Paul Adams Listening Theme Exclusive! THE POWER BALLAD


Listening Theme (Songbook Highway EXCLUSIVE!) – The Power Ballad

Here you go, a Listening Theme just for Songbook Highway visitors. My Listening Theme project usually appears on my Facebook page (and duplicated here) but this time my Facebook friends and regular Listening Theme participants will have to come over to here for a change.

Anyway, here’s how it works (if you didn’t already know), I choose a random theme/music genre and ask my Facebook and Songbook Highway friends to recommend tracks or albums to me to listen to. I’ll listen to as many as I can for a week or two, hopefully discovering some new music I hadn’t heard before, then move on to another theme – simple.

This time it’s the turn of the ‘Power Ballad’. What I would like from you is your suggestions of some great Power Ballads, not just the usual ones (I wouldn’t be discovering much if you all said Foreigner ‘I Want To Know What Love Is’ – even though it is a great track).

Lets have some recommendations,
Cheers, Paul

15 comments to Paul Adams Listening Theme Exclusive! THE POWER BALLAD

  • Paul is the coolest, and gets the best recommendations in the world! Come on Power Ballad!

  • Paul Adams

    Thanks Chris, I only get the best recommendations because I’ve got the best recommenders!

  • Ade Brown

    Hmm, one of those hard to define categories.
    As you’ve done ELO, I will steer clear of my first answers ;-)

    Starry Blue Eyed Wonder – Icicle Works
    Is This Love – Whitesnake
    The Flame – Cheap Trick
    There Must Be An Angel Playing With My Heart – Eurythmics
    Take My Breath Away – Berlin
    Life’s What You Make It – Talk Talk
    Tinsel Town In The Rain – Blue Nile
    Take On Me – AHA
    The original of this
    (but this version too)

  • Chris LeRoy

    “Sweet Child o’ Mine” Guns -n- Roses

    I can’t do no more!!!

  • Paul Adams

    Found this definition:

    A power ballad:
    1. Is a rock song that will usually start slow and get louder and heavier and
    2. Kicks @ss

    Thanks Ade. Yeah, hard to define. I’ve been listening to a couple of Power Ballad compilations today and half of the tracks I heard I wouldn’t have said were power ballads. I guess I associate them with 80’s rock bands but they’re still being written.
    Check out “Come ‘N Go” by a singer songwriter I like, Bleu

    Chris, don’t forget “November Rain”

  • Chris LeRoy

    How could I forget!!

  • Trixie Martha

    “What About Love” by Heart
    “I’ll Be There for You” by Bon Jovi
    “Sister Christian” by Night Ranger – kings of the power ballad fo sho!

    This is cheating, but the first song that came to mind for me was “I Want You” by Mr. Elvis Costello.

    Cheers y’all! Miss Trixie

  • Miss Trixie: Lisa BLUE WAGON Nemetz digs Costello’s I Want You. It could become her Power Ballad!

  • Hey, Paul-
    What a great idea to debut the lists here on the songbook!
    *This is the last day of our acquaintance -Sinead O’Connor
    (The most heart-wrenching break up song I know. Can’t bear to listen to it these days.)
    *Purple Rain – Prince
    *I will always love you – sung by Whitney Houston, written by Dolly Parton.
    (Singing-wise, it’s a real stunt song.)

  • A few guilty pleasures:
    INXS – Never Tear Us Apart
    Something Happens! – Penny Drops / Crystal Ballroom
    Kevin McDermott Orchestra – Tell It Til It’s True / What Comes To Pass
    Bad English – When I See You Smile
    Bruce Hornsby – The Road Not Taken
    Aerosmith – Cry Me A River
    T’Pau (!?) – Valentine
    Goldfrapp – Black Cherry
    Neil & Tim Finn – Everyone Is Here
    Adele – Someone Like You

    Not sure how many of these are “power ballads” except the cheesy ones, but enjoy anyway!

  • Trixie Martha

    Wow! How could I forget mungo’s pick “Never Tear Us Apart” by INXS? One of my fav-o-rites!

  • Nico Bjørnson

    “What Love Can Do” – Kingdom Come. Complete with the sudden drop in volume and closing tearful line.

    C’mon people. There has to be a Bryan Adams song out there.

  • Chris LeRoy

    I agree Nico… the bryan adams folks have let us down….

  • Bryan Adams? “Heaven”, of course!

  • Maria Baglien

    Fight The Power (ballad)!!!!

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