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" 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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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."
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.
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."
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."