Rock has always stood out from other music genres. Rock ballads are the most amazing genre of music that will affect the consciousness of any person. What makes a song a rock ballad? The presence of a characteristic and emotional text about love, passion, and suffering, quiet and calm verses interspersed with powerful refrains. Add an incredible amount of drama, embedded in music and words to this, and you will definitely get a typical rock ballad. Some of the songs on our list are already 20-30 years old, but they still remain great hits, the lyrics of which are remembered by millions of fans. In this article, you will get to know the best songs of the presented genre, which is definitely worth listening to. By the way, if you want to make your online dating profile more attractive, then you can write lines from these songs there. Most likely, it will interest a potential partner.
1. “Carrie” – Europe
For the majority of music lovers, the main hit and visiting card of the Swedish band Europe is the composition The Final Countdown, which has topped the charts in many countries. However, in the American Billboard Hot 100, another song of the band, rock ballad Carrie, achieved the greatest success. Of course, music fans of the Europe band were always interested in whether Carrie really existed. In 2015, Joey Tempest explained: “We were young. In our lives, we all experienced breakups and searches for new girls. So, it was just a cry from my heart”.
2. “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” – Poison
The soulful and memorable ballad quickly topped the American charts, becoming the only song of the band to reach the top of the charts. The song was fixed on the 11th line of the Mainstream Rock chart. As the songwriter says: “The song really was about heartache and sorrow. I broke up with the girl and suffered while she started dating other guys. She broke my heart. And this situation really confirmed that every rose has its thorns.” Love is a rose – it is a pretty good comparison.
3. “Love Hurts” – Nazareth
Thanks to the creative duo of the spouse-songwriters Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, many good compositions were born, but the most famous of them is the famous Love Hurts. Over the more than half a century history of the song, it has become a number-one hit several times thanks to the efforts of musicians and bands performing in different styles. They showed with the song that love hurts and leaves scars. Not all hearts are so strong to bear so much pain.
4. “I Remember You” – Skid Row
This is the third (and final) single from Skid Row’s 1989 debut album. This rock ballad hit the charts in November of the same year, and Rachel Bolan and Dave Sabo became the authors of the music and lyrics. ““I Remember You” became the number-one song at all proms in the USA in 1990,” said Sebastian Bach, the front man and vocalist of Skid Row. “Do you want me to talk about something memorable? Okay: in 1990, the whole country danced to my song!”
5. “I Want To Know What Love Is” – Foreigner
This is the first single from the album Foreigner Agent Provocateur. Despite the fact that the song confidently settled on the tops of the charts in the USA and Great Britain, in those days, no one knew that the song would become the most popular and famous song of the band. I Want To Know What Love Is was written by Mick Jones with the participation of Lou Graham, although Graham strongly disagrees. Jones says that he has done about 40% of the work, while Graham claims that Jones’ work is around 5%. The debate between the musicians has been going on since the beginning of the 1990s and is not going to subside. Despite this fact, the song is amazing anyway.