Top Hair Metal Power Ballads To Celebrate Valentine’s Day
Top Hair Metal Power Ballads To Make Your Valentine’s Day Rock
It’s officially Valentine’s Day 2019, but in my heart of hearts, I will always be a child of the eighties. For most of us, the music of our youth holds a special place in our hearts that will forever be a part of us, reminding us of a happier time, free from the responsibilities of adult life. Listening to eighties hair metal instantly takes me back in time, from fun times hanging out with friends when you thought the good times would never end to my first kiss and first love. It was a time of big hair, bold fashion, and even bigger ballads. Even the heaviest of the hair bands had at least one sappy, wonderful power ballad in their set list. What better way to celebrate this most romantic of holidays than a look back at some of the biggest and best hair metal ballads of the eighties. So, put on your spandex, grab your hairspray, and get those lighters in the air for a musical Valentine’s treat, hair metal style.
Motley Crue “Home Sweet Home”
The band that stormed the eighties hair metal scene with the larger than life album Shout At The Devil shocked the rock world with the release of this ballad from their 1985 release Theatre of Pain that had drummer Tommy Lee trading his spot behind the kit for a seat at the piano.
Glam rockers Warrant took the hair metal scene by surprise with their debut album Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich going double platinum and spawning this hit single that went all the way to number one on the charts.
The yellow and black attack of Stryper forever changed the way the world viewed heavy metal, setting the stage for a future Christian rock movement that continues to this day. The band would show their softer side with the power ballad “Honestly,” which would go on to be their highest charting single and one of the most requested videos on MTV.
Poison “Every Rose Has Its Thorn”
The third single from the glam rocker’s second album, Open Up and Say…ahh! would give the band their signature song and only number one hit in the U.S. The song is now an iconic reminder of the eighties and when performed live, still leaves the ladies swooning in their seats.
Def Leppard “Love Bites”
After the huge success of the British rockers Pyromania album, nobody thought they could do it again. Def Leppard would surprise everyone coming back to do it all again with Hysteria and their chart-topping ballad “Love Bites.”
Whitesnake “Is This Love”
Whitesnake absolutely crushed the competition with their 1987 self-titled album which gave them the massive hit single “Here I Go Again.” The band would hit the charts again with their romantic soft rock ballad “Is This Love.”
Kix “Don’t Close Your Eyes”
In the late eighties, Kix was blowing up the world with their fourth studio album Blow My Fuse which included their most successful single to date. Although the song is not about romantic love, it serves as a powerful plea against suicide. Since loving yourself is sometimes the hardest thing to do, it’s well deserving of a spot on the list.
Bon Jovi “I’ll Be There For You”
You simply can’t talk about the hair metal era without mentioning the New Jersey band Bon Jovi at least once. This single from their New Jersey album went all the way to number one With lyrics like “when you breathe, I want to be the air for you,” they couldn’t go wrong and it also just happens to be my wedding song. (Yes, I’m that old).
L.A. Guns “The Ballad of Jayne”
Coming in at the end of the hair metal era and the beginning of what would become the grunge scene, L.A. Guns never reached the superstar status of some of their contemporaries. It wasn’t for lack of talent, only bad timing, and their iconic ballad “The Ballad of Jayne” is proof enough.
Cinderella “Don’t Know What You Got (Til It’s Gone)
One of my favorite bands of the hair metal era hands down is Cinderella. Their blues-based glam rock is second to none and will always be a classic. The band scored their highest charting single by showing off their emotional side with “Don’t Know What You Got (Til It’s Gone).
Scorpions “Still Loving You”
The German rock band Scorpions released one of the biggest metal albums of all time with Love At First Sting in 1984. Of course, they are not really a hair metal band, but during the eighties, they rocked the world like a hurricane and gave us one of the most well-loved metal ballads ever with “Still Loving You.”