The Late Movies: Readers' Choice Power Ballads

Erica Palan

Due to fantastic reader response to last week’s Late Movies: Power Ballads, we’re back with a handful of suggestions taken directly from our commenters. So tease your hair, position your air guitar and get ready to rock.


Released in 1976, “Beth” is still the highest-charting single for Kiss.

Love Song

Tesla’s fan base was secured with the release of this 1989 power ballad.

When I See You Smile

This Bad English ballad was later remixed into a dance version.

Home Sweet Home

Covered many times—including a version recorded by Linkin Park singer Cheter Bennington in honor of Hurricane Katrina—Motley Crue’s 1985 song is the last song by the band to chart in the American Billboard Top 40.

Fly to the Angels

From Slaughter’s album Stick it to Ya, “Fly to the Angels” helped the record earn double platinum status in the U.S.

I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing

Arguably the most recent power ballad, this Aerosmith song was featured in Armageddon starring Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck.


Heart’s mid-tempo power ballad that features Heart's guitarist Nancy Wilson doing the lead vocals.

November Rain

This iconic Guns N’ Roses song, written by Axl Rose over the course of 10 years, was released in 1992 and was a staple at their concerts.