Best Slow But Powerful Songs of Music History

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The Top Ten

1 Hurt - Johnny Cash

This song is so powerful and the video always brings me to tears.

2 American Pie - Don McLean

Come on, the story is sad.

I love this song! This is my jam! 😁 - DynastiNoble

Slow?
Seriously?
Best lay off the java.

3 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

There is nothing more epic than this song. It starts out slow, and builds up the mood so perfectly that when it's over it doesn't feel long at all.

It seems to build up for ages and rock out so shortly. This is how you create a masterpiece, people! - Donut

Thanks Led Zeppelin for making our lives better with such an awesome masterpiece!

4 The Rains of Castamere - Jackie Evancho

When you need it sung slowly and powerfully, call on Jackie. - BobG

Music used at the conclusion of the "Red Wedding" scene in "Game Of Thrones".
Dark, ominous, and extremely powerful.

The more I listen to this song, the more it astonishes me. Very ethereal. - BobG

From "Game Of Thrones".

5 Imagine - John Lennon

Great song touching.
Why right now.
I can't even find song like this?

6 Don't Stop Believin' - Journey

Love this song every school dance at my old school we would play this song

My daughter song to me xx

This song is so good and powerful

Motivation song

7 Baba O'Riley - The Who

This song isn't slow... - MontyPython

8 Forever Young - Alphaville

Why is this not number one... (O O)

If only Vice City had this, shame that it wasn't in both Vice City games. :( - Gehenna

9 Lovers - Jackie Evancho

Lovely, and just a song that Jackie Loves to sing, and we Love to hear... Nobody does it better..

Theme from the movie "House of Flying Daggers"; the final acapella line will make your heart explode.

See "Dream With Me - In Concert", her first PBS special with David Foster.

Last 25 seconds of this song is the best sound ever recorded.

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10 Have You Ever Seen the Rain? - Creedence Clearwater Revival

I have never listened to it before. - DynastiNoble

I think "Effigy" is a much better, slower song by CCR. - BobG

Just what do you think "fast" is?

The Contenders

11 I Hope You Dance - Lee Ann Womack
12 Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd

Really, really exquisite. Like "Echoes" and "Shine On You Crazy Diamond". Pink Floyd are the best rock band ever. End of. - PositronWildhawk

13 Feel - Robbie Williams

Everybody loves this song

Not everyone.

14 How To Save A Life - The Fray

And I would have stayed up
With you all night
Had I known
How to save a life!

Pretty good - Cheeseant910

15 Skyscraper - Demi Lovato
16 Nothing Else Matters - Metallica

It's about the power of love. - Metal_Treasure

17 The End - The Doors

I love this song. It's perfect for this list. Slow but the words sink in and truly have an effect on you. All 12 minutes of this song could be classified into 1 phrase "Simply Perfect". I seriously think this is the best song ever made. - dudesterravensfan

"This is the end, beautiful friend. " These words always give me chills. The End is the definitive slow but powerful song. Seriously go listen to all 12 minutes. Especially the last 2 minutes.

18 Hurt - Christina Aguilera
19 No One But You (Only the Good Die the Young) - Queen
20 Ride On - AC/DC

Tells the story from inside an emotional rock and roller's head, one of the biggest ones at that. Shows you, we're all human. The final chorus which the backing vocals and rhythm guitars (via Malcolm on BV, Angus and Mal on RG) get bolder brings out an emotional closure to the song.

21 (Everything I Do) I Do It for You - Bryan Adams
22 Piano Man - Billy Joel

One of the best songs ever

23 Come as You Are - Nirvana
24 Something In the Way - Nirvana
25 Love Reign O'er Me - The Who

Love this song. - Donut

26 16th Avenue - Lacy J. Dalton
27 Lean On Me - Bill Withers
28 Knockin' On Heaven's Door - Bob Dylan
29 Call Me - Shinedown
30 Nutshell - Alice in Chains
31 Black - Pearl Jam
32 Can't You See - The Marshall Tucker Band
33 Behind Blue Eyes - The Who
34 Who'll Stop the Rain - Creedence Clearwater Revival
35 New York State of Mind - Billy Joel
36 If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away - Justin Moore
37 Free Fallin' - Tom Petty
38 This Ain't Nothin' - Craig Morgan
39 Everytime - Britney Spears
40 Creep - Stone Temple Pilots
41 Outside - Staind
42 We Are the Champions - Queen
43 This Used to Be My Playground - Madonna
44 What About Love - Heart
45 Paper Plane - Kagamine Rin
46 Man on the Silver Mountain - Rainbow

If you actually listen to the original studio recording of Man On The Silver Mountain by Rainbow, it is very slow and emotional. One of the more inspirational and well written songs for Ritchie Blackmore and Ronnie James Dio that help shaped up power metal, and progressive metal bands. - Danwizpig

47 Into the West - Annie Lennox
48 Hurt - Nine Inch Nails
49 Dream On - Aerosmith
50 One of These Nights - Eagles
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