Power ballads are great. Everyone loves them, but acts like they hate them. I don't get it at all. My top ten, in no particular order:
Every Rose Has Its Thorn, Poison. A real classic. Once you hear that sigh, you know there's no turning back. It sounds great cranked up, and those "I feel for ya, man" lyrics are just awesome.
I'll Remember You, Skid Row. This song defines the genre. Crankable sound? Check. Tear-jerking lyrics? Check. Big hair? Oh, yeah.
Forever, Kiss. We can forgive them for recording a song written by Michael Bolton, especially when it's this one. Touching song, but I better not catch you crying. You big baby.
Love Of a Lifetime, Firehouse. A memorable song recorded by a band everyone forgets, but noone's list could be complete without the 'house.
The Lonesome Kicker, Adam Sandler. Normally, a satire song couldn't be selected, but this one really rocks. It would be funny if it weren't so rough on Andre Kristakovitchablinski, Jr. Funny like "Patches".
Livin' On a Prayer, Bon Jovi. Take my hand and we'll make it I swear. Shining example of a power ballad.
Not Enough, Van Halen. It was released in 1995, long after the heyday of the power ballad, but still rocks. Noone can scream like David Lee Roth. Except for Sammy Hagar.
Alone, Heart. Can girls sing power ballads? You bet, and Alone is alone on my list of fem-power ballads. Besides, Nancy Wilson (c. 1977) in leather pants was a sight to behold. Noone who's seen it has ever been the same. I need to go practice with my magic hands.
November Rain, Guns 'n Roses. It was a tough one between this and "Patience". Great classic video, too.
Don't Know What You've Got 'til It's Gone, Cinderella. They may've been a bunch of makeup-lovin' Cinderfellas, but this song's got it.
I'm bound to have missed a few, but I'm no Chuck Norris.