100 Greatest Rock Love Songs From The 80s And 90s

The 80s and 90s were awe inspiring decades for romanticism and lyrics in various genres. Dwell in an epic list of rock love songs from that unforgettable era.

Songs about various aspects of romance have been popular since music came into being. Love songs have been popular since the early 40s. However, it was the 80s and 90s that gave new life and meaning to love songs through various genres. Ballads with a heavy sound in the realms of rock became a rage in the 80s and 90s. While love songs in Pop genres were considered mainstream, it was the 80s and 90s that made way for rock love songs in mainstream. Acoustic rock ballads and power ballads came into their own towards the end of the 70s.

The rustic charm of soft rock connected with audiences globally.

In the early 80s many rock bands started showcasing ballads in their albums. Many hair bands and glam bands in this era were responsible for bringing a fresh new sound. Rock love songs suddenly became a rage and every rock album had acoustic rock ballads and power ballads. Compilation albums of rock love songs became hugely popular in the 80s. Rock love songs added fresh feel to balladry. The high pitched vocals in soft rock became a signature style. Acoustic intros became a trademark style in rock ballads. Melodic guitar solos accompanied by bass, drums and keyboard set to the backdrop of shrill high pitched voices formed the essence of many rock love songs.

Many music video channels, MTV in particular, helped soft rock gain momentum with airplay. Furthermore, radio stations took an instant liking to acoustic rock ballads and power ballads in the 80s and 90s. In live performances, many bands included slow rock songs in their set list. At rock concerts in the 80s and 90s the crowd would hold up their lighters with the flame burning as soft rock ballads played. Ever since rock love songs came into prominence in the 80s and 90s the nostalgia has never died. Even today, the strains of acoustic rock ballads and power ballads evoke a beautiful feeling of love and attachment. Rock love longs are here to stay…forever.

The list below is an epic showcase of rock love songs from the 80s and 90s. Have fun! Keep Rocking!

100 Greatest Rock Love Songs from the 80s and 90s

  1. Faithfully- Journey
  2. I Want To Know What Love Is- Foreigner
  3. Is This Love- Whitesnake
  4. More Than Words- Extreme
  5. Still Loving You- Scorpions
  6. I Remember You- Skid Row
  7. Sweet Child O’ Mine- Guns N’ Roses
  8. When I See You Smile- Bad English
  9. I’ll Be There For You- Bon Jovi
  10. Love Bites- Def Leppard
  11. Every Rose Has Its Thorn- Poison
  12. Love Is On The Way- Saigon Kick
  13. With Or Without You- U2
  14. Love Of A Lifetime- FireHouse
  15. Nothing Else Matters- Metallica
  16. To Be With You- Mr. Big
  17. Anytime- McAuley Schenker Group (MSG)
  18. Heaven- Bryan Adams
  19. I Believe In You- Stryper
  20. Keep On Loving You- REO Speedwagon
  21. Never Tear Us Apart- Inxs
  22. Mama, I’m Coming Home- Ozzy Osbourne
  23. The Flame- Cheap Trick
  24. Heaven- Warrant
  25. Amanda- Boston
  26. Iris- Goo Goo Dolls
  27. Every Breath You Take- The Police
  28. Heaven In Your Eyes- Loverboy
  29. Bed of Roses- Bon Jovi
  30. Love Song- Tesla
  31. Right Here Waiting- Richard Marx
  32. Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough- Patty Smyth and Don Henley
  33. Shine- Collective Soul
  34. More Than Words Can Say- Alias
  35. Love Will Keep Us Alive- The Eagles
  36. Save Your Love- Great White
  37. Miles Away- Winger
  38. Can’t Stop Loving You- Van Halen
  39. When I’m With You- Sherriff
  40. Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Gone)- Cinderella
  41. Wind of Change- Scorpions
  42. I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing- Aerosmith
  43. Always Gonna Love You- Gary Moore
  44. Silent Lucidity- Queensryche
  45. Alone- Heart
  46. Close My Eyes Forever- Lita Ford and Ozzy Osbourne
  47. Open Arms- Journey
  48. Baby, You’re The Greatest- Enuff Z ‘Nuff
  49. The Day That I Met You- Lilian Axe
  50. Forever- Kiss     
  51. Angel- Aerosmith
  52. Black Velvet-

    Alannah Myles
  53. I’ll Never Let You Go (Angel Eyes)- Steelheart
  54. Up Where We Belong- Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes
  55. Broken Wings- Mr. Mister
  56. When It’s Love- Van Halen
  57. Rosanna- Toto
  58. Lost In Love- Air Supply
  59. Parisienne Walkways- Garry Moore
  60. What Love Can Be- Kingdom Come
  61. Almost Paradise- Mike Reno and Ann Wilson
  62. Everything You Want- Vertical Horizon
  63. Drive- The Cars
  64. Fall at Your Feet- Crowded House
  65. You’re The Only Woman (You and I)- Ambrosia
  66. Womankind- Little Angels
  67. Dream On- Nazareth
  68. Hard To Say I’m Sorry- Chicago
  69. Patience- Guns N’ Roses
  70. Take It Easy On Me- Little River Band
  71. I Live My Life For You- FireHouse
  72. Always The Last To Know- Del Amitri
  73. These Dreams- Heart
  74. (Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection- Nelson
  75. Waiting For A Girl Like You- Foreigner
  76. Total Eclipse Of The Heart- Bonnie Tyler
  77. Dreaming (Tell Me)- Yngwie Malmsteen
  78. (Everything I Do) I Do It For You- Bryan Adams
  79. The One You Love- Glenn Frey
  80. Carrie- Europe
  81. Snowy White- Bird of Paradise
  82. Jessie- Joshua Kadison
  83. Burning Heart- Vandenberg
  84. Angelia- Richard Marx
  85. Have I Told You Lately- Van Morrison
  86. The Search Is Over- Survivor
  87. The Ballad Of Jayne- L.A. Guns
  88. Don’t Let It End- Styx
  89. High Enough- Damn Yankees
  90. I Don’t Want To Live Without You- Sleez Beez
  91. Rosanna- Toto
  92. Don’t Walk Away- Danger Danger
  93. In Your Arms- Little Caesar
  94. Honestly- Stryper
  95. Fly To The Angels- Slaughter
  96. Remember My Name- House of Lords
  97. Two Steps Behind- Def Leppard
  98. Just Between You and Me- April Wine
  99. Surrender- Trixter
  100. Lost Without Your Love- Loudness


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  • yummum  08-05-2015

    Wow, there are some really great songs in this list! They bring back so many memories as I scroll through! Thanks For The Blast From The Past!

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  • nikhilnellikkot  07-05-2015
    I don't have much knowledge about western music . So far, my favourite band is U2 . And I love 'With or Without You' ..
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