A song by a band (typically, but not exclusively, a hard rock/heavy metal band) which is of a noticeably slower style than most of their fare. Sometimes overlaps with BlackSheepHit, but this trope also covers songs that aren't necessarily popular. Can be be done to showcase their singer's voice.

A typical power ballad will open with a solo keyboard or acoustic guitar, with more instruments and more elaborate melodies brought in as the song progresses, building up to a dramatic finale. An electric guitar solo close to the halfway point is pretty much obligatory. If done wrong, power ballads are very susceptible to becoming {{Narm}}; if done right, they can be powerful {{tear jerker}}s.

A very common feature in the setlists of HardRock and HairMetal bands in the [[TheEighties Eighties]], although they don't have a monopoly on the genre by any means.

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!!Examples:
* Although far from the type of band typically associated with the style, Air Supply's "Making Love Out Of Nothing At All" is very much a power ballad.
* "Behind Blue Eyes", by Music/TheWho, is possibly the UrExample.
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smUFDvltYrA&feature=related Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You]]" by Music/LedZeppelin, and "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uW3nPqPPBDw Heartbreaker]]" by GrandFunkRailroad predate that by a good two years. The Zeppelin is more musically-advanced and influential, but "Heartbreaker" is no less definitive.
*** Although it's ''not'' an example, a lot of the musical ingredients of Power Ballads can be found in "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" by TheBeatles, mainly in the heaviness of the backing PaulMcCartney (on bass and keyboards) and RingoStarr (on drums), and especially in both guitar solos by EricClapton.
*** [=McCartney's=] "Maybe I'm Amazed" also could be considered a Power Ballad ancestor.
** The main [[TropeCodifier trope codifiers]] are probably "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bfd_LJA_A8o In Trance]]" by Music/{{Scorpions}}, and "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrIo0783XpI Love to Love]]" by [=UFO=]. "In Trance" is the earliest example of the Scorpions' style of power ballad that was so popular during the 1980s, while "Love to Love" was the model for power ballads with lush arrangements, and had a very slow build-up. Triumph's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mZxOk0SYqU Lay it on the Line]]" is pretty much the blueprint for [[HairMetal the hair band]] version of the power ballad, with its vocal harmonies and borderline-MaritalRapeLicense lyrics, although Triumph themselves were not a hair band.
* {{Adele}}'s "Someone Like You".
* Music/{{Aerosmith}}'s "Dream On," "Angel", "Hole in My Soul," and "I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing."
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uE5jo6iqJew&feature=related Seasons of Wither]]" is a good, and rather unusual, example from before they were slick.
* The Music/JasonAldean and Music/KellyClarkson duet "Don't You Wanna Stay," despite being a country song, oozes 1980s power ballad so strongly that one critic said it sounded like a lost collaboration between Music/BryanAdams and {{Music/Heart}}.
** KellyClarkson herself has "[[Series/AmericanIdol A Moment Like This]]", "Because of You", "Already Gone", among others.
* Music/{{Alice Cooper}} has a few, notably "Only Women Bleed."
* Music/{{Anthrax}}'s "In The End", from ''Worship Music'', which gets a bit heavier than your standard ballad, but whose lyrics tell a heartfelt song in honor of [[Music/{{Pantera}} Dimebag Darrell]] and Music/RonnieJamesDio. Ironically enough, much earlier in their career they also parodied power ballads with their AntiLoveSong "N.F.B. (Dallabnikufesin)".
* Music/TheBirthdayMassacre's "Movie."
* Music/BlindGuardian has several, including "A Past and Future Secret" and the "The Bard's Song (In the Forest)."
* BonIver has "Beth/Rest," an affectionate homage to cheesy 80s ballads. It's actually louder than most of their (his?) other work, which is usually subtle, acoustic IndieRock.
* Music/BonJovi is one of the two reigning kings of the power ballad (the other being Aerosmith). Among Bon Jovi's best are "I'll Be There For You", "Bed of Roses", "(You Want To) Make a Memory", "This Ain't A Love Song", "Always", "Never Say Goodbye" and more.
* Music/Bonnie Bianco's "Miss You So" (please RefrainFromAssuming that the title is anything like "Fly With Broken Wings").
* {{Music/Boston}}'s "Amanda."
* {{Music/Bush}} updated the form to the grunge era with "Glycerine" and arguably "Letting the Cables Sleep."
* {{Music/Cinderella}} has "Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)."
* CheapTrick has "The Flame" (their sole #1 hit).
** "Voices", "If You Want My Love", "Can't Help Falling Into Love" and "Ghost Town" are further examples.
* Music/DefLeppard has many popular ones" "Hysteria," "Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad", "Love Bites", "Love and Affection", "Stand Up (Kick Love Into Motion)", "Tonight", and "Foolin'" to name a few.
** They had their first U.S. success with a power ballad, "Bringin' on the Heartbreak".
* Music/DemonsAndWizards has "Wicked Witch" and "Fiddler on the Green."
* This is CelineDion's main theme in the 90s.
* While Music/{{Disturbed}} lacks any of these in their discography, they did perform a LighterAndSofter acoustic version of their song "Remember" for the Music as a Weapon tour IV... which then steers right back to heavy in the last chorus.
* Music/DragonForce has one per album: "Trail of Broken Hearts", "Starfire", "Dawn over a New World", "A Flame for Freedom", and an acoustic version of "Seasons".
* Music/DreamEvil has "Losing You."
** Dream Evil also has a parody in the form of "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sch7MiUoNH8 The Ballad]]."
* DuranDuran's "Ordinary World".
* Dyce, a short-lived Eurodance group from Sweden, had "Colors", "Painting", and "Storm", the last of which was [[NoExportForYou only released on the European version of their album]].
* "Carrie" by Music/{{Europe}}.
* Music/DreamTheater has a few of their own. "Another Day" and "Hollow Years" are the most popular.
** From Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From a Memory, "The Spirit Carries On" and "Through Her Eyes" both count.
* Music/{{Edguy}}'s "Scarlet Rose," "Holy Water," "Forever," "When A Hero Cries," "Save Me," and the incredibly awesome "The Spirit Will Remain."
* Music/{{Evanessence}}'s "My Immortal"
* Music/{{Extreme}}'s "More Than Words." The music video even lampshades it by opening with a slow pan across a guitar amp... which the guitarist promptly turns off.
* Escape The Fate - "The Day I Left The Womb" and "Harder Than You Know"
* Music/ExistTrace have a few traditional power ballads, such as "Cradle". "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_RbOqW3Pe4 Little Mary to utsukushimi nikushimi no Danube]]" is probably one of the few examples of a power ''waltz''.
* Music/FiveFingerDeathPunch has "Far From Home" and "Remember Everything", both songs being completely different than [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge their]] [[UnstoppableRage usual]] [[RatedMForManly fare]].
* "Afterlife" by FrontLineAssembly.
* [[{{Industrial}} Future Pop]] artists usually do this at least once per album, such as Covenant's "The World is Growing Loud" (from ''Skyshaper'') and "The Road"(''Modern Ruin''), VNVNation's "Endless Skies" (from ''Matter + Form'') and "Nova" (from ''Automatic''), and Assemblage 23's "Old" (from ''Meta''), "The Cruelest Year"(from ''Compass''), and "Otherness"(from ''Bruise'').
* Music/{{Guns N Roses}} has the "Civil War" trilogy ("November Rain", "Don't Cry" and "Estranged") and "Patience" (although the latter, originally acoustic, is played electrically in live concerts).
* Music/{{Hammerfall}}'s "Glory to the Brave," "Always Will Be," and "Send Me a Sign."
* Music/{{Heart}}'s "Alone", "What About Love?", "These Dreams", and many other songs they made during the mid-to-late Eighties.
* Hinder's "Lips of an Angel"
* Music/IronMaiden's "Wasting Love." The acoustic song "Journeyman" kinda counts (though the lyrical content is pure Maiden). Also, "Strange World".
* Music/{{Journey}}'s "Faithfully," "Open Arms," and "After All These Years," etc.
* Most of Laserdance's albums included at least one ballad, and ''Ambiente'' consisted entirely of these.
* "Amazed" by Music/{{Lonestar}} is a rare country music example.
* Music/{{KISS}}'s "Beth" and "Forever." "We Are One" probably counts as well.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6Dgj0K1oL8 Screaming in the Night]]", by Krokus. It's pretty fast for a ballad, but they are what they are.
* Leaether Strip's "Carry Me".
* Music/{{Loudness}} has "Ares' Lament/So Lonely", "Silent Sword/Losing You/Never Again", "In My Dreams", "25 days from home", "Love of My Life" and most recently, "Never Comes".
* Music/YngwieMalmsteen's "Dreaming."
* Music/{{Manowar}}'s "Master of the Wind," "Hymn of the Immortal Warrior," "Blood Brothers," and "Father." There is one in almost every album they've put out, really.
* Music/MeatLoaf has several, including "I'd Lie for You (and That's the Truth)," "For Crying Out Loud," and "It's All Coming Back To Me Now." Indeed, his style of performance tends to turn ''any'' song into this trope.
* Music/{{Megadeth}}'s "A Tout le Monde."
* Music/{{Metallica}}'s "Fade to Black", "Hero of the Day" and "Nothing Else Matters". "The Unforgiven" and "The Unforgiven III" too.
* Music/MichaelBolton's stock in trade. Most of the songs he's written for ''other'' artists are saccharine power ballads too.
* mind.in.a.box's "Whatever Mattered" is an unusual {{chiptune}} infused example. Also, "Not Afraid" and "Second Reality" ([[NamesTheSame no relation to]] the Future Crew {{demoscene}} production).
* Music/MotleyCrue's "Home Sweet Home," which made the power ballad a staple for all Hair Metal bands after that point. [[CoveredUp Better known now]] from the cover by CarrieUnderwood on ''Series/AmericanIdol''.
* Mr. Big's number one hit "To Be With You" was probably the last really successful hair metal power ballad.
* Music/NightRanger's "Sister Christian"
* It's been stated that the first rule of Music/{{Oasis}}' singles discography is "for every rock out, there must be a heartbreaking follow-up." Examples include "Live Forever," "Wonderwall," "Stop Crying Your Heart Out," and "I'm Outta Time."
* Music/TheOffspring's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=numCZoBFcv4 Gone Away]] from their fourth album. One of the very few ballads the band has ever written.
* Music/OzzyOsbourne's two most successful songs are the ballads "Mama, I'm Coming Home" and the duet with [[Music/TheRunaways Lita Ford]] "Close My Eyes Forever."
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9usWeNO8vBQ&feature=related Revelation (Mother Earth)]]" and "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DcgpARcTCY Diary of a Madman]]" are structured this way, but are too scary and intense be described as "ballads".
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNhGeguo2OU Stevie]]" by Pat Travers, modeled after [=GFR=]'s "Heartbreaker".
* Music/{{Poison}} has "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" and "Something to Believe In".
* Project Pitchfork has "Green World", "Ghosts of the Past", "We Will Descend", "Contract", et al.
* Music/{{Queen}} had "Save Me", "Jealousy", "All Dead, All Dead". "White Queen (As It Began), "We Are The Champions", "Lily Of The Valley". "Sail Away Sweet Sister", "Las Palabras De Amor", "Teo Toriatte", "Is This The World We Created?", "Who Wants To Live Forever" and "These Are The Days Of Our Lives", to name a few.
* Music/{{Queensryche}} had the song "Silent Lucidity".
* Music/TheRamones' "Poison Heart."
* Music/{{Rammstein}}'s "Amour" And "Ohne Dich."
* Almost everything Music/RascalFlatts has released since 2004, starting with "What Hurts the Most." Having noted rock producer Dann Huff behind the boards helps.
* Music/REOSpeedwagon proved capable of truly EpicRocking before TheEighties set in (see "Riding The Storm Out"), but their first two #1 hits in the United States fall under this category: "Keep On Loving You" and "Can't Fight This Feeling."
* Music/RiseAgainst's "Swing Life Away" and "Hero of War"
* Every other hit Music/{{Roxette}} had was one of these. The more well-known are: "Listen to your heart", "It must have been love", "Spending my time", "Almost unreal" and "Fading like a flower."
* Aside of "In Trance", Music/{{Scorpions}} had "Still Loving You" and "Wind of Change". Probably also "Send me an Angel."
* Post-grunge metal band Music/{{Seether}} covered George Michael's "Careless Whisper" in this manner.
* "When I'm With You" by Sheriff. A minor hit in 1983, it was rerelased and hit #1 in 1989, four years after the band had broken up. Lead singer Freddy Curci and guitarist Steve [=DeMarchi=] tried to talk the others into reforming but they said no, so they grabbed some ex-members of Music/{{Heart}} and formed Alias. ''Their'' biggest hit, "More Than Words Can Say" (not to be confused with Extreme's "More Than Words") could serve as the textbook example of a PowerBallad.
* Music/SimplePlan has a song titled "Untitled" (alternatively, How Could This Happen To Me).
* Music/SkidRow has "18 and Life," "I Remember You," "In a Darkened Room," and "Wasted Time." Actually, if you only knew Skid Row's hits, you might think the band only plays power ballads.
* Music/{{Skillet}}: "Yours to Hold."
* Music/SonataArctica has lots, such as "Tallulah", "Draw Me" and "The Misery". Some fans complain that too many of them are played at concerts.
* {{Theocracy}} has "Sinner" and everything before the solo in "The Gift of Music". "Drown" could also count.
* American rock and borderline HairMetal band Steelheart recorded multiple power ballads, such as "I'll Never Let You Go (Angel Eyes)," and "She's Gone (Lady)." These are particularly noteworthy for showcasing lead singer Miljenko Matijevic's ''phenomenal'' vocal range, with a clear and powerful upper register.
* {{Slipknot}} has "Snuff" and possibly "Dead Memories."
* A little heavy for a ballad, perhaps, but Music/ThreeDaysGrace have "Over and Over" off One-X.
* Tiziana Rivale's "Don't Walk Away" and "Kiss on My Lips". A throwback to 80's ballads complete with the use of [[AwardBaitSong Award Bait]] sparkle synth.
** Galaxy Hunter, who produced Rivale's ''True'' album, has a couple power ballads of his own, namely "How Can You Be So Cruel" and "I Miss You So Much".
* The Cruxshadows' songs of this type include "Walk Away" on ''Telemetry of a Fallen Angel'', "Spectators" and "Go Away" on ''Wishfire'', "A Stranger Moment" on ''Ethernaut'', "Infinite Tear" and "Matchstick Girl" on ''As the Dark Against My Halo'', and the acoustic version of "Winterborn".
* Music/TheVeronicas' "In Another Life"
* Music/{{Versailles}} has at least one power ballad per album: "The Love from a Dead Orchestra" on ''Lyrical Sympathy'', "windress" on ''Noble'', "Amorphous" and "Serenade" on ''JUBILEE'', and "DESTINY -The Lovers-" and "Remember Forever" on ''Holy Grail''. The [[TranslatedCoverVersion Japanese]] [[RearrangeTheSong version]] of "Love will be born again" is also a power ballad (the original [[GratuitousEnglish English]] version is just a ballad).
* Music/WeirdAlYankovic has "Stop Forwarding That Crap to Me", a pastiche of Jim Steinman-penned power ballads.
* "Is This Love" by Music/{{Whitesnake}}.
* Music/XJapan has "Endless Rain," "Voiceless Screaming," "Say Anything," "Crucify My Love," "Forever Love," and "Without You." "Jade," at least in its current form, straddles the line between PowerBallad and a heavier rock song.
* "Endless History", the [[AwardBaitSong ending credits theme]] from the ''VideoGame/{{Ys}}'' anime, which is also a vocal remix of "The Morning Glow" from the first game.
* Trance act Solarstone has "Filoselle Skies" on ''Rain Stars Eternal''; and "There's a Universe" on ''Touchstone''.
* {{Lights}} - "Pretend"
* Toni Braxton - "Unbreak My Heart"
* Jessica Simpson & Nick Lachey - "Where You Are"
* DHT - "My Dream"
* Future Perfect's "Confessions", "Discover Me", "Silent Scream", and "Complicated Machine".
* "Captive" by Faith Assembly.
* "Eternal Flame" by TheBangles.
* "Stripped" by DepecheMode.
* Ylvis's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbyzgeee2mg "Stonehenge"]], although this is probably more of a parody.
* {{Aqua}} - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ls0WfopgR9k "Turn Back Time"]], which is unusual for a bubblegum dance group.
* RickyMartin's "She's All I Ever Had".
* Midnight Resistance's "Sheltering Skies".
* Foreigner - "I Wanna Know What Love Is"(now [[CoveredUp displaced]] by MariahCarey's version)
* Music/ConchitaWurst - "Rise Like A Phoenix", winner of the EuropeanSongContest 2014.
!!References:
* The ''VideoGame/RockBandWorld'' challenge "The Power Ballad Challenge" is all about these.