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The Best Ballads of the 80s 

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Updated September 24, 2019 5.6k votes 486 voters 22.4k views 81 items

List Rules Vote up the best ballads from the 80s, regardless of genre.

Though many of the best ballads to come out of the 80s come in the form of power ballads, that's not to say they all do. In fact, the top 80s ballads span a range of genres and even tempos, but they all have one thing in common: they're ballads. What exactly is a ballad? Though there may be some room for argument, ballads are typically those songs consisting of love-infused lyrics—but they don't have to be. Ballads tell stories, so they can often be seen as narratives set to song. Whatever the true definition may be, we all have our idea of ballads and, therefore, we all have our favorites when it comes to the best 80s ballads of all time. What are yours?

Again, the 80s was a great time for power ballads—many of which came from those guys with big hair and tight pants. However, the 80s graced us with more than just a bunch of epic power ballads that climb from slow intros to all-out instrumentals accompanying a love story. From Eurythmics' "Here Comes the Rain Again" to "Total Eclipse of My Heart" by Bonnie Tyler, the greatest 80s ballads certainly don't stick to a single genre. Nevertheless, they all possess that classic 80s sound.

What are you favorite ballads of the 80s? Do you think they can be called the best ballads ever? Check out the list of the most popular 80s ballads below and vote up your top choices. If you see something is missing from the list, feel free to add it. You can also vote on the top ballads of the 90s while you're at it.

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George Michael, WHAM!
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Every Rose Has It's Thor... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ballads of the 80s
Steve-Abbott added Poison
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Richard Marx
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reynolds.levaron added True Colors Cyndi Lauper
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The Bangles
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Take My Breath Away is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ballads of the 80s
donatello.salvatore.usa added Take My Breath Away Berlin
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Endless Love Lionel Richie, Diana Ross
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reynolds.levaron added Purple Rain Prince
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White Snake
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Amanda Boston
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We Belong is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ballads of the 80s
reynolds.levaron added We Belong Pat Benatar
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Alone is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ballads of the 80s
MoonshadowRachel added Alone Heart
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Spandau Ballet
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Fleetwood Mac
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Heaven is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ballads of the 80s
MoonshadowRachel added Heaven Bryan Adams
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Never Tear Us Apart is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ballads of the 80s
Mike Williams Mendes added INXS
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Phil Collins
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Thompson Twins
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Hello is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ballads of the 80s
reynolds.levaron added Hello Lionel Richie
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The Flame is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ballads of the 80s
MoonshadowRachel added Cheap Trick
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Sister Christian is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ballads of the 80s
MoonshadowRachel added Night Ranger