1980s ballads

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  1. All Out Of Love

    All Out Of Love (1980)


    "All Out of Love" is a pop ballad by Air Supply, released in 1980. It was written by Graham Russell and Clive Davis. In the United States, it reached number two on the Hot 100 and number 5 on the Adult Contemporary chart. In the UK, the song went to number 11. It placed 92nd in VH1's list of the 100 Greatest Love Songs in 2003.

  2. Hallelujah

    Hallelujah (1994)


    "Hallelujah" is a song written by Canadian recording artist Leonard Cohen, originally released on his album Various Positions (1984). Achieving little initial success, the song found greater popular acclaim through a cover by John Cale, which inspired a cover by Jeff Buckley. Buckley's version is the most enduringly popular and critically acclaimed cover of the song to date. It is the subject of the book The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley & the Unlikely Ascent of "Hallelujah" (2012) by Alan Light. In a New York Times review of the book, Janet Maslin praises the book and the song, noting that "Cohen spent years struggling with his song 'Hallelujah.' He wrote perhaps as many as 80 verses before paring the song down."

  3. Purple Rain

    Purple Rain (1986)


    "Purple Rain" is a song by Prince and The Revolution. It is the title track from the 1984 album of the same name, which in turn is the soundtrack album for the 1984 film of the same name, and was released as the third single from that album. The song is a combination of rock, pop, gospel, and orchestral music. It reached #2 in the U.S. for two weeks, behind "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" by Wham!, and it is widely considered one of Prince's signature songs. It was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, shipping 1 million units in the United States.

  4. Up Where We Belong

    Up Where We Belong (1982)


    "Up Where We Belong" is a Platinum-certified, Grammy Award-winning hit song written by Jack Nitzsche, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Will Jennings. It was recorded by Joe Cocker (lead vocals) and Jennifer Warnes (lead and background vocals) for the smash 1982 film An Officer and a Gentleman.

  5. Total Eclipse of The Heart

    Total Eclipse of The Heart (1982)


    "Total Eclipse of the Heart" is a song recorded by Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler. It was written and produced by Jim Steinman, and released on Tyler's fifth studio album, Faster Than the Speed of Night (1983). The song was released as a single by Columbia Records on 11 February 1983 in the United Kingdom and on 31 May 1983 in the United States.

  6. Drive

    Drive (1984)


    "Drive" is a 1984 song by The Cars, the third single from the band's Heartbeat City album released in March 1984 and their biggest international hit. Written by Ric Ocasek, the track was sung by bassist Benjamin Orr and produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange with the band. Upon its release, "Drive" became The Cars' highest charting single in the United States, peaking at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart; on the Adult Contemporary chart, the song went to number one. It reached number four in West Germany, number six in Canada and number five (number four on re-entry in 1985) in the UK.

  7. Superwoman

    Superwoman (1988)


    "Superwoman" is the second single from R&B singer Karyn White's self-titled debut album, Karyn White (1988). It became her second U.S. top ten hit and second U.S. R&B number-one hit.

  8. Saving All My Love For You

    Saving All My Love For You (1985)


    "Saving All My Love for You" is a song written by Marvin Gaye and Gerry Goffin with arrangement by Gene Page. It was originally a minor hit for Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. in 1978 on their album Marilyn & Billy. A cover of the song was done by American recording artist Whitney Houston, for her debut, self-titled album, which was released on February 14, 1985, by Arista Records. The song was the second single from the album in the United States and third worldwide.

  9. Hard Habit to Break

    Hard Habit to Break (1984)


    "Hard Habit to Break" is a song written by Steve Kipner and John Lewis Parker produced and arranged by David Foster and recorded by the group Chicago for their 1984 album Chicago 17, with Bill Champlin and Peter Cetera sharing lead vocals. Released as the second single from the album, it reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100. "Hard Habit to Break" also peaked at number three on the Adult Contemporary chart. Overseas it peaked at number eight on the UK Singles Chart. The record was nominated for the Grammy Award for Record of the Year and won the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s).

  10. Love Is A Battlefield

    Love Is A Battlefield (1983)


    "Love Is a Battlefield" is a million-selling, gold hit performed by Pat Benatar, and written by Holly Knight and Mike Chapman. It was released as a single from Benatar's live album Live from Earth.

  11. One More Night

    One More Night (1985)


    "One More Night" is the first single in the United States and second in the UK from Phil Collins' third album, the Diamond certified No Jacket Required. "One More Night" was Phil Collins' second US number-one single, following "Against All Odds", and was his fourth single to reach the top ten in the UK, peaking at number four on the singles chart. It was also his first number one on the U.S. Adult contemporary chart.

  12. Black Velvet

    Black Velvet (1989)


    "Black Velvet" is a blues verse with a rock chorus written by Canadian songwriters Christopher Ward and David Tyson, recorded by Canadian singer songwriter Alannah Myles. It was released in December 1989 as one of four singles from Myles' 1989 eponymous CD from Atlantic Records. It became a number one hit for two weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in 1990 and reached number one on the Album Rock Tracks chart, as well as number one in Canada and number two on the UK Singles Chart.

  13. Love Song

    Love Song


  14. You Give Good Love

    You Give Good Love (1985)


    "You Give Good Love" is a song by American recording artist Whitney Houston, released as the lead single from her self-titled debut album, entitled Whitney Houston in the United States in February 1985 by Arista Records, and the second single from the album in the United Kingdom. The song was written by LaLa and produced by Kashif. When LaLa sent Kashif a copy of the song, originally offered to Roberta Flack, he thought it would be a better fit for Houston and told Arista he would be interested in recording with Houston. The song garnered mostly positive reviews from critics, but brought Houston a bit of notoriety when it turned up among several songs cited by advice columnist Ann Landers as having suggestive titles.

  15. Man In The Mirror

    Man In The Mirror (1988)


    "Man in the Mirror" is a song made popular by Michael Jackson and written by Glen Ballard and Siedah Garrett. Jackson's recording was produced by Quincy Jones and co-produced by Jackson. It peaked at number 1 in the United States when released in January 1988 as the fourth single from his seventh solo album, Bad. It is one of Jackson's most critically acclaimed songs and it was nominated for Record of the Year at the Grammy Awards. The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks. The song peaked at number 21 in the UK Singles Charts in 1988, but in 2009, following the news of Jackson's death, the song peaked at number 2, having re-entered the chart at 11 the previous week as his top song on the singles chart. It also became the number 1 single in iTunes downloads in the US and the UK, having sold over 1.3 million digital copies in the former alone.

  16. I Just Can't Stop Loving You

    I Just Can't Stop Loving You (1987)


    "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" is a popular ballad by singer Michael Jackson featuring a duet with Siedah Garrett. He created "Todo Mi Amor Eres Tu", a spanish version of the song. Written and composed by Jackson, it was originally intended to be a duet between Jackson and his woman of choice: either Barbra Streisand or Whitney Houston. Even Aretha Franklin and Agnetha Fältskog (formerly of ABBA) were offered the song, but all four had other obligations.

  17. Straight From The Heart

    Straight From The Heart (1983)


    "Straight from the Heart" is a song by Canadian rock musician Bryan Adams. It was released in February 1983 as the lead single from his third studio album, Cuts Like a Knife. It was his breakthrough song in the U.S., the first to make the top 40, reaching number 10. It also peaked at #32 on the Adult Contemporary chart, the first Bryan Adams single to appear on that chart.

  18. Alone

    Alone (1987)


    "Alone" is a song composed by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly. It first appeared via Steinberg and Kelly's 1983 pet project, I-Ten, on Taking a Cold Look. It was later recorded by Valerie Stevenson and John Stamos in their roles as Lisa Copley and Gino Minelli, on the original soundtrack of the CBS sitcom Dreams in 1984. American rock band Heart made it a number-one US and Canadian hit in 1987. Twenty years later, Celine Dion recorded it for her album Taking Chances.

  19. Look Away

    Look Away (1988)


    "Look Away" is a 1988 song by American rock band Chicago. Written by Diane Warren and produced by Ron Nevison, it was the second single from the band's album Chicago 19. The song, which features Bill Champlin on lead vocals, topped the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks in December 1988, matching the chart success of the group's "If You Leave Me Now" (1976) and "Hard to Say I'm Sorry" (1982). "Look Away" was Chicago's seventh song to peak at number one on the Adult Contemporary chart. The power ballad was the top-ranked song on the 1989 year-end Billboard Hot 100 chart.

  20. Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You

    Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You (1985)


    "Nothing's Gonna Change My Love for You" is a song written by Gerry Goffin and Michael Masser. It was originally recorded by American artist George Benson for his 1985 album 20/20.

  21. Every Rose Has Its Thorn

    Every Rose Has Its Thorn (1988)


    "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" is the title of a power ballad song by American glam metal band Poison. It was released in October 1988 as the third single from Poison's second album Open Up and Say... Ahh!. It is the band's only number-one hit in the U.S., reaching the top spot on Christmas Eve in 1988 for three weeks (carrying over into 1989) and it also charted at #11 on the Mainstream Rock chart. It was a number 13 hit in the UK. "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" was named number 34 on VH1's "100 Greatest Songs of the 80s", #100 on their "100 Greatest Love Songs" and #7 on MTV and VH1 "Top 25 Power Ballads".

  22. Rooms On Fire

    Rooms On Fire (1989)


    "Rooms on Fire" is a song by the American singer-songwriter Stevie Nicks. Released in May 1989, it was the first single to be taken from Nicks' fourth solo album, The Other Side of the Mirror.

  23. Redemption song

    Redemption song (1982)


    "Redemption Song" is a song by Bob Marley. It is the final track on Bob Marley & the Wailers' ninth album, Uprising, produced by Chris Blackwell and released by Island Records. The song is considered one of Marley's greatest works. Some key lyrics derived from a speech given by the Pan-Africanist orator Marcus Garvey.

  24. I Still Believe

    I Still Believe (1998)


    "I Still Believe" is a pop-ballad song written and composed by Antonina Armato and Giuseppe Cantarelli, and originally recorded by pop singer Brenda K. Starr. It is a ballad in which the singer is confident she and her former boyfriend will never be together again, but still believes that some day it may happen. It was covered by American singer Mariah Carey, who was a backup singer on Starr's original version, and cantopop singer Sandy Lam.

  25. Amanda

    Amanda (1986)


    "Amanda" is a power ballad by the rock band Boston written by Tom Scholz. The song was released as the first single from the band's third album, Third Stage, in 1986, a 6-year-delay after it was recorded.

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