A thread for the worst ballads/power ballads by rawk bands

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mainly hair metal I guess but feel free to mention any song you feel that fits from any era.

Mr. Big - To Be With You
http://youtu.be/5QD5n98R_nk

Extreme - More Than Words
http://youtu.be/UrIiLvg58SY

Obviously Hair Metal was a particular low point in music but the power ballad really took it even lower.

I just died in your arms tonight?

OutdoorFish, Monday, 5 August 2013 20:08 (nine years ago) link

you ever heard of Kuschelrock?

OutdoorFish, Monday, 5 August 2013 20:10 (nine years ago) link

"Silent Lucidity," Queensryche
"Every Rose Has Its Thorn" Poison

Your Favorite Album in the Cutout Bin, Monday, 5 August 2013 20:15 (nine years ago) link

useful reference material and quibbling over definitions here: "Sweet Child 'O Mine" is not a power ballad!

Doctor Casino, Monday, 5 August 2013 20:17 (nine years ago) link

ohgod i really hate silent lucidity (and Queensryche) with a passion.

Cinderella - Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)
http://youtu.be/i28UEoLXVFQ

Firehouse, "Love of a Lifetime"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ETENrv8cnU

Your Favorite Album in the Cutout Bin, Monday, 5 August 2013 20:34 (nine years ago) link

Def Leppard - Love Bites
http://youtu.be/0T1IVyXBGjM

Always skipped this on Hysteria

http://www.kuschelrock.de

OutdoorFish, Monday, 5 August 2013 20:38 (nine years ago) link

what is that?

How do we separate the early 90s power ballads above (Mr Big etc) from their late 80s equivalents? Just more acoustic guitars?

Master of Treacle, Monday, 5 August 2013 21:52 (nine years ago) link

I wasn't aware there was any differences

Kuschelrock means cuddle rock in German. It's a series of compilations that has now reached No. 26.

OutdoorFish, Monday, 5 August 2013 22:00 (nine years ago) link

That song by Cheap Trick (so bad i forgot the name) should be included

One Way Ticket on the 1277 Express (Bill Magill), Monday, 5 August 2013 22:02 (nine years ago) link

KUSCHELROCK 26 - Tracklisting

CD 1

1. Coldplay - Paradise
2. Bruno Mars - Just The Way You Are
3. Israel Kamkawiwo'ole - Over the Rainbow
4. Roman Lob - Standing Still
5. OneRepublic - Secrets
6. Milow - You Don't Know
7. Ed Sheeran - The A Team
8. Christina Perri - Jar Of Hearts
9. Silbermond - Himmel auf
10. Max Herre & Philipp Poisel - Wolke 7
11. James Blunt - Goodbye My Lover
12. Rob Thomas - Little Wonders
13. Stanfour - In Your Arms
14. Walk off the Earth - Somebody that I used to know
15. Rebecca Ferguson - Nothing Is Real But Love
16. Beyoncé - Broken-Hearted Girl
17. Michael Bublé - Lost
18. Leona Lewis - Bleeding Love
19. Alanis Morissette - Guardian


CD 2

1. Lenny Kravitz - I'll Be Waiting
2. Sting - Fragile
3. Reamonn - Tonight
4. Nickelback - Lullaby
5. Sunrise Avenue - Hollywood Hills (Special version)
6. Colbie Caillat - Bubbly
7. Norah Jones - Come Away With Me
8. Take That - Babe
9. Melanie C - Northern Star
10. Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova - Falling Slowly (aus «Once»)
11. Chris de Burgh - A Spaceman Came Travelling (new Version)
12. Livingston - Broken (aus « Zweiohrküken »)
13. Jonas Myrin - Craze (acoustik version
14. Lene Marlin - Sittin Down Here
15. Gipsy Kings - Tu Quieres Volver
16. Simply Red - Holding Back The Years
17. Lou Reed - Walk On The Wild Side
18. Sade - Your Love Is King
19. Madonna - Live To tell



CD 3

1. Robbie Williams & Nicole Kidman - Something Stupid
2. Mariah Carey & Westlife - Against All Odds
3. Joe Cocker - Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
4. Seal - Love Don't Live Here Anymore
5. George Michael - Roxanne
6. Katie Melua & Eva Cassidy - What A Wonderful World
7. Celine Dion - Dance With My Father
8. Michael Jackson - Smile
9. Joana Zimmer - Everything I Do…
10. Jennifer Rush - Nights In White Satin
11. Pamela Falcon & Percival - Purple Rain
12. Selig - Knockin' On Heaven's Door
13. Xavier Naidoo - Don't Give Up
14. Laith Al-Deen - I'm On Fire
15. Anni B Sweet - Take On Me
16. Greg Laswell - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
17. K.D. Lang - Halleluja
18. Chris de Burgh - In The Ghetto
19. Whitney Houston - Greatest Love Of All

OutdoorFish, Monday, 5 August 2013 22:06 (nine years ago) link

none (or almost none) of those are power ballads. they're just schmaltzy pop songs.

IIIrd Datekeeper (contenderizer), Monday, 5 August 2013 22:08 (nine years ago) link

yeah i don't see where there get the 'rock' from

OutdoorFish, Monday, 5 August 2013 22:11 (nine years ago) link

Not enough swaggering thundercocks like Whitesnake on that CD

i'll be your mraz (NickB), Monday, 5 August 2013 22:15 (nine years ago) link

Well this 3CD collection is called TRUE POWER BALLADS - so don't blame lol

1. Addicted to Love Robert Palmer
2. Breakfast At Tiffany's (Album Version) Deep Blue Something
3. I Was Made For Lovin' You (Album Version) Kiss
4. Hole Hearted (Album Version) Extreme
5. Babe Styx
6. Cats In The Cradle Ugly Kid Joe
7. Baby I Don't Care Transvision Vamp
8. Chance (Single / Extended Version) Big Country
9. Since You Been Gone (Album Version) Rainbow
10. Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone) (Album Version) Cinderella
11. What's Up? (Edit) 4 Non Blondes
12. Womankind Little Angels
13. Show Me The Way (Album Edit) Peter Frampton
14. Black Hole Sun (Edit) Soundgarden
15. Let's Make A Night To Remember (Single Version) Bryan Adams
16. Wind Of Change (Album Version) Scorpions
17. If I Could Turn Back Time (Album Version) Cher

1. Easy (Album Version) Commodores
2. Leaving Me Now (Remix) Level 42
3. Stop (Edit) Sam Brown
4. Wouldn't It Be Good (Album Version) Nik Kershaw
5. Kiss The Rain (Radio Edit) Billie Myers
6. Head Over Heels Tears For Fears
7. Nights In White Satin Elkie Brooks
8. Love Hurts Jim Capaldi
9. Cry Godley & Creme
10. Sarah (Version 3) Thin Lizzy
11. Tempted Squeeze
12. We're All Alone Rita Coolidge
13. High On Emotion Chris De Burgh
14. Senza Una Donna (English Version) [feat. Paul Young] Zucchero
15. Music (US Single Version) John Miles
16. A Thousand Miles (Album Version) Vanessa Carlton
17. Cherish (Single Version) Kool & The Gang
18. Show Me Heaven Maria McKee

1. Baby Can I Hold You (7" Edit) Boyzone
2. Higher Love (Single Version) Steve Winwood
3. Woman In Chains [feat. Oleta Adams] Tears For Fears
4. On The Wings Of Love (Album Version) Jeffrey Osborne
5. Baby, I Love Your Way Peter Frampton
6. Up Where We Belong (An Officer And A Gentleman/Soundtrack Version) Joe Cocker
7. What Kind Of Fool All About Eve
8. Will You? Hazel O'Connor
9. Something About You (Single Version) Level 42
10. All The Way From America Joan Armatrading
11. Hello (Album Version) Lionel Richie
12. Come Sail Away (Single Version) Styx
13. Kissing Gate Sam Brown
14. Could've Been (Album Version) Tiffany
15. Don't Cry Out Loud Elkie Brooks
16. More Than Words Extreme
17. I'm Not In Love 10cc

OutdoorFish, Monday, 5 August 2013 22:24 (nine years ago) link

Kuschelrock means cuddle rock in German. It's a series of compilations that has now reached No. 26.

I had no idea there were that many remixes of "Winds of Change."

Your Favorite Album in the Cutout Bin, Monday, 5 August 2013 22:27 (nine years ago) link

When people think of power ballads im sure they think of this rather than boyzone or james blunt
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WAZ60xA9wo

that video was uploaded by wimpyliberalbuster32 so is he a wimpy guy who hates liberals but likes hair metal ballads? or does he think liberals are wimpy because they dont listen to real men music like hair metal?

i'm having nightmares about listening to those albums back to back though

OutdoorFish, Monday, 5 August 2013 22:38 (nine years ago) link

18. Chris de Burgh - In The Ghetto

sleepingsignal, Monday, 5 August 2013 22:45 (nine years ago) link

oh god

Germans sure do love the Burghmeister

i'll be your mraz (NickB), Monday, 5 August 2013 22:48 (nine years ago) link

How do we separate the early 90s power ballads above (Mr Big etc) from their late 80s equivalents? Just more acoustic guitars?

― Master of Treacle, Monday, 5 August 2013 16:52 (52 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I wasn't aware there was any differences

Even the early 90s songs are not in the same style. Compared to Firehouse, Extreme and Queensryche were like art-rock bands who did concept albums. It's not 100% obvious from those two songs in isolation, maybe, but neither is a typical power ballad by any stretch, although they're both slow songs by hard rock bands. "More than Words" is a decent Everly Bros pastiche. "Silent Lucidity" is a decent Pink Floyd pastiche that's not even about a romantic/sexual relationship in any obvious sense. It's no more of a power ballad than "Comfortably Numb" is. If they came out in the past decade, they'd both probably be considered 'indie' (Plain White T's vs Muse?).

I don't really have the energy to listen to a tonne of songs by Firehouse, Warrant, Creed, etc to pick out the actual worst, though.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Monday, 5 August 2013 22:50 (nine years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z92bmlcmyq0

i'll be your mraz (NickB), Monday, 5 August 2013 22:53 (nine years ago) link

You've heard Mr Big and Firehouse and you pick "Sister Christian" as an all-time worst rock ballad?

EveningStar (Sund4r), Monday, 5 August 2013 22:54 (nine years ago) link

Sister Christian is retroactively redeemed by that scene in Boogie Nights.

Your Favorite Album in the Cutout Bin, Monday, 5 August 2013 22:56 (nine years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDL7WAJF3yA

i'll be your mraz (NickB), Monday, 5 August 2013 22:57 (nine years ago) link

sorry, those songs are just interminably dull rather than cosmically bad

i'll be your mraz (NickB), Monday, 5 August 2013 23:01 (nine years ago) link

That Tigertailz thing might be a real contender in that it doesn't even sound as competent as Firehouse.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Monday, 5 August 2013 23:05 (nine years ago) link

which does make it less nauseating to listen to tbf

EveningStar (Sund4r), Monday, 5 August 2013 23:05 (nine years ago) link

kuschelrock is making my head hurt

i also can't believe there is a human alive with a still-beating heart who doesn't like "the flame" but whatever.

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Monday, 5 August 2013 23:07 (nine years ago) link

xxxxxpost: I once came across a compilation called The Best of Soft Metal which included, uh, "True" by Spandau Ballet among its tracks.

arctic mindbath (President of the People's Republic of Antarctica), Monday, 5 August 2013 23:08 (nine years ago) link

Bryan Adams, "Heaven," mostly for the ur-marshmellow snare sound.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 5 August 2013 23:08 (nine years ago) link

<3 "The Flame"

EveningStar (Sund4r), Monday, 5 August 2013 23:08 (nine years ago) link

I also love "Heaven" -- I belted it out in the car just yesterday, in fact! On my way to Target to get shelves for the closet. I mean, that's what these songs are good for.

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Monday, 5 August 2013 23:10 (nine years ago) link

"Every Rose Has Its Thorn" by Poison is awful.

arctic mindbath (President of the People's Republic of Antarctica), Monday, 5 August 2013 23:11 (nine years ago) link

I once came across a compilation called The Best of Soft Metal which included, uh, "True" by Spandau Ballet among its tracks.

― arctic mindbath (President of the People's Republic of Antarctica

hahahaha

What I'm saying is that there is no worst. They are all fun. Home Sweet Home, I Wanna Know What Love Is, bring it on.

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Monday, 5 August 2013 23:12 (nine years ago) link

La Lechera: what about Tigertailz and Firehouse?

EveningStar (Sund4r), Monday, 5 August 2013 23:14 (nine years ago) link

Like, I like Cheap Trick and Foreigner too.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Monday, 5 August 2013 23:14 (nine years ago) link

"wait" is great

but yeah he's probably overlooked, he had a kind odd style...reminds me of a pop metal adaptation of alan holdworth, kinda...i wonder if he was into that kinda stuff, really "liquid" sounding style.....

usic for 18 magicians (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 7 August 2013 16:15 (nine years ago) link

hi

OutdoorFish, Wednesday, 7 August 2013 16:23 (nine years ago) link

hair metal solos are an element of music that's not been written about enough, the best of them were so composed and melodic while at the same time guys were really trying to one-up each other in terms of trick and pyrotechnics.....

usic for 18 magicians (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 7 August 2013 16:35 (nine years ago) link

otm

the worst of them were whammy-bar screech fests

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 7 August 2013 16:36 (nine years ago) link

I always repped for Bratta. I can listen to Pride for his playing. I think a lot of hair metal lead playing was pretty crude (talking about late Sunset Strip stuff) but Bratta actually had the chops that these guys used to claim.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Wednesday, 7 August 2013 16:52 (nine years ago) link

Anyway if you want a good song then
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqthrnE0DOQ

..it would have sounded about as heavy as Talulah Gosh. (Algerian Goalkeeper), Wednesday, 7 August 2013 16:57 (nine years ago) link

a couple months ago I discovered the existence of this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RYmDm74IKE

this gtr climbed mt. washington (Edward III), Thursday, 8 August 2013 21:04 (nine years ago) link

have you heard the ozzy & kelly duet of Changes?

Some really greaeeeeeeaaat songs itt, including the first one mentioned! Crazy.

― Hooks on Phoenix worked for me (Spottie_Ottie_Dope), Wednesday, August 7, 2013 2:57 PM (4 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

seriously this is even worse than I would have predicted.

Matt Armstrong, Sunday, 11 August 2013 06:04 (nine years ago) link

what a shitty shitty band warrant were. cherry pie video is sexist drivel that gives rock a bad name

― ..it would have sounded about as heavy as Talulah Gosh. (Algerian Goalkeeper), Wednesday, August 7, 2013 1:43 AM (4 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

LOL

Matt Armstrong, Sunday, 11 August 2013 06:09 (nine years ago) link

cherry pie video is sexist drivel that gives rock an awesome name

how's life, Sunday, 11 August 2013 12:28 (nine years ago) link

"we were all here just playing our classy brand of innocent poofyhaircore and Warrant just comes out with these strip club guitar riffs, and starts swingin' these wild, ribald double entendres around carelessly and....I don't know, suddenly, I had to ask myself if I could be a part of this new regime. if this was where glam metal was going...I wanted out"

--anonymous guitarist, unnamed glam metal band, 1992

Neanderthal, Sunday, 11 August 2013 12:48 (nine years ago) link

when i was a kid, I didn't really listen to lyrics much, but from the bum warming his hands by the trash can fire in the video, I figured "where the down boys go" was to a homeless camp. like on some open letter to a landlord ish.

how's life, Sunday, 11 August 2013 13:00 (nine years ago) link

see also Skid Row

how's life, Sunday, 11 August 2013 13:12 (nine years ago) link

I did an air band to Bon Jovi's deep cut "Blood on Blood" in Gr 5, when I was 10. (Do they still do those in elementary schools??) I honestly had no idea when I was mouthing the words what "Danny knew this white trash girl/We each threw in a 10/She took us to this cheap motel/And turned us into men" was describing.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Sunday, 11 August 2013 13:13 (nine years ago) link

lol

how's life, Sunday, 11 August 2013 13:16 (nine years ago) link

sounds like a sorceress

President Keyes, Monday, 12 August 2013 13:24 (nine years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mh8MIp2FOhc

Rocky (ku4u1u), Monday, 12 August 2013 19:45 (nine years ago) link

ugh

..it would have sounded about as heavy as Talulah Gosh. (Algerian Goalkeeper), Wednesday, 14 August 2013 03:32 (nine years ago) link

How about "You're All I Need"?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2emMdFdeXA

how's life, Wednesday, 14 August 2013 09:15 (nine years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GC-9NBhxTxw

pfunkboy (Algerian Goalkeeper), Saturday, 24 August 2013 18:51 (eight years ago) link

Sean Morpheus 1 year ago

I have such a soft spot for the 80's ballads because they show and bring out the feminine side of these supposed hard guys who make womanizing an art form. They truly inside do feel mor for and about females than just the physical. And that is where the inspiration comes for alot of this romantic stuff. Yes some of it is contrived to make money at the time, but alot is also sincere and that is admirable. Guys need to start representing our gender better and showing females how special they are.

pfunkboy (Algerian Goalkeeper), Saturday, 24 August 2013 18:52 (eight years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=219aiv7ZLiY

pfunkboy (Algerian Goalkeeper), Saturday, 24 August 2013 18:58 (eight years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuKPTtyrXY0

I still lol at them going "industrial"

pfunkboy (Algerian Goalkeeper), Saturday, 24 August 2013 18:59 (eight years ago) link

Best tune selection itt of any ilm thread

firelance photographer (darraghmac), Saturday, 24 August 2013 22:45 (eight years ago) link

I always wondered what music you were into and now we know

pfunkboy (Algerian Goalkeeper), Saturday, 24 August 2013 22:54 (eight years ago) link

I aint been hidin

firelance photographer (darraghmac), Saturday, 24 August 2013 22:56 (eight years ago) link

it all makes sense now you going from hair metal ballads to chris de burgh

pfunkboy (Algerian Goalkeeper), Saturday, 24 August 2013 23:03 (eight years ago) link

the TKO

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iug0X6cJDDM

Neanderthal, Saturday, 24 August 2013 23:05 (eight years ago) link

Silent Lucidity sounds to me more like a Pink Floyd The Wall rip than a true 80s power ballad.

earlnash, Sunday, 25 August 2013 04:06 (eight years ago) link

Ha, I kept trying to make that point on this thread.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Sunday, 25 August 2013 04:10 (eight years ago) link

one year passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkK8g6FMEXE

OutdoorFish, Wednesday, 10 September 2014 22:54 (seven years ago) link

three years pass...

just made an entire playlist comprising only songs ITT

fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Friday, 13 July 2018 00:25 (four years ago) link

strangely i kinda think Steven Tyler's entire power ballad style during their 1987-1993 comeback period was a straight rip from Easy Like Sunday Morning.

omar little, Friday, 13 July 2018 00:45 (four years ago) link

Crying by Aerosmith is the worst offender.

Dinsdale, Saturday, 14 July 2018 05:59 (four years ago) link

Journey "Open Arms"
Michael Bolton "That's What Love Is All About"
Survivor "The Search Is Over"
Five For Fighting "Superman"
Bob Segar "Mainstreet"
Kid Rock "Only God Knows Why"
Hinder "Better Than Me"
Nickleback "If Everyone Cared"

billstevejim, Saturday, 14 July 2018 06:30 (four years ago) link

so that's a list of bad songs.

the following are good songs:
Silent Lucidity
Love Song
Love Bites
The Flame
I Want To Know What Love Is
Heaven

billstevejim, Saturday, 14 July 2018 06:35 (four years ago) link

The best Aerosmith power ballad besides "Dream On" is either "Angel" or "What It Takes" (not counting "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" since they didn't write it).

billstevejim, Saturday, 14 July 2018 06:37 (four years ago) link

What It Takes, sure.

Angel.....naaaaw

fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Saturday, 14 July 2018 14:12 (four years ago) link

otm

princess of hell (BradNelson), Saturday, 14 July 2018 16:28 (four years ago) link

otm

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 14 July 2018 16:48 (four years ago) link

"Angel" is the definition of garbaggio.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 14 July 2018 16:51 (four years ago) link

i enjoy its cheesy bombast but the strings veer towards dentist-drill levels of shrill

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 14 July 2018 17:11 (four years ago) link

I'm pretty partial to "Amazing" tbrr

bedraggled vorticist (Drugs A. Money), Sunday, 15 July 2018 05:48 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

zach classon 1 year ago

I remember in 5th grade I painted a picture of Surprise Attack in art class and i got an F cause i guess "there was nudity" cause the girls boobs hung out a bit but i gave myself an A on it:)

― christmas candy bar (al leong), Tuesday, August 6, 2013 7:30 PM bookmarkflaglink

papa stank (Neanderthal), Thursday, 16 January 2020 06:39 (two years ago) link

so anyway let's talk about COOL power ballads or just ballads in general

the new shit on my sleepytime playlist...and you can judge it as shit or praise it, idgaf!

Richard Marx - Hold Onto the Nights (THE SOMETHING I'D BEEN LOOKING FOR IS RIIIIIGHT THEEEEEEEEREEEEEEEE)
Peabo Bryson - If Ever You're in My Arms Again (THIS TIMEEEE I KNOW IT'S FOREVERRR)
James Ingram - I Don't Have the Heart (*mega high falsetto at the end*)
Expose - I'll Never Get Over You (GETTIN OOOOVVVAAAAH MEEEE)
Queensryche - Open Road (this is Todd La Torre era, but serioussssly this song rules)
Laura Branigan - How Am I Supposed to Live Without You? (say Bolton, u die)
Nina - Foolish Heart (I like her version better than Steve Perry's!)
Cutting Crew - I've Been in Love Before (dude says "eyes" weird)
Phil Collins - Groovy Kind of Love (here come the FPs I'm sure)

papa stank (Neanderthal), Thursday, 16 January 2020 06:44 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

Dio - Shame on the Night
Ann Wilson and Mike Reno - Almost Paradise
Def Leppard - Bringing on the Heartbreak

I Met Mr. Mathis (I M Losted), Sunday, 31 July 2022 17:36 (two weeks ago) link

nowwww we’re talking

Neando & Losted your lists is almost all my faves!

Every Time You Go Away - Hall & Oates
Never Gonna Let You Go - Sergio Mendes
After All - Cher & Peter Cetera
Never Surrender - Corey Hart
She’s Like the Wind - Patrick Swayze
Heaven in Your Eyes - Loverboy
I Saw Red - Warrant
I Remember You - Skid Row
The price - Twisted Sister
Ballad of Jane - LA Guns
Love Song - Tesla

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 31 July 2022 18:53 (two weeks ago) link

i kind of hate Paul Young’s version of Every Time, Daryl just sings it so much better than that square deadeyed limey imo

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 31 July 2022 18:54 (two weeks ago) link

Shit I read that as "best and worst", those are some of my favorites.

I can't find a thread for best hard rock and metal ballads...

I Met Mr. Mathis (I M Losted), Tuesday, 2 August 2022 09:53 (two weeks ago) link


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