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Who Did That Power Ballad Quiz

Name the musical artists behind these famous power ballads.
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Last updated: December 5, 2019
First submittedMarch 7, 2012
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Year
Song
Artist or Group
1988
Every Rose Has Its Thorn
Poison
1986
Take My Breath Away
Berlin
1986
The Final Countdown
Europe
1977
We Are the Champions
Queen
1986
(I Just) Died in Your Arms
Cutting Crew
1988
(Everything I Do)
I Do It for You
Bryan Adams
1993
I'd Do Anything for Love
(But I Won't Do That)
Meatloaf
1987
Sweet Child o' Mine
Guns N' Roses
1983
Total Eclipse of the Heart
Bonnie Tyler
1990
Nothing Compares 2 U
Sinead O'Connor
1974
Free Bird
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Year
Song
Artist or Group
2011
The Edge Of Glory
Lady Gaga
1986
Wanted Dead or Alive
Bon Jovi
1980
Keep on Loving You
REO Speedwagon
1978
Because the Night
Patti Smith
1998
I Don't Want to Miss a Thing
Aerosmith
1981
Don't Stop Believin'
Journey
1991
Don't Know What You Got
(Till It's Gone)
Cinderella
1986
Amanda
Boston
1982
Here I Go Again
Whitesnake
1985
Home Sweet Home
Mötley Crüe
1989
If I Could Turn Back Time
Cher
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Level 44
May 12, 2012
And I would do anything for love, but I won't do that! - Is what Meatloaf should have said to whoever decided a werewolf theme was a good idea for the film clip...
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Level 30
Jan 19, 2015
Justin Bieber sells millions too .
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Level 63
Mar 25, 2018
I think the point Jonathan was making is that just because someone sells millions, that doesn't mean what he's doing is good. Erikthev suggested that the sales of Meatloaf's song mean the video is good.
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Level 38
May 12, 2012
Couldn't spell Skynyrd for the life of me.
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Level 84
May 12, 2012
I remember watching this episode of "Friends" with my girlfriend at the time - one where Ross and Rachel are fighting, and Ross asks her what she wants him to do, and Joey suggests that he drink this glass of cooking fat that Monica had in the refrigerator. And he comes *this* close to actually drinking it to prove his love. I looked over at my gf at that point and said, "I would do anything for love... but I won't drink fat."
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Level 42
May 13, 2012
Heh!
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Level 52
May 13, 2012
Lady Gaga in the same group as great power ballads from the 70's & 80's?? What a tragedy...
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Level 44
May 28, 2015
Agreed! She should be no where near this quiz........just dreadful.
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Level 52
Jan 6, 2020
Edge of glory is quite a good song though
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Level 74
May 19, 2012
how about natalie merchant for because the night?
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Level 78
Jan 27, 2015
I like that cover. But the clue did specify 1978, so it has to be Smith's version.
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Level 44
Nov 14, 2012
I am quite proud to have not known any songs by gaga.
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Level 57
Dec 17, 2012
Holy smokes did i suck at this
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Level 48
Apr 10, 2013
Here I Go Again wasn't until 1987. That was my first concert :)
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Level 40
Apr 20, 2013
I thought so too, but according to wikipedia... "Here I Go Again" is a #1 hit song recorded by Whitesnake. Originally released on their 1982 album, Saints & Sinners, the song was re-recorded for their eponymous 1987 album Whitesnake. "
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Level 34
Dec 3, 2013
Aw, I thought this was only 80s songs, I didn't know those new ones.
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Level 23
Jan 8, 2014
wtf lady gaga power ballad it's not one I would sing too on karaoke that's for sure
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Level 71
May 16, 2014
There are several songs here that I would never consider a Power Ballad. Most notably Cher's "If I Could Turn Back Time". Seriously?
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Level 30
Jan 19, 2015
that song is the definition of power ballad
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Level 39
Sep 26, 2014
21 songs from '74-'98 ... then 2011?! Gaga?! Wth?! ... and the year would preclude 'Natalie Merchant' from being the answer for 'Because the Night' ... plus, I think it was actually 10,000 Maniacs, right? Either way ... Anybody else seriously addicted to this site?
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Level 77
Nov 16, 2015
I typed Don Williams and Waylon Jennings for Amanda before I realized the year listed was 1986. I keep forgetting there were two songs by that name. I heard Don Williams sing this in concert. Check it out online if you want to hear a beautiful, simple song.
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Level 40
Dec 27, 2015
(Everything I Do) I Do It for You was released in 1991, not 1988. Otherwise, fun quiz!
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Level 39
Jun 9, 2016
Get that Lady Gaga question off here. That's ignorant.
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Level 52
Apr 11, 2017
You need to accept Springsteen for Because the Night.
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Level 23
Dec 9, 2017
Springsteen never released it on a studio album. He wrote it and gave it to Smith who reworked it and released it in 1978. The Boss has performed it live and it is on his 1986 box set 'Live/1975-85'. Based on the date Smith is the only answer.
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Level 52
Mar 8, 2018
Most of these songs are not power ballads. Because the Night, We are the Champions? No.
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Level 63
Mar 25, 2018
How in the world is We Are the Champions not a power ballad? What weird, nebulous are you using for power ballad? You know that hammy lyrics about a woman are not a requirement, right?
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Level 81
Mar 13, 2018
Not that I'm complaining because I loved having a music quiz that featured older music but I guess I have a different definition of a power ballad. At best half would make the list based off mine. And the even then some of the artists have other well known songs that would better fit the definition like "Patience", "Never Say Goodbye", "Is This Love", "Tuesday's Gone", "Open Arms" etc.
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Level 69
Mar 13, 2018
I, for one, am 100% here for Lady Gaga being included. That song definitely has a power ballad feel.
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Level 63
Mar 25, 2018
But she doesn't sound like the music I grew up with! That makes her terrible!
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Level 58
May 7, 2018
Please consider accepting Prince for "Nothing Compares 2 U," since he wrote and performed it. Cheers.
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Level 43
Jan 23, 2019
No way "The Final Countdown" should be on here. Europe wrote power ballads (Carrie & Superstitious come to mind) but their hit isn't one of them.
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Level 78
Apr 22, 2019
The song drives me nuts (except in Boogie Nights just because it fits), but how on Earth is "Sister Christian" by Night Ranger missing?