Sure, ‘80s rock ballads can be hilarious and nonsensical at times. But there’s something to be said for a big-sounding, from-the-heart arena ballad with cheesy lyrics and grandiose guitars. In other words, there’s nothing quite like a ‘80s rock ballad to see you through Valentine’s Day, whether you’re alone or newly in love. Check out 10 Rock Ballads for Valentine’s Day below (in alphabetical order), and keep that loving feeling alive!
Valentine’s Day brings out images of cherubs and angels, so Aerosmith’s “Angel” seems a good fit. Steven Tyler croons, “Come and save me tonight,” the girls come running. Proof lies in the fact that “Angel” was one of the band’s highest charting singles of the era. What can we say? People love a good love balled.
Bon Jovi, “Livin’ on a Prayer”
Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” is a good ‘80s track for those facing hard times, and we’re sure some couples out there will be dealing with obstacles this year. So, turn to your loved one and sing, “Take my hand and we'll make it - I swear,” as you face whatever adversity comes your way.
Cinderella, “Don't Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone)”
Cinderella’s “Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)” is possibly one of the best breakup tunes to come out of the ‘80s. While it may not provide someone who’s newly single much comfort, what’s not to dig about this piano and string-heavy ditty of misfortune?
Def Leppard, “Love Bites”
Maybe things aren’t going well for you, romantically speaking, this year. Rest assured Def Leppard has the cure for you: their seminal hit “Love Bites.” This is of the decade’s biggest rock ballads, complete with a storyline about heartbreak and shiny, bass-heavy ‘80s rock.
Foreigner, “Waiting for a Girl Like You”
Baby, I’ve been waiting my whole life for a girl like you! Okay, that line may not work so well in real life, but it sure does in this song. Foreigner’s “Waiting for a Girl Like You” is the perfect ‘80s nugget to let your sweetheart know she’s the one.
Guns N’ Roses, “Sweet Child O' Mine”
What’s not to love about this bad-boy-tuned-good song from Guns N’ Roses? Those party-happy rockers show off their romantic side in this classic, and it’s about as romantic as Guns N’ Roses gets.
Journey, “Open Arms”
Journey’s “Open Arms” is the perfect tune for someone taking back their ex. The song tells the tale of a love asking for forgiveness after some mistake. So, if you cheated on your girl or guy (which we don’t recommend, by the way), this may be the tune to help make things right again.
Poison, “Every Rose Has Its Thorn”
Who can’t relate to a story about a man finding out his love has been cheating? Apparently, that’s the story behind Poison’s “Every Roes Has Its Thorn.” Brett Michaels has stated that he was inspired to write the song after calling his girlfriend and hearing a male voice in the background. Out of that heartbreak came one of the biggest ballads of the ‘80s. Fair trade!
REO Speedwagon, “Can’t Fight This Feeling”
Say you’re in love and just can’t fight it anymore? Then don’t! Crank up REO Speedwagon’s “Can’t Fight This Feeling” to maximum volume and shamelessly proclaim your love for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day. Graceful piano, soft guitars, warm vocals-- what more could you want?
Whitesnake, “Is This Love”
Whitesnake are known for their rockin’ power ballads, and “Is This Love” is a keeper. This tune featuring David Coverdale is a catchy one, and back in the day, the song’s video starred his then-girlfriend Tawny Kitaen, adding to the romance.