Best Rock Ballads

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The Top Ten

There's Never a Forever Thing - A-ha
NO we are not on drugs but we have a very good music taste. Morten is one of the best male vocals in the world, maybe the best ever. He has a 4 octave vocal range and hold many records in singing. The Grammy/Mtv Awards always represents the US music scene and this doesn't mean that it also represents the best music on earth. A-ha won by the way 8 MTV Awards, was nominated for the Grammy and American Music award, they won many other international awards especially in England and Germany if all this is more impotent for you than the music quality. A-ha alo It was A-ha's own decision to leave the US-Music Market which was (and is) unfair and crooked. They are maybe one hit wonders in the USA but in the rest of the world they are big stars. Listen to "Hunting High and Low", "Stay on These Roads" or "Summer moved on". If you still keep saying Morten's voice stinks, then you should visit an ear specialist. Many Bands were inspired by a-ha like Coldplay (they are big A-ha Fans), U2, Keane, Robbie Williams... Morten is a very good known voice in the music scene and what you call "perpetual screaming" is a very difficult vocal technique called " falsetto" (or head voice), there are only few singer who mastered this technique in this quality and Morten is a Baritone, so it is much harder to sing for a Baritone Falsetto, but Morten can...
I loved this song as a kid and I still love it now, glad to see many other a-ha fans are out there.

I nearly fell off my chair when I saw a-ha at number 1, let alone 'There's never a forever thing' as the song with the title of number 1 etc.

A much deserved chart place for a very pretty and soulful song. Although 'Stay on these Roads' album was the 2nd worst album they did I reckon.

This tune rules though for baby making laugh out loud.
One of the best ballads ever made and Morten's voice is so unique, beautiful, never heard a better voice in the pop/rock-world
[Newest]Number 1? Nope... have you even listened to the other tracks in this list?

2Tears - X Japan
No one can hold a candle to X Japan when it comes to composition. They write songs that break your heart and they write songs that rock your socks off. "Endless Rain", "Crucify My Love", "Forever Love", "Tears". "Say Anything", "Longing"... They have so many songs that could be the best ballad of all time... I think it would be best to leave the top 10 spots to X Japan and just talk about who deserves to be at number 11...
Amazingly powerful. Full of heart and musically brilliant. Ballads don't get better than this.
This is probably the best X Japan ballad. Other than Endless Rain. But this one... Tears is an appropriate title. Beauty, emotion, it has it all.
[Newest]Best of the best

3Alone - Heart
One of the best songs ever written! This must be on the top! Anyone agrees?
I would say "Dog and Butterfly" but as long as its Ann I'll vote #1.

4Nothing Else Matters - Metallica
The best!
Just even the melody going deep inside... Its mistake that this song is not 1st!
And I am sure that everybody here ll agree with me!
This is simply the one song which I will never delete from my life till I die...
I love metallica
It's an amazing song! Love it! The music is so touching and the lyrics are just amazing! I could give 20/10 if I could!
[Newest]Metallica, nothing else matters

5November Rain - Guns N Roses
In my opinion this song is not only the best rock ballad ever, but also the best song of any genre ever. It's just perfect in every way. The intro with the piano and orchestra is so beautiful that you can't stop listening. Then the drums begins with the perfect beat, and the lyrics are meaningful that everyone can relate to, unlike Stairway To Heaven that you need to actualy sit down and have a class on it before you have any clue what it's talking about. Then Slash comes with 2 amazing solos, before the song dies and is brought back to life with one of the best solos I had ever heard.


How am I supposed to vote for one of these songs, when there are so many awesome power ballads out there? I managed to narrow it down to November Rain, Angel (which I was listening to at the time) and Still Loving You but, I eventually chose November Rain because it is just so creative and can NEVER get boring because it just keeps changing as you listen to it.
Great lyrics, the band all sound great and the orchestra work fantastically.


[Newest]It is a awesome band

6Angel - Aerosmith
I think this wonderful track should be much much and much higher - beautiful lyrics, great Tyler's voice, melodious sound. True masterpiece from Aerosmith and one of my all time favorite songs!


Who the hell put x japan and a-ha at number one, I guarantee you that when this song came out, more people fell in love with it than any of those two bands songs. I could see why it fell down so far since everyone's heard it so much and its not as powerful, but it deserves to be number one


there's not a better ballad than this one, this song is amazing...
this song is the 1st and November Rain is the 2nd


[Newest]Great song with catching lyrics. Aerosmith is good.

7Still Loving You - Scorpions
For me the song ever created... this song is epic, brilliant and magnificient! I LOVE SCORPIONS! Klaus Meine had an incredible voice...
Definitely best rock band when it comes to ballads. There is so many of them Still loving you, You and I, Wind of change, A moment in a million years, When the smoke is going down, when you came into my life, believe in love...


I like this songs, the lyric is good, and two thumbs up for Scorpions, because they're play this songs nicely...


[Newest]The Greatest Ballad Ever Written

8Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
Simply the best. Led Zeppelin is one of the best bands in history and this song deserves to be number 1. It's a masterpiece
Nothing can be nicer than this song that was top #1 at radio even if it length 8 minutes!


This is the Best ever so far...
You never get tired of this
It started like the most gentle and sweet ballad. A pleasure to the ears
Then you wait 4 minutes to enter de Drums and when it finally dit. Is like the power released.
When the guitar solo comes, you are in the midlle of a wild rock tune listening one of the best solos in the history,
There is not another singer like Plant.
This tune has it all
[Newest]Best rock song I've ever heard. Nothing compares

9Is This Love - Whitesnake
Always reminds me of her
I always feel a little better when I hear this son. It should be higher than Metallica, and most certainly A-Ha. That's just wrong.
good song has awesome poll standings


[Newest]This music is the ultimate breath of love!

10Who Wants to Live Forever - Queen
Amazing rockballad about how we only have this one moment, 'cuz we know it'll pass.
this makes me cry every time. its THE best rock ballard of all time no way can anything even get remotly close to this. its the best of the best. rip freddie


This sends shivers up my spine. I have tried to sing it once but I cannot do justice to it. This is Freddie's song
[Newest]Really great song musically. One of the best Queen compositions.

The Contenders

11I Don't Want to Miss a Thing - Aerosmith
Its very amazing powerful song, I love it, makes me cry every time I listen to, listen to it if you have a broken heart right now
They played this at my dance and everyone was slow dancing it was so cute
A shame this isn't higher in the list!

12Under the Bridge - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Favorite song of all time


13Don't Cry - Guns 'n Roses
It's amazing song you'll fall in love this song even if you're not rock music fan
This song has the most epic solo ever. Slash and izzy make love to their respective guitars, axl's singing is at its most emotional, and duff provides a badass bassline.
This is my favorite song ever hands down.
It manages to make you do exactly what the title tells you not to.
[Newest]Amazing song with beautiful lyric! ☺

14Dream On - Aerosmith
This song made Aerosmith a band everyone knows... also don't think some of you know what a Ballad is.
Just to say classic best

15Open Arms - Journey
I requested this song at prom. while my friend was dancing with his girlfriend, he asked her to marry him and she accepted. this is a great power ballad.


If You Didn't Pick a Journey Song, Then you are an idiot. Journey Invented The Power Ballad and Open Arms was their First and Most successful one.
Soaring vocals by the one, the only, Steve Perry! The song provides so much imagery. Just wonderful.

16A Tout Le Monde - Megadeath
A Tout Le Monde, A Tout Mes Amis, Je Vous Aime, Je Dois Partir
Means: To Everyone, To All My Friends, I Love You, I Must Leave
The Fade To Black of Megadeth


Must he much higher on the list. Everything's just so nice

17Wind of Change - Scorpions
My favourite by far :)!
Lovely song I have heard in my life. Best sing of scorpions, ireccomeend this song to be on top 5

18Cemetery Gates - Pantera
This needs to be higher... If Nothing Else Matters is Number 3 (Metallica is one of my favorites but that song is no where NEAR as good as some of their other ballads) than this should be number one because #1 nothing else matters is Metallica's most typical song. So any third grade girl can say shes a Metallica fan, that is where NEM plays it's part. #2 X Japan sucks #1... Never even listened to it so I can't judge it
One of the best songs ever. Poweful lyrics, a great riff and an amazing solo. Dimebag Darrell is a legend.


llove it phils voice is crazy


19Seize the Day - Avenged Sevenfold
omg, I love this song! the solo is just awesome. and I love the video too.


This song is an amazing composition. It shows how flexible M Shadows voice really is. I mean, come on! From 10 second screaming to such a harmonic bliss. It would be crazy for you not to listen to this song
A7X ROCKS!!!!!!!!


[Newest]No words, just feel it

20Last Song - Gackt
one of the most beautiful songs ever.
this song is absolutely beautiful
Gackt.. I just love this man.
I am crying allways.. Just must see, but not this version, look for piano version :'(


[Newest]You made me cry, Gaku-sama..


21Always - Bon Jovi
This one has a powerful lyrics, and the video clip was excellent. We never find any same quality these days
AMAZING song! Strong lyrics and seeing Bon Jovi perform this song gives me goosebumps! Emotions overflow! Deserves to be in the top 10
Always, power ballad...

22Goodbye - hide (Matsumoto Hideto)
Say good bye just good bye
to all your worries good bye
Say good bye just good bye
without fear of change good bye

just walking aimlessly
good bye to the treasures of exhausted days
going on, the signposts
the same as that first wind

If you can't find a way
the many winding roads
shade your eyes from the sky Round & round
feeling scared about an unknown land
asking the tiny song

Please songs tell me true
no matter where I go
your melody'll keep on playing
someday again, even when I get lost on my own
if I can hear it, I can walk on merrily.

- from Goodbye, lyrics and music by hide
Lyrics partly in Japanese and partly in English; translation by Brian Stewart & Takako Sakuma
The most perfectly melancholy but somehow uplifting song ever. It's magic like only hide can give us.

23Dust In the Wind - Kansas
26? Seriously!? It definitely deserves a place in the top 5 or at least top 10.
That's the best ballad ever.

24Shadow of the Day - Linkin Park
This song is so great why is it here?
THis song touches your soul
Song with deep meaning... Man

25Snuff - Slipknot
Excellent song. Personally, I believe this should be much much higher than 37th. I listen to this song whenever I'm feeling down and it always seems to make me feel understood
This song should be sung in heaven when we are condemned to hell! Best ballad ever
My heart is just too dark to care, I can't destroy what isn't there


[Newest]Why is it in so low position? It should be on top.

26Waiting for a Girl Like You - Foreigner

27Second Chance - 38 Special

28Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
It just has so much emotion thinking about what is actually being sung about. It's a Floyd song you don't need to think about or dig into the meaning. It just is a simple song that is powerful in what it is trying to get across. Everyone can relate to someone they miss being with.
You just can't tell heaven from hell if this song is still not a top ten in this list!
This list is seriously messed up. I mean, Smells Like Teen Spirit isn't even a ballad and still it's ahead of Angie by the Stones. Wtaf.

29Good Riddance - Green Day
Unique song. The harmony between guitar and violins is amazing.


30Fade to Black - Metallica
Is this a JOKE?! Fade To Black is a friging INCREDIBLE rock ballad- the lyrics are incredible and the introductory acoustic guitar and classical-influenced melody is amazing.

The solo towards the ending changes to an almost metal song- it's amazing!

The all around perfect metal ballad. With the most beautifully methodical intro of all time, while also rocking your socks off! This song should be at least top 5... Nothing else matters should be number 1 /m!
This track means a lot to me... That solo, it might just be the best of all time! James' voice is really kickass too! I can't describe it, just listen to the damn song!

31One - Metallica
Yep... best sissy ballad ever. Period!

32I'll Be There For You - Bon Jovi

33Lonely Day - System of a Down

34Every Rose Has Its Thorn - Poison
like dis song too much, itz hyper-awesome, lyrics you can say be the reasn. Dis song if nt on top 3 den the folks clickin on the ''vote'' caption really don know hell about rock ballads...
This song should be number one if you don't think that then your crazy


Awesome rock ballad; early nighter stuff
[Newest]Number 1 for sure!

35The Scientist - Coldplay
I think a lot of songs should be higher than they are, but this one definitely should be. One of my favourite Coldplay songs ever.


36The Unforgiven II - Metallica
I love this song! It's amazing!
Metallica is one of the best bands ever.
Metallicas ballads is amazingly good. Goo

37Amanda - Boston

38Estranged - Guns N Roses
My favourite piece ever! My favourite band ever! Wish it could've been a better place for this song. Thanks for putting it though!
Guns n roses' best song. Die hard Guns N' Roses fans may be the only people who know this song, but those people know what an amazing song this is. Slash's best guitar work is in this song and the lyrics are so emotional. GN'R at its best.
9 minutes of power, emotion and rawness... just very very good. Where is free bird?


[Newest]Incredible song and rhythm!

39I Remember You - Skid Row
one of the best ballads ever made. Skid Row was a great band when Sebastian Bach was lead singer...
yeah! is a powerful song, the best. skid row rules!!!
Easily should be number one on this list or any. It's got everything... A TRUE ROCK ballad.

40Sober - Tool
The saddest yet most beautiful song ever. Deserves to be #1

41Rainbow Eyes - Rainbow

42Return to Serenity - Testament

43Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
This is an iconic song, and one of my favorites. It deserves better than 26th. It's like 3 different songs all rolled up into one.
This is the greatest rock ballad song, but no one know and vote, they just care about their favorite band


This is one of the top 5 Rock songs of all time. It easily deserves the top spot for ballads alone! Freddy Mercury may have been one freaky dude but he was a musical genius!
[Newest]This is the most famous ballad ever... Everybody in the united states knows this song and sings along to it! This deserves to be top 3 for sure!

44Blackbird - Alter Bridge
A musical masterpiece that will stand the test of time.

45Hitomi no Juunin - L'Arc~en~Ciel
very very emotional, straight-to-the-heart lyrics, (not EMO rock, mind you), amazing musical arrangement, aaaaand the lowest and highest tones in just one song. Let me hear other artists sing the chorus like Hyde sings it. No one else can do it. Just Hyde and L'Arc~en~Ciel.
one of the best rock ballads of one of the best band in the world, awesome and poetic lyrics, melodic music. it is also the hardest-to-sing larc song according to hyde


tone of the most emotional songs of l'arc~en~ciel, next to niji


[Newest]I love the song!!!,
the best rock ballads!, so pretty!


46Sister Christian - Night Ranger

47Yesterday - The Beatles
There is a good reason why this exquisite ballad is the most covered song ever: simplicity. Paul mcCartney, his guitar, and a string quartet. The strings are subtle and not overpowering, as in The Long and Winding Road (thank you Phil Spector), and Paul's voice is so pure. The lyrics are simple and beautiful, everyone can relate to them. If there was ever a truly perfect song, this is it.
one of the saddest song ever. Paul McCartney's voice is so moving. It's my favorite Beatles song.

48The Bard's Song (In The Forest) - Blind Guardian

49I Never Cry - Alice Cooper

50Send Me An Angel - Scorpions

51Bed of Roses - Bon Jovi
one of the greatest rock ballads
it made the album keep the faith to one of the best selling rock albums


For me that's, the best Bon Jovi Ballad; very good solo. Great work. I Hope they could do such song now;
Bed Of Roses deserves a place at leaast in the top 10. Its soothing and rocking at the same time-a perfect blend! Cheers, Bon Jovi! You R-O-C-K!

52Heaven - Bryan Adams

53The Unforgiven - Metallica
"The Unforgiven II" is in this list, so the first part should be also there.
Best ballad of all time

54Heartache Every Moment - HIM
I think HIM should be number one, because they write the most beautiful love songs on the planet.. and not just heartache every moment.. every song is kind of a love song and in my opinion that's the main reason for them to be number one!

55Soldier of Fortune - Deep Purple
How did you guys even forget about this song. One of the best rock ballad song.

56High Enough - Damn Yankees

57Telegraph Road - Dire Straits

58Save Me - Queen

59Somewhere Only We Know - Keane

60Faithfully - Journey

61Heaven - Warrant
Jani Lane! <3 I love this song! Warrant are the BEST and this song is one of the best!

62The Flame - Cheap Trick
Best rock ballad ever written PERIOD

63Ten Years Gone - Led Zeppelin
Well can't say much about it only that it has to be Zeppelin at n#1 and the fact that some crappy bands like aha or xjapan are in the top 100 says it all this list is a pathetic thing made by 12 year olds who don't know anything about what a sensitive ballad means and not just a song to score chicks.. Ten years gone or Wild horses from the stones are the top songs
Did you ever really need somebody & really need 'em bad...
Did you ever really want somebody, the best love you ever had...

Through the eyes an'I sparkle... Senses growing keen...
Taste your love along the way... See your feathers preen...

Changes fill my time baby, that's alright with me...
In the midst I think of you, and how it used to be...
I don't know any other song that is able to emotionally move someone as much as ten years gone does.

64Here There And Everywhere - The Beatles

65Old Man - Neil Young

66The Story - 30 Seconds to Mars
So good song.. deserves to be on this list

67Hey There Delilah - Plain White T's

68Iris - Goo Goo Dolls

69Child In Time - Deep Purple

70Don't Let It End - Styx

71Shine on You Crazy Diamond - Pink Floyd
Should be #1. To see bands like Avenged Sevenfold and Coldplay up higher than this really shows the declining intelligence and character of musical taste among children.


Number 1 and still the best. My all times favourite.
I perfectly agree with you! MUST be the number 1!

72Something - The Beatles
This song is one of the best ballads in rock music, very touching lyrics, the instrumentation is excellent and the melody is haunting.

73With or Without You - U2
This is the best rock ballad of the history! Every part of this song are great.
This list is a joke. U2 Are the kings of ballad rock

74Crying In the Rain - Whitesnake

75The Sound of Silence - Simon and Garfunkel
Hello darkness my old friend, I've come to speak with you again... Amazing song! Not the best but underrated here,
so old but a real clasic!

76Carrie - Europe
Europe the best band ever! Powerful moving ballads, true guitar solos! fantastic!
Why is it only in 54th place? Seriously?

77Bury Me Deep Inside Your Heart - H.I.M.

78Every Breath You Take - The Police

79Love Bites - Def Leppard
Seems like there should be ten songs from definitely Leppard that make this list. Love Bites is a classic!

80Let It Be - The Beatles
Good song. Maybe not the best but probably better than some of the others on the list.


81I Just Can't Stop Loving You - Michael Jackson

82Melissa - The Allman Brothers Band

83Far Away - Nickelback

84Home Sweet Home - Motley Crue
this song pretty much started the whole ballad thing.
and on top of being the first, it's also definetly one of the best.
Best song ever! It's amazing, and should be in top 10.

85Missing You - The Babys

86In The Air Tonight - Phil Collins

87As Tears Go By - The Rolling Stones

88My Heart Draws a Dream - L'arc~en~Ciel
this is not a dream of only one person but everybody, just hear the song and understand it including the music video with children of different races


89Fantasia Bulan Madu - Search
Simple but the guitar went deep inside my heart. Who are they? Never heard of them
This is a Malaysian rock group. They are indeed a legend in Malaysia ;) The drumming, the guitars licks and the lyrics is FANTASTICS.
Extraordinary, solely driven by Hillary's acoustic plucks...


90Forever - Kiss
Under rated because of the gimmick and the slight detour in the 1980's, but one hell of a rock band

91I'm With You - Avril Lavigne
Best song about loneliness so far...

92When Love & Hate Collide - Def Leppard
Passionate vocals and amazing lyrics combined to give this classic master piece... I don't really understand how people listen to stupid bands like green day?
very relaxing love song of def leppard


one of best ballads of def leppard


93Alive - Pearl Jam

94When the Smoke Is Going Down - Scorpions
Come on people... This song can put you in a different world all together... When the guitar starts playing... You can't stop but find yourself lost in the smoke of the SCORPIONS...
This song should be number 1. Search this song on YouTube right now! An amazing and beautiful ballad.

95Karma Killer - Robbie Williams
One of the best rock songs

96Shallow Sleep - Hyde
hyde's beautiful, tender voice, the memorable melody, and these lyrics...

In a shallow sleep I dreamt I was seeing you
Just how I remembered
Brimming with tenderness
And somewhere in the calm
A feeling that nothing had ever changed
Your presence close beside me till I wake

- excerpt from Shallow Sleep, lyrics and music by HYDE

97Simple Man - Lynyrd Skynyrd

98Everlong - The Foo Fighters

99I Won't See You Tonight, Pt. 1 - Avenged Sevenfold
Good song but totally overrated, so sorry, maybe after some evolution of the bands chemie

100Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Well, I must say I find it rather disturbing that on a list titled greatest rock ballads that bands such as Mettalica and Slipknot, who clearly belong under the category of Heavy Metal, would be so far ahead of Lynryd Skynyrd, who are undoubtedly one of rocks all time greatest bands, and with one of rocks all time greatest ballads, from the beautiful slide guitar to the melancholy lyrics to the solo to end all solos. I beg of anyone who calls themselves a fan of rock music, a fan of the electric guitar, a fan of music in general to vote for this wonderful song
Freebird, this should be in the top 10 of all time, it's an great combination of Piano, Guitar and drums for a length of time which is difficult to do.

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