Gibson has this list of 10 Power Ballads That Don't Suck.
Well, ya know, these are some pretty good songs:
Dream On – Aerosmith
Day After Day – Badfinger
Ballad of Dwight Fry – Alice Cooper
Bringin’ on the Heartbreak – Def Leppard
Don’t Look Back in Anger – Oasis
Learn to Fly – Foo Fighters
We are the Champions – Queen
More Than a Feeling – Boston
All the Young Dudes – Mott the Hoople
Purple Rain – Mr. Squirckle
The premise of the article is that power ballads “have gotten and undeserved bad rap,” that the “gaudy, bombastic videos” of the 80’s caused this otherwise charming genre to fall from grace.
Nonsense. The videos just added visuals to the gaudy, bombastic music.
If you’re a fan of rock music (a dying breed, I know), you may point to the rise of rap or the laziness of grunge as the moment when the decline of rock began. But a good case can be made against the power ballad. Sorry, dudes, but the bad rap is deserved.
Re: the list. They aren’t bad tunes, but they aren’t all really power ballads.