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    Power Ballads of the Eighties

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    Post your favourite (or least favourite or most cheesy ... whatever) ballad from the 80s. I'll start off with the Scorpions - no one like you.

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    Most searches I do suggest this is the worst of the 80s ballads:
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    No replies yet? There's lots of great songs to choose from, how bout the crew?

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    In my opinion, this may be the best ballad of the eighties. It falls into the more traditional ballad definition, as opposed to the sappy love song idea. The song was written in 1987 and released in 1989 on "And Justice for All". It's theme and lyrics are based on the 1939 novel "Johnny Got His Gun" by Dalton Trumbo. The video borrows clips from the 1971 movie adaption of "Johnny Got His Gun". One of the most powerful music videos of all time; one of the best guitar solos of all time; I seriously have trouble watching without shedding a tear.
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    Some might place this band in the cheese category.
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    Anyone remember these guys?
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    Another more 'traditional' ballad. This was one my greatest acomplishments when I learned to play this on the bass guitar. I was a big Iron Maiden fan back in the day.
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    Edit - Sorry, after thinking about it and reviewing old songs, I remembered that this was my biggest acomplishment on bass guitar. (actually the whole piece of mind album)
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    An Ozzy Osbourne Classic - Goodbye to Romance.
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    Trivia - To see if anyone is paying attention or even cares - The caption of the video is wrong, can anyone tell me what's wrong and why?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GamerGal View Post
    ummm... Did you reply to the wrong thread? This doesn't seem to fit the power - ballad - or eighties theme... and I couldn't get through a quarter of the video before aborting.

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    May not actualy be a ballad, but a great song nonetheless.
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    Stevie Vai "For The Love of God"- here he is in 2005 with the Holland Metropole Orchestra, proving that a true power ballad is indeed timeless. Holy cow, I'd forgotten how hot Stevie Vai is. Jeesus.... now this is giving me chill-bumps.


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    Stevie Vai "For The Love of God"- here he is in 2005 with the Holland Metropole Orchestra, proving that a true power ballad is indeed timeless.
    Thanks for that Nu. I had never heard that song before. That guitar solo was ranked number 29 in Guitar World's Top 100 Greatest Guitar solos right behind this one.

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    Here is a big power ballad from the 80s. Can anyone tell me what video posted above Poison's lead guitarist (c.c.) played in and was a former member of that band?
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    This was actually released in 1990 but would have been penned in the 80s and falls into the 80s power ballad niche.
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    You can't talk about the 80s without mentioning Def Leppard. Some may argue that they defined the 80s.
    This one's from back in the day when the drummer had two arms.
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    Yes Def Leppard definitely defined my 80's!



    Also Guns and Roses...



    and Whitesnake. :-)


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nu Kua View Post
    Yes Def Leppard definitely defined my 80's!

    Also Guns and Roses...

    and Whitesnake. :-)
    Awesome contribution. I first heard Def Leppard in grade 7 gym class. It was the Pyromania album, we were allowed to bring a cassette tape and play it during class, and I loved it instantly.

    Oh Axl, if egos were nations, you'd be the USA. (Great album though and that video actually has the whole solo.)

    That Whitesnake tune was played during our grade 12 grad ceremony. Great tune!

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    Billy was known better for his Rebel Yell and White Wedding style...
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    I'm a cowboy...On a Steel Horse I Ride...
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    Another great ballad by bon jovi.
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    OK not really a ballad, but can you believe this came out in the 80s? I'm fealing old now.
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    Not really a "power" ballad, but Pat still rocked the 80, this was released in 1983.
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    A great song from 1980.
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    ZZ Top is the flavour of the day today.
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    Hard to find the original videos. Too sexist?

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