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Best and Worst ballads by 80's Hard Rock artists - Top 3 and Bottom 3 on the Hard Rock Trivia Show.


The segment starts at 11.20 mark with sound clips.




What's your top 3 and bottom 3?


My bottom 3 were:


3. Warrant "I saw Red"

2. Van Halen "How many say I"

1. Motley Crue "Brandon"

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Yeah, 'I saw red' is great. 'Brandon' is horrific and although I don't know the Van Halen song, I am sure it's awful too.

 

As for my own choices, that'd take a long time to figure out. Maybe one day. ;)

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I saw "I Saw Red" and thought "That has to be a lonely opinion." So far, I appear to be correct.

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I Saw Red, great track!

 

Without You by Vain. Used to love it but I skip it Everytime now. Otherwise a flawless album. It's just too sappy, too long, too slow. Weird as I love every ballad on Move On It!

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Holy shit theres some craaaaazy comments in this thread....first I Saw Red, now Without You....which is at least a 9/10 for me....maybe slightly overlong.

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Holy shit theres some craaaaazy comments in this thread....first I Saw Red, now Without You....which is at least a 9/10 for me....maybe slightly overlong.

I did say I loved it. It made it to many a mix tape for the ladies. I guess we grew apart!

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I'll post some beloved ones from not so regular/popular bands of the forum:

 

 

Symphony X - Lady Of The Snow, Candlelight Fantasia, When All Is Lost

 

Fates Warning - Guardian, The Road Goes On Forever, A World Apart, Island In The Stream, Pleasant Shade of Grey-Part VI, Falling, In A World, At Fate's Hands, The Eleventh Hour

 

Shadow Gallery - Hope For Us, Vow

 

Psychotic Waltz - I Remember, My Grave

 

Savatage - Summer's Rain, Strange Wings, When The Crowds Are Gone

 

Toxik - There Stood The Fence

 

Heathen - Prisoners Of Fate

 

Rage - All This Time, Deep In The Night, Fading Hours, Not Forever

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I know a lot of people here won't agree, but one hard rock ballad that still gets a decent amount of radio airplay down here is a song that i CANNOT! stand.

 

Poison - Every rose has it's thorn.

 

I've never been able to tolerate Bret Michael's "douchebaggery".

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I know a lot of people here won't agree, but one hard rock ballad that still gets a decent amount of radio airplay down here is a song that i CANNOT! stand.

 

Poison - Every rose has it's thorn.

 

I've never been able to tolerate Bret Michael's "douchebaggery".

 

I'm with you on this one ... there was a time when every local band I went to see would play it ... now, if I never heard it again, it would be too soon!

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'I Saw Red' is a fantastic song!

 

One of the worst ballads for me has to be Extreme's 'More Than Words' ... can't stand it ...

 

Pretty much any Bon Jovi ballad has me reaching for the 'off' switch or the 'skip' button ... I can't really explain why, as I DO genuinely like Bon Jovi ... there's just something about the ballads ...

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'Without you' by Vain - I love it. I was probably the reverse. Didn't love it immediately, and it is very long, but jeez I love that song. So goddamn moody, that tune.

 

Bon Jovi ballads - love 'em up to and including the 'These Days' album. They always had great ballads, imo. Now they're mostly awful.

 

'Every Rose Has It's Thorn' by Poison. It's a tricky one. I do love the song, but it is one of the more overplayed songs out there... even if it's not massive at all on Aussie radio... but it does get around still.

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One of the worst ballads for me has to be Extreme's 'More Than Words' ... can't stand it ...

 

Haha!

See, now, I love that song. It's one of my theme songs. I've been betrayed and lied to a lot in my life, so I've become a man of action. Words don't mean a thing to me if you won't back it up. It's why I ended my last relationship. But I get that the song has been played to death for the last 25 years. I don't listen to radio, though, so I never noticed.

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Every Rose is terrible.

 

There's something about Always by Bon Jovi that gets me. Great song.

 

I dig More Than Words as well as To Be With You. I remember at the time there was the anti-power ballad thing going on and it was starting to worry me.

 

Then you've got Is This Love. Musically it's so bad, well not bad but it could be by any other artist at the time... but Coverdale was just fkn awesome back then!

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I'll post some beloved ones from not so regular/popular bands of the forum:

 

 

Symphony X - Lady Of The Snow, Candlelight Fantasia, When All Is Lost

 

Fates Warning - Guardian, The Road Goes On Forever, A World Apart, Island In The Stream, Pleasant Shade of Grey-Part VI, Falling, In A World, At Fate's Hands, The Eleventh Hour

 

Shadow Gallery - Hope For Us, Vow

 

Psychotic Waltz - I Remember, My Grave

 

Savatage - Summer's Rain, Strange Wings, When The Crowds Are Gone

 

Toxik - There Stood The Fence

 

Heathen - Prisoners Of Fate

 

Rage - All This Time, Deep In The Night, Fading Hours, Not Forever

The prog metal bands have some great ones. I got into Damian Wilson because of Threshold's Extinct Instinct. Love the 2 ballads Forever and Clear!

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Does Magnum's 'Les Morts Dansant' count as a ballad? LOVE that song ...

 

Dokken's 'Alone Again' has to be one of my all time favourite ballads.

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This is one of my fav ballads from that era.

 

 

One of my all-time faves too. Never seen that clip, but I love it. Very, very cool. And then I think of what this band became after 'Animals...' :(

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First one that comes to mind:

 

Babylon AD - So Savage the Heart

 

I'll have to think of two more.

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Here are three that I think are crap from bands I like

 

1. Wigelius - There Is No Me Without You

2. Queensryche - Silent Lucidity (it's not terrible, but I skip it every time)

3. Any Wig Wam ballad except for Bygone Zone

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Here are three that I think are crap from bands I like

 

1. Wigelius - There Is No Me Without You

2. Queensryche - Silent Lucidity (it's not terrible, but I skip it every time)

3. Any Wig Wam ballad except for Bygone Zone

The OP specified 80's bands, so I refrained from posting my actual favourite ballad.

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