Music Playlist week #23 (The power ballad edition)
Meat Loaf - I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)
One of the most recognisable tracks ever written, but you could say the same of every song on this list! This contains one the weirdest lyrics ever in "Will you hose me down with holy water if I get too hot"...OK then Meat Loaf, you keep doing you...
Journey - Don't Stop Believin
Don't Stop Believin, or "The Power Ballad that will never die" as it perhaps should be called, is an outstanding, euphoric piece of music. Give anyone a few alcoholic beverages, stick this on, and just sit back and watch. They won't be able to help themselves but sing along at the top of their voice.
Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse of the Heart
If the sign of a great Power Ballad is that you can sing along at the top of your lungs without a care in the world, then this surely must be the top of most people's list! Also, if you fancy a laugh, watch the Total Eclipse of the Heart literal version music video. Funny stuff!
Prince - Purple Rain
There were discussions at Damson HQ as to whether this can be classed as a power ballad, but of course it is! One of the finest songs ever written by one of the greatest musicians of all time. An absolutely stunning track. If you even dare listen to the edited down version and not the 8 minute classic, you're no friend of ours.
Whitney Houston - I Have Nothing
The third song from the staggeringly good soundtrack to The Bodyguard. This is absolute show stopper. A high-stakes ballad that gives plenty of room for Whitney to show off her formidable pipes. You find us a better karaoke song. Go on, we'll wait...
Aerosmith - I Don't Want to Miss a Thing
A very cheesy song from an equally cheesy movie. Do we care? Not one bit. If it's a crime to love this song, lock us up and throw away the key! Granted, it seems like more of a Steven Tyler solo record than an Aerosmith track, but that's hardly going to spoil our enjoyment.
John Farnham - You're the Voice
34 years old, and still sounds as fresh as the day it was released. When you think about iconic Australian musicians, we'd put John Farnham up there with Michael Hutchence and Nick Cave purely on the basis of this song alone. Phenomenal.
Bryan Adams - (Everything I Do) I Do It for You
Another cheesy track from a cheesy movie, but still ace. When this first came out, it's fair to say that we got totally sick of it after a while, but after not hearing it for a little while, it sounds incredible, and you can understand why it was such a chart-topper all over the world.
Bon Jovi - Always
As the lyrics suggest, this was originally written for the soundtrack to the movie "Romeo is Bleeding", but Bon Jovi pulled it after seeing what a disaster the film was. Wise move. A great song, with one of the most bizarre videos you will ever see. If you can make any sense of it, good on you. We sure couldn't.
Phil Collins - Against All Odds
Phil Collins is bloody brilliant but doesn't seem to get the credit he deserves. Yes, he is probably the Dad of Dad-Rock, but he is a great drummer, frontman and songwriter. This is a classic song, and was an amazing sing-a-long long before Westlife butchered it!
January 23, 2020