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March 08, 2006



I'm no expert on genres, but if it qualifies it'd be a toss up between the "Don't Stop Believin'" or Styx's "Sail Away"

Cynthia Closkey

The problem lies in the years you consider: Stylus is looking at 1983 to 1991 only. But that's a silly range of years, because the rock power ballad started well before then and continues today.

I'm not a great Journey fan, but I don't see any way to talk about power ballads without bringing them into the room.

This VH1 list of the top 25 power ballads has much to recommend it.

I agree with Tito about Styx and "Come Sail Away." I'm calling it my #1. But REO Speedwagon's "Keep On Loving You" would be a strong competitor, as would "I Want To Know What Love Is" (Foreigner). Oh, and "Amanda" by Boston.

And where do we put the collected works of Meatloaf? "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" ... does it get any more ballad-y and power-y?


Cindy, I think I'm now going to retire Syntax of Things comments forever. I mean who will ever be able to work Styx, Journey, Foreigner, Boston, REO Speedwagon, and Meatloaf into one comment with such grace (and not fear the exploding head). Brilliant. And I couldn't agree with you more.

Cynthia Closkey

I'm honored. But please don't retire SoT comments -- I don't get to wax lyrical like this anywhere else.

Geoff Young

"Don't Stop Believin'" is a little too rockin' to be a power ballad. How about "Open Arms" or "Lights"? Or if it has to be 1983-91 you could go with "Send Her My Love," "Faithfully," or "I'll Be Alright Without You" (this last one is on the album the guy from American Idol played bass on -- not that I saw them on tour that year or anything).

If we're going to bring REO Speedwagon into the mix, then I'd submit "Can't Fight This Feeling." Time to break out the lighters and start swaying...

Dan Wickett

I missed the part of the article where it mentioned that range of years, but Kiss' Beth was recorded in the 70's wasn't it? It seems to me they were out of make-up and P.C. was out of the band by 1983.

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