Is it a Power Ballad or Classic Love Poem?


By: John Miller

5 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Unrequited love and yearning never go out of style, whether you're a 17th-century poet or an '80s rocker with really bad hair. Do you know if these titles are power ballads or classic poems?

November Rain

"November Rain" is a nearly 9-minute opus by Guns N' Roses, and it was part of their audacious double album titled "Use Your Illusion." It's one of the longest songs ever to hit the Top 10 on the Billboard charts.


Mad Girl's Love Song

Sylvia Plath was a tortured poet who wrote tortured verses, like those found in a "Mad Girl's Love Song," which starts with this line: "I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead."


She Walks in Beauty

Lord Byron wrote "She Walks in Beauty" in 1813. In a furious passion, after meeting a woman that stoked his desire, he wrote the famous poem in just one night.


When I See You Smile

In 1989, Bad English scored a No. 1 hit with "When I See You Smile." The video features enormous '80s hair and even bigger power chords. "When I see you smile, I see a ray of light, oh!"


Two Out of Three Ain't Bad

Surely, you'll do better than two out of three on our quiz. And surely, Meatloaf will never write another power ballad quite like "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad."


Venus and Adonis

Shakespeare published "Venus and Adonis" in 1593, and the poem relates the story of Venus and her unrequited love for Adonis. It instantly became one of the famed writer's most popular poems.


I Don't Want to Miss a Thing

Aerosmith started out as a hardcore garage band but then realized it could make a whole lot more money in ballads. Thus, we give you 1998's "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing," which launched the band into orbit.


A Glimpse

"A Glimpse" is a love poem by Walt Whitman. His poem doesn't shout out his desires; it seeks quiet solace in the affection of another.


Never Say Goodbye

Jon Bon Jovi will never get his due as an artist, but you know, he's made something like $20 trillion launching power ballads like "Never Say Goodbye" into the electric guitar stratosphere.


The Garden of Love

William Blake was a religious poet who saw the often rigorously conservative sexual teachings of the church to be stifling. In "The Garden of Love," he waxes, well, poetic, about the naturalness of sexual desires and love.


Every Rose Has Its Thorn

Poison embraced its inner poet in 1989, and it landed the band its one and only No. 1 song. "Every rose has its thorn, just like every night has its dawn. Just like every cowboy, sings a sad, sad song, every rose has its thorn."


Winds of Change

Do you like whistling? Do you like big guitars? Well, Scorpions have good news for you in "Winds of Change," which features both elements. It's not a love song, it's a political ditty about the fall of Communism.


A Red, Red Rose

In 1794, Robert Burns published "A Red, Red Rose," which was originally a song but is often now viewed as a poem. The words describe a romantic love that's exciting and new but also built to last.


Annabel Lee

In 1849, the Prozac-challenged poet Edgar Allan Poe published "Annabel Lee." It relates his love for a beautiful (but dead) woman, because, you know, that's how Poe rolled.


Home Sweet Home

Motley Crue singing...a ballad? In 1985, the tattooed rockers unleashed "Home Sweet Home" to great effect. "Take me to your heart, feel me in your bones."


Sonnet 116

"Sonnet 116" is one of Shakespeare's most famous love poems. It proclaims a love that will never burn out or fade away.


Glory of Love

So it could definitely double as a love poem, but Peter Cetera's "Glory of Love" is an everlasting power ballad cranked up to 10. "We'll live forever, knowing together that we did it all for the glory of love."


I'll Open the Window

Poet Anna Swir wrote, "I'll Open the Window." The first stanza: "Our embrace lasted too long, we loved right down to the bone. I hear the bones grind, I see our two skeletons." Hey thanks, Anna, that's super romantic of you.


The Good-Morrow

John Donne published "The Good-Morrow," a famous love poem, in 1633. It bears epic lines such as: “For love, all love of other sights controls, And makes one little room an everywhere."


I Remember You

Skid Row almost -- almost -- shed the hair band label with soul-wrenching songs like 1989's "I Remember You." "Remember yesterday, walking hand in hand, love letters in the sand, I remember you."


Love after Love

Caribbean poet Derek Walcott won the Nobel Prize for Literature during his storied career. His poem, "Love after Love," is an insistence that life goes on even after relationships end. The last line of this one reads: "Sit. Feast on your life."


Love Bites

Does anyone else struggle with the band name Def Leppard? We always think it should be spelled Deaf Leopard, but hey, we digress. "Love Bites" (1987) has creepy guitars and longing in spades.


Love One Another

"Love One Another" is a love poem by Khalil Gibran. "Love one another, but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls."


I Found Somone

Cher? Why not? At her peak, she had the vocal chops to cause minor earthquakes, especially on soaring songs like "I Found Someone," which is from 1987.


When You Are Old

Poet William Butler Yeats wrote "When You Are Old," in a futile attempt to woo a glamorous actress who simply didn't love him. He got friend-zoned, hard.


The Flame

In 1988, Cheap Trick's "The Flame" was a nearly inescapable power ballad and it became so famous that it overshadowed the band's other (probably better) songs. "I'm going crazy, I'm losing sleep, I'm in too far I'm way too deep, over you."


My River Runs to Thee

For a woman who spent most of her life as a recluse, Emily Dickinson could unleash fiery passions in her poetry. "My River Runs to Thee" has the simple but direct line, "Say, sea, take me!"



You remember '80s band Warrant, right? "Heaven" took these big-haired guys to the Top 10. "I don't need to be the king of the world, so long as I'm the hero of this little girl."


Sweet Rose of Virtue

"Sweet Rose of Virtue" is a poem by William Dunbar, and it tells the story of a dying romance and how a cold March blast has killed his delicate rose of love.


Silent Lucidity

In 1990, Queensryche nailed "Silent Lucidity" and topped it off with a memorable, haunting music video. "I am smiling next to you, in silent lucidity."


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