Best Rock Ballads

The Top Ten

1 Nothing 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!

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!

This is simply the one song which I will never delete from my life till I die...
I love Metallica

It's song just beuatiful!

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2 Stairway 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

COME ON. This song is a masterpiece under every single aspect, I just don't think it will be ever surpassed by anybody. Definitely the best ballad out there for me

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3 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

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

Great arrangement

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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 Alone - 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.

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

One of best ever

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6 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.

This is unexpected but I am glad

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7 Dream 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

Amazing and inspirational song!

Ok so realistically this is number 3 on the list since the vast majority of people on here don’t know what a power ballad is but anyways this song is amazing, it’s the American Stairway to Heaven

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8 Still 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

The best ballad ever.

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9 Who Wants to Live Forever - Queen

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)

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

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10 Fade 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!

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

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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 Is This Love - Whitesnake

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

Favorite ever!

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13 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

This is probably my current favorite. Every time it comes up in the random play, it gets played till the end.

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14 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.

Amazing song and amazing band!

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15 Cemetery 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

Amazing song, complex, beautiful, mesmerizing

16 Rainbow Eyes - Rainbow

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 Wind of Change - Scorpions

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

Nothing can match the lyrics and the music to this song in this whole list. God's music.

My favourite by far :)!

The best

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18 I 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

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

Amazing rock ballad. I watched armageddon. Legend.

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19 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!

20 Waiting for a Girl Like You - Foreigner

The best power ballad... so far

21 Here There And Everywhere - The Beatles

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.

22 Telegraph Road - Dire Straits
23 Snuff - 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

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..

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


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24 Soldier of Fortune - Deep Purple

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

Grew up in the 70's. This is the best rock ballad song, then until now.

25 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.

Amazing song with beautiful lyric! ☺

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26 Love Bites - Def Leppard

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

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

27 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

28 Always - 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

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

Fantastic fantastic fantastic fantastic fantastic fantastic lol

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29 Second Chance - 38 Special

Great song and really good singing

30 One - Metallica

Yep... best sissy ballad ever. Period!

31 Sober - Tool

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

32 Heaven - Bryan Adams

Awesome song of one of the best singer ever

33 Last 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 :'( - Lucius

Beautiful and touching

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34 Amanda - Boston
35 Blackbird - Alter Bridge

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.

36 The Bard's Song (In the Forest) - Blind Guardian
37 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.

38 I Never Cry - Alice Cooper

Glad this is so high on the list, amazing ballad!

39 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

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

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 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!

Top spot deserving, for shame

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40 Send Me An Angel - Scorpions
41 The Flame - Cheap Trick

Best rock ballad ever written PERIOD

42 Redshift - Keldian
43 High Enough - Damn Yankees
44 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

45 Shine 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. - QuarantineGames

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.

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

I perfectly agree with you! MUST be the number 1!

46 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

47 Shadow of the Day - Linkin Park

This song is so great why is it here?

THis song touches your soul

Song with deep meaning... Man

48 Heaven - Warrant

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

49 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden
50 Wish 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.

Sublime, full of emotional and emotive filling, immortilized Sid Barret.

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Top Remixes (21)

1. Dream On - Aerosmith
2. A Tout Le Monde - Megadeth
3. Nothing Else Matters - Metallica
1. Waiting for a Girl Like You - Foreigner
2. Second Chance - 38 Special
3. Alone - Heart
1. Rainbow Eyes - Rainbow
2. The Bard's Song (In the Forest) - Blind Guardian
3. Soldier of Fortune - Deep Purple

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