36 of the Best Rock Ballads of the 70s and 80s

Posted in: Rock by Lauren Axelrod on August 25th, 2008 | 6 Comments

These songs will never get old, they will always bring you back to a certain time in your life and they have touched you in a way that may have saved you during a time you really needed to be saved.

Being that I was born in 1977, I still was able to experience these songs with my parents and friends. It brings back nostalgic feelings of times in my life that were substantial.

Sit back, relax, and grab a cup of coffee and reminisce about the past.

Baby Hold On: Eddie Money

“Baby Hold On” was released as a single and reached #11 on the Billboard charts in 1977.

Baby, I Love Your Way: Peter Frampton

“Baby, I Love Your Way” was featured on Peter Frampton’s 1975 album Frampton. In 1976, a live version was released which hit #12 on the Billboard charts.

Dream Weaver: Gary Wright

Dream Weaver was a smash hit in 1976 by Gary Wright. It was a cosmic journey with floating words and feel good sound.

All by Myself: Eric Carmen

“All by Myself” was a powerful ballad composed by Eric Carmen in 1975. Carmen’s full version has an extended piano solo and lasted over seven minutes, although there is also an edited version at four minutes and 22 seconds.

Love is a Battlefield: Pat Benatar

“Love Is a Battlefield” was a quintessential power rocker chick kind of ballad. Girls wanted to be her and men wanted to, you get the picture. It was released as a single in 1983 off the “Live From Earth “album. It was Pat Benatar’s most successful single topping the charts of Billboard and the Australian singles chart.

Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad: Meatloaf

“Two out of Three Ain’t Bad” was the second hit single followed by “You Took the Words Right out of My Mouth” and followed by “Paradise by the Dashboard Light”. It reached #11 on the Billboard charts making it Meatloaf’s highest-charting single.

Part One Your in My Heart: Rod Stewart

Part Two Do You Think I’m Sexy: “Rocker Legs”

 In 1977, this song reached #4 in the US.  Stewarts look evolved over the years to a rocker glam look with tight pants and loads of make-up. He earned the name “Rocker Legs”, especially when his oh so sexy number one single came out called “Do You Think I’m Sexy?” ,which was a crossover hit.

Open Arms: Journey

“Open Arms” was song written about two lovers who were trying to come back together with a different perspective, “open arms”. It has been remade by Country music artist Collin Ray, Pop singer Mariah Carey, and Korean singer Younha.

Sister Christian: Night Ranger

“Sister Christian” was a hot power rock ballad first released on the album, “Midnight Madness”. The band’s drummer, Kelly Keagy, wrote and sang the song about his sister. The song peaked at #5 on the Billboard charts and #2 on the Hot Mainstream Rock chart.

Amanda: Boston

“Amanda” featured a mix of acoustic and electric guitars forming a love ballad, a type of song Boston doesn’t typically perform. It was Boston’s biggest hit single on the Billboard chart, reaching number one for two weeks in 1986.

I Want to Know What Love Is: Foreigner

“I Want to Know What Love Is” was a power rock ballad which hit #1 in the UK and the US charts. It was Foreigner’s most successful single and best known song.

Lady: Styx

“Lady was first song released on Styx II in September 1972 and was a local hit in Chicago, but failed to hit the top of the charts. The song was re-released in 1974 and topped the charts at #6. The song was originally written by Dennis DeYoung’s for his wife.

Dust in the Wind: Kansas

This song was just being released in the year I was born, 1977. It rounded out at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1978.

Tiny Dancer: Elton John

“Tiny Dancer” was written in 1971 by Elton John and Bernie Taupin. The lyrics were written to describe the love Taupin felt for his fiance Maxine Feibelman, a dancer for Elton John’s tour.

Take it on the Run: Reo Speedwagon

“Take It on the Run” is the fifth track on the REO Speedwagon album, Hi Infidelity. In 1981 it reached #5 on the Billboard Charts. This song followed up the ever popular “Keep on Loving You”.

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6 Responses to “36 of the Best Rock Ballads of the 70s and 80s”
  • Karen N August 25th, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    Very enjoyable, the songs really take you back.

  • Lauren Axelrod August 25th, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    I love them all.

  • nobert soloria bermosa August 25th, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    excellent rock ballads,i love the survivors and the styx and of course the queen, well i like them all actually because i’m a music enthusiast,my personal favorite is “Babe” ,i love singing it while strumming my guitar,thanks Laure for bringing me down back to memory lane,

  • Lauren Axelrod August 25th, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    You got it Norbert. Congrats on being on top of the Hot List. I really loved that article.

  • Lauren Axelrod September 1st, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    Some of the videos got cut off. I am trying to fix it.

  • jo oliver September 7th, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    Did you go through my old tape cassettes before you wrote this?>LOL! Love them all then and now…..except Meatloaf. For some reason I have always loathed him.

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