Gone too soon
Foo Fighters drummer longtime drummer Taylor Hawkins died of a heart condition in Bogota, Columbia this past March 22 at the age of 50. His death was a shock to everyone in the music world and to his millions of fans. He was considered one of the best drummers of his generation, starting out his career in Orange County California playing for the band Sylvia where he caught the ear and eyes of Alanis Morissette who hired him to play drums on her “Jagged Little Pill” tours of 1995 – 1997. He was also in the videos for “You Oughta Know”, “All I Want” and “You Learn” as well.
Late 1997 Dave Grohl called Taylor (an acquaintance) for recommendations for a new drummer for the Foo Fighters, to Grohls’ surprise Taylor volunteered to join the band, and the rest is history.
Tribute to one of the best drummers
On September 27 the stars came out to pay tribute to Taylor Hawkins and show their love for the legend that was gone too soon. The concert took six hours and featured over 50 musicians, following a star studded tribute in London on September 3. Bands including Def Leppard, Queen, the James Gang, Rush, Soundgarden, Mötley Crüe, Miley Cyrus all came to pay tribute as did his own former bands Chevy Metal, the Coattail Riders, and of course, the Foo Fighters.
Miley Cyrus gets a phone call
Miley Cyrus was at the L.A. show and chose to sing Def Leppard’s classic “Photograph” and here’s why. Miley posted a phone message from her friend Taylor Hawkins once that she has never erased. Taylor thought she would do an incredible job singing it live.
Listen to Taylor’s phone message to Miley
A personal request from the legend himself. #TaylorHawkins my friend, my idol…. My neighbor. Growing up on a farm I never could see the light of another house nearby, but living by Taylor for the years that I did out in LA were some of the most fun times of my life. pic.twitter.com/ngZDrJGDJ4— Miley Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) September 28, 2022
It looks like Taylor Hawkins was right. Watch this.
50 Best Power Ballads of All Time
Power ballads: They’re some of music’s most powerful expressions, and while their popularity exploded in the ‘80s, they can be found in multiple decades as is evident in our list.
According to Cambridge University Press’ academic journal Popular Music, “The power ballad has become a mainstay of popular music since the 1970s…The songs are defined by the use of both a musical formula based on constant escalation and an expressive formula that combines the euphoric uplift created by rousing music with sentimental themes and ploys.”
The journal further notes, “Contrary to views that power ballads first appeared in 1980s rock and are primarily rock numbers, the songs emerged in the 1970s pop recordings of Barry Manilow and others, and from early on crossed genre lines, including pop, rock and R&B…The songs are part of a shift toward more effusive and demonstrative styles of ballads underway since the 1960s. In addition, the emotional excesses of the power ballad fit into a larger change in the expressive tone of works across different popular culture media. With those works, emotions are to be large, ecstatic and immediate.”
With the above explainer in mind, our list of the 50 Best Power Ballads list below might include some surprising songs as well as the massive tunes you’d expect to see on this list.
There’s one other parameter that was set for this list: Bands/artists will only be represented by one song to provide for fun variety. However, solo tracks and band recordings count as two separate entry, which means certain musician might show up more than once on this list.
Without further ado, bust out your lighters and enjoy our list of the 50 Best Power Ballads!