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. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Art of Life

    Art of Life (1993)


    Art of Life is a mini album by the Japanese heavy metal band X Japan, released on August 25, 1993 by Atlantic Records. The album consists solely of the 29-minute long orchestrated title track, which was written and composed by Yoshiki entirely in English and recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. It topped the Oricon chart and has sold over 600,000 copies. The album is the band's first after changing their name from simply "X" and the first to feature bassist Heath.

  5. Art of Life

    Art of Life (1993)


    Art of Life is a mini album released by X Japan on August 25, 1993. It consists solely of the 29 minute long title track, which was written and composed by Yoshiki, entirely in English. The album is also the first where the band is called "X Japan", after they changed their name from "X". The heavily orchestrated piece (recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) comprises several passages of varying speed and instrumentation, including numerous verses, with no set chorus, several harmonized guitar solos, and eight minutes performed solely on piano. Upon the album's release, it debuted at #1 on the Oricon chart and became the 28th best-selling album of 1993 with over 513,000 units sold.

  6. 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.

  7. 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?"

  8. Come Clarity

    Come Clarity (2006)


    Come Clarity” is the third single by In Flames. It is a limited edition 7" vinyl record, that was released through Black Lodge Records under license from Nuclear Blast. The single only contains two tracks, “Come Clarity”, which was taken from In Flames’ eighth studio album Come Clarity and “Only for the Weak”, taken from Clayman. A noteworthy feature of the album is its album cover which features In Flames’ symbol/mascot, the Jester Head. This is the first In Flames album since Clayman to feature the Jester Head on the front cover artwork instead of the inside artwork of the album booklet. The song does not feature the band’s iconic melodic death metal sound, instead it is more of a traditional heavy metal song based on their influences like Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath.

  9. Crucify My Love

    Crucify My Love (2001)


    "Crucify My Love" is a single released by X Japan on 26 August 1996.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Dry County

    Dry County (1992)


    "Dry County" is a song by Bon Jovi from their 1992 album Keep the Faith. It was written by Jon Bon Jovi. "Dry County" stands as the band's longest song released so far, with a length of 9 minutes 52 seconds. A shorter 6-minute version reached #9 in the UK Charts and #1 in Latin America.

  14. End of Time

    End of Time


  15. Endless Rain

    Endless Rain (1989)


    "Endless Rain" is the fourth single (and second major single) released by X Japan (then named X) on December 1, 1989.

  16. 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.

  17. Eva

    Eva (2007)


    "Eva " is the first single of Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish's sixth studio album Dark Passion Play. It was the first release to feature the band's new singer, Anette Olzon, following Tarja Turunen's departure in 2005.

  18. 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.

  19. 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".

  20. Forever Love

    Forever Love


    "Forever Love" is a single released by X Japan on July 8, 1996.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. Glory To The Brave

    Glory To The Brave


    "Glory to the Brave" is a song by the Swedish power metal band HammerFall, released as a single on October 20, 1997. On this release there are four songs. Two were recorded live, one is a radio edit and one is a bonus track from a previous studio album, which can only be found on special copies.
    The band say that the lyrics in this song are a tribute to long lost friends who died too early. "Even though they are not around anymore, they have a place in my heart forever." The dedication to Klas Fors, is to Joacim's grandfather, who died before the recording.

  24. 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".

  25. Kuolema Tekee Taiteilijan

    Kuolema Tekee Taiteilijan (2004)


    "Kuolema Tekee Taiteilijan" is the third single released from the album Once by Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish. It was released on November 24, 2004, by Spinefarm Records, together with the platinum edition of Once. The single was never released outside Japan and Finland.

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