Some rock ballads from the list below are already 20-30 years old, but they still remain great hits, the words of which are sung by tens of thousands of fans during concerts. Rock has always stood out among the rest of the musical genres. Such fiery concerts where it’s possible to enjoy rock ballads with Russian women for marriage can draw people to fill the entire stadiums. Thanks to the love of rock, legendary musical bands got together and left a bright mark in the history of music. A ballad written in this style is clearly remembered by a huge number of admirers. You will be able to find out about the best five songs of the genre right now.
- “Angie” by The Rolling Stones
The acoustic rock ballad “Angie” by The Rolling Stones became an adornment not only of the album Goats Head Soup but also of all the work of the legendary British band. For almost forty years, fans have been speculating who was this Angie the composition is about. The history of the song “Angie” remains unclear because the accounts of people who had a direct or indirect connection to its recording differ.
“Angie” was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards at the end of 1972. This is a lyrical song about unhappy love almost everyone has got through. It is known that the name was suggested by Richards. Shortly before that, his daughter had been born and was named Angie. Of course, it would be ridiculous to think that Keith could devote a ballad on such a theme to his tiny daughter. However, it is clear that this name was constantly spinning in his head back then, so he could easily use it in the lyrics of the song.
The single “Angie” reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 immediately after the release. In the UK Singles Chart, it reached the 5th place and was on the top of the charts for Australia and Canada for five weeks.
- “Is This Love” by Whitesnake
“Is This Love” is one of the most famous songs of the British band Whitesnake. The composition was released on the album Whitesnake in 1987. This is a lyrical song that tells about a man’s love, about his desire to be with his girlfriend, about anxious waiting, burning his soul in moments of endless waiting for a fleeting meeting. It is about his hopes that she will call, and he will hear her voice.
There were rumors about the history of the song for quite a long time. It was thought that originally, Coverdale had written it not for his band but for Tina Turner. And only 20 years later, David confirmed this information officially, saying that before recording the album, EMI had offered him to write a song that would have fit the style for Tina. This is how, perhaps, the best ballad of the British group was born.
In the charts, the song achieved considerable success due to its melodic and lyrical text, which isn’t so typical for the hard-rock bands. For example, it reached the 2nd place in Billboard and the 9th place in Great Britain. In the clip for the song “Is This Love,” you can see actress Julie (Tawny) Kitaen, who was dating the Whitesnake singer David Coverdale at that time (by the way, David was an ex-member of the famous Deep Purple).
- “Don’t Cry” by Guns N’ Roses
The song about unrequited love is adored not only by hardcore fans of Axl Rose and his band but even by lovers of pop music. Many people may potentially be interested to know the events that preceded the appearance of “Don’t Cry.”
Izzy Stradlin and Axl Rose fell in love with the same girl, Roxy. She opted for Izzy. On the park bench, Roxy and Axl had a touching explanation, during which tears appeared on Axl’s face. It was then that the girl said to him, “Don’t cry.” These words inspired Rose. The next day, he and Stradlin composed the lyrics for “Don’t cry” just in a couple of minutes. Later, two more versions of the composition were recorded, which differ significantly from the original.
The band shot a very showy music video for the song. There is a scene in it, in which Stephanie Seymour (who was Axl’s girl at that moment) snatches a gun from his hands. Something similar had happened to Axl in real life. He wanted to commit suicide, but he was stopped by his ex-wife Erin Everly, who took away the weapon from him. So, during the filming of the music video, he had to go through those terrible moments again. In addition, they say, he really was on the brink of drowning in the scene with a pool.
- “Still Loving You” by Scorpions
The German group Scorpions has released many beautiful lyrical ballads for almost half a century, thanks to which even people who are infinitely far from rock music fell in love with it. The list of the incredibly popular songs includes “Still Loving You.”
In an interview with Songfacts portal, Rudolf Schenker told in some detail about how the Scorpions participants composed and recorded “Still Loving You.” This is a story about love relationships when partners realize that everything might end, but they should try again. They didn’t reinvent the wheel, but they tried to tell the touching love story in their own way.
In 1984, “Still Loving You” became a part of the album Love at First Sting. It was a single that ranked the 64th on the Billboard Hot 100.
“Still Loving You” was especially popular in France where nearly two million copies of the single were sold. Moreover, in 1985, there was a baby boom in the country. Its half-serious root cause was named the song “Still Loving You,” listening to which, many young people were making love.
- “Love Hurts” by Nazareth
The creative duet of the spouses of Felice and Boudleaux Bryant created many good compositions, but the most famous is “Love Hurts.” It’s about all the challenges that a man can face, experiencing unhappy love, which brings a lot of pain and prevents from living a happy life.
For more than half a century of history of the song, it has become a hit several times thanks to the efforts of musicians and bands, performing it in different styles. The song was presented to the world in 1960, being originally written for the rock band Everly Brothers. However, phenomenal success caught it up only 15 years later when the cover version of this composition was presented by the group Nazareth. Even now, despite the fact a lot of rock ballads are released, the song “Love Hurts” is still loved by many devotees of different ages. It is considered to be one of the most romantic musical compositions.