovers
  • The Mac Band ― Roses Are Red
  • Barry White ― Never Gonna Give You Up
  • Frankie Goes To Hollywood ― Power Of Love
  • Luther Vandross ― So Amazing
  • ABC ― All of My Heart
  • The Jets ― Crush on You
  • Tina Turner ― What's Love Got to Do With It
  • Cyndi Lauper ― I Drove All Night
  • Whitney Houston ― Saving All My Love For You
  • Jeffrey Osborne ― Stay With Me Tonight
We have tried to cover almost all the popular ballads of the '80s. These songs are enjoyed by people even today as they were at that time. If you feel we've missed out some songs, then please free to include them in the comments section below.
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