Taking over jukeboxes and karaoke machines for decades, power ballads occupy a special place in all our hearts. In attempts to capture first swells of romance as they spill over into the all-consuming feeling of love, many musicians have tapped into the very best qualities of power balladry. From catchy choruses designed to have us raising our hands to the sky, to gut-wrenching melodies as unifying as church hymns, the best power ballads are the perfect vessel for cutting right to the heart of the human experience…
Listen to our Rock Classics playlist here, and check out our best power ballads, below.
20: Meat Loaf: I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That) (1993)
Penned by his long-time collaborator and inimitable songwriter Jim Steinman, Meat Loaf’s 1993 single I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That) stands tall among the best power ballads for the way it taps into a sense of neo-gothic romance that soars to near-operatic heights. With a music video inspired by The Phantom Of The Opera and Beauty And The Beast, the song peaked at No.1 in the UK and became the biggest-selling single of the year, later winning Meat Loaf a Grammy for Best Rock Vocal Performance.