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Power Ballads: An Addendum
Published on February 23, 2014 by Sara Foss

In response to my post on power ballads, my friend J.K. Eisen has put together his own list of favorite power ballads. Here they are:

“Here I go Again” by Whitesnake – A classic power ballad with a classic video. It’s hard not sing along. You know it’s a serious power ballad when the video shows three band members playing keyboard. “Is This Love?” also deserves an honorable mention.
“Forever” by KISS –I’m sure you guessed I’d get a KISS song in here. This was written by Paul Stanley and Michael Bolton. Yes, that Michael Bolton. They played this song at my very first KISS concert in 1990. It was all lasers and lighters as they played.
“Every Rose Has Its Thorn” by Poison – This one set the standard in the 1980s. We should all thank singer Bret Michaels’ girlfriend for breaking his heart and inspiring this song.
“Home Sweet Home” by Motley Cure – This song also comes to mind whenever I hear the term “power ballad.” When I saw them in concert two years ago, it was hard not to be impressed by the audience singing along to every word.
“Heaven” by Warrant – It’s only within the past few years that I began to appreciate this song. Warrant seemed to be aimed at teen and tween girls in the late 1980s. I believe it was seeing the song used in the “Rock of Ages” musical that made me take another look. The lyrics are vivid and memorable.
“Fly to the Angels” by Slaughter – There aren’t many power ballad videos with Amelia Earhart. Slaughter was among the few good pop metal bands to hit the scene in 1990 before grunge. Solid song here. Though, if I tried to sing along and hit Mark Slaughter’s notes, I’d end up in the hospital. Also, have you noticed how many power ballads mention driving?
J.K. Eisen writes about entertainment and the world around him. He lives in the Deep South. He also blogs at celluloidandsound.blogspot.com
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