Decoding the enduring appeal of the Power Ballad. You can mock the hair. You can laugh at the overblown videos, the ludicrously self-indulgent guitar solos, the throw-the-kitchen-sink-at-it production and the shoulder pads. Sure, the late Nineties saw them fall out of fashion, pushing them to the realms of guilty pleasures, footnotes in a pop culture guidebook, but they never truly went away. Below the surface they bubbled and they postured, like great, wild-haired titans. In , Ultimate Power — a club night that plays nothing but power ballads — celebrated its tenth birthday; a decade spent pumping out songs that others dismissed as naff, cheesy, too slow and out-of-date to thousands upon thousands of people across the UK unashamed to admit that they worship at the altar of Meat Loaf, Bonnie Tyler, Phil Collins, Bon Jovi, Queen, Whitney Houston and all the other titans of power, singing their hearts out to every word. The fact is, regardless of their cool points, we need power ballads. They unite us.
The best Power Ballads of all time
51. "We Belong Together" by Mariah Carey (2005)
What is a power ballad? In its purest, most drenched? If only. By the end of a marathon judging session the assembled Classic Rock scribes were tearing their hair out. The atmosphere got more heated than our curlers. Does the song ebb and flow gently, and then suddenly — when you least expect it — erupt with the gush of a tsunami? Does the song fly like an eagle, or does it ponce about like a penguin?
Best Love Songs of All Time
Subscriber Account active since. Free subscriber-exclusive audiobook! Get it now on Libro. From modern music magicians like Frank Ocean to classic groups including the Bee Gees and Earth, Wind, and Fire, there are many songs every music aficionado should listen to in their lifetime. But let's focus on the romantic side of musical storytelling. We're here to rank the best love songs ever penned in history. Since we're including love songs about devotion and pining but trying to avoid wholesale break-up ballads , "We Belong Together" is the perfect place to start. Mariah Carey's hit single from "The Emancipation of Mimi" remains is a classic modern love song with a fantastic pop diva music video to match. Listen to "We Belong Together" here. Listen to "Hands Down" here.
Follow Billboard. All rights reserved. We've ranked the biggest 'Love' songs to ever hit the Hot Songs have been written about every topic imaginable, but the best ones -- from swooning '50s ballads to contemporary club bangers -- have been penned about the ups and downs of being in love. We are counting down the top 50 Hot hits with a form of the word "love" in the title. It's sonic proof that while musical fads and fashions will change with every generation, love -- and the songs inspired by it -- will never go out of style. The ranking is based on actual performance on the weekly Billboard Hot chart. Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. To ensure equitable representation of the biggest hits from each era, certain time frames were weighted to account for the difference between turnover rates from those years.