Only True Romantics Can Complete The Lyrics to These '80s Power Ballads!


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"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!

"We both lie silently still / In the dead of the night / Although we both lie close together..."

"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!"


"I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord / And I've been waiting for this moment for all my life , oh Lord..."

"In the Air Tonight" is Phil Collins' debut single from 1981. The song appeared on his debut album "Face Value."


"I wanna taste you but your lips are venomous poison / Your poison, running through my veins / You're poison..."

"Poison" is the 1989 power ballad from Alice Cooper. The song was released on his album "Trash."


"I've got a picture of your house / and you're standing by the door / It's black and white and faded..."

"Heaven" was recorded in 1988 by the group rock band "Warrant." The song appears on their 1989 album "Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich."


"Till now I always got by on my own / I never really cared until I met you..."

"Alone" is the popular 1980s power ballad recorded by Heart in 1987. The song appeared on the album "Bad Animals."


"Standin' here beside you / want so much to give you / This love in my heart..."

These lyrics come from the 1987 song "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" by Starship. The song appeared on the album "No Protection."


Who's gonna pick you up / When you fall? / Who's gonna hang it up..."

"Drive" is the 1984 song from the rock band The Cars. The song appeared on their album "Heartbeat City."


"Take these broken wings / And learn to fly again / And learn to live so free..."

"Broken Wings" is the 1985 song my Mr. Mister that appears on their album "Welcome to the Real World."


"You've been hiding, never letting it show / Always trying to keep it under control / You got it down and you're well..."

"What About Love" is another popular power ballad from Heart. The song was released on their eponymous 1985 album.


"Somewhere after midnight / In my wildest fantasy / Somewhere just beyond my reach..."

"Holding Out for a Hero" is the hit 1980s ballad from the film "Footloose." The song was performed by Bonnie Tyler.


"I keep looking for something I can't get / Broken hearts lie all around me..."

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."


"Everybody needs a little time away / I heard her say / From each other / Even lovers need a holiday..."

"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, these five words I swear to you / When you breathe, I want to be the air for you / I'll be there for you..."

"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."


"If I kiss you like this / And if you whisper like that / It was lost long ago..."

"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 for me / my life won't end without you / Long as the night will be..."

"Don't Shed a Tear" is the 1987 Paul Carrack song that was released on his album "One Good Reason."


"I never wanted to be your weekend lover / I only wanted to be some kind of friend / Baby, I could never steal you from another..."

"Purple Rain" is the popular ballad by Prince. The song was featured on his 1984 album of the same title.


"No one but me can save myself / But it's too late / Now I can't think..."

"Fade to Black" is the popular '80s ballad by Metallica. The song was released on their 1984 album "Ride the Lightning."


"Black velvet and that little boy smile / Black velvet and that slow southern style / A new religion that'll bring you to your knees..."

"Black Velvet" is the 1989 Alannah Myles single that was released on her eponymous album.


"Is this love that I'm feeling / Is this the love that I've been searching for / Is this love or am I dreaming..."

"Is This Love" is the 1987 power ballad by Whitesnake that appears on their eponymous album.


"Listen to your heart when he's calling for you / Listen to your heart, there's nothing else you can do..."

"Listen to Your Heart" was released in 1988 on the Roxette album "Look Sharp!"


"I woke up to the sound of pouring rain / The wind would whisper and I'd think of you / And all the tears you cried, that called my name..."

"I Remember You" is the 1989 power ballad by Skid Row that appears on their eponymous album.


"This one goes out to the one I love / This one goes out to the one I've left behind / A simple prop to occupy my time..."

"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."


"I can't tell ya baby what went wrong / I can't make you feel what you felt so long ago / I'll let it show..."

"Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)" is the 1988 song by Cinderella that appears on their album "Long Cold Winter."


"And even as I wander / I'm keeping you in sight / You're a candle in the window..."

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'."


"And so I wake in the morning / And I step outside / And I take a deep breath and I get real high..."

"What's Up" is the 1982 single released by the group 4 Non Blondes on their album "Bigger, Better, Faster, More!"


"Hey little sister, what have you done / Hey little sister, who's the only one / Hey little sister, who's your Superman / Hey little sister..."

"White Wedding" is the 1982 single released by Billy Idol on his eponymous album.


"I gotta take a little time / A little time to think things over / I better read between the lines..."

"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."


"Who knows what tomorrow brings / In a world, few hearts survive / All I know is the way I feel..."

"Up Where We Belong" was first recorded in 1982 by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes for the film "An Officer and a Gentleman."


"I spend my time / Thinking about you / And it's almost driving me wild..."

"Missing You" is the 1984 song by John Waite that appears on his album "No Brakes."


"I'm all out of love, I'm so lost without you / I know you were right believing me so long / I'm all out of love, what am I without you..."

"All Out of Love" is the 1980 song by Air Supply that was released on their album "Lost in Love."


"Take my hand / Tell me what you are feeling / Understand..."

"Leave A Light On" is the 1989 single by Belinda Carlisle. It was released on her album "Runaway Horses."


"I don't know where I'm goin' / But I sure know where I've been / Hanging on the promises in songs of yesterday..."

"Here I Go Again" is the Whitesnake power ballad that was originally recorded in 1982 for their "Saints & Sinners" album.


"The power of love / A force from above / Cleaning my soul..."

"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."


"When you make love, do you look in the mirror / Who do you think of, does he look like me / Do you tell lies and say that it's forever..."

"Love Bites" is the 1987 Def Leppard song that appears on their album "Hysteria."


"They say the road ain't no place to start a family / Right down the line it's been you and me / And loving a music man ain't always what it's supposed to be / Oh, girl, you stand by me / I'm forever yours..."

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."


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