Top 10 Best Rock Ballads

The Top Ten
1 November Rain - Guns N' Roses

This is by far, not only the greatest rock ballad but the greatest song ever. Axl Rose, Gn'R's frontman and the greatest singer of all time, started writing "November Rain" as early as 1986, and there are two demos, a piano and a guitar demo. Axl would never have thought this song would become the greatest song of all time.

Starting with some really superb piano from Axl, the song starts off slow. As the drums kick in, the song starts to move faster. By the end of the piano solo at the start, get ready. Axl's lyrics have so much meaning to this song. From the depressing truth of "Nothing lasts forever, and we both know hearts can change," to the sadness of restrained love, the song appeals to the listener's emotions with the piano, lyrics, and synths.

Slash's guitar solos on this song are incredible. It's like the guitar is crying with sadness. The end of the song takes a huge turn and completely shocks the audience. If you've never heard this song, the best way to hear it is at night, in bed, with your phone off and headphones on. Look at the wall, the ceiling, or outside your window and enjoy this emotional ride.

2 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

This is the best ever so far... You never get tired of it.

It starts as the most gentle and sweet ballad, a pleasure to the ears. Then you wait 4 minutes for the drums to enter, and when they finally do, it's like the power is released.

When the guitar solo comes in, you are in the middle of a wild rock tune listening to one of the best solos in history. There is no other singer like Plant. This tune has it all.

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

3 Nothing Else Matters - Metallica

Man, whoever didn't vote for this song probably didn't because they don't know about it. It's one of the best sounds my ears have had the fortune to hear. It touches the soul and brings memories. It makes me cry.

The guitar solo makes this whole song complete. It's in my top five guitar solos of all time. The mood created by the music and lyrics makes it sound amazing.

It's an amazing song! Love it! The music is so touching, and the lyrics are just amazing. I could give it 20 out of 10 if I could!

4 There's Never a Forever Thing - a-ha

No, we are not on drugs. We just have very good taste in music. Morten is one of the best male vocalists in the world, perhaps the best ever. He has a four-octave vocal range and holds many records in singing.

The Grammy/MTV Awards primarily represent the US music scene, but that doesn't mean they represent the best music on Earth. By the way, a-ha has won eight MTV Awards, been nominated for a Grammy and an American Music Award, and has garnered many other international awards, especially in England and Germany, if that's more important to you than music quality.

It was a-ha's own decision to leave the US music market, which is (and was) unfair and crooked. They may be considered 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 think Morten's voice stinks, then you should visit an ear specialist.

Many bands were inspired by a-ha, such as Coldplay (who are big a-ha fans), U2, Keane, and Robbie Williams. Morten is a well-known voice in the music scene. What you call "perpetual screaming" is actually a very difficult vocal technique called "falsetto" (or head voice). There are only a few singers who have mastered this technique to this quality. Moreover, Morten is a baritone, making it even harder for him to sing in falsetto, but he can do it.

5 Dream On - Aerosmith

This song made Aerosmith a band everyone knows. Also, don't think some of you know what a ballad is.

Ok, so realistically, this is number 3 on the list since the vast majority of people here don't know what a power ballad is. But anyway, this song is amazing. It's the American Stairway to Heaven.

Amazing and inspirational song!

6 Alone - Heart

This always blows me away! One of the best songs ever written! This must be at the top! Does anyone agree?

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

I would say "Dog and Butterfly," but as long as it's Ann, I'll vote #1.

7 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.

X Japan is one of the greatest rock bands in the world! They are in the same line as Queen, Kiss, Black Sabbath, and Deep Purple. They are really musicians who made one of the biggest contributions in the history of rock music.

8 Who Wants to Live Forever - Queen

Who Wants to Live Forever has to be one of the most meaningful songs to the entire human race. "This world has only one sweet moment put aside for us." We all have one thing in common.

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.

9 Still Loving You - Scorpions

Definitely the best rock band when it comes to ballads. There are 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 remember this song from my early teen years in the '80s. It gave me goosebumps then and still does today. It's ethereal, beautiful, and in one league with the greatest rock ballads of all time. Still loving it!

There are many rock ballads that are great, but Still Loving You turns a man on like no other. This song is not trite, and it's definitely a rocking ballad. It's suitable for a breakdown.

10 Fade to Black - Metallica

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.

This track means a lot to me. That solo might just be the best of all time! James' voice is really kickass, too. I can't describe it. Just listen to the song!

Don't judge me. I like Metallica's ballads better than the thrash metal songs. I still like Master of Puppets and Hardwired and other thrash metal songs.

The Contenders
11 Under the Bridge - Red Hot Chili Peppers

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

12 Angel - Aerosmith

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 it's not as powerful, but it deserves to be number one.

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

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!

13 Open Arms - Journey

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

Any song that Steve Perry sings deserves to be number 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.

This power ballad deserves to be number one in my book. Steve Perry sings this with so much passion. He pours his heart and soul into this song. Simply awesome. My favorite for sure!

14 Is This Love - Whitesnake

I always feel a little better when I hear this song. It should be higher than Metallica, and most certainly A-ha. That's just wrong.

Amazing video. She is femininity at the state of art.

This music is the ultimate breath of love!

15 Rainbow Eyes - Rainbow

The song is two things:

1. One of the most criminally underrated songs ever.
2. One of the best ballads of all time.

Beautiful song. Very underrated.

16 Cemetery Gates - Pantera

By far my favorite, though I love many others. Let me describe it to make you want to listen to it:

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 last word of the chorus, a drum break. And then the high notes. Oh God. Phil shrieks as hard as he can while Dime answers with his guitar wails. This repeats thrice until it fades out with guitar wails. Such beauty.

17 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.

Great song and melody, despite the sad lyrics.

Solemn lyrics and a powerful message.

18 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 music of this song in the whole list. It's God's music.

This is the loveliest song I have heard in my life. It's the best song of the Scorpions, and I recommend this song to be in the top 5.

19 The Scientist - Coldplay

I think a lot of songs should be higher than they are, but this one definitely should be. It's one of my favorite Coldplay songs ever.

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

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

This should be much higher up in the charts. This song has the most romantic, powerful, meaningful lyrics which can mellow anyone's heart.

Guys, what are you doing? Vote for this magical song.

Amazing rock ballad. I watched Armageddon. Legend.

21 Waiting for a Girl Like You - Foreigner
22 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 impossible to create this masterpiece.

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

23 Snuff - Slipknot

Number 23?! Are you kidding me? This is a masterpiece. Corey Taylor really poured all of his feelings into this 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 higher than 37th. I listen to this song whenever I'm feeling down, and it always seems to make me feel understood.

Most beautiful vocals ever! I listen to it over 10 times a day: "So save your breath, I will not care."

24 Soldier of Fortune - Deep Purple

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

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

I grew up in the 70s. This is the best rock ballad song, then and now.

25 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!

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