Heavy metal ballads

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  1. 18 And Life

    18 And Life (1989)


    "18 and Life" is the second single and power ballad from Skid Row's 1989 eponymous debut album.

  2. Dirty Diana

    Dirty Diana (1987)


    "Dirty Diana" is a song by American songwriter and recording artist Michael Jackson that is featured on Jackson's seventh studio album, Bad. The song was released by Epic Records on April 18, 1988 as the fifth single from Bad. The song presented a harder rock sound similar to that of "Beat It" from the album Thriller. "Dirty Diana" was written by Jackson and co-produced by Jackson, and produced by Quincy Jones. The songs lyrics pertain to groupies. "Dirty Diana" has a moderate tempo and is played in the key of G minor.

  3. This Love

    This Love (1992)


    "This Love" is a popular song by the heavy metal band Pantera. It was first released on the band's best selling album, Vulgar Display of Power, and later on the band's compilation album, The Best of Pantera: Far Beyond the Great Southern Cowboys' Vulgar Hits! A live version was also included on Official Live: 101 Proof.

  4. Dreamer

    Dreamer (2001)


    "Dreamer" is the third track from Ozzy Osbourne's album Down to Earth, which was released on October 16, 2001. The single peaked at number 10 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks. The song describes the rockstar's vision of a better world for his children, where they are happy and safe.

  5. November Rain

    November Rain (1991)


    "November Rain" is a power ballad by American rock band Guns N' Roses, written by lead singer Axl Rose and released as a single in June 1992. It appears on the album Use Your Illusion I. It features a sweeping orchestral backing and is one of Guns N' Roses' longest songs.

  6. Don't Cry

    Don't Cry (1988)


    "Don't Cry" is a power ballad by the hard rock band Guns N' Roses, two versions of which were released simultaneously on different albums. The version with the original lyrics is the fourth track on Use Your Illusion I, while the version with the alternate lyrics is the 13th track on Use Your Illusion II. Only the vocal tracks differ, and even then only in the verses; however, in those verses, not only are the words entirely different, but the meter and melody are also slightly different. There is also a third version, officially released only on the single for the song, which was recorded during Appetite for Destruction sessions in 1986. The song reached the top 10 in many countries, including number 8 in the UK Singles Chart and number 10 in the U.S. on the Billboard Hot 100.

  7. Hollow

    Hollow (1992)


    "Hollow" is a song by the heavy metal group Pantera from the 1992 album Vulgar Display of Power. A live medley of "Hollow" and another Pantera song, "Domination", is featured on Official Live: 101 Proof as "Dom/Hollow".

  8. Forgiven

    Forgiven (2007)


    "Forgiven" is the fourth single from the Dutch symphonic metal/rock band Within Temptation's fourth album The Heart of Everything. It was released to promote their upcoming DVD, Black Symphony as well as being a single from the album. The song itself is a piano driven ballad with orchestral elements.

  9. Mama, I'm Coming Home

    Mama, I'm Coming Home (1991)


    "Mama, I'm Coming Home" is the third song on the 1991 Ozzy Osbourne heavy metal album No More Tears. The song is about his wife and manager, Sharon Osbourne, whom he nicknames "Mama", and his return to her following his imminent retirement. The song was co-written by Lemmy Kilmister, frontman of the heavy metal group Motörhead. He was brought in as a songwriter for the No More Tears album, providing lyrics for the tracks "Hellraiser" (which Motörhead also later recorded), "Desire", and "I Don't Want to Change the World."

  10. Fade To Black

    Fade To Black (1984)


    "Fade to Black" is the first power ballad by American heavy metal band Metallica, released as the first promotional single from its second studio album, Ride the Lightning. The song was ranked as having the 24th best guitar solo ever by Guitar World readers.

  11. Floods

    Floods (1996)


    "Floods" is a song by heavy metal band Pantera from their 1996 album The Great Southern Trendkill. It is the longest song on the album, and the second longest song the band has ever recorded, after "Cemetery Gates".

  12. Nothing Else Matters

    Nothing Else Matters (1991)


    "Nothing Else Matters" is a power ballad by American heavy metal band Metallica. It was released in 1992 as the third single from their self-titled fifth studio album, Metallica. The song peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart as well as top-ten positions on many European charts. "Nothing Else Matters" was featured as a playable track in the music video game Guitar Hero: Metallica. Recognized as one of Metallica's best known and most popular songs, it has become a staple in live performances. The song has been covered over forty times.

  13. Patience

    Patience (1988)


    "Patience" is a power ballad by American hard rock band Guns N' Roses, which appears on the album G N' R Lies and was released as a single in 1989. The song peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song is played using three acoustic guitars and was recorded in a single session by producer Mike Clink. A music video of the song was shot and appears on the band's music video DVD, Welcome to the Videos. The music and lyrics were both written by Izzy Stradlin.

  14. Sweet Child O' Mine

    Sweet Child O' Mine


    "Sweet Child o' Mine" is the third single by American rock band Guns N' Roses, and the third from their 1987 debut studio album, Appetite for Destruction. Released on August 17, 1988, the song topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming the band's first and only number-one single in the U.S. It reached number six on the UK Singles Chart.

  15. One

    One (1988)


    "One" is an anti-war song by American thrash metal band Metallica. It was released as the third and final single from their fourth album ...And Justice for All. "One" was also the band's first Top 40 hit single, reaching number 35 on the Billboard Hot 100.

  16. A Tout Le Monde

    A Tout Le Monde (1994)


    "A Tout le Monde" is the fourth track on American heavy metal band Megadeth's sixth studio album Youthanasia, released as a single on February 1995 through Capitol Records. It was later remade and reissued as "À Tout le Monde (Set Me Free)", featuring Cristina Scabbia of Lacuna Coil, on Megadeth's 2007 studio album United Abominations.

  17. Civil War

    Civil War (1991)


    "Civil War" is a song by the rock band Guns N' Roses, which originally appeared on the 1990 compilation Nobody's Child: Romanian Angel Appeal and later on the 1991 album Use Your Illusion II. It is a protest song on war, referring to all war as "civil war" and stating that war only "feeds the rich while it buries the poor". In the song, singer Axl Rose asks, "What's so civil about war, anyway?"

  18. The Unforgiven

    The Unforgiven (1991)


    "The Unforgiven" is a power ballad by American heavy metal band Metallica. It was released as the second single from their eponymous fifth album Metallica. Though one of the slower tracks on the album, its chord progression is distinctly one of the heavier. The song deals with the theme of the struggle of the individual against the efforts of those who would subjugate him.

  19. Cemetery Gates

    Cemetery Gates (1991)


    "Cemetery Gates" is a song by heavy metal band Pantera. The song is the fifth track from Cowboys from Hell, the band's fifth album and second with lead singer Phil Anselmo (though the band considers it their first "true" album, officially ignoring their earlier independent releases as it was their first album with the groove metal genre). "Cemetery Gates" showcases Anselmo's vocal ability and range, concluding with screaming high notes answered by Dimebag Darrell on guitar in a trade off. The song is also Pantera's longest song ever recorded, clocking in at 7:03.

  20. Would?

    Would? (1992)


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  21. Restless

    Restless (1997)


    "Restless" is the very first single of the Dutch symphonic metal band Within Temptation. It is taken as the first and only single from their debut album Enter. Although the song was released as a single, it never entered the charts, just like their following single, Our Farewell. There was no promotional video for the single.

  22. Time After Time

    Time After Time (1991)


    Time After Time is the eighth song on the 1991 Ozzy Osbourne heavy metal album No More Tears. The single peaked at number 6 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks.

  23. All These Things I Hate

    All These Things I Hate


    "All These Things I Hate (Revolve Around Me)" is a song by Welsh heavy metal band Bullet for My Valentine, the song is released as the third single from their debut album The Poison. It was released through Sony BMG Recordings on 3 February 2006. It includes two songs from the band's full-length debut The Poison (one studio; one live), and two previously unreleased b-sides from The Poison sessions. The song is the softest song on The Poison, with only one line of screamed vocals.

  24. Estranged

    Estranged (1991)


    "Estranged" is a power ballad and music video by the American hard rock band Guns N' Roses. It is from the second part of their two-part Use Your Illusion album, Use Your Illusion II.

  25. Givin' Yourself Away

    Givin' Yourself Away (1990)


    "Givin' Yourself Away" is a song by American heavy metal band Ratt. It would mark the final single released featuring the original line-up as co-lead guitarist Robbin Crosby left just after a short tour for the Detonator album was completed. The song is one of the few power ballads that Ratt has ever done.

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