Top 10 favorite rock ballads of the '80s, as chosen by the fans
Rock fans have sounded off and named their top 10 favorite rock ballads of the '80s. Ultimateclassicrock.com compiled the list from reader comments, forming a top 10 of sounds that belong on every '80s fan's iPod. Interestingly enough, it's completely different from the website's own list of top 10 rock ballads. (For the record, I agree more with their reader's list, though I'd pick Faithfully over Open Arms.)
I don't want to give away the full list, but I'll be the spoiler and give you their top 5, along with an excerpt from the website for each tune. Click here to see the full list and commentary.
5. DRIVE (The Cars): "Penned by Ric Ocasek, the song features a multi-textured bed of synths and programmed beats, with the soothing vocals of bassist Benjamin Orr bringing just enough emotional resonance to humanize it all."
4. ANGEL (Aerosmith): "The song was Aerosmith's second-highest charting single of all time, but Tyler himself has said it became so overplayed that the band has performed it just once in the last decade."
3. OPEN ARMS (Journey): "The song is a timeless classic that's been covered by everybody from Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men to an endless stream of 'American Idol' contestants. But Journey, of course, do Journey better than anybody, and their version is often considered one of the greatest love songs of all time."
2. BRINGING ON THE HEARTBREAK (Def Leppard): "Def Leppard brought themselves not heartbreak but heaps of love with this tune, which failed to chart when released as a single off 1981's 'High 'n' Dry' but snuck on there when a synth-heavy remix dropped a few years later."
1. SISTER CHRISTIAN (Night Ranger): "There are definitely bigger '80s ballads — better selling, higher charting — but somehow 'Sister Christian' still sticks out like a stray curl rising above an Aqua Netted mane, if only for the thousands of wedding first dances it's soundtracked and proms it's themed."