Best Rock Ballads

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1Nothing 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!

Unique, simple and great.

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2There'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

Number 1? Nope... have you even listened to the other tracks in this list?

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3November 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. - dovjacobs

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. - ConaghJMurphy

It is a awesome band

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4Stairway 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! - pierrerock

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

This song is simply beautiful, the intro made got me always tears

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5Tears - 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.

Best of the best

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6Dream 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

7Alone - Heart

This
Always
Blows
Me AWAY!
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.

8Who 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 - rockit(primejive)

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

Really great song musically. One of the best Queen compositions.

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9Under the Bridge - Red Hot Chili Peppers

Favorite song of all time - gebfrizzon

10Angel - 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! - Irina2932

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 - ncompall

there's not a better ballad than this one, this song is amazing...
this song is the 1st and November Rain is the 2nd - rock2metal

I normally like heavy stuff but this is such a powerful song from the rock legends. I love it so much it was my first dance when I got married!

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The Newcomers

?The Temple of the KIng - Rainbow

Amazing from start to finish!

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11Still 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... - SkymeX01

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

One of the most emotional ballads delivered effortlessly by Klaus Meine.

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12Is This Love - Whitesnake

Always reminds me of her
Simple.

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 - C-BEAR

This music is the ultimate breath of love!

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13A 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 - MegaToolica

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

Solemn lyrics and powerful message.

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14Open 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. - jwileson

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.

Perfect song... Faithfully should be in the list too

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15Don'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.

Amazing song with beautiful lyric! ☺

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16Waiting for a Girl Like You - Foreigner
17Cemetery 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. - Floods

llove it phils voice is crazy - justicerieth

18I 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!

Best ever rock ballads song

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19Snuff - 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 - DesBaka

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

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20Second Chance - 38 Special
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1. Dream On - Aerosmith
2. A Tout Le Monde - Megadeath
3. Nothing Else Matters - Metallica
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1. Waiting for a Girl Like You - Foreigner
2. Second Chance - 38 Special
3. Alone - Heart
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1. I Don't Want to Miss a Thing - Aerosmith
2. Still Loving You - Scorpions
3. Send Me An Angel - Scorpions
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