As Valentine’s Day approaches, thoughts of love naturally enter your mind. Even if you aren’t involved in a relationship at this time, you may end up reminiscing about past romantic encounters. Certainly, when you think of love, you think of music. They seem to go hand in hand. With that in mind, we thought we’d try to find what we think are the five best 80s rock band ballads for Valentine’s Day.
80s Rock Band Ballads: Every Group Has One
Without a doubt, the 1980’s music scene includes so many great rock bands. I just look at the 96.3 KKLZ playlist and see them all. Journey, Foreigner, REO Speedwagon, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Heart, Poison, and Aerosmith, just to name a few. Not to mention all the great “solo” rockers backed by great bands like Pat Benatar, Bryan Adams, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, and John Mellencamp. I’m sure I’ve even left out one or two of your favorites.
During this great decade of music, it seems like each rock band would include at least one power ballad or rock ballad on each album. Even hard rockers realized that in order to sell more albums, they needed to broaden their appeal beyond teenage boys. Thus, the advent of the 80s rock band ballad. These songs became some of the biggest chart hits of the decade.
Honorable Mentions For These 80s Rockin’ Love Songs
For the purposes of this article, we’re focusing on 80s band rock ballads. Not necessarily power ballads, pop ballads, or R&B ballads. Of course, there are plenty of those to choose from. Furthermore, we’re not going to include great love songs from solo artists. For example, we’re leaving out Bryan Adams’ number one smash, “Heaven.”
Similarly, we’re not including 80s power ballads which refer to lost loves such as “Love Bites” by Def Leppard and “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn” by Poison. Great power ballads but they certainly put a downer on a romantic Valentine’s Day date.
These are all tough decisions, and I’m sure you will disagree with our choices. We are basing this “best of” list on Billboard Hot 100 chart success, as well as how much the 96.3 KKLZ audience loves these songs. They are some of our most popular and most requested tunes.
Some notable 80s rock band ballads which deserve honorable mention include: “Angel” by Aerosmith. “Is This Love” by Whitesnake. “Never Say Goodbye” by Bon Jovi. I’m sure we’re omitting one of your favorites. Either way, have a very Happy Valentine’s Day!