"It's all coming back to me now!" Or is it? If you're a romantic who also loves a bit of rock and roll, you're probably pretty familiar with power ballads. While you'd hear a few in more recent years, nothing beats the tunes of the '80s. From classics like "Faithfully" to "Every Rose Has Its Thorn," can you complete the lyrics to these popular '80s power ballads?
The 1980s was an iconic time in pop culture. Millions of entertainment fans were tuning into the sitcoms of the decade like Cheers, Growing Pains, and Golden Girls. Those who weren't tuning into TV might've chosen film instead. If you weren't re-watching The Breakfast Club, you might've been fighting crime with Die Hard or Lethal Weapon. While TV and film were staples of the decade, the other major contender was music. The emergence of rock and roll culture was huge in the 1980s, but tons of people were still falling in love. This blend is what brought about the boom of power ballads. The lyrics were often as soulful as a classic ballad but the heavy percussion often associated with rock and roll music is what took it over the edge.
It's been nearly 30 years since the iconic power ballads of the '80s, and true fans still remember the decade's biggest hits. With groups like Whitesnake, Foreigner, and Heart leading the way, can you rock this quiz to a perfect score? Let's find out!
"Every Rose Has Its Thorn" is the popular power ballad from rock band, Poison. Led by Bret Michaels, the song was released on the group's 1988 album "Open Up and Say... Ahhh!"
"In the Air Tonight" is Phil Collins' debut single from 1981. The song appeared on his debut album "Face Value."
"Poison" is the 1989 power ballad from Alice Cooper. The song was released on his album "Trash."
"Heaven" was recorded in 1988 by the group rock band "Warrant." The song appears on their 1989 album "Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich."
"Alone" is the popular 1980s power ballad recorded by Heart in 1987. The song appeared on the album "Bad Animals."
These lyrics come from the 1987 song "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" by Starship. The song appeared on the album "No Protection."
"Drive" is the 1984 song from the rock band The Cars. The song appeared on their album "Heartbeat City."
"Broken Wings" is the 1985 song my Mr. Mister that appears on their album "Welcome to the Real World."
"What About Love" is another popular power ballad from Heart. The song was released on their eponymous 1985 album.
"Holding Out for a Hero" is the hit 1980s ballad from the film "Footloose." The song was performed by Bonnie Tyler.
These lyrics are from the 1980s power ballad "(I Just) Died in Your Arms." The song was released on the Cutting Crew's 1986 album "Broadcast."
"Hard to Say I'm Sorry" is a power ballad by Chicago. The song was released on their 1982 album "Chicago 16."
"I'll Be There For You" is the power ballad by '80s rock band, Bon Jovi. The song was released on their 1988 album "New Jersey."
"It's All Coming Back to Me" is the popular 1980s power ballad originally recorded by Pandora's Box in 1989. The song would later gain even more fame after Celine Dion's recording in 1996.
"Don't Shed a Tear" is the 1987 Paul Carrack song that was released on his album "One Good Reason."
"Purple Rain" is the popular ballad by Prince. The song was featured on his 1984 album of the same title.
"Fade to Black" is the popular '80s ballad by Metallica. The song was released on their 1984 album "Ride the Lightning."
"Black Velvet" is the 1989 Alannah Myles single that was released on her eponymous album.
"Is This Love" is the 1987 power ballad by Whitesnake that appears on their eponymous album.
"Listen to Your Heart" was released in 1988 on the Roxette album "Look Sharp!"
"I Remember You" is the 1989 power ballad by Skid Row that appears on their eponymous album.
"The One I Love" is the '80s power ballad by R.E.M. The song was released in 1987 on their album "The Man Who Loved Yngve."
"Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)" is the 1988 song by Cinderella that appears on their album "Long Cold Winter."
These lyrics are from the ''80s power ballad "Can't Fight This Feeling." Recorded in 1984, the song was released on the REO Speedwagon album "Wheels Are Turnin'."
"What's Up" is the 1982 single released by the group 4 Non Blondes on their album "Bigger, Better, Faster, More!"
"White Wedding" is the 1982 single released by Billy Idol on his eponymous album.
"I Want to Know What Love Is" is the popular 1980s power ballad by Foreigner. The song was released on their 1984 album "Agent Provocateur."
"Up Where We Belong" was first recorded in 1982 by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes for the film "An Officer and a Gentleman."
"Missing You" is the 1984 song by John Waite that appears on his album "No Brakes."
"All Out of Love" is the 1980 song by Air Supply that was released on their album "Lost in Love."
"Leave A Light On" is the 1989 single by Belinda Carlisle. It was released on her album "Runaway Horses."
"Here I Go Again" is the Whitesnake power ballad that was originally recorded in 1982 for their "Saints & Sinners" album.
"The Power of Love" is the popular 1984 power ballad by Frankie Goes to Hollywood. The song appears on their album "Welcome to the Pleasuredome."
"Love Bites" is the 1987 Def Leppard song that appears on their album "Hysteria."
After "Don't Stop Believin'," one of Journey's most popular songs is their power ballad, "Faithfully." The song appears on their 1983 album "Frontiers."