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100 Greatest Rock Ballads

Criteria: These ballads are ranked based upon their musical and lyrical quality, intitial and lasting popularity, as well as influence & impact within Rock 'n' Roll. A "Ballad" is a slow to medium, romantic, sentimental or narrative song usually relating a single, dramatic event.

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Last Updated: 2015-04-12

100 Greatest Rock Ballads
  1. Imagine - John Lennon
  2. Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel
  3. Let It Be - Beatles
  4. Crying - Roy Orbison
  5. Unchained Melody - Righteous Brothers
  6. Only The Lonely - Roy Orbison
  7. Hey Jude - Beatles
  8. Can't Help Falling In Love - Elvis Presley
  9. Tears in Heaven - Eric Clapton
10. Yesterday - The Beatles

11. All I Have To Do Is Dream - Everly Brothers
12. Piano Man - Billy Joel
13. Something - Beatles
14. Knockin' On Heavens Door - Bob Dylan
15. God Only Knows - Beach Boys
16. You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling - Righteous Brothers
17. In My Life - The Beatles
18. Candle in the Wind 1997 - Elton John
19. Angie - Rolling Stones
20. American Pie - Don McLean
21. Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
22. Love Me Tender - Elvis Presley
23. Love Hurts - Nazareth
24. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
25. Wild Horses - Rolling Stones
26. Last Kiss - J. Frank Wilson & the Cavaliers
27. Running Scared - Roy Orbison
28. Drive - The Cars
29. Desperado - Eagles
30. Who Wants To Live Forever - Queen
31. You're The Inspiration - Chicago
32. Open Arms - Journey
33. Dust In The Wind - Kansas
34. I Don't Want to Miss a Thing - Aerosmith
35. November Rain - Guns N' Roses
36. Dream On - Aerosmith
37. Melissa - Allman Brothers Band
38. He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother - Hollies
39. Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
40. Hard To Say I'm Sorry - Chicago
41. The Long and Winding Road - Beatles
42. As Tears Go By - Rolling Stones
43. Can't Fight This Feeling - REO Speedwagon
44. Are You Lonesome Tonight - Elvis Presley
45. Baby, I Love Your Way - Peter Frampton
46. Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
47. Hurricane - Bob Dylan
48. Desolation Row - Bob Dylan
49. Tiny Dancer - Elton John
50. Somebody To Love - Queen
51. She - Elvis Costello
52. The Sounds of Silence - Simon & Garfunkel
53. New York State Of Mind - Billy Joel
54. It's Over - Roy Orbison
55. Patience - Guns N' Roses
56. I Wish It Would Rain Down - Phil Collins/Eric Clapton
57. Nights in White Satin - Moody Blues
58. Love Reign O'er Me - The Who
59. The Lady In Red - Chris De Burgh
60. Take My Breath Away - Berlin
61. Behind Blue Eyes - The Who
62. Candle In The Wind - Elton John
63. Across the Universe - The Beatles
64. Please Forgive Me - Bryan Adams
65. Mandy - Barry Manilow
66. I'll Stand By You - The Pretenders
67. (I Just) Died In Your Arms Tonight - Cutting Crew
68. When I Look Into Your Eyes - Firehouse
69. Always - Bon Jovi
70. I Want To Know What Love Is - Foreigner
71. Wicked Game - Chris Isaak
72. (Everything I Do) I Do It For You - Bryan Adams
73. True Love Ways - Buddy Holly
74. In My Dreams - REO Speedwagon
75. Right Here Waiting - Richard Marx
76. You Don't Bring Me Flowers - Barbra Streisand/Neil Diamond
77. Meet Me Half Way - Kenny Loggins
78. We've Got Tonight - Bob Seger
79. The Show Must Go On - Queen
80. Little Wing - Jimi Hendrix Experience
81. Keep On Loving You - REO Speedwagon
82. Sometimes When We Touch - Dan Hill
83. Your Song - Elton John
84. Everytime You Go Away - Paul Young
85. Daniel - Elton John
86. One - U2
87. I Can't Tell You Why - Eagles
88. Faithfully - Journey
89. All By Myself - Eric Carmen
90. More Than Words Can Say - Alias
91. These Dreams - Heart
92. Michelle - Beatles
93. Lady - Styx
94. High Hopes - Pink Floyd
95. Hello Again - Neil Diamond
96. Donna - Ritchie Valens
97. The Crystal Ship - The Doors
98. Glory Of Love - Peter Cetera
99. The Rain Song - Led Zeppelin
100. Love Of A Lifetime - Firehouse
101. With Or Without You - U2
102. Heaven - Bryan Adams
103. Frankie And Johnny - Sam Cooke
104. Babe - Styx
105. Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) - Green Day
106. Me And Bobby McGee - Kris Kristofferson / Janis Joplin
107. Sara - Fleetwood Mac
108. The Flame - Cheap Trick
109. When I See You Smile - Bad English
110. New York Mining Disaster 1941 - Bee Gees
111. Against All Odds - Phil Collins
112. Tuesdays Gone - Lynyrd Skynyrd
113. Julia - The Beatles
114. Every Rose Has Its Thorn - Poison
115. Best Of My Love - The Eagles
116. Ruby Tuesday - Rolling Stones
117. Honesty - Billy Joel
118. Silent Lucidity - Queensryche
119. Every Breath You Take - Police
120. Amanda - Boston
121. Dear Prudence - Beatles
122. Will You Still Love Me - Chicago
123. I'll See You In My Dreams - Giant
124. Ballad of Easy Rider - The Byrds
125. When I'm With You - Sherriff
126. Head Over Heels - Tears for Fears
127. Love Song - Telsa
128. Hey You - Pink Floyd
129. She's Gone - Hall & Oats
130. The One That You Love - Air Supply
131. Save Your Love - Great White
132. Only Women Bleed - Alice Cooper
133. All Of My Love - Led Zeppelin
134. Baby, You're The Greatest - Enuff Z'Nuff
135. Same Old Lang Syne - Dan Fogelberg
136. Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses
137. To Be Alive - Def Leppard
138. Everything Changes - Matthew Sweet
139. Home Sweet Home - Motley Crue
140. Still Lovin' You - Scorpions
141. Main Street - Bob Seger
142. What's Love Got To Do With It - Tina Turner
143. Bed Of Roses - Bon Jovi
144. Goodbye Blue Sky - Pink Floyd
145. Love Song - The Cure
146. Have You Ever Loved A Woman - Bryan Adams
147. Scenes From An Italian Resturant - Billy Joel
148. Sister Christian - Night Ranger
149. Missing You - John Waite
150. Right By Your Side - Enuff Z'Nuff
151. Heaven In Your Eyes - Loverboy
152. Romeo and Juliet - Dire Straits
153. She's Always A Woman To Me - Billy Joel
154. Close Your Eyes Forever - Lita Ford w/Ozzy
155. Wind Cries Mary - Jimi Hendrix Experience
156. Stagger Lee - Wilson Pickett
157. The Love Of My Life - Queen
158. Oh Sherry - Steve Perry
159. The One - Elton John
160. Beth - KISS
161. It's All Over Now - Bob Dylan
162. Don't Know What You Got Til It's Gone - Cinderella
163. Butterfly On A Wheel - The Mission U.K.
164. Alone - Heart
165. Brother's In Arms - Dire Straits
166. Honestly - Stryper
167. Leader Of The Band - Dan Fogelberg
168. It Must Have Been Love - Roxette
169. Always Gonna Love You - Gary Moore
170. See You Someday - Lillian Axe
131. Not When I Need It - Matthew Sweet
172. Save Me - Queen
173. I Talk To The Wind - King Crimson
174. More Than A Feeling - Boston
175. Power Of Love - Jennifer Warnes
176. Chestnut Mare - The Byrds
177. Is This Love - Whitesnake
178. Here Without You - 3 Doors Down
179. She's Gone - Steelheart
180. Love Is On The Way - Saigon Kick
181. Ballad Of Peter Pumpkinhead - XTC
182. When It's Love - Van Halen
183. Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me - Elton John
184. Stay with Me - Sam Smith
185. Hungry Eyes - Eric Carmen
186. Surfer Girl - Beach Boys
187. Turn The Page - Bob Seger
188. Hold Me Now - Thompson Twins
189. Iris - Goo Goo Dolls
190. Angel - Aerosmith
191. Nobody Knows - Lillian Axe
192. Wanted Dead Or Alive - Bon Jovi
193. When The Children Cry - White Lion
194. The Last Nail - Dan Fogelberg
195. Sailing Ships - Whitesnake
196. Changes - Black Sabbath
197. The Ballad Of Jayne - L.A. Guns
198. Rosanna - Toto
199. The Day That I Met You - Lillian Axe
200. Ballad of Spider John - Jimmy Buffett
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