Best Rock Ballads

The Top Ten

1 Nothing Else Matters - Metallica Nothing Else Matters - Metallica

Going to have this play as they lower me into the ground.

Very nice, thanks!

For once I agree with the majority: yes, Nothing Else Matters deserves the first place! #1

Between this and Epitaph by King Crimson, but the solo on this one gets me every time

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2 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

This is clearly the best song ever

The most sophisticated piece of modern music!

Masterpiece

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

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3 November Rain - Guns N' Roses November 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

Best Love song ever. It builds up to the awesome solo...

A true masterpiece. Best song of all time. Gunnars balls!

The best ever!

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4 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, ...more

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

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.

A-ha aren't, never were, never will be anywhere near rock. - truckturner

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5 Tears - 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.

Very moving. one of my favorites along with endless rain. One of the few bands that sound even better live. What's great about this band's vocalist, is that he sings his songs so beautifully that you wouldn't need to know what he's saying to get the message. A truly beautiful song.

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6 Dream On - Aerosmith

Best my opinion

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

Amazing and inspirational song!

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7 Alone - 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.

Ann Wilson is the best hard rock singer ever, and this song is the gold standard for 80's metal ballads.

Love this song. Ann Wilson's voice is so beautiful!

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8 Still Loving You - Scorpions

This song gives me so much feeling. One of my most favorite songs ever... Hands down... Piece of art, this one.

This one, Dream On, Soldier of Fortune and Beyond the Realms of Death.

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

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9 Who Wants to Live Forever - Queen

Makes me cry. Freddie was so broken, but still has the voice.

Amazing rockballad about how we only have this one moment, 'cuz we know it'll pass.

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

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)

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10 Fade to Black - Metallica

Better than Nothing else matters. I like that one too though. - Userguy44

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!

BRING THIS HIGHER, DAMMIT!

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!

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The Contenders

11 Under the Bridge - Red Hot Chili Peppers

Favorite song of all time - gebfrizzon

Such a beautiful song that inspires you

A wonderous masterpiece, serving a useful warning of how drugs can ruin one's life.

12 Angel - 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

THIS SONG IS SO AWESOME. You can feel the passion in Steven Tyler's voice. And btw, in my opinion, Aerosmith is one of the greatest band that ever lived! They wrote amazing songs. - rockerchic18

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

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13 Open 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.

Any song that Steve Perry sings deserves to be #1. His incredible voice, backed by emotion and passion for the lyrics makes all of his songs timeless. This is the most beautiful ballad to ever come out of a rock singer.

Journey's songs transcend time and this is no different. The ballads they created are a testament of love in the purest form and Steve was able to convey that emotion in all the performances. The music will forever be timeless.

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14 Is This Love - Whitesnake

Coverdale is King

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

Always reminds me of her
Simple.

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15 Cemetery Gates - Pantera

By far my favorite (though I love many others). Let me describe it to make you want to listen to it :
Starts off with a heavy clean ballad riff. Soft, sad, vocals about death.
Then, a slow solo. As it closes, a kickass metal riff kicks in.
After a few repetitions, the riff stops and we're straight back into the sad vocals and the ballad riff.
Then suddenly Phil goes full metal as his anger lashes out at his condition.
Then after that, the metal chorus.
Then back to ballad.
Then again, chills as his anger lashes out again.
Chorus.
Drum break
SOLO
This solo starts off as a sad melody, then breaks off into a powerful, glorious shreddy resolution. It closes on a metal riff.
Then the chorus again. Before the chorus' last word,a drum break.
And then the HIGH NOTES. Oh god. Phil shireks as hard as he can while Dime answers with his guitar wails. This repeats thrice until it fades out with guitar wails. Such beauty. - JoLeKosovo

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

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16 Rainbow Eyes - Rainbow

Beautiful song. Very underrated.

Love that song. Amazing ❤️

The most beautiful rock ballad EVER - Raa396

The song is two things:
1.One of the most criminally underrated songs ever
2.One of the best ballads of all time

17 Faithfully - Journey

My favorite song of Journey! I have listened to it over and over and never get tired of it...that is a song!

Amazing performance by the band and Steve Perry. WOW!

Love, love, love!

18 Wind of Change - Scorpions

Best Song Ever

Great

The best

Absolutely incredible. The song was about the collapse of communism, and makes me cry every time I hear it.

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19 I Don't Want to Miss a Thing - Aerosmith

Amazing rock ballad. I watched armageddon. Legend.

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

I don't think many people here understand that the real ballad has to offer some sincere emotions, and this is probably the most beautiful love song ever made.

They played this at my dance and everyone was slow dancing it was so cute

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20 Here There And Everywhere - The Beatles

An awesome love song. How is this not ranked higher considering the songs ranked above it.

McCartney's brilliance and genius as a composer is absolutely consummate. However, without the rest of the Beatles it was impossoble to create this masterpeace.

21 Telegraph Road - Dire Straits

Masterpiece

22 Snuff - Slipknot

Masterpiece

Number 23?! Are you kidding me? This is a masterpiece. Corey taylor really brought all of his feelings in a song and there are just so many people in this world that could relate to a heartbreak song like this. The lyrics are frigging genius. The more I listen to it, the easier I feel about the love that I have lost..

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

My heart is just too dark to care, I can't destroy what isn't there - DesBaka

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23 Soldier of Fortune - Deep Purple

Love this song

How did you guys even forget about this song. One of the best rock ballad song.

One of the most spine-tingling ballads out there in rock. Should be in the top 10 at least!

This is one of the greatest songs ever made. So sad, should really be in top 10

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24 A Tout Le Monde - Megadeth

Such a hard hitting song and Dave's vocals just take it to another level. You can hear the pain and anger in his voice

25 Always - Bon Jovi

Should Be 1.! Best song ever and a great band to sing it! - DaringXx

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

Bon Jovi has the best power ballads. All are so full of emotion. Favorite band and I was born in 2002.

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26 Don'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.

My favourite song of all time :)
Especially the first verion (at 1987) of this song really gets me close to tears!

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27 Sober - Tool

Sad, Strong and Beautiful song. should be higher in my opinion

The saddest yet most beautiful song ever. Deserves to be #1

28 Heaven - Bryan Adams

Awesome song of one of the best singer ever

29 Love Bites - Def Leppard

Powerful song a classic of a rock ballads! How this song was just in 63?

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

30 Blackbird - Alter Bridge

This song gives me chills every time I hear the solo, so beautiful

I suggest to give this epic song a try and then vote. For me the best guitar solo, I've ever heard

A musical masterpiece that will stand the test of time.

31 One - Metallica

Yep... best sissy ballad ever. Period!

32 Last Song - Gackt

one of the most beautiful songs ever.

this song is absolutely beautiful

You made me cry, Gaku-sama.. - kazumiya

Gackt.. I just love this man.
I am crying allways.. Just must see, but not this version, look for piano version :'( - Lucius

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33 The Bard's Song (In the Forest) - Blind Guardian
34 Goodbye - 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.

35 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

One of the best songs ever made, blends different sounds together to create a work of art.

Top spot deserving, for shame

YES, greatest rock balled ever.

This is the greatest rock ballad song, but no one know and vote, they just care about their favorite band - MiQi

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36 Redshift - Keldian
37 Shine on You Crazy Diamond - Pink Floyd

best ever

Right? This my favorite song. Listening this is just like feeling everything and nothing. Just close your eyes and listen it, you will see what I mean.

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. - QuarantineGames

But I think most people just don't consider it a ballad. This is an epic. Not the same. - JoLeKosovo

Number 1 and still the best. My all times favourite.

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38 Heaven - Warrant

Great ballad - loved it since it first came out - pure power ballad

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

39 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden

Did you only listen to the first minute? - Alkadikce

40 Carrie - Europe

Europe the best band ever! Powerful moving ballads, true guitar solos! fantastic!

Why is it only in 54th place? Seriously?

The best song of a band who deserd to be most famous

41 With 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

42 Send Me An Angel - Scorpions
43 I'll Be There for You - Bon Jovi

Awesome song, incredible lyrics, incredible band and incredible singer... And to be honest what more do you need from a song and a love song? It has it all it's really an amazing song. Enough said.

Incredible song! My cellular rings with it! One of the best songs they've ever written and performed!

Great song! No matter whether Jon or Richie singing... This song is one of the best songs ever! Live in concert is the song awesome

Extremely romantic, I mean what girl doesn't want to hear a guy tell them that he wants to be the air they breath?

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44 The 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. - sameera62

45 Lonely Day - System of a Down

This wonderful song was winning a grammy

46 Black - Pearl Jam

Until today there is no rock ballad as deep as Black

The greatest ballad EVER! Has helped me through some dark times and kept me alive!

The most iconic ballad of the 90's

How is this masterpiece #56? Best of power ballad of all time, hands down.

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47 Child In Time - Deep Purple
48 The Unforgiven II - Metallica

Awesome song better than unforgiven 1

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

49 In The Air Tonight - Phil Collins

That build up... everyone knows this song it's a pure classic

50 Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd

Yeah this song deserves so much more I think

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.

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