Top 100 Rock Ballads of the '80s and '90s

Rock Ballads of the '80s and '90s!
Rock Ballads of the '80s and '90s!

There's nothing like a rock ballad from the '80s and '90s. Back then, they sure knew how to write and sing those slow love songs and power ballads.

As Sammy Hagar (of Van Halen) said, "there were moments, like in some of the ballads, I put my heart and soul into those records. Those lyrics when I sang 'em, I gave myself goosebumps."

Welcome to my video list of top 100 rock ballads of the '80s and '90s. Although it was hard to decide which songs to include and what order to list them in, I have compiled my favorite songs here, limiting myself to the 100 songs I love the most.

I hope you like this list, and feel free to leave me a comment or a suggestion about a song I missed. Who knows, it may end up on the list!

U2: With or Without You

Metallica: The Unforgiven

Everclear: Father of Mine

REO Speedwagon: Keep On Loving You

The Cure: Love Song

Whitesnake: The Deeper the Love

Oasis: Wonderwall

Pat Benatar: Promises in the Dark

Bad English: Price of Love

Bette Midler: The Rose

John Mellencamp: Jack & Diane

INXS: Never Tear Us Apart

Roxette: It Must Have Been Love

Stevie Nicks: Edge of Seventeen

Lisa Loeb: Stay

Heart: Alone

Loverboy: Heaven in Your Eyes

Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart, and Sting: All for Love

Poison: Something to Believe in

U2: I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For

Soul Asylum: Runaway Train

Eric Clapton: Tears in Heaven

Foreigner: I Want to Know What Love Is

3 Doors Down: Here Without You

Air Supply: The One That You Love

Def Leppard: Stand up Kick Love into Motion

Bad English: When I See You Smile

Cheap Trick: The Flame

The Police: Every Breath You Take

Bryan Adams: Heaven

Pretenders: I'll Stand By You

Chicago: You're the Inspiration

Bon Jovi: Always

The Motels: Only the Lonely

REO Speedwagon: Can't Fight This Feeling

Chicago: Look Away

Night Ranger: Sister Christian

White Lion: You're All I Need

Tom Petty: Free Falling

Collective Soul: Shine

Boston: Amanda

Warrant: Heaven

Bryan Adams: Please Forgive Me

Guns N' Roses: Sweet Child O' Mine

Guns N' Roses: November Rain

Lita Ford & Ozzy Osborne: Close My Eyes Forever

Meatloaf: I Would Do Anything for Love

Richard Marx: Right Here Waiting

Def Leppard: Love Bites

Whitesnake: Here I Go Again

Skid Row: I Remember You

Slaughter: Fly to the Angels

Berlin: Take My Breath Away

Extreme: More Than Words

Queensryche: Anybody Listening?

Alias: More Than Words Can Say

Alphaville: Forever Young

Howard Jones: No One Is to Blame

Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes: Up Where We Belong

Creed: Higher

Soundgarten: Black Hole Sun

Soundgarten: Fell on Black Days

Nirvana: Come As You Are

Goo Goo Dolls: Iris

Journey: Faithfully

Tesla: Love Song

R.E.M.: Everybody Hurts

Jeff Buckley: Hallelujah

Heart: These Dreams

Roxette: Listen to Your Heart

Van Halen: Can't Stop Loving You

Edwin McCain: I'll Be

Def Leppard: Two Steps Behind

Mr. Big: To Be With You

Smashing Pumpkins: Disarm

Peter Cetera: Glory of Love

Firehouse: Love of a Lifetime

Faith No More: Ashes to Ashes

Def Leppard: Hysteria (Featuring Taylor Swift)

Cinderella: Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)

Bon Jovi: I'll Be There for You

Poison: Every Rose Has Its Thorn

Cutting Crew: I Just Died In Your Arms

Bon Jovi: Livin' on a Prayer

Bryan Adams: (Everything I Do) I Do It for You

Live: Lightning Crashes

Metallica: Nothing Else Matters

Joan Osborne: One of Us

Roxy Music: Avalon

Crowded House: Weather With You

Def Leppard: Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad

Scorpions: Wind of Change

Nine Inch Nails: Hurt

Howard Jones: Everlasting Love

The Heights: How Do You Talk to an Angel

Bonnie Tyler: Total Eclipse of the Heart

Hootie and the Blowfish: Let Her Cry

Queensryche: Silent Lucidity

Tell me what you think. If I missed you of your favorite rock ballads of the '80s or '90s, I'll try to add it. 26 comments

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greenmind 4 years ago

Wow -- really a complete list! Did you compile this yourself, or find an amazing source to use?

\m/ >.< \m/ (rock on!)

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glenbrook 4 years ago

I like Queensryche's "I Don't Believe In Love" and Judas Priest's "Before the Dawn." Don't know if they're considered ballads though.

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dannydeu 4 years ago Author

@greenmind: Thank you for stopping by my lens. This list was compiled by myself, but I did have to search the web to remember them all.

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dannydeu 4 years ago Author

@glenbrook: Thanks for the tip. I'll look into them. Maybe I will have to have 102 Rock Ballads.

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hughgrissettsr lm 4 years ago

excellent choices!

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dannydeu 4 years ago Author

@hughgrissettsr lm: Thank you

Freedomftr 4 years ago

Great list! Not the order I would put them, but I'm sure it would be different for everyone. Nice page though. Thanks!

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navalava lm 4 years ago

Such a great lens! Love those songs!

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nophie lm 4 years ago

You are rock... great lens

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Edwardjames81 4 years ago

You have included some cracking Rock classics there. I don't agree with your order, but then musical tastes are an individual thing, but this is an awesome lens.

anonymous 3 years ago

great lens :)

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RetroMom 3 years ago

Those songs are great! I love it! You have a wonderful lens! Thanks for sharing!

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JJGJJG 3 years ago

Love it, great list and some good ideas for my M3P, and like the voting thing.

anonymous 3 years ago

you guys forgot: changes black sabbat , i'm still in love with you thin lizzy, goodbye to romance ozzy osbourne and even eyes without a face billy idol! COME OOOOOOON

anonymous 3 years ago

what about Beth by Kiss??? otherwise awesome list

anonymous 3 years ago

what about "Beth" by Kiss??? one of my the list!

anonymous 3 years ago

Love of my life-----Freddie mercury (QUEEN)

How did you miss that one??????

ghammond 3 years ago

Very nice selection. I see you have "Love Song" by Tesla. I think you would also like "What You Give" by Tesla.

anonymous 3 years ago

Great selection! I would have added 2 more..... Chris Issacs ..Don't wanna fall in love & Steelheart Never let you go

Ed 23 months ago

What about honestly by stryper?

Zeke 16 months ago

No House of Pain by Faster Pussycat? It's a seriously good song.

12 months ago

Maybe 20% of those aren't rock songs, but as for the rock, some great forgotten gems listed there.

cool kid 2 months ago

this was cool just like me

Cool Kid 2 months ago

This is cool almost as cool as me

Jason 2 months ago

That was dead on. Thanks for taking the time to put those great albums in order. I for got about some of the artist until I saw your list.

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