200 Greatest Rock Ballads Of All Time

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.
Greatest Rock Ballads
1. Imagine
John Lennon
2. Bridge Over Troubled Water
Simon & Garfunkel
3. Let It Be
4. Crying
Roy Orbison
5. Unchained Melody
Righteous Brothers
6. Only The Lonely
Roy Orbison
7. Hey Jude
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
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
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
30. Who Wants To Live Forever
31. You're The Inspiration
32. Open Arms
33. Dust In The Wind
34. I Don't Want to Miss a Thing
35. November Rain
Guns N' Roses
36. Dream On
37. Melissa
Allman Brothers Band
38. He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother
39. Free Bird
Lynyrd Skynyrd
40. Hard To Say I'm Sorry
41. The Long and Winding Road
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
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. Diamonds and Rust
Joan Baez
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
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
69. Always
Bon Jovi
70. I Want To Know What Love Is
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
80. Patience
Guns N' Roses
81. Keep On Loving You
REO Speedwagon
82. Sometimes When We Touch
Dan Hill
83. Your Song
Elton John
84. Little Wing
Jimi Hendrix Experience
85. Daniel
Elton John
86. One
87. I Can't Tell You Why
88. Faithfully
89. All By Myself
Eric Carmen
90. More Than Words Can Say
91. These Dreams
92. Michelle
93. Lady
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. Everytime You Go Away
Paul Young
100. Love Of A Lifetime
101. With Or Without You - U2
102. Heaven
Bryan Adams
103. Frankie And Johnny
Sam Cooke
104. Babe
105. Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)
Green Day
106. Me And Bobby McGee
Janis Joplin
107. Sara
Fleetwood Mac
108. The Flame
Cheap Trick
109. Handbags and Gladrags
Rod Stewart
110. The Rain Song
Led Zeppelin
111. When I See You Smile
Bad English
112. New York Mining Disaster 1941
Bee Gees
113. Against All Odds
Phil Collins
114. Julia
The Beatles
115. Best Of My Love
The Eagles
116. Ruby Tuesday
Rolling Stones
117. Every Rose Has Its Thorn
118. Honesty
Billy Joel
119. Every Breath You Take
120. Tuesdays Gone
Lynyrd Skynyrd
121. Silent Lucidity
122. Amanda
123. Dear Prudence
124. Will You Still Love Me
125. Ballad of Easy Rider
The Byrds
126. When I'm With You
127. Head Over Heels
Tears for Fears
128. Hey You
Pink Floyd
129. I'll See You In My Dreams
130. Love Song
131. She's Gone
Hall & Oats
132. The One That You Love
Air Supply
133. Only Women Bleed
Alice Cooper
134. All Of My Love
Led Zeppelin
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
Mötley Crüe
140. Save Your Love
Great White
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. Baby, You're The Greatest
Enuff Z'Nuff
151. Heaven In Your Eyes
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
158. Oh Sherry
Steve Perry
159. The One
Elton John
160. Beth
161. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
Bob Dylan
162. Leader Of The Band
Dan Fogelberg
163. Still Lovin' You
164. Alone
165. Brother's In Arms
Dire Straits
166. Don't Know What You Got Til It's Gone
167. The Last Nail
Dan Fogelberg
168. It Must Have Been Love
169. Butterfly On A Wheel
The Mission U.K.
170. Turn The Page
Bob Seger
131. Not When I Need It
Matthew Sweet
172. Save Me
173. I Talk To The Wind
King Crimson
174. More Than A Feeling
175. Power Of Love
Jennifer Rush
176. Chestnut Mare
The Byrds
177. Is This Love
178. Here Without You
3 Doors Down
179. Always Gonna Love You
Gary Moore
180. Honestly
181. Ballad Of Peter Pumpkinhead
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. She's Gone
188. Hold Me Now
Thompson Twins
189. Iris
Goo Goo Dolls
190. See You Someday
Lillian Axe
191. Love Is On The Way
Saigon Kick
192. Angel
193. Wanted Dead Or Alive
Bon Jovi
194. Rosanna
195. Sailing Ships
196. Changes
Black Sabbath
197. When The Children Cry
White Lion
198. Right By Your Side
Enuff Z'Nuff
199. The Ballad Of Jayne
L.A. Guns
200. Ballad of Spider John
Jimmy Buffett

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Last Updated: 2021-02-19
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