Power Ballads From Hair Bands
These are the best Power Ballads for Weddings to get people on the dance floor. Hair bands were popular in the 1980s to early ’90s. Hair bands were rock bands of their own genre called glam rock, hair metal, and pop-metal. Hair bands produced rock, hard rock, and heavy metal styles of music. Hair bands were characterized by their long hair, flashy clothing, and heavy makeup. For purposes of our list, we will combine glam rock and pop-metal artists on our list. Pop metal bands include Whitesnake and Def Leppard. Glam rock bands include Twisted Sister and Motley Crue. Enjoy our list of Best Power Ballads.
Many Best Hair Band Ballads can be characterized as power ballads – a slow, emotional song that gradually builds to a strong finale. Webster dictionary describes a ballad as a slow romantic or sentimental song. Some ballads can be a bit more difficult to dance to as the song builds and then falls several times.
Beginning glam rock bands in the early 1980s included Def Leppard, Twisted Sister, Quiet Riot, and Motley Crue. The second half of the 1980s featured bands like Bon Jovi, Motley Crue’s continued success, Guns ‘N’ Roses and Van Halen. Hairbands continued to be successful in the early 1990s with W.A.S.P., and Slaughter. With the creation of grunge rock with bands like Nirvana, teens turned their focus away from glam rock to more popular grunge music.
Our Top 5 Best Power Ballads for Wedding Receptions:
- Faithfully – Journey
- Heaven – Warrant
- I’ll Be There For You – Bon Jovi
- The Search Is Over – Survivor
- Love Of A Lifetime – Firehouse
Hair Band Ballads song list curated by Matthew Campbell
Aerosmith – Angel
1987, Permanent Vacation
Bon Jovi – I’ll Be There For You
1988, New Jersey
Heart – Alone
1987, Bad Animals
Journey – Faithfully
Kiss – Beth
Metallica – Nothing Else Matters
REO Speedwagon – Keep On Loving You
1980, Hi Infidelity
Van Halen – Love Walks In
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There were many popular mainstream hair bands. However, we wanted to make a list of our top 5 and 85 songs that meant most to us. We did not create lists of the most popular and highest charted songs. Therefore, don’t comment on what songs should be on the list, rather comment on what memories the 85 or so songs jog in your brains.
Top 5 Hair Band Ballads
5. Love Song – Tesla
What a great song from the album The Great Radio Controversy released in 1989. Love Song has great lyrics, which include “love is waiting for you” for an anthem to all teenage high school kids. To this day Tesla is still rockin’ and producing record albums. Love song topped at #7 on the Billboard charts.
4. Don’t Close Your Eyes – Kix
Kix produced a rock anthem against suicide. This song will forever be remembered in the youth culture of the ’80s. In 1988, Kix released the album Blow My Fuse that featured Don’t Close Your Eyes. Don’t Close Your Eyes peaked at #11 on the Billboard charts.
3. Honestly – Stryper
The yellow and black attack will live forever. We give praise to Stryper for promoting a Christian message to a mainstream audience. The album To Hell With The Devil featured Honestly and was released in 1986. Honestly became a most-requested song on MTV and topped the Billboard charts at #23.
2. When The Children Cry – White Lion
White Lion came out of nowhere in 1987 to release the album Pride. Pride featured two top ten hits – Wait (#8) and When The Children Cry (#3). When The Children Cry became another rock anthem for the 80’s genre of trying to make the world a better place to live for our children.
1. I Remember You – Skid Row
What can we say about Sebastian Bach? With those high notes he would hit and the long hair that girls frolicked over, Bach rocked Skid Row to the top of the charts. This was definitely one of the most popular rock ballads of the ’80s. Skid Row’s album Skid Row went 5x platinum. I Remember You reached #6 on the Billboard charts and will be remembered as one of America’s favorite prom songs.
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